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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Formation of New Hunger, Housing, and Civil-Rights Nonprofits Jumped in 2020
On the Cover: Toward a More Just Nonprofit World
We profile 15 professionals whose ideas, writing, activism, and work are driving conversations about equity. Read about thinkers and doers, Twitter pros and essayists, philanthropy outsiders and insiders, and more.
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Charity Start-UpsFewer charities were created whose missions involved sports, recreation, arts, and education, according to a Chronicle analysis of preliminary data from the Internal Revenue Service.
Individual GivingFood banks, faith-based organizations and congregations, and public broadcasting posted the biggest growth in revenue from one-time donors.
Grants RoundupAlso, Amazon Web Services is committing $40 million to improve health equity and outcomes in marginalized communities, and Google.org gave $3 million to develop technology to identify service lines that deliver lead-contaminated water to poor households.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
America’s richest people got far wealthier last year, but their giving relative to their fortunes was stagnant, according to the new Forbes 400 rankings. Forbes assigns these wealthy Americans a philanthropy score from 1 to 5. The number of those with a top score of 5 (for giving away at least 20 percent of their wealth) dropped from 10 to eight last year. Most of the rich on the list received a score of 1, meaning they have given away less than 1 percent of their net worth, or no philanthropic information was available. George Soros was the biggest giver relative to his wealth for the second year in a row. Others who were notably generous included MacKenzie Scott, Michael Bloomberg, Gordon Moore, Julian Robertson Jr., Amos Hostetter Jr., Lynn Schusterman, Ted Turner and Denny Sanford. The laggards include Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. (Forbes)
Plus: 10 Years After Steve Jobs’s Death, His Widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Has Multiplied Her Fortune and Power by Acting Nothing Like Him (Most of the Time) (Insider)
President Biden has chosen two women from academia to lead the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Maria Rosario Jackson, Biden’s choice for the National Endowment for the Arts, is a professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Shelly Lowe, executive director of Harvard University’s Native American Program, has been nominated to lead the National Endowment for the Humanities. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American to hold that position. Jackson, who was born to an African American father and a Mexican immigrant mother, has written of her parents’ embrace of the arts when she was a child as a way to “express their fullest humanity” and help their children “reject the narratives that they were sure we were confronting daily.” (NPR)
More News and Opinion
- Opinion: A Pyrrhic Victory for Plutocrats at Yale (Washington Post)
- La.’s Largest Nonprofit Health System Increases Insurance Fees for Workers With Unvaccinated Spouses
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- Activist Groups Demand to See Heritage Foundation’s Records Regarding Fla.'s Voter Suppression Laws (Orlando Weekly)
- U. of Denver Receives Gift From a Billionaire for a New Mountain Campus (Colorado Public Radio)
- Global Hunt for Looted Treasures Leads to Offshore Trusts (Washington Post)
Pandora Papers and Stolen Antiquities
- Responses From Museums to Pandora Papers Antiquities Investigation (Washington Post)
- How We Tracked Ancient Cambodian Antiquities to Leading Museums and Private Galleries (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)
This collection of 15 profiles spotlights individuals who are driving conversations about equity. Read about thinkers and doers, Twitter pros and essayists, philanthropy outsiders and insiders, and more.
Big GivingFord, Rockefeller, and people like MacKenzie Scott and Jack Dorsey are seeking to build better paying jobs and find ways to ensure wages and benefits meet the needs of workers who today see little opportunity.
Philanthropy TodayPlus, foundations aim to persuade more Americans to get vaccinated, and New York billionaires have pledged $100 million to a medical center in New Jersey
OpinionWhen philanthropists mostly donate to causes and services in their own backyards, they perpetuate inequitable giving trends and fail to recognize historic discriminatory practices that have kept people of color out of higher-income areas.