Beyond Fundraising: What Does It Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?


By Cynthia M. Gibson. Published by Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

This paper is one of three reports commissioned by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to address chronic fundraising challenges highlighted in the 2013 UnderDeveloped report. That report, produced in partnership with CompassPoint, gave voice to widespread frustration and raised the question, what now? In response, the Haas, Jr. Fund engaged a group of creative and respected experts to help us explore potential solutions. The Resetting Development work group looked at the issues from different angles:

  1. What can we learn about the “culture of philanthropy” as a way of breaking the vicious cycle of underdevelopment?
  2. What can we learn from organizations that are beating the odds?
  3. What are the contours of the national landscape of training for development staff?

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Author Cynthia Gibson is a writer and consultant to a wide range of foundations and major nonprofits on strategic planning, program development, evaluation, and communications. She was a development director herself in a previous job. You can find Cynthia on Twitter @Cingib.