Being an American, I was initially surprised by the domination of one theme at the International Fundraising Congress: developing a “Culture of Philanthropy.”
My blindness arises from living and working in what’s actually a very unusual nation, where we take generosity for granted. We gave about $184 billion in 2002. (I’ll post more current info later. I think that’s low and it’s on the rise.) About half to churches, but that still directs about $100 billion to charities, environmental, arts, animal welfare, local, national, international, etc. etc.
At IFC, I had at least a dozen conversations with people who were struggling with trying to create a “culture of philanthropy,” many in countries where the reasons were fairly evident: (more…)