Do corporate givers hold the secret to funder agility?

By The Fluxx Team on 11/18/2021

 

 

SunTrust Bank and BB&T Corporation (one of the largest banking corporations in the United States) completed a massive merger to form Truist on Dec. 9, 2019. This merger brought with it the need to meld both philanthropic agendas of the two banks, and within the same month, the Truist Foundation was born. Then came the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“The financial inequities that faced historically excluded communities were laid bare by the pandemic. We knew that it was crucial for us as an institution to be part of the catalyst to help build that generational wealth and do the hard work of advancing an economy that better serves everyone,” said Lynette Bell, president of the Truist Foundation. “So as the philanthropic arm of a financial services institution, we recognized that it was our responsibility to take part in that difficult work – and we wanted to sharpen our grantmaking in that process.”

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Is journalism changing thanks to new billionaires and mega-donations?

By The Fluxx Team on 10/21/2021

 

Despite being a worldwide trillion-dollar industry, philanthropy doesn't garner the same media coverage as say, the technology sector. But with so many new billionaires entering the funding space, and billionaires renewing their focus on environmental and societal causes, you’d think we’d be seeing more mass media news coverage. So where are the hard-hitting, deep-dive industry articles and why might they be difficult to come by outside of trusted philanthropy trade publications?

Enter Teddy Schleifer, Founding Partner of the new media company, Puck. Prior to Puck, Teddy covered money, influence, and billionaire philanthropy for Recode, which is owned by Vox. At Recode Teddy delved into crypto giving, Elon Musk’s charity sending sprees, Jeff Bezos philanthropic, and everything in between. But more importantly, his coverage isn’t just about the gifts, but the motive behind it, and the quiet power that drives one of the world’s largest economic powerhouses.

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How can we leverage policy to propel transformative social impact?

By The Fluxx Team on 09/16/2021

 
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What can we learn from the buy one give one model?

By The Fluxx Team on 08/12/2021

 

Today, there are a lot of ways to approach philanthropy. You have the traditional models: your generational family foundations, private funders, and nonprofits. Then you have the newer models of giving circles, social impact groups, corporate giving, and crowdfunding. And somewhere between all that sits B1G1: Business for Good.

B1G1 is the brainchild of Masami Sato. It’s a global giving movement centered around the buy one give one model. The organization connects purpose driven businesses that want to make a difference with meaningful giving activities around the world. So that every time consumers make a purchase in their day-to-day lives, a brand donates a product or portion of proceeds to important world causes. The membership community currently comprises of +2,500 businesses who have collectively donated over $240 million to date.

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How can we better serve the chronically under-resourced?

By The Fluxx Team on 06/16/2021

 

 

At Untapped Philanthropy we spend a lot of time analyzing the Tech for Good industry, the funder experience, and exploring how funders can democratize philanthropy in order to build a philanthropic collective that better serves our communities. For this special episode of the podcast, we turn our gaze to nonprofits and one of its industry experts.

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How are funders working to democratize giving after the COVID-19 pandemic?

By The Fluxx Team on 05/06/2021

 

 

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an outpouring of funder support. Major funders worldwide quickly loosened their grant restrictions, eased reporting requirements, and leveraged new technology tools and platforms to give more freely in the hopes of sparing their grantees from impending financial catastrophe.

This week Fluxx co-founder and host of the Untapped Philanthropy podcast, Kerrin Mitchell, sits down with funder technologist, futurist, (and former Fluxxer) Sam Caplan, to explore the accelerated change of funders and technology. Together they examine the role technology must play in building more equitable giving communities and discuss the role technologists play in driving change.

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Can philanthropists cut through delusion to transform their giving?

By The Fluxx Team on 04/08/2021

 

 

Fluxx is back with another scintillating episode of Untapped Philanthropy! This week we’re thrilled to feature an author, advisor, consultant, and philanthropy coach who is just as obsessed with the future of philanthropy as we are, and works to help funders make future-forward decisions for their work. 

Keep reading for more information about the episode, or give it a listen now using the link above. 

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How can tech for good bridge the gap to connect funders, grantees, and communities?

By The Fluxx Team on 03/18/2021

 

 

At Fluxx we’re in the business of building technology that serves the social sector, which means we’re always having critical conversations about social sector strategies. Which is why we’re thrilled to focus this month’s Untapped Philanthropy podcast episode on how we as a community can leverage technology to facilitate strategic thinking and in turn – a better grantee experience. So let’s dive in.

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Untapped Philanthropy: What does the future of family philanthropy look like in America?

By Casey Pechan on 02/09/2021

 
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Introducing Untapped Philanthropy: Fluxx's new podcast!

By Casey Pechan on 02/09/2021

 
 

We’re living through a time of unprecedented worldwide change, coupled with ongoing feelings of isolation and separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time the Fluxx team worked round-the-clock to forge even deeper connections with funders, government organizations, and our partners, in order to help our community of philanthropists give more freely, provide additional support to communities in need, and do more – faster. And we’ve collected some pretty impressive stories along the way.

That’s why we are thrilled to announce Untapped Philanthropy – a Fluxx podcast that explores funding, technology, and policy through the lens of visionary thought leaders who are at the forefront of change in our field. We’ve packaged these stories into podcast episodes because we believe that philanthropists need more ways to feel connected and learn from one another. A podcast allows listeners to tune in to powerful stories while taking a walk, cooking, or doing anything else that allows for movement. Let’s be honest, we all deserve an excuse to walk away from our home offices for a well-deserved break! 

This podcast is hosted by Fluxx co-founder Kerrin Mitchell. Each episode will consist of 30-minute conversations between Kerrin and philanthropy (or technology) thought leaders who are innovating within their field. We hope this series leaves you inspired and eager to learn more about the collective action taking place in our industry.

Untapped Philanthropy has released two episodes thus far. Check out this blog for information on episode two, and keep reading to learn about our first-ever episode. 

Untapped Philanthropy Episode 1: Who determines technology innovations for philanthropy?

For our first episode, Kerrin Mitchell sits down with veteran philanthropy technologist and CEO and Founder of threshold.world, Dan Lammot. 

Dan is both a philanthropist and technologist. He is a board member of the Surfrider Foundation, a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Partner Network, and is an expert technologist whose organization, threshold.world, is committed to providing nonprofits worldwide with impact and data-fueled insights. 

Together they unpack the “Tech for Good” industry exploring how technology and data can support crucial philanthropic industry initiatives and trends. Most importantly, they sit down to answer the philosophical question: Who determines technology innovations for philanthropy? Philanthropists or technologists?

You can learn more about Dan’s work through the podcast episode embedded above. 

You can subscribe to the Untapped Philanthropy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you enjoyed episode one of Untapped Philanthropy, please take a moment to share our episode on social media so others may have the opportunity to learn about Dan’s story.

Episodes of Untapped Philanthropy will be released once a month, and will always be shared via the Fluxx blog. We encourage you to subscribe to the Fluxx blog in order to stay up to date on new episode releases.    

Click here for the full episode transcript.

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