Tag Archives: Philanthropy

Starting the Philanthropic Conversation

One of my favorite quotes regarding charitable giving is this statement by Bill and Melinda Gates in their Giving Pledge letter: We have been blessed with good fortune beyond our wildest expectations, and we are profoundly grateful.  But just as these gifts are great, so we feel a great responsibility to use them well. . … Continue Reading

Can a Corporation Be a Philanthropist? California’s Benefit Corporations Pursue Both Profit and Purpose

What do Patagonia, Give Something Back Office Supplies, and Thinkshift Communications all have in common?  They are California "benefit corporations" — a new type of for profit corporation that is allowed — or, more precisely, required  — to put society and the environment at the center of how the company does business.  Six other states have enacted similar legislation. Even though California’s benefit corporation law … Continue Reading