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October 16, 2020

From: Philanthropy Today

Subject: Kataly Foundation Hires First CEO; New Senior Official at Rockefeller Brothers (Transitions)

Nonprofit News From Elsewhere

After struggling to get venture capital since the financial crash, climate-related technology startups are increasingly finding their saviors in philanthropy. The nonprofit Prime Coalition in Massachusetts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago's Clean Energy Trust, and VertueLab in Portland are among the investors that have helped philanthropic investment in climate change nearly double over the past five years, from $900 million to at least $1.6 billion in 2019. They have become indispensable for some climate-mitigation technologies, which can take a long time to bring a return and are neither flashy nor, sometimes, easy to explain. (Washington Post)

The Surdna Foundation in New York will plow an additional $36 million into racial-justice efforts over the next three years, bringing its total contributions in that area to about $160 million through 2023. Surdna supports the arts, businesses, and local self-determination efforts in poor neighborhoods and those that work to help people of color. The additional funds are meant to give their recipients "breathing room" to meet urgent needs during the pandemic while still pursuing long-term goals, Don Chen, the foundation's president, said. (Hyperallergic)

Police in Italy have arrested a woman tied to a cardinal who was recently fired by the pope amid accusations he embezzled some of the Vatican's charity funds. Cecilia Marogna has admitted receiving more than 500,000 euros from Cardinal Angelo Becciu over four years. Marogna said she used the money for diplomatic and humanitarian purposes. Italian journalists, however, received a leaked dossier that says Marogna spent most of the money on furniture, designer shoes and handbags, and perfume. Becciu is accused of funneling money from two Vatican offices, including the Peter's Pence charitable fund, through a charity and a company in Slovenia run by his brothers. (Daily Beast)

More News

  • China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US (Associated Press)
  • PBS Showed TV the Future. But What Does Its Own Look Like? (New York Times)
  • Plus: ‘Elmo Knows Where You Live’: A History of the PBS Pledge Drive (New York Times)
  • How Brown University’s Endowment Quietly Became Tops in Ivy League (Wall Street Journal)

About Arts and Culture

  • State asked to halt sale of three Baltimore Museum of Art paintings (Washington Post)
  • To Mirror and Support Community: Everson Museum Board Chair Defends Deaccessioning of a Pollock (Art Newspaper)
  • Should Museums Return Looted Artifacts to Their Countries of Origin? (New York Times)

Opinion and Analysis

  • Justice Ginsburg and the Value of Donor Anonymity (Wall Street Journal)
  • National Service Has Rare Bipartisan Support But an Uncertain Future (Bloomberg)
  • Doing Good May Make People Look Better (Conversation)
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