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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: MacKenzie Scott Shines a Light on Groups That Bolster Nonprofits and Foundations
On the Cover: Toward a More Just Nonprofit World
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MacKenzie Scott Shines a Light on Groups That Bolster Nonprofits and FoundationsOrganizations that work to strengthen philanthropy have long been underfunded and have struggled to win the attention of individual donors. But that might be changing after a rush of multimillion donations from Scott. Plus, see how recipients of her contributions are weighing whether to announce how much they got.
Fredric Levin Leaves $40 Million to U. of Florida Law SchoolPlus, six universities, an art museum, and other nonprofits received big gifts.
To Help Save the Planet, Philanthropy Must Take a Deep Dive Into Ocean ConservationThe United Nations Climate Conference next week should serve as a wake-up call for philanthropy both to recognize the role oceans play in mitigating climate change and to significantly step up funding to protect the world’s seas.
Today: Graceful Exits: How Foundations Can Ensure Nonprofits Succeed After Grants EndJoin us to learn from executives at The Nicholson Foundation, which will close in December, about how they communicated plans to grantees, staff members, and partners to set them up for success. Plus, you’ll get advice on how to build a supportive culture that fosters employee retention. Join us today at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Nonprofit websites are loaded with ad trackers, third-party cookies, and sometimes ‘session recorders’ that can capture the keystrokes of visitors. Some also communicate with large companies that act as data brokers, collecting and selling huge packages of information about visitors’ habits. And some have trackers letting Facebook and Google know that a visitor has been on the site. Of 23,856 nonprofit websites examined, “86 percent had third-party cookies or tracking network requests,” and 439 loaded session recorders. These practices concern privacy advocates, who point out that nonprofit websites can deal with intensely personal issues, such as abortion, mental health, or drug use. In response to these findings, some nonprofit leaders said they needed the technology to compete with for-profit businesses in the same field or to improve their sites, while others said they will review the practices. (TNW)
Some of Joe Biden’s ambitious ideas for revamping the tax code have lost steam, but the Senate has yet to weigh in, and wealthy taxpayers and donors should be planning defensively. Lawson Bader, president and CEO of DonorsTrust, which provides services for donors seeking to support conservative causes writes that Biden seems to have backed away from a campaign proposal to lower the cap on itemized deductions, including charitable gifts, from 37 percent to 28 percent for those in higher tax brackets. On the other hand, wealthy taxpayers might want to speed up charitable giving to soften the bite of a proposed capital-gains tax rate hike for higher income brackets. (Kiplinger)
Plus: How American Billionaires Like Phil Knight Pass Wealth to Heirs Tax-Free (Bloomberg)
Big Gifts for Education
- Private School in Claremont, Calif., Gets $100 Million Donation (MyNewsLA.com)
- Apple Gives $25 Million to CSUN to Build a Hispanic-Serving Institution Hub for Its STEM Program (Daily Sundial)
- Rhode Island Set to Be First State to Pilot Safe-Injection Sites for Drug Users (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- ‘Self-Care’ Isn’t the Fix for Late-Pandemic Malaise. What We Need Is to Take Care of Others. (Atlantic)
Arts and Culture
- Cambodia Says the Met Museum Has Dozens of Its Looted Antiquities (New York Times)
- Black Museum Suggests Melting Down Robert E. Lee Statue to Make New Art (Washington Post)
Briefings and Forums
How to Hire Fundraisers of ColorGet advice from a recruiter and fundraising leaders who have had success diversifying fundraising teams. Plus, you’ll gain insights into the kinds of workplaces fundraisers of color seek out. Join us on October 27, at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Grant Makers Pour Dollars Into Improving How Kids Learn Amid Continued Covid ConcernsFoundations are especially concerned about finding ways to help the hardest-hit youngsters: those who come from low-income families as well as students of color.
As Foundation Assets Balloon, Their Giving Needs to Catch Up — NowRather than aiming their fire at donor-advised funds, those concerned about charitable giving should focus on large foundations, flush with stock-market cash, that have failed to match their growing assets with higher rates of nonprofit funding.
Calif. Law Aims to Make Online Giving Safer for Nonprofits and DonorsLegislation signed by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month aims to ensure donors receive accurate information in charitable solicitations and that charities receive donations promptly.
New United Way Worldwide Leader Is on a Mission to Improve the Culture of Organizations Far Beyond Her OwnAngela Williams has taken the helm of the nation’s largest charity with a powerhouse résumé behind her — and a long list of challenges in front of her.
Wildfires, Climate Change, and How Philanthropy Can Make a Difference: an Interview With Alan KwokA growing number of foundations are making grants to help prevent or reduce the harm caused by wildfires in the West, says Alan Kwok, director of climate and disaster resilience for an alliance of California grant makers.