Now That’s What I Call Philanthropy & Social Investment: best of the web this week

happy new yearHaving made a New Year’s resolution to pull my finger out and make more of this blog, here is the first of what I hope will be a weekly feature, highlighting the five best articles or blogs on philanthropy/social investment/charity issues that I have come across this week.

Hopefully this will be handy for those of you who don’t have much time to trawl cyberspace for interesting tidbits on these topics. I have to do it as part of my job, so I thought I could make myself even more useful by filtering out the best bits and presenting them to willing readers on a platter of a Friday afternoon.

I hope you enjoy.

1) First up is another entry in the growing genre of “impact investing is the next big thing” articles, but one that has a bit more about it than some I have come across. From Forbes magazine: “Forget the Big Bucks… Today’s Investor Also Wants a Different Kind of Return on His Money.

2) I did a slight double take when I saw this article entitledCharities fear new tax rules’ effect on giving”, as I thought I was suddenly back in April 2012 at the height of the Give it Back George:Drop the Charity Tax campaign. But no- I realised that it was actually from the Boston Globe and detailing the similar fight over charitable tax relief that is raging in the US at the moment.

3) For anyone interested in the current hullaballoo about Payment by Results, well- firstly read this blog post by me… but then it is well worth checking out this post from NCVO’s Fiona Sheil: “Can payment by results really trigger innovation?”

4) Over the pond again, a new book called “The Good Rich and What They Cost Us” is getting some people in the philanthropy world worked up with its highly critical take on the value of major donor philanthropy through the ages. The Wall Street Journal carried an interesting review of the book.

5) Finally: an interesting Harvard Business Review article arguing that there need not be any trade-off between financial and social return. Every Business is (Or Should Be) a Social Business”.


Rhodri Davies

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