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Fortune | June 2011

With over 75,000 foundations distributing nearly $40 billion a year in the U.S., the most successful foundations and individual donors worldwide go beyond donating money to become active participants in the change effort. How can funders make this shift?

Top Takeaways

  1. The use of non-financial assets (such as networks, and influence) are invaluable to effectively tackling social problems.
  2. Involve business in your philanthropic efforts—don’t shy away from working with local labor to meet your goal.
  3. Don’t be afraid to advocate and become involved with policy.
If givers today want to help solve more of the world’s complex problems, then they will need to change the way they give.