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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: How Philanthropy Can Make the Quantum Leaps Society Is Counting On (Opinion)
OpinionLetting people close to the problems make decisions about where money should go and building trust are essential if we want to do more than make incremental changes.
Individual GivingAt a time when some institutions are facing fundraising shortfalls as donors have shifted their priorities in response to the pandemic, the children’s hospital raised $2 billion in the 2021 fiscal year.
Gifts RoundupJeff Bezos Gives $100 Million Each to Van Jones of Dream Corps and José Andrés of World Central KitchenAlso, the family that founded Hobby Lobby has given $20 million to an evangelical college in Alabama, and two brothers have donated $10 million to Elon University to rename its school of education after their mother.
Independent Sector revised the numbers on a survey covered in an article that ran in Friday’s Philanthropy Today (“Views of Nonprofits Reflect America’s Political and Income Divides”). The corrected information: Fifty-seven percent of survey participants said they trust nonprofits to “do what is right,” down just 2 percentage points from 2020. And only 30 percent of respondents said they trusted major philanthropists or foundations, down from 36 percent.
Virtual Forum: How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff
Nonprofits focused on nearly every cause and mission have been seeking ways to ensure their work forces look more like America’s increasingly diverse population, a goal that many accelerated in the wake of last summer’s racial reckoning.
Many organizations are making strides, hiring people from a wide array of racial and ethnic backgrounds, seeking greater gender and socioeconomic balance among employees, and making their workplaces more open to people with disabilities. However, a few organizations are well ahead of the pack and are creating staffs that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Join us for a free virtual forum Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern to learn from nonprofit leaders who will share steps they took to diversify their staffs and create cultures that welcome diverse perspectives. They’ll share their experiences and offer advice on how — and why — to build diverse organizations. Register today.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Melinda French Gates is addressing the staff of the Gates Foundation this week as anxiety about the future rises. Some staff members are concerned that after the Gates’s divorce the philanthropy will fracture as each founder pursues his or her pet causes, according to three people at the foundation whose names were not disclosed. They are also dismayed by the departure of Warren Buffett, who they say provided a reality check against the Gates’s sometimes unrealistic expectations for the foundation — for example, finding a cure for malaria and polio before Bill Gates dies. And they are uneasy about reports of Bill Gates’s inappropriate behavior with female colleagues and his association with Jeffrey Epstein. Some staff members are working on their resumes, the sources said. (Business Insider — subscription)
A community of small arts organizations in Los Angeles have a better shot at longevity and stability thanks to recent donations from MacKenzie Scott. Self Help Graphics & Art, which provides studio, education, and exhibition space, has only recently found a permanent home, 50 years after its founding in a garage. A $1 million gift from Scott and $4 million from the state will fund building renovations and provide some breathing room. The Arts for Healing and Justice Network helps small arts groups serving incarcerated young people with programming, scheduling, and other day-to-day chores. It received a $1.5 million grant from Scott, which could go toward starting similar networks in other states or buying a gathering space. And the California Community Foundation has used a $20 million gift from Scott to start an endowment for small and midsize arts groups. (Financial Times — subscription)
- Democrats Unify Behind Climate Corps, Vague on Details (Wall Street Journal — subscription_
- Belarus Shuts More Civil Society Groups in Wide Crackdown (Associated Press)
- United Methodist Church Edges Toward Historic Split Over LGBTQ Inclusion. This Church Showed the Way. (Religion News Service)
- S.D. Veterans’ Home Grateful but Baffled by $1 Million Gift (Daily Beast)
About Anti- Racism Work
- Citi Foundation Awards $25 Million to Support Black-Owned Small Businesses in NYC (AMNY)
- Obituary: Bob Moses, Crusader for Civil Rights and Math Education (New York Times)
- Philly’s Museum of Black Joy Aims to Counterprogram Traumatizing Narratives About Black Life (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Should a CNN Pundit With a $100 Million Charity Keep His Perch? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Why Refugees Can, and Should, Lead Solutions to Displacement (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
#EquityTalk: Who to Listen to?
This fall, the Chronicle will profile people remaking their organizations and the nonprofit field as a whole to advance equity. We would like to know who you are listening to — writers, activists, podcast hosts, and social-media influencers as well as leaders, fundraisers, and other frontline workers bringing about change that’s driving conversations. Please use this form to provide as many as three names. Thank you!
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.
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.
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.