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From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Fundraisers Get Pink Slips as Nonprofits Shed Jobs
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OpinionFidelity and other big providers do little to spur giving. That’s why charities need to persuade donors to act — or Congress needs to step in.
Grants RoundupAlso, Dominion Energy will give $35 million to support historically black colleges and universities in four states, and the Meyer Memorial Trust has promised $25 million over five years to Justice Oregon for Black Lives.
Nonprofit News from Elsewhere
Starved for listeners and advertisers during the pandemic, NPR could face a record deficit in the coming fiscal year. NPR has made cuts, but without more tightening, the network faces a $30 million to $43 million deficit, its largest ever, in the fiscal year starting October 1. Even after putting dozens of staffers on weeklong, unpaid furloughs, NPR will end this year $10 million in the red. To avoid getting caught up in political fights over its budget, NPR has become increasingly reliant on corporate advertising, which has vaporized during the shutdown. In a normal year, ad revenue would have accounted for about a third of NPR’s $275 million budget, but it will be down by $12 million to $15 million this year. (Washington Post)
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove founder Margaret Sanger’s name from a Manhattan clinic over concerns about her embrace of eugenics. Scholars say Sanger sought to bring birth control to all women regardless of race and income, but she also believed that a healthier and stronger human race could emerge via the right breeding. Critics of Planned Parenthood say she wanted to curtail the growth of the Black population — which scholars refute — and that through its defense of abortion rights, Planned Parenthood tries to do the same. An official with the chapter said Sanger’s “complicated legacy” has gotten in the way of a “right relationship with women of color.” (Washington Post)
The Richard Tucker Foundation, which recognizes promising young opera singers, has removed from its board the son of the singer for whom it is named. David N. Tucker was kicked off the board he called protesters in Portland, Oreg., thugs in a Facebook post and cheered the deployment of federal troops there. When a Black singer noted in his response that the foundation had awarded its top prize to a Black artist only once in its 40-plus years, Tucker wrote, “Pulling the race card is another convenient excuse to modify excellent standards of vocal artistry.” A group of Black workers and artists in the opera world, along with some members of the foundation’s board, called for Tucker’s dismissal. The foundation condemned Tucker’s comments and is assembling a “diversity task force.” (New York Times)
More About Racial Justice
- Sierra Club Speaks Out Against Its Founder and Environmental Icon John Muir for Racist Views (Washington Post)
- Letter Says Seattle Children’s Museum Laid Off Staff Following Black Lives Matter Posts (SeattlePI)
- When the Bake Sale Goes Global, Millions Are Raised to Fight Injustice (New York Times)
- These Mayors Want to Fight Covid-19 With an Idea Gaining Ground in Philanthropy: a Guaranteed Income (Vox)
- Prince Harry and Prince William Deny They Misused Royal Charity Funds (Daily Beast)
- At This Trump-Favored Charity, Financial Reporting Is Questionable and Insiders Are Cashing In (ProPublica)
- Black-led Philanthropies are Best-Positioned to Serve Their Neighbors, but Need Support (Indy Star)
- Most of Silicon Valley’s Highest-Paid Nonprofit Executives are at These 2 Organizations (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
What Everyone Else Is Reading
Finance and RevenueAs many as 40 percent of charities could be wiped out, according to one forecast — but grant makers and nonprofits could also seize new ways to advance their missions.
Gifts RoundupPlus, a Silicon Valley billionaire and his wife established an immigrant relief fund; and two hospitals, Albion College, and USC received big gifts.
OpinionThe drive to act immediately is understandable. But first recognize that when white-led institutions impose their definition of action during moments like these, it can be an obstacle to the actual work needed to create systemic change.
Finance and RevenueSome groups have hired back workers or reopened programs. For others, the benefits have been fleeting.
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