Over the Easter break the AIGM spotted some new articles well worth reading:
The New York Times chats to a number of US philanthropists and grantmakers about the ever-challenging issue of saying "no" to funding requests.
The article - The Art of Saying No as a Philanthropist - examines the techniques philanthropists and grantmakers use, as well as the challenges that comes with having to say no.
In the second article, the Huffington Post blog lists five key ways parents can encourage philanthropy in their children. The piece, by Sharon Bush, is a great starting point on the topic. It can be read at The Huffington Post site.
The third piece comes from the Stanford Social Innovation Review and the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation's June Wang.
In her article Forgetting Failure, Ms Wang looks at how philanthropists and grantmakers have been encouraged to talk about failure, and asks the question: "How can we talk about our failures more regularly, and in ways that truly allow us to learn and improve?"
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