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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Diverse Donors Led the Shift to Social- and Racial-Justice Giving in 2020
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Diverse Donors Led the Shift to Social- and Racial-Justice Giving in 2020, New Report SaysFoundations and companies turned to leaders and donors of color to help guide their racial-justice giving.
How to Decide Which Pandemic-Era Changes to KeepListening to clients and testing approaches will help nonprofits chart a path for their work going forward, management experts say. Plus: See our special section on nonprofits’ creative ideas for getting through a year of crises and how groups are building on those ideas to shape the future.
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Why Colleges Should Try ‘Fantasy Fundraising’ — Charitable Giving During Sporting EventsUniversities could create fundraising competitions to encourage fans to give during live sports matches. Here’s how.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
The earthquake in Haiti gives aid organizations a chance to learn from the missteps in rebuilding that many made after the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010. International donors, aid groups, and contractors were often more interested in creating new housing than in the practical work of retrofitting existing buildings to withstand earthquakes. As a result, architect-designed model homes went up, and remained empty, alongside older apartment buildings that had withstood disasters. In addition, USAID paid a foreign building company $33,000 per house, and the Red Cross couldn’t secure the land it needed for new development, even as the nonprofit Build Change was training local contractors and another nonprofit, New Story, was paying $6,000 to $7,000 per new home by working with local builders. (Fast Company)
Serial investor and billionaire Ron Perelman’s name will not appear on a new residential college at Princeton after he reportedly failed to make good on a $65 million pledge announced in 2018. The university released a terse statement about the reversal, but one source said Perelman had not made any of the scheduled payments on the gift, which was to come from a foundation run by him and his daughter, Debra. Perelman’s holding company, MacAndrews and Forbes, owns 85 percent of Revlon, whose stock has taken a dive in recent years. He has been selling off major assets, including a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A spokesman for Perelman declined to comment on the Princeton issue. (Daily Beast)
Time’s Up and the Cuomo Scandal
- Tainted by Cuomo Scandal, Can Time’s Up Survive? (Los Angeles Times)
- Leaders of the ‘Time’s Up’ Anti-Harassment Group Worked Closely With Cuomo Aide After First Accusation Against Him Surfaced (Washington Post)
- Catholic Charities: Tex. Order on Migrant Transport Violates Religious Rights (UPI)
- The D.C. Peace Museum That Never Happened: A Promised Public Museum at the Congressionally Chartered U.S. Institute of Peace Failed to Materialize. Why? (Washington Post)
Can the Gates Foundation Cede Power to Those It Seeks to Help?Recent events, including the impending divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates, are an opportunity for the world’s wealthiest philanthropy not only to diversify its board but to let those it serves participate in the grant-making process.
Blank Foundation Poised for Big Grant Increases, Aiming for a Ripple Effect in the SouthFay Twersky, the new leader of the foundation, says democracy, the environment, and youth development will be primary areas of focus.
Zoom Gives a Boost to Nonprofit’s Work to Promote Racial HealingThe move to videoconferencing helped the Winter Institute reach more people with its workshops, while allowing participants to connect on a human level and discuss difficult subjects. See our special section on nonprofits’ creative ideas for getting through a year of crises and how groups are building on those ideas to shape the future.
The San Francisco Foundation Expands Support for Grassroots LeadersA program at the San Francisco Foundation seeks to put money in the hands of people who are already recognized as local leaders, even though they don’t always have the bona fides of an official title, elected office, or established business. Plus: See the rest of our special report on How a Tumultuous Year Is Shaping Grant Making.
Most Nonprofits Are Highly Effective. Check the Data.Over the past six years, ImpactMatters and then Charity Navigator analyzed data on both the cost effectiveness and overall success of nonprofits. They came to a clear conclusion: The myth of nonprofit ineffectiveness is just that — a myth.