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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Houston Ballet’s Charity Ball Offers a Blueprint for Pandemic-Era Hybrid Events
Fundraising EventsThe March 6 program, which included small parties at private homes in addition to a virtual program, raised $850,000 for the dance company.
OpinionGreater financial transparency, made increasingly possible by technological innovation and new social norms, is becoming a hallmark virtue of the 21st century for young people raised on social media and smartphones. Their vision for a more transparent world will become the expectation in the years to come, and they will only trust nonprofits that are open.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
For food banks, the pandemic was an emergency on top of a crisis, and as it recedes they are taking aim at the roots of hunger in America. Researchers and activists note that a stopgap system has been in place for decades, yet more than 10 percent of people still do not have enough to eat. “This is no longer an emergency because it’s a chronic need,” said an executive with WhyHunger. Their prescription: permanently broadening eligibility and hiking benefits for government nutrition programs, including SNAP, WIC, and school and summertime meals; supporting campaigns for a living wage — from some of the same corporations that donate to food banks but provide scant benefits to workers; and acting as a link between their clients and employment, training, and education opportunities. Many of these changes would also chip away at racial inequities, considering that minorities are more likely to face chronic food insecurity. (Counter)
Plus: Feeding the Hungry, One Wholesome Meal at a Time (New York Times)
Conservatives are mustering for a battle to take over the Southern Baptist Convention at its annual meeting this week. Arguing that the denomination has drifted too far left, organizers are working the phones, holding conferences, and reaching out to churches to boost attendance at the Nashville gathering, where delegates will elect the SBC’s new president. The convention happens as the overwhelmingly white, male-led denomination is riven over how to deal with sexual abuse allegations at some of its churches as well as some pastors’ embrace of the racial-justice movement and willingness to give women a larger role in leading worship. The SBC has been losing members for years, and however this year’s convention plays out, it could be headed for a deeper split. (New York Times)
More on Sexual Misconduct Charges at Charities
- ‘People of Praise Leaders Failed Me’: Christian Group Tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett Faces Reckoning Over Sexual Misconduct (Washington Post)
- Workers on Hunger Strike Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct at Immigrant Advocacy Group (Vice)
- Demand for Abortion Subsidies Surges in the D.C. Area as Funding Declines (Washington Post)
- Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine to Launch What Could Be ‘the Coolest High School in America’ (Los Angeles Times)
- Washington STEM CEO Leaving to Join Gates Foundation (Puget Sound Business Journal)
- Bidder Pays $28 Million in Charity Auction to Book Space Flight With Jeff Bezos (Washington Post)
- Herb Sturz, a Quiet Force in the Life of New York City (New York Times)
Leadership and ManagementThe widespread charity failures that many experts feared did not happen, thanks to stepped-up giving by foundations and individual donors and billions of dollars in government support, according to interviews with charity leaders and a new study from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Donor-Advised Funds and FoundationsOpponents say the measure, which would offer tax benefits to grant makers and donors who push money out the door, especially harms family foundations and community funds.
OpinionWell-known women philanthropists like MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates are showing what’s possible if we move beyond traditional giving approaches. Now we need to expand their approaches on a large scale.
Data About DonorsThe results have implications for charities looking to attract new donors on the strength of their work.
FundraisingA crypto-enthusiast has developed a system that makes it easy for charities to receive digital currencies — and could open the door to new, young, tech-savvy donors.