Volume 29, Issue 11
LGBTQ Groups Adjust to More Married Donors
About half of gays and lesbians are now married, which some fundraisers fear will mean fewer bequests, because more money will be left to spouses and children.
No Kids, Big Bequests
People who are childless are more likely than others to surprise nonprofits by leaving money to them in their wills. Because baby boomers are more likely than other generations to be childless, those surprises may grow more common.
Nonprofits See Big Planned-Gift Potential as Childless Boomers Age
Research shows donors without kids give more, both during their lifetimes and in bequests, and fundraisers are taking family status into account in shaping stewardship strategies.
Baltimore Youth Charity Fights Poverty the Hard Way
The nonprofit group Thread surrounds each struggling teenage participant with a team of volunteers who push, pull, and cajole them to success. It’s hard work, but it gets results. Can it find the money and support it needs to grow?
2 Charities Show How Big Bets on City Youth Can Pay Off
Programs in Chicago and Oakland are showing how, with enough resources, the hardest-to-reach young people can become stable, successful members of their communities.
These People Will Help Chan and Zuckerberg Spend $45 Billion
The Facebook couple is plowing millions of dollars into for-profit companies it believes can address social problems, but key hires have plenty of ties to the foundation and charity worlds as well.
Curating Arts Careers for People of Color
Founded in response to 1992 riots over the Rodney King verdict, the Getty Foundation’s program has matched thousands of students with meaningful entry-level work at cultural organizations.
From Zero to $40 Million: Elite Fundraiser Explains How She Did It
Exhaustive research and tenacity helped Anna Barber raise this tidy sum for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Now she’s striking out on her own.
Best Bet for Wealthy Donors: Appeal to Their Individualism, Study Suggests
Highlighting a donor’s ability to make a difference as an individual produced more giving among upper-income people than appeals to uniting for a common cause.
Fundraising Advice: Mailing-List Segmentation for Beginners
Splitting supporters into subgroups can help you pinpoint messages, improve programs, and assess what types of appeals and extras work best for which donors.
Opinion: 8 Causes That Demand Attention From Foundations Created for the Long Haul
More ultrawealthy people are deciding to give away their wealth during their lifetimes, but many big problems can’t be resolved within a few decades.
Opinion: Philanthropy Often Needs to Stand Up to Big Business, Not Collaborate With It
With the White House seemingly determined to deregulate, it may be up to foundations and donors to call out corporations for their excesses.
Letters: Chronicle’s Analysis of Endowment Spending Failed to Understand How Assets Are Managed for the Long Term
The chief financial officer at Stanford University says endowments are what lead to America’s economic growth, while leaders of a key college association see a missed opportunity to explain the difference between current gifts and those meant to ensure financial security.