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A Transformational Role: Donor and Charity Perspectives on Major Giving in Australia

By Wendy Scaife, Katie McDonald and Susan Smyllie, Queensland University of Technology, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Feb 2011 This excellent study is a rich exploration of why people make major gifts in Australia, their experiences of giving and those of the gift recipients. The study ‘taps into the thoughts of nearly 50 Australians involved in major giving’ and uses a qualitative, small group discussion research method. The project aims to ‘give … Continue reading

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Four Revolutions in Global Philanthropy

By Maximilian Martin, Impact Economy, Working Papers Vol. 1 2011 This paper identifies four key developments in the transformation of the social capital market from an inefficient form, where the funding of services is strongly relationship-driven and centred around grants and fundraising, to a more efficient market which allocates funds according to value (social change and demonstrated impact). It is written by a founder of UBS Philanthropy Advisory Services, Maximilian Martin, who has been an … Continue reading

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Spring 2011: Philanthropy: Impact over intentions

In global philanthropy today we are seeing the emergence of a generation of philanthropists who value impact and effectiveness over intentions. These philanthropists are beginning to demand rigorous evidence bases to underpin their investment allocation decisions. And in doing so, they confront the problem of the gap between the theory of social impact measurement and the enormous practical difficulties in measuring social value in the real world setting. In this edition of Knowledge Connect, we … Continue reading

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