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Phil Buchanan

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#MuslimPhilanthropy Podcast with Phil Buchanan of The Center for Effective Philanthropy

#MuslimPhilanthropy Podcast

Phil Buchanan is the President of The Center for Effective Philanthropy. He shares more on his inspiration for writing Giving Done Right and how donors can make sure their giving is most effective. Learn more about CEP at https://cep.org. The #MuslimPhilanthropy podcast can be found at https://amuslimcf.org/pod The post #MuslimPhilanthropy Podcast with Phil Buchanan of The Center for Effective Philanthropy appeared first on American Muslim Community Foundation.


4 Jul 2021

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#14 - How To Make An Impact With Your Charitable Giving - Grace Chiang Nicolette & Phil Buchanan

Gateway Giving

By: David M. Foster, CFP®, CAP®Hello, listeners, and welcome to the 14th episode of the Gateway Giving Podcast!In a 2018 U.S. Trust study of philanthropy, 9 out of 10 households with a $200,000 household income and/or a net worth greater than $1 million gave money to charity. Disturbingly, among that same group of people, only 42% believed that their giving was having the impact they intended. The other 58% either believed that their giving was not having the intended impact, or, more frequently, they just didn’t know. This group gave an average of almost $30,000 in 2017, and the majority didn’t know if their generosity was helping anyone!You may or may not be a millionaire, but chances are, if you’re listening to this podcast, you are a giver, and you care about the impact of those gifts. So how can you make sure you’re among the 42% who is confident in the impact of their giving?My guests today have devoted their professional lives to answering that question. Phil Buchanan is the President of the Center For Effective Philanthropy, and Grace Chiang Nicolette is the VP of Programming & External Relations.If you’re looking for easy answers to the question of how to make sure your donations are having the desired impact, you won’t find them here. As I discuss with Grace and Phil, philanthropic effectiveness cannot be boiled down to an easy to understand and easy to compare metric the way that return on investment can be used to determine the success of an investment in a for-profit business. But, just because there are no easy answers doesn’t mean there are no answers at all. If you truly believe, as I do, that philanthropy is one of the best ways to impact the world and the community around you, then doing the hard work of determining effectiveness is worth it, and, in this interview, Grace and Phil offer several valuable insights to make that difficult task a little easier.As always, if you have any questions, requests, or suggestions for people or organizations for me to interview, you can email me at david@gatewaywealthstl.com. Now, without further ado, here is my interview with Grace Chiang Nicolette & Phil Buchanan!LinksThe Center For Effective PhilanthropyAbout CEPDonate2019 Form 9902019 Annual ReportCEP's Definition of Philanthropic EffectivenessHow Major Givers Can Best Support NonprofitsDonors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You To KnowGiving Done Right BookGiving Done Right PodcastCEP's YouTube ChannelFacebookTwitterGrace's TwitterPhil's Twitter


28 Jun 2021

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108: What is Giving Done Right? (Phil Buchanan)

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

108: What is Giving Done Right? (Phil Buchanan)SUMMARYWhat are the critical issues facing nonprofit leaders right now, and how do they impact the funders that support their efforts? That’s exactly the question I posed in this bonus episode #108 of the Path to Phil Buchanan, who has led the Center for Effective Philanthropy for nearly 20 years. CEP has studied many of the key issues facing our sector, and Phil is uniquely qualified to identify the key trends that will affect nonprofit leadership as we move through the pandemic and try to determine what, if anything, will be different going forward.  He is optimistic that some of the creative leadership tactics demonstrated over the last year will be further rewarded by funders, and helps illustrate how nonprofit leaders can best position themselves for future success. ABOUT PHILPhil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, published in 2019 by Public Affairs and named the “Best Philanthropy Book of the Year” by Inside Philanthropy. He is co-host of a podcast, also called Giving Done Right, with CEP’s Grace Nicolette. Phil is a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog, author of op-eds that have appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Boston Globe, and a frequent commentator on philanthropy in the media. Phil is co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year” and he has been named nine times to that publication’s “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Phil serves on the boards of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging. Phil lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and their two daughters.EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCESLearn more about the Fund for Shared InsightJennifer Eberhardt’s book BiasedIbram X. Kendi’s book How to be An AntiracistJohn Kotter’s book Leading ChangeReady for a Mastermind?  Check it out here


8 Jun 2021

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Understanding Funders’ Blindspots: Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Fund The People: A Podcast with Rusty Stahl

This episode focuses on why investing in nonprofit staff is part of effective giving and grantmaking, and why funders too often remain blind to this important dimension of philanthropic practice. Rusty sits down with the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette to talk about the challenge of giving feedback and discussing staffing issues between grantmakers and grantees. The discussion also explores the tools offered by the Center for Effective Philanthropy for creating feedback loops in the sector; improving philanthropic practice; and addressing equity through investing in nonprofit leaders. Tune in to hear more about:  Grace & Phil’s journey in philanthropy and the non-profit workforce How CEP is different than other philanthropic organizations out there   The benefits and challenges of creating feedback loops between philanthropic organizations, funders, and non-profits Funders blindspots around investing and supporting non-profit workforce staff and grantees A look at Grace & Phil’s “Giving Done Right” Book & their new Podcast under the same name Resources discussed during the episode: Giving Done Right Podcast Giving Done Right Book (2019) “New Attitudes, Old Practices: The Provision of Multiyear General Operating Support” (2020 Research Report from The Center for Effective Philanthropy) A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Pledge During COVID-19 (funder pledge hosted by Council on Foundations) Trust-Based Philanthropy Project Grantee Perception Reports (a service available from The Center for Effective Philanthropy) Foundation Staff Perception Reports (a service available from The Center for Effective Philanthropy) “Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives” (2018 research report from The Center for Effective Philanthropy) “Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do” (2013 research report from The Center for Effective Philanthropy)


13 Nov 2020

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The joy & complexity of giving w/ Giving Done Right author Phil Buchanan S02EP17

We Can Be podcast - The Heinz Endowments

In 2018, Americans gave $427 billion to charities of their choice. Phil Buchanan, founding chief executive of The Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of “Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count,” is working to make certain people have the best possible information to ensure those hard-earned dollars do the most possible good. Phil has his father to thank for his sense of empathy, and his urge to give where it can be most impactful. An ardent social justice and worker’s rights activist, Phil’s father “sought to build relationships with people whose lives and experiences were vastly different from his, all in effort to understand them and create genuine connections.” Those lessons became a cornerstone of Phil’s being, driving him to found The Center for Effective Philanthropy in 2001 and continue to serve as its president ever since. The center does research for many of the most-recognized names in the giving community, including Ford, Hewlett, MacArthur, Packard, and The Heinz Endowments.  His on-the-ground experience culminated in his 2019 book “Giving Done Right.” Host Grant Oliphant’s conversation with Phil covers the “heart-versus-head conundrum” about giving that both individuals and philanthropies must wrestle with, the dangers of taking tainted money from donors with dubious – or worse – reputations, and why America’s nonprofit leaders are “our country’s unsung heroes.”   “We need to encourage givers to do their giving in a way that is not top down, that is not just about the pursuit of their own priorities,” Phil says. “Rather, give in ways that elevate the voices and opportunities of the most vulnerable.” Phil has done his father proud. Hear why on this episode of “We Can Be.” Listen today at heinz.org/podcast, or on leading podcast sites including Stitcher, Podbean, GooglePlay, iTunes and Spotify. “We Can Be” is hosted by Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant, and produced by the Endowments and Treehouse Media. Theme and incidental music by Josh Slifkin. Guest image by Josh Franzos. Guest inquiries can be made to Scott Roller at sroller@heinz.org.


23 Oct 2019

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Ep 90: Why People Don’t Donate (and What You Can Do About It) (with Phil Buchanan)

Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

There are so many people who want to make a difference and your nonprofit is a vehicle for them to do just that. So why can it be so hard to get people (or foundations) to open their checkbooks?


10 Aug 2019

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The Link Between Thoughtful Leadership And Effective Philanthropy with Phil Buchanan

The Discovery Pod

The less we understand what philanthropy is all about, the less our ability to have the impact that we want. Guest Phil Buchanan, the President of The Center for Effective Philanthropy, greatly advocates for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and helps foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Today on The Discovery Pod, Phil dives deep into the link between thoughtful leadership and effective philanthropy, giving advice to leaders who are being pulled into starting their own organization. He lays down the difference between social profit and philanthropy and shares his perspectives on the “right” indicators of performance, the importance of “getting proximate” to the people within and without the organization, and the challenge of creating an organizational culture and processes to identify and pursue the best ideas.


26 Jun 2019

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Phil Buchanan- Effective Giving & Being Positive About Philanthropy

Giving Thought

In episode 50, we talk to Phil Buchanan- founding CEO of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of a new book: Giving Done Right: Effective Giving and Making Every Dollar Count. We discuss current debates about philanthropy and what we need to do to ensure a positive narrative about the value of giving in our society as we head into the future. Including: What is the core role of philanthropy within society which differentiates it from either state or market provision? A key strength of philanthropy is often argued to be its ability to drive society forward by taking risks and funding things that the state or market cannot - but how much current philanthropy actually lives up to this billing? Why has the idea that non-profits need to be “more business-like” become so widespread, and why is it wrong? One of the effects of taking an “investment approach” is that donors can then be reluctant to fund core costs or to give unrestricted funding- why is this such a problem? Is part of the problem with the “overhead myth” that donors want some measure of the effectiveness of their giving, and in the absence of compelling evidence they are forced to rely on unhelpful financial measures like overhead ratios? What can we do to provide them with better metrics? Is there a danger that the growing wave of scepticism, and even cynicism towards philanthropy, will have a negative impact on people’s willingness to give? Of the current critiques levelled at philanthropy, which are potentially misguided or overstated, and which are genuinely important to heed? Some argue that since philanthropy is to some extent a product of structural inequality, it can never truly be part of the solution – but do some donors and funders recognise this challenge; and how are they genuinely pursuing structural change? The freedom that philanthropy has to run counter to the status quo or the policies and public opinion of a particular time has been a key part of driving historic social change. How do we preserve this freedom, whilst also answering concerns that unchecked philanthropic power could end up being anti-democratic? Do we need to make philanthropy more democratic, or accountable to the people and communities it is supposed to serve? If so, how? Is there a challenge in balancing long-term innovation against the needs of the present? i.e. when does "big bet" philanthropy become wasteful or self-indulgent, and how much wasted philanthropic effort are we as a society prepared to accept in the name of "discovery"? Related Content: Phil’s Book, Giving Done Right: Effective Giving & Making Every Dollar Count The Center for Effective Philanthropy Phil’s recent Financial Times opinion piece, “Philanthropy’s blighted reputation threatens global giving “Stop trying to treat nonprofits “like a business””, FastCompany Giving Thought blog, ‘Innovation, Discovery & Philanthropic Legitimacy’ Giving Thought blog, ‘Philanthropy Anti-Democratic and Proud of It? Giving Thought blog, ‘”Winners Take All”, Philanthropy & Inequality’


28 May 2019

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[SG]62: Effective Philanthropy with Phil Buchanan

The Family Business Leader Podcast

In this episode, Ellie interviews Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of the new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count. Phil describes four dimensions of effective philanthropy and much more. Get the show notes and links to resources at successfulgenerations.com/episode062.


25 Apr 2019

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Phil Buchanan of the Center for Effective Philanthropy Takes on the Naysayers

Let's Hear It

Phil Buchanan, the President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, has been helping foundations do their work better for almost two decades. But given that philanthropy is one step removed from the action, does that mean that Phil is helping people to help people who help people? What role do foundations and the organizations that support them play in improving people’s lives? And maybe most important, how can donors of all kinds figure out how to make sure their funding is as effective as possible? In this episode of Let’s Hear It, Phil talks with Eric about how philanthropy can make a difference, and they discuss Phil’s new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count. Eric notes that Phil, a former door-to-door fundraiser, has gone from playing the kazoo in the subway to conducting at Carnegie Hall. In their conversation after, Kirk chides Eric for asking tough questions, and Eric is classically defensive. What do you think? You can hear it all here at Let’s Hear It.


24 Apr 2019