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Subject: Nonprofits Welcome Billions in Pandemic Giving but Wonder if Support Will Last
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Nonprofits Welcome Billions in Pandemic Giving but Wonder if Support Will LastPhilanthropy’s response to Covid-19 in 2020 — $20.2 billion, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday — eclipsed giving to any other natural disasters in recent memory, and many grant makers dropped a wide range of restrictions they typically impose on their grantees.
Events in Which Donors Raise Money From Friends Saw Steep Revenue Declines in 2020With social gatherings banned or curtailed for much of last year, just four of the top 30 athletic and other large-scale fundraising campaigns managed to outpace their 2019 revenue.
Netflix Commits $100 Million to Support Artists of Color in TV and FilmAlso, Bloomberg Philanthropies gave $150 million to establish the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, and Bank of America has awarded $10 million to create the Center for Black Entrepreneurship.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Disaster-aid nonprofit Direct Relief will use a $50 million gift from MacKenzie Scott to launch a fund to promote health equity. Spurred in part by a re-energized racial-justice movement, the California organization will support clinics, free and charitable health centers, and other groups “addressing nonclinical matters and circumstances that strongly affect a person’s health.” The fund has raised half of its $150 million target, thanks also to a $10 million gift from the AbbVie drug company and $1 million from the NBA’s Miami Heat. It will give grants to nonprofits, public agencies, and other groups that provide health services, under the guidance of an advisory council that includes a former U.S. surgeon general. (Pacific Coast Business Times)
To raise money for their proposed $300 million settlement of sexual-abuse claims, the Boy Scouts of America will put nearly 60 Norman Rockwell paintings on the block. The Scouts holdings, with names like “On My Honor” and “I Will Do My Best,” tend to illustrate scouting life, although the painter was never a scout himself. They span nearly 60 years of Rockwell’s life. In the past decade, Rockwell’s paintings have fetched from $9 million to nearly $50 million at auction, but a biographer of the painter said the Boy Scouts holdings are not among his most valuable works. (New York Times)
Months after the Baltimore Museum of Art abandoned plans to sell major pieces to fund diversity and inclusion efforts, it has raised $1.5 million for that purpose. Two-thirds of that money comes from a new supporter, art collector Eileen Harris Norton. The donations will go toward an endowment, a new committee on diversity, higher salaries for hourly workers, and longer opening hours. Museum Director Christopher Bedford backed off a plan to raise $65 million from the sale of three works, including Andy Warhol’s “Last Supper,” after it raised a hue and cry last year. Noting that the museum has been around for more than 100 years and that 96 percent of its collection is from white artists, Bedford said he is impatient for change. (Artnet News)
- U. of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate Pushes for UW Foundation to Divest From Fossil Fuels (Daily Cardinal)
- These Baltimore Youth Leadership Nonprofits Just Merged. Here’s What They Learned (Technical.ly)
- Texas Ballet Theater Shuts Down Fort Worth Headquarters After ‘Catastrophic’ Storm Damage (CultureMap Fort Worth)
- Funders Want to Help Ensure Native Food Sovereignty. Many in Those Communities Want Philanthropy to Do Better. (Counter)
- Sheriff: Man Arrested in Ore. in Major Fraud Investigation Spanning Multiple States Involving Fake Nonprofits (KPTV)
About the Pandemic and the Charitable Response
- Pandemic Puts 1 in 3 Nonprofits in Financial Jeopardy (Associated Press)
- Latter-Day Saint Charities Donates $20 Million to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign (Deseret News)
- National Gallery and Smithsonian Take Slower Approach to Reopening, While Some D.C. Museums Start Welcoming Visitors Back (Washington Post)
National Service Advocates Hope for Expansion Under Biden AdministrationIn January, the Biden administration issued an executive order to direct federal agencies to develop plans for a Public Health Job Corps that would be modeled on AmeriCorp’s disaster-focused FEMA Corps program and would be administered under AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Conservation Corps program.
Stimulus Bill Would Make Some Large Nonprofits Eligible for Forgivable LoansThe $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by the House also would extend and expand help for nonprofits that self-insure unemployment benefits and would provide aid that could help many nonprofits that receive contracts from state and local governments.
Philanthropy 50: Ethics
Donors in Trouble Pose a Quandary for NonprofitsNonprofits risk their reputations when they accept gifts from questionable donors. Plus, accepting a gift from a bad actor may make that person feel enabled to be bad again.
Your Nonprofit Coach
The 4 Deadly Sins of Dysfunctional Boards ― and How to Fix ThemIt’s up to nonprofit leaders to give trustees the tools they need to be successful.
7 Tips For Hosting Better Virtual Fundraising EventsFundraisers expect the bulk of their events to continue happening online as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on. The Chronicle asked experts what they learned about hosting virtual events in 2020 and how to make them even more successful in the year ahead. Plus, a checklist for virtual-event presenters.