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Subject: Nonprofits Hail Antipoverty Measures and $1 Billion for AmeriCorps in Stimulus Measure
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Government and RegulationThe legislation could help relieve the burden on nonprofits and foundations to serve the neediest, but charity advocates were frustrated that no new tax breaks for charity donors were included.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionFoundations only represent a small segment of philanthropy, but many fundraisers assign an outsize amount of clout to grant makers.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Doctors at a Philadelphia medical center are objecting to a new fundraising effort that ties some bonuses to patient-donor referrals. Among the factors that go into calculating department chairs’ bonuses at Jefferson Health is now how many potential donors among their departments’ patients they refer to the development office. In addition, last year the system launched a way for physicians to flag the electronic records of patients who could be supporters. A Johns Hopkins bioethicist said mixing fundraising and patient care could damage the doctor-patient relationship. A hospital spokesman said, “It’s important to note that these discussions are always initiated by the patient.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
At least 10 members of Time’s Up Healthcare, which works to combat sexual harassment and assault in the medical profession, have quit the organization over two founding members’ handling of such complaints. In one case, an anonymous plaintiff who is suing a doctor at a VA medical center in Oregon for assault and harassment alleges that she revealed the behavior to a Time’s Up Healthcare founding member who is an emergency physician there and who did not report the doctor’s behavior. The suit also says another founding member “did not take strong enough action on a previous sexual-harassment complaint.” The Time’s Up Foundation said it is committed to “addressing the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and gender discrimination” and that the emergency physician “is at most a witness to these events.” (MedPage Today)
The past year’s most innovative nonprofits, in an annual ranking, found novel ways to meet the crushing need for aid during the pandemic and to push back against rising inequality and hate. Among the 10 top organizations singled out by Fast Company were Get Shift Done, which hired laid-off food-service workers to staff overwhelmed food banks; the U.N. World Food Program’s Innovation Accelerator, which found new ways to get food to hungry people; Color of Change, which led an advertiser boycott to get Facebook to rein in hate speech and misinformation; and Unicef USA, which guaranteed payment to suppliers of personal protective equipment on behalf of poorer countries that would otherwise gave struggled to get it quickly enough. (Fast Company)
- Judge OKs Texas Ousting Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program (HuffPost)
- Warren Buffett’s Fortune Tops $100 Billion as His Stock Soars (Associated Press)
- L.A. Opens its First Tiny Home Village to Ease Homeless Crisis (Associated Press)
- Athletes Appeal to NCAA in Protest of Anti-Transgender Laws (Associated Press)
Women's EquityThe winners of the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls, which will be announced in the fall, will each receive between $300,000 and $2 million.
Grant MakingPhilanthropy’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.
Diversifying FundraisingMany big-gift fundraisers still overlook donors from a variety of demographic groups, even though about 14 percent of U.S. millionaires are from minority groups. That number will likely grow.
Philanthropy TodayPlus, how to create a culture of inclusive fundraising, and attacking traditional philanthropy is wrongheaded and out of sync with most Americans’ giving (opinion)