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Subject: Rockefeller Foundation Hires Trump Whistle-Blower to Lead Pandemic Prevention
TransitionsAlso, a lawyer from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is joining the Obama Foundation, and the leader of the Seattle Foundation is stepping down.
OpinionCalls for more government help fail to recognize who is actually doing the hard work during this time of extreme crisis — the local groups that know their communities best and can respond quickly.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
A straw poll of museum directors has revealed a nearly even industry split over the practice of selling artworks to pay the bills. In a recent informal sounding, members of the Association of Art Museum Directors voted 91-88 against making permanent a temporary loosening of the rules against "deaccessioning" for operating expenses. Normally, the association allows such sales only to raise funds to buy other works, but it has lifted that stricture during the pandemic. Supporters of the change say it's unrealistic to always expect museum boards to come up with major infusions of cash. One prominent critic said he supports the practice to reshape collections, but for other purposes, it could become addictive like "crack cocaine." (New York Times)
A handful of philanthropies were responsible for more than three-quarters of the $1.4 billion that foundations gave away in Covid relief in the first nine months of 2020. The top five givers were the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($215.51 million), Lilly Endowment ($130.9 million), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($122.47 million), Bloomberg Philanthropies ($111.3 million), and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation ($100 million), according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the University of British Columbia, who used data from the research organization Candid. Embedded in this giving were clear inequities: Cities received the lion's share of funding, even when compared with larger rural swathes with equivalent population numbers, and many foundations' focus on helping their nearby communities means other regions can be overlooked. (Conversation)
- Major Donors to South Florida Hospital Foundation Got Early Vaccine Access (Politico)
- Opinion: Tim Cook on the Pandemic Year: the Urgency of Racial Justice (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- Anti-Asian Violence Is on the Rise. Here Are Some Ways You Can Help Asian Americans. (Vox)
- Calif. Hospital Must Pay Charity-Care Costs, Appellate Court Rules (Becker's Hospital Review)
- A Charity Tax Break for Retirees Is Back. Here’s How to Use It. (Washington Post)
- Woman Who Claimed to Run Charity Indicted for Federal Loan Fraud (Atlanta Journal-Consitution)
Arts and Culture
- N.Y. Raises the Curtain for Live Events (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- Art World Gets Crash Course in NFTs; a Frenzy Ensues (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- Chicago Proposal to Restrict ‘House Museums’ Draws Outrage (Chicago Sun-Times)
Foundation GivingThe Seattle grant maker weathered conflicting views among trustees and upended traditional practices to change where it gives money and improve its relationship with grantees.
Grant MakingThe Jessie Ball duPont Fund offered grantees crash courses in how to use Twitter and Facebook to boost fundraising. The results for nonprofits, such as the Jacksonville Humane Society, were impressive.
Government and RevenueThe goal of the measure is to prevent job losses at thousands of nonprofits as demand for services rises but budgets are strained.
OpinionThe nation’s multiple crises have left small-nonprofit fundraisers stressed and exhausted. They are more likely to stick around if they can connect with informal networks of like-minded professionals.