The Return of Capacity Building

November 19 2014 - Capacity building—the process of building the systems, structures, and skills organizations need to succeed—is getting left behind, and it has nothing to do with the quality or effectiveness of the work. In fact, in 2012, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) reported that “capacity building support was here to stay” and that 30 percent of grantmakers increased the amount of dollars allocated for capacity building in the previous two years. I don’t have any evidence that that trend has changed. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

How the Other Half Gives: Philanthropy from High Net Worth Individuals

November 18 2014 - Last month, philanthropic donor Mark Zuckerberg spent a mere $100 million to buy a 700-acre parcel on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. That hardly compares, however, to Larry Ellison’s purchase in 2012 of 87,000 of the 90,000 acres on Lanai, the sixth largest island in the Hawaiian chain, for something in the range of $300 to $500 million. (Nonprofit Quarterly)