Written Word Publications, LLC.
Presentations and articles about the dramatically changing landscape of Philanthropy and Public Policy issues in Education and Healthcare.
Why has the job of raising funds and securing grants for nonprofits become more challenging in recent years?
What is the role of charitable institutions and what expectations do we have in addressing the problems assigned to nonprofits?
What can we do to improve the outcomes associated with the most challenging issues we now face in the United States?
What are the questions that must be asked?
The goal of this website is to promote understanding of the complex issues that impact every area of our lives and create opportunities for exploration and solutions.
Public policy touches every area of our lives and yet, so few of us have easy access to information that can help us to understand the big picture.
Who benefits? Who pays?
Presentations on the following topics:
- The Changing Landscape of Philanthropy Empathy and efficacy or the seduction of certainty
- What have we learned about literacy
- Privatization of the common wealth
- The other side of donor-advised funds
- Philanthropy, Poverty and Policy
- Deconstructing the creation of poverty
- What is brain based learning?
- Real life, data and creating solutions
- Educational results
- Digital learning and literacy
- Educational challenge - Part 1
- Educational challenge - Part 2
- Educational leadership
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Marlene Resnick Simons, M.A.
Ms. Simons has always been driven by the dual forces of creative inspiration and the need to do work that is relevant and actionable. She asks the deeper questions that often control the narrative on a level that may not be immediately obvious. She does the research that provides answers, before the questions are fully formed in the public arena.
During the last decade, she began to notice changes in philanthropy that create additional hurdles for nonprofits in the area of grants, as well as in the recruitment of individual gifts. As an avid researcher and writer, she began to investigate and write about those changes. Her presentations provide an overview of what is happening in the financial sector that has deep implications for fundraisers.
These presentations have ignited questions and concerns for fundraisers that underlie the dramatically changing landscape of philanthropy, within which we operate. "Understanding the big picture will become more critical to success as we tackle the fundraising challenges today and in the future."
With more than 25 years of experience in creating, leading and raising funds for many organizations, she also built and sold an import company, created a solar product that received an award by The Boston Patent Law Association as The Most Innovative Invention of the year and published If Only They Came with Instructions, A Guide for Parents, promoted by Healthy Families America. She also taught in the College of Education at the University of South Florida for eight years.
When speaking to a group, I often ask: How many of you consider yourselves to be philanthropists? Few if any people raise their hands. There are many reasons for that. If you are a philanthropist, you don’t want everyone and their uncle to know that you are a big donor.
The next question I ask is: How many of you are tax-payers. Most hands go up.
My response to that is: Then, You are philanthropists.
That is because every large tax deduction received by a donor, is paid for by tax-payers. This is not a bad thing if the gift, for which the deduction was received, is actually delivered to a charitable purpose within the same year that the donor received the tax benefit. However, it is a problem if that gift
goes into a donor-advised fund and sits there for many years. In that case, you, as a tax-payer are subsidizing the tax benefit received by that donor.
So, surprise, you are a philanthropist!
Beware, the Algorithms are Watching You Most of us who are creative types see ourselves as individuals of independent thought, able to see through many layers of mystical beliefs…
January 19, 2019
By Marlene Resnick Simons There are a multitude of books, articles and “how to” videos on getting bigger gifts, getting more gifts, getting your organization listed in the wills…
January 7, 2019
For Donors, Fundraisers and Tax-Payers There are many books, classes, seminars and lunch-time discussions about ethics for fundraisers in dealing with donors. I have seen far…
December 14, 2018
Donella Meadows, a well- known systems analyst, for whom an institute at Dartmouth College was named, wrote these words in a manuscript of her unpublished book, interrupted by…
October 30, 2018
Letters on Women's Rights Abigail to John, March 31, 1776 I long to hear that you have declared an independancy—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be…
October 6, 2018
In the last century, Robert Lubbock made the astute observation: “Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education any more than a knife, fork and spoon…
October 6, 2018
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The Other Side of Donor-Advised Funds
The Changing Landscape of Philanthropy. What you need to know as a donor, fundraiser, beneficiary or taxpayer.
PHILANTHROPY: WHAT DONORS, FUNDRAISERS AND TAXPAYERS NEED TO KNOW
The landscape of philanthropy has seen dramatic and negative impact on non-profits and their beneficiaries. Listen to Marlene talk about this during an interview by clicking the link below.
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Marlene Resnick Simons, President