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Published on August 16, 2008 By Draginol In Blogging

One of the things that motivates me to "do stuff" is the idea of being able to try to make a difference in some way. One of the things I'm starting to look into is starting a foundation.

In some years, I hope to start giving a significant portion of my income to various charities.  My wife Debbie would effectively run it and my children would learn the value of supporting organizations that are making a difference in the world.

There are some useful articles on-line such as:

http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/starting_nonprofit.html

http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/31000,cst-fin-terry-166.savagearticle


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on Aug 16, 2008

The Master's Program I start next month is exactly along these lines.  The organization/management/administration of not for profits and philanthropy.  (Though I am taking an international shred.)

There is a lot to know. 

Good luck.

on Aug 17, 2008

Brad, I don't know if you return to your articles...but...


A really good way to learn, and get help from experts and people who have done this before, is check your local college and see if they have a Master's of Public Administration Program.


If you go in and talk to the head of the department you will be able to get two or more students who can research, plan, and then write it all up for you.  This is called "cap stoning" here and is done in place of a Thesis.


The  benefits are tremendous.  You will get essentially all the expertise of the instructors who are not for profit experts and must stay active in the field (unlike some instructors who teach instead of staying in the field), as well as all their networking contacts, the work and help of at least two other adults (some who have started several not for profits, some who are already in the field (working with Philanthropists and not for profits) who are getting the MPA to finish out a resume.


WSU here, has a business/program called CUPA (The Center for Urban and Public Affairs)...students and instructors literally run it out of the college.  They have their fingers in hundreds of projects, like. the Anthem Foundation of Ohio, Antioch Foundation, Progressive Wolf Creek CDC, Ohio Children's Trust Fund, etc


There are literally hundreds of not for profits organizations (private and public) who use Grad students and the instructors/networking web to learn, prepare reports and do all the leg work prior to starting a not for profit.


It's a great resource, and at your disposal. 

on Aug 17, 2008
This is really cool. What a great legacy.
on Aug 18, 2008

...and the best thing of all is you'll know exactly were every penny will go. I think a lot of people would be shocked to learn when they donate (without doing some research) that much of their contribution can go into administration costs or projects and lobbyist's their wouldn't normally have supported. I'm sure a lot of places just throw money into them for the tax benefit without a full understanding of how the money will be used. If you have the means, why not put the cash where you can get behind it 100%. Great idea Brad.

on Aug 18, 2008

Hello Brad,  Great idea, may you be a blessing in the universe.

Oh, BTW, I cannot seem to get anyone to add "Religion" back into the "Forums" list here at JU.  I've sent several emails, zip replies.  Is there a problem with this category being in the Forums?

 

Be well.

on Aug 18, 2008
Oh, BTW, I cannot seem to get anyone to add "Religion" back into the "Forums" list here at JU.


I should imagine that it would be under Philosophy.

Good Luck, Brad. Very, very nice.
on Aug 18, 2008

I should imagine that it would be under Philosophy.

 

Yeppers, one would think, but NOT.

Be well.

on Aug 18, 2008
Yeppers, one would think, but NOT.


Well, when you're in the mood to "religionize," then it will have to be under ethics.  
on Aug 18, 2008
Not a bad idea, steve. But, you know, JU used to have a "religion" category before the Change. I miss the option.

Be well.
on Aug 18, 2008

What kinds of charities would you like to focus on?

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