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The project began as a typical example of goodwill-based giving: Cisco contributed networking equipment to a high school near its headquarters, then expanded the program to other schools in the region. A Cisco engineer working with the schools realized, however, that the teachers and administrators lacked the training to manage the networks once they were installed. He and several other Cisco engineers volunteered to develop a program that would not only donate equipment but also train teachers how to build, design, and maintain computer networks. Students began attending these courses and were able to absorb the information successfully. As Cisco expanded the program, company executives began to realize that they could develop a Web-based distance-learning curriculum to train and certify secondary- and postsecondary-school students in network administration, a program that might have a much broader social and economic impact. The Networking Academy was born.

However, cause-related marketing falls far short of truly strategic philanthropy. Its emphasis remains on publicity rather than social impact. The desired benefit is enhanced goodwill, not improvement in a company’s ability to compete. True strategic giving, by contrast, addresses important social and economic goals simultaneously, targeting areas of competitive context where the company and society both benefit because the firm brings unique assets and expertise.

But the cost-effectiveness of the religious recipients varies greatly, as does the transparency of their finances.

In the 2015/16 financial year, the Charity Commission opened more than 1,800 cases into concerns over charities but only ordered action 71 times.

MinistryWatch uses its own metrics to analyze ministries, some of which are not ranked by Charity Navigator. MinistryWatch gave its highest award, 5 stars, to Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing and Every Home for Christ, and gave its lowest rating, 1 star, to MOPS International and Prison Fellowship.

“This report may have identified charities and institutions that have received money from the British Government,” he told The Independent, naming the Gift Aid scheme as a potential contributor.

Most philanthropic activity involves giving money to other organizations that actually deliver the social benefits. The impact achieved by a donor, then, is largely determined by the effectiveness of the recipient. Selecting a more effective grantee or partner organization will lead to more social impact per dollar expended.

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A handful of companies have begun to use context-focused philanthropy to achieve both social and economic gains. Cisco Systems, to take one example, has invested in an ambitious educational program—the Cisco Networking Academy—to train computer network administrators, thus alleviating a potential constraint on its growth while providing attractive job opportunities to high school graduates. By focusing on social needs that affect its corporate context and utilizing its unique attributes as a corporation to address them, Cisco has begun to demonstrate the unrealized potential of corporate philanthropy. Taking this new direction, however, requires fundamental changes in the way companies approach their contribution programs. Corporations need to rethink both where they focus their philanthropy and how they go about their giving.

“Some Islamic organisations of extremist concern portray themselves as charities to increase their credibility and to take advantage of Islam’s emphasis on charity,” it said.

Rigorously track and evaluate results. Monitoring achievements is essential to continually improving the philanthropic strategy and its implementation. As with any other corporate activity, consistent improvement over time brings the greatest value. The most successful programs will not be short-term campaigns but long-term commitments that continue to grow in scale and sophistication.

These charity-run boiler rooms are tucked behind unmarked doors in low-rent, mostly vacant strip centers. During a visit to one earlier this year, reporters saw about 20 men sitting at long tables, hunched over computers and wearing headsets. Working to raise enough money to hit bonus levels scrawled out on a whiteboard, they asked donors to give to help the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

Many groups advertise on Islamic television channels, which are regulated by Ofcom, while others use print and online advertising, or local community networks.

“The world of Christian ministry is lightly regulated,” he said, noting that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability “exists primarily to help the ministries, not donors. So, without active donor involvement, it is easy for a ministry to go astray.”

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This Florida charity serves pregnant women in crisis and their families, offering maternity and post-birth transitional housing, education and counseling, parenting and life-skills training, vocational training and assistance.

Amid widespread concern over influence from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations, the Home Office found that overseas funding was a “significant source of income” for a small number of suspected radical bodies, but “for the vast majority of extremist groups in the UK, overseas funding is not a significant source”. 

The expertise, research capacity, and reach that companies bring to philanthropy can help nonprofits create new solutions that they could never afford to develop on their own. Since 1994, IBM has committed a total of $ 70 million to its Reinventing Education program, which now reaches 65,000 teachers and 6 million students. Working in partnership with urban school districts, state education departments, and colleges of education, IBM researched and developed a Web-based platform to support new instructional practices and strategies. The new curriculum is intended to redefine how teachers master their profession; it bridges the gap between teacher preparation and the classroom experience by providing a common platform that is used in the teachers’ college courses and also supports their first years of teaching. Neither the colleges of education nor the school districts had the expertise or financial resources to develop such a program on their own. An independent evaluation in 2001 found that teachers in the Reinventing Education program were registering substantial gains in student performance.

The watchdog gave InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Young Life its coveted 4-star rating.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said the “most common source of support for Islamist extremist organisations in the UK is from small, anonymous public donations, with the majority of these donations most likely coming from UK-based individuals”. 

Franklin Graham, who runs both BGEA (annual income of $107 million) and Samaritan’s Purse ($599 million), cited two factors in the change: the “onerous” work required to prepare the 990; and “religious liberty” concerns about the IRS overstepping its bounds.


The rules, incentives, and norms governing competition in a nation or region have a fundamental influence on productivity. Policies that encourage investment, protect intellectual property, open local markets to trade, break up or prevent the formation of cartels and monopolies, and reduce corruption make a location a more attractive place to do business.

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To some corporate leaders, this new approach might seem too self-serving. They might argue that philanthropy is purely a matter of conscience and should not be adulterated by business objectives. In some industries, particularly those like petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals that are prone to public controversy, this view is so entrenched that many companies establish independent charitable foundations and entirely segregate giving from the business. In doing so, however, they give up tremendous opportunities to create greater value for society and themselves. Context-focused philanthropy does not just address a company’s self-interest, it benefits many through broad social change. If a company’s philanthropy only involved its own interests, after all, it would not qualify as a charitable deduction, and it might well threaten the company’s reputation.

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) seeks to provide public-interest lawyers and scientists around the world the skills and resources they need to protect the environment through law. More than 300 grass-roots lawyers and scientists in 70 countries participate in their network, the ELAW site says.

The $119 billion that was given to churches, religious charities and parachurch ministries is more than went to groups that specialize in education, human services or any other category, according to a report by Giving USA.

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But, every so often, we might be sufficiently moved (drunk) to actually dip into our moth infested pockets and pay some cash out. It will probably only be a fiver, or whatever (every little helps), but we assume that the majority of those five gold nuggets will go to the people we intend it to. Sure, charities have overheads etc, but most of it should get to the needy, you’d think.

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Meanwhile, new legislation seeks to overturn the decades-old restrictions on churches participating in politics, such as the Johnson Amendment, which Donald Trump pledged to overturn during his campaign.

Your charity may wish to raise funds for or give money to other charities, for example if they can use it for a particular cause more effectively.

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A company’s productivity can be greatly enhanced by having high-quality supporting industries and services nearby. While outsourcing from distant suppliers is possible, it is not as efficient as using capable local suppliers of services, components, and machinery. Proximity enhances responsiveness, exchange of information, and innovation, in addition to lowering transportation and inventory costs.

To be sure, the program has benefited many free riders—employers around the world who gain access to highly skilled academy graduates and even direct competitors. But as the market-leading provider of routers, Cisco stands to benefit the most from this improvement in the competitive context. Through actively engaging others, Cisco has not had to bear the full cost of the program. Not only has Cisco enlarged its market and strengthened its cluster, but it has increased the sophistication of its customers. Through these tangible improvements in competitive context, and not just by the act of giving, Cisco has attracted international recognition for this program, generating justified pride and enthusiasm among company employees, goodwill among its partners, and a reputation for leadership in philanthropy.

“I believe that someone in the (Obama) administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” Graham claimed, after the ministries were audited in 2013. “This is morally wrong and unethical.”

By improving the effectiveness of nonprofits, corporations create value for society, increasing the social impact achieved per dollar expended. While selecting the right grantee improves society’s return on a single contribution, and signaling other funders improves the return on multiple contributions, improving grantee performance can increase the return on the grantee’s total budget.

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Before your charity decides to do one of these things, you should start by asking what you intend to achieve. The trustees must properly consider and be satisfied that: