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December 17, 2020

From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Subject: Nonprofits Coming Up Short So Far in Congressional Stimulus Negotiations

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.

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)

More News

  • 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)

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