Business

The Godfather was Wrong

The Godfather was Wrong

I’ve been thinking a lot about business and philanthropy lately.  Why would a business spend any of their valuable time focused on something other than making a profit? Could being involved with a nonprofit actually make the business better somehow? I’ve recently been reading about Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland, maker of boots and other outdoor apparel. (The Business of Changing the W ...[Read More]

Who is You

Who is You

One of the things I hear most often these days since announcing Your Philanthropy is spinning off to become its own philanthropic consulting firm is, “I’m so excited for you…now explain again exactly what you’ll be doing?” The question usually can be interpreted to mean, “What kind of people will you help? And if it’s just wealthy people, then I don’t see myself ...[Read More]

Yes, I Love This Work!

Yes, I Love This Work!

Dawn Franks closed a chapter in a 33-year career of working with nonprofits, foundations and companies when she left Fourth Partner on December 31, 2013. She is spinning Your Philanthropy, a service developed in 2013 under the Fourth Partner umbrella, into a private philanthropic consulting firm. Here are the answers to two questions often asked of her during the last several months. When the wind ...[Read More]

The Fifty-Dollar Bonus

The Fifty-Dollar Bonus

Yes, the year is winding down. If you’re like me you’re still rushing around trying to accomplish a few more things on this year’s list before taking a deep breath for a day or two. If giving year-end bonus checks to employees is on your list, you might want to check out the research that suggests there’s a better way to create job satisfaction. Instead of giving individual employee bonuses, think ...[Read More]

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