October 17, 2017
George Soros has transferred the bulk of his wealth to Open Society Foundations. In other news, Vertex Pharmaceuticals is donating $500 million to charity; lawsuits filed last month charged two Washington State hospitals with aggressive tactics against the poor; two families pledge $60 million to the University of North Carolina; and Sen. Al Franken will donate Harvey Weinstein gifts to charity. Plus, read about the common thread between gay and female Boy Scouts, and more.
October 13, 2017
Grow With Google aims to help anyone with internet access to prepare for a job in technology. In other news, Eli Broad is retiring from his philanthropy; Rutgers decides to keep a $100,000 gift from Harvey Weinstein and his family foundation; the sale of a charity's headquarters could bring Roy Moore a windfall; and at Case Western Reserve, faculty members protest the role of a donor on a search committee — and the dean fires back with a blistering six-page letter.
October 12, 2017
Nonprofits that rely on middle-class donors would be especially vulnerable. In other news, a USC administrator responsible for raising hundreds of millions of dollars has stepped down amid sexual-harassment allegations; the Boy Scouts has announced it will establish a program that would allow older girls to aspire to the Eagle Scout rank; plus, more news about aid to Puerto Rico, donations for Las Vegas shooting victims, and more.
October 11, 2017
Winners of the $625,000 awards include the founder of United We Dream and the leader of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network. In other news, a key GOP representative wants to expand the number of people who can claim a tax break for charitable giving; Yale’s endowment posts disappointing returns; Harvey Weinstein steps down from the Robin Hood Foundation board; and Michael Jordan gives $7 million to health clinics in Charlotte, N.C.
October 10, 2017
GiveDirectly is going to hand out debit cards with no strings attached to hurricane victims. In other news, a rally in China's Tencent Holdings adds billions to the philanthropic commitment of internet mogul Pony Ma; Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel peace prize winner, talks about using capitalism for good; Detroit hopes philanthropy could help in its bid to attract Amazon's new headquarters; and a new app, patterned after Snapchat and Vine, will use video to encourage giving by young people.
October 06, 2017
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, known as ICAN, was honored for its efforts on global nuclear disarmament. In other news, Moody's is considering a downgrade for University of Louisville because of its basketball scandal; an art museum is being sued for allegedly diverting donor funds; Lin-Manuel Miranda uses music and stars to raise money for Puerto Rico; and other gifts are made for hurricane and shooting victims.
October 05, 2017
The former N.Y. mayor says he will match all contributions to his nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety. In other news, the Red Cross rebuts an article criticizing its response to Hurricane Harvey; liberals and conservatives want to take action against inequalities in college endowments; and a federal watchdog cites scores of instances in which the IRS has targeted liberal nonprofits for extra scrutiny.
October 04, 2017
In some counties, the Red Cross failed to show up as promised. In other news, distributing aid in Puerto Rico has been a challenge — even though supplies are there. GoFundMe has raised more than $8 million for Las Vegas shooting victims, Warren Buffett urges more action to fight poverty, and Lincoln Center scraps its $500 million Geffen Hall renovation.
October 03, 2017
More than 43,000 donations have been made through GoFundMe since the Sunday night shooting. In other news, a ministry has dropped its bias claim against GuideStar, which had labeled it a hate group; Oxfam helps out in Puerto Rico, expressing "outrage" at the U.S. government's "slow, inadequate" response; and poverty-stricken Kenyans start a savings club with money from GiveDirectly.