April 2017

Volume 29, Issue 06

Cover Story

Stars Align for Small Charities to Raise Big Money Online

Several for-profit companies are making it easy for nonprofits to connect with A-list celebrities for digital campaigns. But there are pitfalls, and it's often not clear who benefits the most.

Celebrity Philanthropists: Which Ones Go the Extra Mile

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Swift, Michael Jordan, and others have all given big sums to causes they care about.

What It Takes to Make Charity-Celebrity Partnerships Work

Charity leaders and the stars themselves dish about the ins and outs of working with big names to raise big money.


4 Tips for Squeezing in More Personal Time

Experts urge setting priorities, learning to say "no," and establishing personal boundaries to keep the job in perspective.

How Can Philanthropy Help the Working Class? An Answer From Minnesota

With urban-rural tensions rising, regional spinoffs of Minneapolis's McKnight Foundation offer a model for partnership between the big city and small towns.

More Charities Keeping Eye on Employees' Work-Life Balance

Long hours, travel, and pressure to be "always on" for donors can take a toll on fundraisers. Many nonprofits are putting a priority on helping workers avert burnout.

Also, get tips on how you can keep your job from overwhelming your life.


A Vision for Bringing Health Care to the Poor

A medical emergency Stan Brock suffered in a remote region of South America inspired the former TV personality to create a nonprofit network of mobile clinics to serve rural areas.

Study Shows Value of Using Competition to Revive Dormant Donors

An experiment involving users of Kiva showed that inactive donors who were part of a giving team could often be prodded into contributing if faced with a challenge to help outdo other teams.

In Silicon Valley, Help for Those Left Out of the Boom

The Sobrato Organization built campuses for Apple and other tech giants. Now the family behind the firm is using its fortune to help the region’s low-income families.

Google Alumna Helps Hillel Raise Millions to Build Staff

The Jewish campus nonprofit is plowing grants and donations into better recruitment, higher salaries, and more opportunities for employee education.

Young Leader Works to Meet Needs of Aging Holocaust Survivors

Masha Pearl, 32, who heads the Blue Card, has a personal connection to the cause; all four of her grandparents fled Nazi persecution in Eastern Europe.

How to Handle Donor Relationships When You Switch Jobs

When a donor you cultivated at a previous charity wants to give to your new nonprofit employer, it can raise serious ethical questions that must be handled with care.


Opinion: Stop the Tax Breaks to Donors Who Give to Influence Policy

American citizens shouldn’t have to help foot the bill for giving that makes it harder for their own voices to be heard.

Opinion: Charities Need to Increase Giving, Not Just Ask for Tax Breaks

Charities would have a stronger case to take to lawmakers if they started a national campaign to increase donations ­— and encouraged people to give from their wealth, not their income.

Opinion: The Right Is Disarming in Philanthropy’s War of Ideas

Conservative foundations have been effective in the policy arena, but they are outgunned financially by their liberal peers and are "sunsetting" at a faster rate.