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Author Archives: Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson: A decade later and the stories keep coming

Ten years and 240 columns about the role philanthropy plays in our community and our world! It gives me pause as I reflect on the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmaker’s biweekly column in The Daily Record. In the initial 2001 ...

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Betsy Nelson: Recognizing our role models in philanthropy

Each November the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) celebrates National Philanthropy Day to recognize the extraordinary impact of the charitable sector and the increasing role it plays in our society and countries around the world. Billions of dollars are given ...

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Betsy Nelson: Capping deductions would hurt donations

There is definite irony to the recurring proposals to decrease incentives for charitable giving. Today, nonprofit organizations need private support more than ever as they operate under increasing demands for services resulting from a stagnant economy and government budget cuts. ...

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Betsy Nelson: No fantasy — football can improve philanthropy

Last year my colleague Adam Donaldson convinced me to join as a fun way to deepen relationships between a few foundations. Join what? Well, believe it or not, join an Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers Fantasy Football league. My team ...

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Betsy Nelson: Nonprofit groups should embrace evaluation

All donors want to know that their investment is making a difference. And we certainly should be channeling more of our scarce charitable resources into what we know gets better results. Several high-profile federal initiatives, such as the Social Innovation ...

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