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Recommendations for Effective Philanthropy.


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The Council on Foundations

Chronicles of Philanthropy

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Association of Small Foundations

National Council of Nonprofits

Conferences & Events

Bringing Mindfulness Into Philanthropy


"Mindfulness" practices increase awareness, sharpen critical thinking abilities, improve moral integrity and deepen capacities for empathy and compassion. Far greater emphasis upon teaching these practices is needed, particularly in schools grades k-12 and within political and legal systems.

Increasing mindfulness provides a healthy underpinning in all aspects of effective philanthropy including:

1.  Education for those still in their formative years. The future of philanthropy greatly hinges on what we do to help those growing up today increase their awareness, develop wholesome values and deepen their capacities for honest self-reflection, independent critical thinking, compassion and commitment toward bettering the world.

2.  Philanthropic partnerships. One of the biggest obstacles to achieving successful philanthropic partnerships has to do with conflicts and miscommunication between participating stakeholders. Practices that promote harmony, better interpersonal relationships and a positive team spirit, can be enormously beneficial to the outcomes.

3.  Politics. Few will argue about the need for character improvement among politicians. Simply pointing fingers and casting blame does not improve the conduct of those representing the public. Skillful training in conjunction with a willingness to commit to transformative practices among politicians, although difficult to achieve, is needed if we are to improve conditions locally, nationally and internationally.

4.  Peacemaking. Treaties have been signed and abandoned more times than we can count. Authentic peacemaking requires an extraordinary effort on each side of the table to understand each other. If mindfulness practices are successfully integrated, the likelihood of achieving lasting peace agreements will be greatly enhanced.

Resources

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC teaches Insight/Vipassana Meditation to promote mindful and compassionate living not only locally, but also globally through regular podcasts.
http://imcw.org

The Association for Mindfulness in Education comprises an association of professionals committed to supporting mindfulness training for k-12 grades along with further research in the field.
http://mindfuleducation.org/about.html

Learn to Breathe helps adolescents manage stress, strengthen emotional regulation and attention and improve well-being.
http://learning2breathe.org/

Mindful Lawyer Groups sets a stage for implementing mindful practices for lawyers and judges.
http://www.contemplativemind.org/programs/law/groups.html

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship works toward cultivating the conditions for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability through training and mobilizing people to take action.
http://www.bpf.org/

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