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The Power of a Name: Considering Privacy, Publicity, and Transparency

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Stephanie Goodrid Lawson, Daphne Moore, Nicholas A. Tedesco

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Using your name publicly can be a positive and productive tool in your philanthropy. Your name can also carry a lot of weight: the responsibility, publicity, and hesitance to experiment and potentially fail. For families that want to use their names more intentionally, it is important to consider the full range of opportunities and responsibilities present. In this webinar, hear… Read More

Should I Give Anonymously or Publicly?

Posted on December 8, 2014 by The Bridgespan Group

Whether or not you “go public” with your philanthropy is a matter of strategy and personal style. Ask yourself, given the change you want to see in the world, what’s the right approach? This short issue brief from the GiveSmart website provides a list of considerations for determining how publicly you want to give… Read More

Telling your story to maximize community impact

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Jay Ruderman, Kate Wolford, Lora Smith, Vince Stehle

Have you thought about using Twitter or google hangouts but aren’t sure if it is a good use of your time? Have you been approached by a long-time grantee who has an idea to create a film dedicated to highlighting their cause – and wondering if this is a good use of your philanthropic dollars? Have you been told to have a website but not sure it is worth the bother? Are you interested in learning how to leverage the reputation of the foundation in the twittersphere to make a difference in issues you care about?… Read More

What is My Giving Style? Two Considerations: Visibility & Impact

Posted on December 22, 2012 by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

This guide identifies two (among many) considerations that shape a philanthropist’s giving style. The first is the degree of visibility a donor wants (or does not want): at one end of the spectrum is the anonymous giver, and on the other end is the public advocate. The second consideration is the level of impact the donor desires: at one end is the giver who is interested in providing immediate, direct relief, and at the other is the philanthropist committed to long-term social change… Read More

Talking About Money

Posted on November 12, 2009 by Karen Putnam, Sharna Goldseker

Talking about money across generations can be uncomfortable. In this teleconference, we’ll use a case study of a multi-generation family’s conversation about their wealth and philanthropy to help listeners unpack multiple layers of assumptions and perspectives from each family member’s point of view. From this call you’ll get a framework for how to have these conversations better in your own family… Read More

Privacy Vs. Secrecy

Posted on November 4, 2001 by James Grubman

The distinction between privacy and secrecy, one often blurred, is important in deciding when to disclose information about how much money you have. This article defines a secret as withheld personal information that is important to actions in a relationship, and gives advice on the application of this definition to disclosures about money… Read More

Pros and Cons of Giving Publicly Vs. Giving Anonymously

Posted on November 4, 2001 by Steve Kirsch

This article lists the pros and cons of giving anonymously, from both a donor's and a charity's point of view. Donor issues discussed include recognition versus unwanted attention; charity issues include the benefit of association with a big name, and the danger of linkage with a controversial one… Read More

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