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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Effort to Fund Racially Diverse Climate Groups Gains Momentum
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionDonors of Color Network, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding racial-equity efforts, has asked climate funders to disclose what percentage of their funding during the past two years has gone to organizations led by people of color — and to pledge at least 30 percent of their climate donations to such groups.
TransitionsAlso, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has chosen a new executive vice president of programs, and Paul Cheung of the Knight Foundation will take the helm of the Center for Public Integrity.
OpinionAt a time when immigration policy battles are taking center stage, some of Miranda’s recent grants are going to nonprofits that help immigrants rise to the middle class — reflecting the values depicted in his new movie “In the Heights.” His approach should be an example for other donors.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
After a tough year, and months of applications and waiting, performance venues are finally receiving federal pandemic relief funds. In Massachusetts, some are using the money for overdue renovations or to adapt the spaces to a changed world, installing sophisticated air filtration, security-screening systems, and touchless bathroom fixtures. Others are restoring lost pay and bringing workers back from furloughs. The $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant provides 45 percent of a venue’s 2019 earned revenue, up to $10 million, for spaces whose ticket revenue disappeared last year. It had a rocky start of computer glitches and confusing paperwork, but midstream reforms got it going. (Boston Globe)
Former spouses Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott keep trading the spotlight back and forth by making large philanthropic gestures with their Amazon fortunes, but their approaches are distinctly different. Bezos has pledged an enormous $13 billion in gifts, of which he has given $1.5 billion publicly. That amounts to less than 1 percent of his wealth. He has also favored large, better-known organizations, such as the Smithsonian, the World Wildlife Fund, and Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute. Scott, on the other hand, has given away about $8.5 billion, or 14 percent of her fortune, as far as we know, and tends to seek out social-justice or racial-equity causes. Many of her recipients have been underfunded historically Black colleges and universities or local groups, such as YMCAs, for which multimillion-dollar gifts can be transformational. (Forbes)
- These Silicon Valley Nonprofit Execs Took Home Nearly $1 Million or More in Pay (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
- Anonymous Donor Gifts $20 Million to Schools in Diocese of Greensburg (KDKA Pittsburgh)
- Can Auctions Save the Earth? Christie’s to Fundraise for Environmental Charity by Selling Works by Cecily Brown and Rashid Johnson (Art Newspaper)
- Giving a Boost to Nonprofits in Their Time of Need: Restoring the State’s Charitable Tax Deduction Is the Right Thing to Do (Boston Globe)
- Minding My Own Business at a Tampa Store and Hit Up for Charity at Check-Out (Tampa Bay Times)
- Could a Fleet of Affordably Priced, Readily Accessible Electric Cars Help Alleviate Road Congestion and Climate Change? A Boston Startup Takes the Wheel. (Boston Globe)
- This Website Crashed When Hundreds Donated to Kids in Foster Care After a Reddit Post (Washington Post)
- What Happens to Worn Out Rock Climbing Ropes? This Teen Turns Them Into Dog Leashes and Gives All Profits to Animal Groups. (Washington Post)
OpinionA new fund aims to let people closest to the challenges facing schools work hand in hand with research and development experts to find new approaches that will help students of color and those who live in poverty.
Big GiftsThe business executive is backing research to reverse-engineer health advances by studying humans at their physical peak — especially elite athletes.
DataDemocrats, urban dwellers, and affluent Americans with a college education have more trust in nonprofits than others do.
GivingBlue Meridian, a donor collaborative, is helping nonprofits experiment with rapid testing and other approaches that speed up their work as they seek to ensure that marginalized people get an even shot at the nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
Exit InterviewAs Penelope Burk releases her final survey of nonprofit donors, she talks about how to put the focus on supporters and what needs to change in fundraising to make it better.