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From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Fundraisers Need a Sense of Belonging as Much as They Need Diversity
On the Cover: Diversity Is Not Enough for Fundraisers
Nonprofits have been talking about diversity for a long time. But making sure fundraisers feel included and nurturing a sense of belonging require a level of intention most haven’t mustered.
Plus, see everything else in our new April issue, posted online for subscribers today.
Individual GivingThe Houston philanthropists were the first billionaires to join a campaign urging the wealthy to commit to donating yearly. The campaign is allied with an effort to persuade Congress to take steps to channel more money in foundations and donor-advised funds directly to charities.
OpinionActivists are running campaigns to give to charities that their enemies hate. The drives could produce much-needed gifts but get nonprofits caught up in partisan political controversies.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Increasing violence has spurred some Asian-Americans to activism for the first time in a fundamental rethink of their place in U.S. society. One 40-year-old professional who attended his first rally this year said when his parents came to the United States, “their mentality was, don’t get in trouble.” But even as many Asian Americans have tried to keep a low profile, the incidence of hate crimes against them rose sharply in many U.S. cities from 2019 to 2020, according to researchers at California State University at San Bernardino. In response, a co-executive director of the Chinese for Affirmative Action nonprofit, one of three groups sponsoring the Stop AAPI Hate initiative, said her group has seen record donations and offers to volunteer in the past year. A Texas state legislator whose parents emigrated from China said quiet industriousness is “not protection. Your number just hasn’t come up yet.” (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
Plus: Waves of Giving Follow Racial Equity Crises (Marketplace)
The Nature Conservancy has started an internal review of its carbon-offsets program after criticism that it had helped participating corporations make misleading claims about their carbon footprints. The nonprofit sells carbon credits to major emitters that help pay for the preservation of forest lands, allowing the companies to claim that they offset their emissions. But the Nature Conservancy and other environmental groups have been selling credits for trees that are in no danger of being felled, bringing in money without meaningful forest protection. One defender of the practice said such transactions can save forests that seem safe now but might be targeted to raise cash for an organization facing an unforeseen future crisis. The Nature Conservancy has said its offset program was vetted by a third party and meets prevailing standards. In a statement, it said the program would evolve “as our understanding of climate change science and policy evolves.” (Bloomberg Green)
- Boy Scouts Victims Committee Says Claims Worth $103 Billion (Associated Press)
- NRA Trial Starts With Dueling Portrayals of CEO LaPierre’s Influence (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- The Battle for Tribune: Inside the Campaign to Find New Owners for a Legendary Group of Newspapers (Washington Post). Plus: Even Without Deep Pockets, Main Street Shows Up to Support Local News (Poynter)
- Why We’re Investing $150 Million to Bring Biology and A.I. Together: Eric and Wendy Schmidt (USA Today). Plus: See more about Eric and Wendy Schmidt’s gift.
- Sinclair Anchor Demands $20 Million From Charity Over Fraud Allegations (Washington Post)
- Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Hospitals: It’s Time Taxpayers Get Their Money’s Worth (Stat)
- The People Running Endowments and Pensions Are Largely White and Male. Here’s How Washington Can Change That. (Morning Consult)
- Helping Homeless People in N.Y.C. Get Stimulus Payments (New York Times)
- St. Paul Nonprofit Launches Guaranteed Income Program for Artists and Culture Workers (Pioneer Press)
Corporate GivingThe founders of Peloton, Stitch Fix, YouTube, and Zoom are among the more than 3,400 Asian American business leaders and their supporters who have pledged to fund nonprofits that serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Takeaways From a Pandemic YearSharing Power and Curbing Racial Inequities: How Grant Makers Can Commit to Real Change a Year After CovidA year ago today, foundations and donors committed to new ways of operating to help organizations survive the health and economic crises. In 2021, there’s much more for all of us to do.
Philanthropy TodayPlus, donations for Asian American groups surge after killings, and two commitments of $100 million address racial wealth gaps and accelerate Covid research
Finance and RevenueIt’s been a hard 12 months for nonprofits and much uncertainty still lies ahead, but expert say there many guideposts that can help determine what kind of fundraising performance to expect in 2021 and beyond.
OpinionIncorporating A.I. tools into all programs and ensuring they are used for social good should be a priority for every foundation, not just those focused on technological innovation.