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From: Philanthropy Today
Subject: Kataly Foundation Hires First CEO; New Senior Official at Rockefeller Brothers (Transitions)
TransitionsRockefeller Brothers leader will expand Central America grantmaking made possible by an estate gift from David Rockefeller, and the Russell Family Foundation’s interim CEO will stay on permanently.
OpinionWe need more people who understand social missions to cast their ballots, so we as nonprofits should do all we can to increase turnout.
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)
- 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
TechnologyOrganizations are struggling with technology during the pandemic in many of the same ways they did before the coronavirus forced them to go remote, according to a new report from HopeLab, a nonprofit that uses technology to improve the lives of young people.
Fundraising TipsTactics and advice from veteran fundraisers to help you stay in touch with big donors, bring them closer to your cause, and boost results over the long term.
OpinionPhilanthropic organizations say they want to embrace bottom-up approaches to grantmaking, but a series of donor workshops reveals how entrenched ideas and policies create obstacles to such reforms, says a foundation consultant.
OpinionBy embracing more risk , stepping up their donations, and changing how they interact with nonprofits, family funds have the potential to be key to the recovery and reset ahead.
FoundationsA new report by the Council on Foundations shows that people of color account for 27.3 percent of all full-time staff positions, up slightly since 2016.
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Online Briefing: Promise and Peril: Nonprofits in the Age of Big Tech
Nonprofits are moving more of their work and meetings online, especially since the pandemic struck. And while technology offers opportunities for connecting in ways unimaginable a generation ago, it also presents risks and creates digital divides that exacerbate longstanding societal inequities. Nonprofits are especially vulnerable as they become more dependent on technology. Budget shortfalls can lead organizations to skimp on security or use free software that comes with unfavorable conditions.
In a recent Chronicle opinion series, Lucy Bernholz calls on nonprofits, including foundations, to recognize risks associated with an overreliance on big tech companies, take steps to diminish that dependency, advocate for policies that protect consumers, and invest in alternative solutions. Join us to hear Bernholz’s views and those of other experts who will discuss these issues and innovative approaches that democratize technology. Our panelists also will argue for greater philanthropic investment in nonprofits’ ability to use technology safely and will share resources to help nonprofits better manage digital risk.
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