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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Melinda French Gates Says Feedback From Nonprofits Will Guide Her Giving
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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Melinda French Gates Says Her Future Giving Will Be Guided by Feedback From Nonprofits, Not Just MetricsPhilanthropy observers see her signal as a sign that she wants other donors also to do more to hear from nonprofits, though some wish she had gone further.
Donor RelationsA conflict with a donor needn’t spell the end, says philanthropist Isa Catto, so long as both sides listen and remain respectful. Here are seven ways to proceed with caution and care when disagreements occur.
Gifts RoundupPlus, Memorial Sloan Kettering, three universities, a private school in Palm Beach, and a medical center in Bellingham, Wash., landed major gifts.
To get the best fundraising results at the end of the year, it’s essential to stay connected with donors all year long. Join us for advice on planning month-by-month outreach on different communication channels. You’ll also get a sample plan you can adapt now to raise more. Join us live on February 10, or on demand. Register now to join us today.
One in four Americans has a disability, yet most nonprofits are lagging when it comes to making online events inclusive and accessible. Join us to learn from experts how to develop accessible communications and programming, stay within budget when adding accessibility features, and persuade leaders to prioritize this work. Join us live on February 24 or on demand. Register today.
As employees rethink work-life balance and seek higher salaries, many nonprofit leaders are wondering how the tightest labor market in a generation will affect their organizations. Join us and our expert guests on February 16, 2022, to find out what savvy nonprofit leaders, recruiters, and hiring managers are doing to attract and keep top performers. Learn how to create an inclusive culture that retains employees from all backgrounds and equips them for success. Register today.
NONPROFIT NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE
The leader of the venerable Washington, D.C., nonprofit Martha’s Table has resigned after three years, citing abusive behavior by the organization’s Board of Directors. Kim Ford, a former Obama administration official with a background in education and community development, wrote in a letter to supporters that board members had repeatedly “publicly threatened and humiliated” her and “sabotaged the organization.” Ford did not name names or cite specific instances of abuse. In a statement, board chairman Ellis Carr said, “We are grateful to Kim Ford for her contributions to our community and our organization” but did not address Ford’s accusations. Martha’s Table , which began 42 years ago as an after-school feeding program for children, took in $23 million in contributions and grants in 2019. During the pandemic, it expanded programs to include cash assistance to poor families, and the D.C. government has enlisted it in a direct-cash program for poor mothers. (Washington City Paper)
Plus: See a Chronicle article about Martha’s Table and one of its former leaders.
Taxpayer funding for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers has skyrocketed from about $17 million to nearly $89 million in the past decade, according to an Associated Press tally. The nonprofit centers, which are typically religiously affiliated and generally do not offer medical services, receive funding in about a dozen states. Subsidies have grown as states erect more barriers to abortion. For example, in the wake of Texas’s new law outlawing the procedure at a point before most women know they are pregnant, the legislature recently put $100 million into an abortion-alternatives program over the next two years. Critics of the centers accuse it of misleading clients about abortion and falsely claiming to provide medical care. Defenders liken the money to grants for Planned Parenthood clinics, some of which provide abortion services, albeit not with public funding. (Associated Press)
- GoFundMe Ends Fundraiser for Canada Convoy Protesters (Associated Press)
- Open Society Foundations Announces Grants to Help Black Activists Make Their Work More Sustainable (Washington Post)
- Ore. Church Sues City That Limited Soup Kitchen Hours (New York Times)
- Lawsuit Appealed Over Mormon Church Use of Donations (Associated Press)
- Fresh Questions Over Gates Foundation Governance (Lancet)
- Smithsonian Museums Struggle to Keep National Treasure Above Water (Georgetown Voice)
- Best Practices to Negotiate Salary in the Nonprofit Sector (NYN Media)
Foundations and Donor-Advised FundsRepublicans and Democrats in the House introduced a measure that would affect donor-advised funds and foundations. It resembles a proposal in the Senate.
Challenge Grant MakingA prominent technology billionaire couple today made an unusual pledge: offering money to expand programs foundations have started that are demonstrating early success.
OpinionA lack of coordination among foundation IT and program staff is one of several factors that prevent nonprofits from getting the funding they need to upgrade their technology and become fully functioning participants in the digital age. Plus: Read our cover story on cybersecurity.
FundraisingThe studies highlight why video and other forms of technology are the key to connecting with donors, especially amid the pandemic.
InterviewAfter years of policy research at the Joyce Foundation, Nina Vinik has started a nonprofit that aims to address young Americans’ embrace of gun ownership as protection.