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From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Nonprofits Coming Up Short So Far in Congressional Stimulus Negotiations
ResearchExpanded access to charitable deductions, state aid that helps nonprofits, and loans to keep charity workers on the job are failing to gain traction, nonprofit advocates say.
ResearchNinety-three percent of signatories to the Council on Foundation pledge say they loosened or eliminated restrictions on current grants, compared to only 67 percent of non-signatories.
Fundraising TechnologyEighty-two percent of respondents say artificial intelligence could help them identify and contact more potential donors, according to the survey from the AI in Advancement Advisory Council.
Tips and ToolsA new tool kit explains how to ditch the savior language and showcase the aspirations and common humanity of people at the center of philanthropic missions.
OpinionFrom how we care to how we collaborate, the buzzwords we can expect to hear next year reflect a wary world edging toward recovery.
Grants RoundupAlso, 42 organizations that help homeless people will share $106 million from the Bezos Day One Fund.
Sharpen the Fundraising Skills You Need Now
With remote work, kids learning from home, and so many other challenges, you and your colleagues may have missed some of our best training sessions of 2020. Here are some of the sessions that address the most pressing fundraising needs in this time of social distancing and upheaval. Watch when it’s convenient for you — and encourage others to do the same. One registration can cover your whole team. After registering, just send team member names and emails to copevents and request access for the group.
- How to Thank Donors – and Bring Them Closer to Your Cause
- How They Did It: Virtual Events Donors Love
- Tips for Successful Online Meetings With Major Donors
- Major-Gift Fundraisers: Learn From Your Peers
- Racial Equity in Fundraising and Philanthropy: What’s Next? (in partnership with Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy)
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
A new Senate report has found that opioid makers paid $65 million since 1997 to advocacy groups that promote patient access to those painkillers. Drugmaker Mallinckrodt gave $200,000 to the Alliance for Patient Access in 2017, the year that the alliance took over the Mallinckrodt-run Alliance for Balanced Pain Management. The next year, the Daiichi Sankyo pharmaceutical company gave $75,000 to the American Chronic Pain Association to promote opioid formulations meant to deter abuse. One month later, the association posted a video downplaying the risk of abuse from that category of opioids. The Alliance for Patient Access has said such grants have no effect on its advocacy, and a spokeswoman for Daiichi Sankyo said its grant to the American Chronic Pain Association was unsolicited support for the group’s survey of abuse-deterrent formulations. (Associated Press)
As their donors rethink their philanthropy, museums are increasingly turning to artists to help them raise funds. That help comes in various ways: Artists can donate gifts to those who contribute above a certain threshold, auction off visits to their studios, or give a bigger commission to shows or galleries where their pieces are exhibited and sold. The arrangements aren’t ideal for fundraisers, but for smaller museums or those without endowments, they have become important during the pandemic. (Artnet News)
MacKenzie Scott’s Billions in Giving
- ‘I Was Stunned’: Big Gifts to Small Colleges From an Unexpected Source (New York Times)
- 5 Ways MacKenzie Scott’s $5.8 Billion Commitment to Social and Economic Justice Is a Model for Other Donors (Conversation)
- National Arts Leader Takes Leave Amid Firestorm Over Racial Equity (Washington Post)
- Partners in Health Co-Founder Awarded the $1 Million Berggruen Prize (New York Times)
- Advocacy Groups Rush to Get Aid to Renters Before a Federal Cutoff Date (New York Times)
- Nonprofit Groups Put N.M.'s New Independent Expenditure Law to the Test (New Mexico in Depth)
- Carnegie Museum Workers Vote to Join United Steelworkers Union (TribLive)
- NYC’s Whitney Museum Wins Bond-Market Reprieve From Covid Hit (Bloomberg)
FundraisingAngelique Grant and Ron Schiller of the Aspen Leadership Group offer practical advice, like starting an inclusion council and taking advantage of campaigns.
ResearchA survey found that 92 percent had loosened or eliminated restrictions on existing grants, 90 percent had reduced what they asked of their grantees, and 80 percent had made new grants as unrestricted as possible.
OpinionThe former president’s remarkable memoir is a guide for all of us who need to make difficult decisions during these especially challenging times.
ResearchThe highest percentage of foundations had undertaken new efforts for groups that serve Blacks, the lowest to groups that serve Native Americans.
OpinionThe November election and the massive civic engagement that preceded it, demonstrate the importance of deploying every asset that volunteers and donors bring to a cause.