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Promoting an "Open Society" in the Midst of Recession

June 10, 2010
Ann Beeson, executive director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute (OSI), discusses the steps OSI has taken to address the effects of the economic downturn, and the concept of "open society" as it relates to the United States.

Effects of the Economic Downturn on Alaska Nonprofits

May 13, 2010
Diane Kaplan, president of the Rasmuson Foundation, discusses the the impact of the economic downturn on nonprofits in Alaska and the foundation's role as the largest private funder in the state.

The "New Normal" for Washington Area Grantmaking

May 5, 2010
Tamara Lucas Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, discusses grantmaking in the "new normal" and the organization's report Beyond Dollars: Investing in BIG Change (How Washington Area Grantmakers Are Creating Lasting Impact).

Survival of the Fittest

June 18, 2009
Julie Rogers, president of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, talks about how nonprofits can weather the economic storm, executive turnover in the sector, and the renewed sense of public service in America.

Helping Americans Struggling With Hunger

May 12, 2009
Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, discusses the challenge of meeting the rising demand for food and food services at foodbanks across the country, and steps the Obama administration has taken so far to reduce hunger in America.

Philanthropy and Social Innovation

April 9, 2009
Jane Wales, president and co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum, talks about the financial crisis, its impact on international philanthropy, and the administrationís interest in social innovation

Marketing a Nonprofit Cause in an Uncertain Economy

March 30, 2009
Katya Andresen, Network for Good COO and author of Robin Hood Marketing, talks about nonprofit marketing in an era of social media and what organizations can do to better market their causes in uncertain economic times.

Philanthrocapitalism Unbound

December 11, 2008
Matthew Bishop, New York bureau chief for The Economist magazine and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World, discusses the growing concentration of wealth in the United States, philanthrocapitalism and the current economic crisis, and the role of philanthropy in a democracy.

Smart Philanthropy in Tough Times

November 20, 2008
Paul Brest, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, discusses the impact of the economic crisis on Hewlett and other foundations, the importance of a strategic approach in philanthropic work, the key elements of such an approach, and why the stakes have never been higher.

Philanthropic Triage During an Economic Downturn: Linking Financing to Impact

October 21, 2008
Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses how the breadth, severity, and potential duration of the current economic crisis bring new urgency to the need to manage philanthropic dollars wisely.


Surviving Tough Economic Times: Q&A With Clara Miller, President/CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund

November 3, 2008
Recently, PND spoke with Clara Miller, president and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund in New York City, about the financial crisis and its impact on nonprofits and their business strategies.

Turmoil on Wall Street: Q & A With Melissa Berman, President/CEO, Rockfeller Philanthropy Advisors

September 16, 2008
Early in the crisis, the editors of PND spoke with Melissa Berman, president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to get her views on how the current financial downturn is likely to affect nonprofits in New York City and beyond.

Philanthropy Chat: David Greco from the Nonprofit Finance Fund Discusses Managing During Tough Times

December 3, 2009
David Greco David Greco, Vice President for the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Western Region, shares insights into the actions nonprofits should be taking to ensure a sustainable future.

(21 min., 12 sec.; 14.6MB)

Philanthropy Chat: Tobie Stein Discusses Performing Arts Management

October 8, 2009
Tobie Stein Tobie Stein, the director of the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College and author of Performing Arts Management: A Handbook of Professional Practices, describes the fundraising environment for performing arts groups and provides guidance for organizations preparing for their next fundraising campaign.

(9 min., 7 sec.; 7MB)

Brad Whitehead Discusses Philanthropy's Role in Economic Competitiveness

September 25, 2009
Brad Whitehead Brad Whitehead discusses economic development grantmaking and shares information about Cleveland's Fund For Our Economic Future. Mr. Whitehead provides insights from the Northeast Ohio experience that may be useful to other philanthropic communities that may be grappling with how to leverage finite resources in response to significantly altered economic landscapes.

(19 min., 15 sec.; 14MB)

Ron Mattocks Discusses the Zone of Insolvency

August 25, 2009
Ron Mattocks Ron Mattocks, author of Zone of Insolvency: How Nonprofits Avoid Hidden Liabilities and Build Financial Strength, explores the reasons nonprofits experience periods of intense financial distress and outlines some options nonprofits have for reversing the situation, including how and when to consider dissolution.

(15 min., 11 sec.; 14MB)

Philanthropy Chat: David La Piana Discusses How Nonprofits Should Approach Strategic Restructuring

August 24, 2009
David La Piana David La Piana, author of Strategic Restructuring: Mergers, Integrations and Alliances, provides best practices in how nonprofits should approach collaborations, mergers, and other types of partnerships.

(32 min., 51 sec.; 15MB)

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: A Conversation With Two Nonprofit Sector Leaders

July 22, 2009

In an unprecedented event that brought together Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith and GuideStar president and CEO Robert G. Ottenhoff for the first time, the two nonprofit sector thought leaders discussed how nonprofits are weathering the economic storm, how foundations are responding to support the sector, and the challenges, strategies, and opportunities for both going forward.

(54 min., 39 sec.; 38MB)

Making the Most of the Current Volunteer Workforce

June 22, 2009
Aaron Hurst, founder of the Taproot Foundation, discusses lessons learned about managing volunteers, the current climate for corporate philanthropy and workplace volunteering, and how nonprofits can harness the volunteer talent currently on the market.

(26 min., 3 sec.; 24MB)

Social Media and the Role of Young Nonprofit Leaders

April 10, 2009
Rosetta Thurman of Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and Thurman Consulting shares her thoughts on social media and the role young nonprofit leaders can play in helping organizations weather the economic storm.

(10 min., 47 sec.; 10MB)

How to Downsize a Nonprofit

April 9, 2009
Writer, educator, and nonprofit leader Michael Seltzer discusses cost-cutting, collaboration, and staff development, and answers the hard question, "How can nonprofits handle workforce reductions when all else fails?"


(15 min., 43 sec.; 7MB)

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

March 20, 2009
Lita Ugarte Pardi, program officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, discusses changes to its giving in the wake of the economic crisis, particularly with the Common Good Funds.

(10 min., 35 sec.; 4MB)

Effective Fundraising Strategies During Challenging Economic Times

February 24, 2009
Mal Warwick, author of Fundraising When Money is Tight, explains how to plan for leaner times, avoid common mistakes, strengthen your case for giving, and step up your efforts online.

(37 min., 30 sec.; 18MB)

The DC Arts Community and the Economic Crisis

February 19, 2009
Jennifer Cover Payne, president of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, explains how the arts community in the region is being affected by the economic recession and suggests strategies for survival.

(14 min., 10 sec.; 5MB)

Ohio Funders on the Financial Crisis

Funders Speak Funders Speak is a podcast series about Ohio's philanthropic response to the economic crisis.

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The Economic Crisis: A First Look at Foundation and Corporate Giving

February 13, 2009
Steven Lawrence, author of the research advisories and the Foundation Center's senior director of research, shares a first look at how foundations and corporate givers are responding to the economic crisis.

(9 min., 28 sec.; 8MB)

Common Sense Financial Advice for Funders and Nonprofits

December 23, 2008
Paul Woldar, president of the Edwin and Shirley Woldar Foundation and of Legacy Financial Management, explains the work of his family foundation as well as the special challenges of the recent economic crisis.

(21 min., 47 sec.; 26MB)

Fundraising in Challenging Economic Times

December 1, 2008
Kim Klein, educator, author, and fundraising consultant, shares strategies and insights on how nonprofits should approach fundraising during difficult economic times.

(23 min., 32 sec.; 10MB)

How Is the Economy Affecting Philanthropy in the National Capital Region?

November 21, 2008
Tamara Lucas Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, discusses findings from a recent survey of its members that asked how the economic downturn is affecting their 2008 giving and what might happen in 2009.

(10 min., 13 sec.; 4MB)

How Is the Economy Affecting Nonprofits and Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area?

November 20, 2008
Anne Wilson, chief executive officer for the United Way of the Bay Area, discusses findings from the United Way's recent survey of Bay Area nonprofits and shares advice about strategies that nonprofits might employ to remain sustainable.

(29 min., 44 sec.; 12MB)

The Impact of the Economy on the Work of Faith-Based Organizations

November 18, 2008
Clifford Cooper, principal of Cooper and Associates, shares insights from his more than twenty years of experience working to advance the community programs of faith-based organizations. He discusses how the faith community is fairing in the current economy, providing social services to the most vulnerable among us, and shares advice and inspiration for staying focused in tough times.

(14 min., 19 sec.; 7MB)

Corporate Philanthropy in Silicon Valley: Insights on Weathering the Economic Storm

November 18, 2008
Dori Ives, founder of Business & Community Services, and Dyanne Costales Compton (pictured), director of member services for the Entrepreneurs Foundation, offer practical tips for weathering the economic downturn with corporate partners.
Related handout: Top Tips for Corporate Fundraising During Tough Times

(1 hour, 11 min., 32 sec.; 32MB)

Foundation Giving in Times of Economic Distress

November 10, 2008
Steven Lawrence, author of the research advisories and the Foundation Center's senior director of research, discusses trends in foundation giving priorities during times of financial difficulty.

(15 min., 17 sec.; 5MB)

Nonprofit Survival in Uncertain Times

November 4, 2008
Michael Seltzer, educator, consultant, and author of the Foundation Center's book, Securing Your Organization's Future, discusses how today's economic downturn compares to others he has weathered during his forty year career and shares advice from his A-Z Survival Guides for Uncertain Times.

(11 min., 31 sec.; 4MB)

The Economic Downturn, Entrepreneurship, and Foundation Giving for Economic Development

October 29, 2008
Deborah Hoover, president of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, discusses the foundation's mission to support the free enterprise system through philanthropic investments in entrepreneurship and how this type of giving helps to revitalize the economy.

(11 min., 31 sec.; 4MB)

Foundation Investment and Spending in Times of Financial Turmoil

October 10, 2008
J.T. Mullen, senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Cleveland Foundation, discusses the current financial crisis and the foundation's investment strategy and spending policies, offering some information and advice for weathering the current financial storm.

(20 min., 23 sec.; 7MB)
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