New "hybrid" organizations mix philanthropy and capitalism -- not a little of one or the other, but an aggressive pursuit of both. One example is Omidyar Network. http://bit.ly/6Jb08D
Private philanthropy can bring ideas, government can bring funds, in public-private partnerships. Wall Street Journal review: http://bit.ly/8dYW91
Nicholas Kristof cites psychological research that indicates the best way to sway people to your cause is through using stories and optimism. Outside Magazine: http://ow.ly/Ka4t
Find a group of close friends and set up a donor directed account (on Schwab or elsewhere) that you all commit to donate to every year. In 20 years or so you have a very large fund that you can start giving away during your retirement years.
CrowdRise allows individuals to establish and fund specific philanthropic campaigns -- "kickstarter for philanthropy". http://ti.me/RcHgdm
Matthew Yglesias argues that donating money to Harvard makes about as much sense as donating money to Bill Gates. Vox.com http://slate.me/1jSL56B