Many foundations have distinct programs for funding risky ideas (Gates "Grand Challenges", RWJF "Pioneer Portfolio). The Energy Department has established a new office - Arpa-e - to fund "long shot bets". http://bit.ly/2dYhVO
The Gates Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and other foundations have announced plans to spend-down their endowments to zero. This greatly increases annual spending and gives the programs a sense of timing and urgency.
Foundations should maintain "rainy day funds" - or at least treat part of their endowment as one during times of financial crisis. http://bit.ly/6laK7I
Even if only 1% of foundation endowments were used for "loans for social good", philanthropic dollars could nearly double. Former Gates Foundation CFO in FT: http://bit.ly/9mEisk
Social media allows corporate philanthropy dollars to generate considerable marketing value. http://ow.ly/VDmj
Foundations should follow the lead of the Boston Foundation: provide principally unrestricted support. Harvard Business Review article http://ow.ly/qzKX
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.