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October 13, 2020

From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Subject: Foundations Are Sending More Dollars to Donor-Advised Funds, Chronicle Analysis Finds

Nonprofit News From Elsewhere

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are pouring money from their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative into election-year causes — and taking fire from all sides. Nationwide, the couple are adding $100 million to the $300 million they’ve already put aside to help local and state officials administer elections. Republicans have objected to the grants, saying they open the door to “privatized” election management. In California, the couple have been using their philanthropy to spend almost $11 million on a ballot initiative that would roll back California’s tight property tax cap, but only for commercial properties. The state’s businesses opposes the measure, but Zuckerberg, Chan, and many others argue that 1978’s Proposition 13 has starved schools of funding and indirectly inflated housing prices. (Washington Post and Vox)

An extraordinary confluence of events is creating upheaval for U.S. museums as they try not only to survive but also to better represent their audiences. Most museums are bleeding revenue, and nearly half have cut staff as they remain closed or open with reduced capacity during the pandemic. At the same time, the renewed racial-justice movement is demanding a rethinking of everything connected to museums, from acquisitions and community outreach to staffing and oversight. Now a group of African-American trustees of some prominent museums has formed the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums, which will push institutions to find new talent in overlooked communities and to represent more varied perspectives. (Washington Post and New York Times)

Plus: LACMA Trustee Tom Gores Has Resigned From the Museum’s Board After Activists Decried the Billionaire’s Prison Investments (artnet News)

More News

  • 41 WNET Employees Call for Resignation of C.E.O. Neal Shapiro (New York Times)
  • Princeton to Name Residential College After Black Alumna (New York Times)
  • New Prize Modeled on MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants Hands Out $1 Million (New York Times)


  • Three Rockefellers Say Banks Must Stop Financing Fossil Fuels (New York Times)
  • Save the Planet, Win a Prize (New York Times)
  • What the United Nations World Food Program’s Nobel Peace Prize Win Says About Global Hunger (Fast Company)
  • Researchers Gave Thousands of Dollars to Homeless People. The Results Defied Stereotypes. (CNN)

About Innovation

  • Researchers Gave Thousands of Dollars to Homeless People. The Results Defied Stereotypes. (CNN)
  • Experiential Museums Find New Ways to Sell Fun Even With Covid Restrictions (Wall Street Journal)
  • Microsoft and Facebook Vet Leads Nonprofit Making Software to Improve COVID-19 Rapid Tests (Geek Wire)
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