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Gifts RoundupPlus, MacKenzie Scott strikes again: The billionaire novelist gave nearly $39 million to Junior Achievement USA, her second eight-figure gift in the last two weeks.
Tomorrow's EconomySeveral big foundations have set their sights on college textbooks, documentary films, and other means to make America’s future more just.
Public SafetyIndianapolis is trying programs including job skills, therapy, and violence interrupters to find out what works. See other coverage of nonprofit and foundation efforts to curb gun violence, including articles from the Chronicle, Associated Press, and the Conversation.
As fewer Americans give to charities, nonprofits are relying on big donors more than ever. Join us on demand, or live today, September 15, at 2 p.m. to learn from our expert guests about the best approaches to secure gifts in 2022. They’ll explain how they’ve adapted and why, which donors to focus on and how to increase their giving, tips for handling economic uncertainty, and the most effective ways to communicate need. Sign up now and join us this afternoon.
Many companies boosted giving and adjusted their grant-making practices and priorities in response to the health and racial-justice crises. Join us on demand, or live today, September 29, to learn which changes continued in 2022, how to best appeal to corporate grant makers now, and tips for cultivating potential new partners. Sign up now and join us this afternoon.
NONPROFIT NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE
The IRS office that regulates tax-exempt groups, long since defanged, is losing even more of its power, even as the number of nonprofits explodes. Politicians have attacked the Exempt Organizations office for decades, notably in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton cut its powers and staff, and in 2012, when Republicans accused it of putting conservative nonprofits under extra scrutiny. As a result, an office that had a staff of about 120 lawyers and accountants in the 1990s now exercises vanishingly little oversight of hundreds of small nonprofits and cannot fund probes into potentially illegal political activity by tax-exempt groups. Meanwhile, some recent high-profile scandals and at least one independent assessment have revealed major nonprofit fraud or irregularities that the office did not catch, even as a Trump-era law is about to further rein in regulators and break up the office entirely. “For all intents and purposes, the IRS is getting out of the tax-exempt services business,” said Marcus Owens, a former director of the office. (New Republic, subscription)
- A Migrant Wave Tests New York City’s Identity as the World’s Sanctuary (New York Times)
- Vance’s Anti-Drug Charity Enlisted Doctor Echoing Big Pharma (Associated Press)
- Anti-Vaccine Group Chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Removed From Facebook and Instagram (CBS News)
- Prince William Environmental Charity Deeps Investments in a Bank Tied to Fossil Fuels (Associated Press)
- Experts: Hawaii Nonprofit’s Non-Bid, $19.5 Million Covid Contract Was a Lucrative ‘Sweetheart Deal’ That Gouged Taxpayers (Hawaii News Now)
- The Actor Who Brought Omar to Life in ‘The Wire’ Had Recently Devoted Himself to Anti-Violence Work in Black Communities in Brooklyn. And Then He Died. (New York Times)
- These Leading Women in Philanthropy Are Igniting Black Girl Dreams With Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium (Black Enterprise)
- Ann McGuiness, Major Fund-Raiser for Women’s Health, Dies at 65 (Boston Globe and New York Times)
- Betty Brown Casey, a Longtime Supporter of the Washington National Opera, and of the Capital’s Trees, Dies at 95 (Washington Post)
Arts and Culture
- Art and Medicine Intersect in New York City Hospitals (PBS NewsHour)
- Cambodia Says It’s Found Its Lost Artifacts: In Gallery 249 at the Met (New York Times)
- Orlando Museum of Art Is “Re-Evaluating All Exhibitions” Amid FBI Raid Fallout (Hyperallergic)
- Virtual Museum Visits Improve Well-Being for Elderly, Study Finds (Hill)
New AppointmentsAn expert on public health and a leader in India’s education system are added as trustees as the foundation seeks to get more people involved in decision making.
Year-End FundraisingNonprofits have had to approve solicitations far earlier than usual and be flexible about premiums because of the challenges of getting supplies.
OpinionEven as the headlines have moved on to other crises, donors must recommit to efforts sparked by the 2020 racial reckoning. They must be true partners to Black leaders whose innovative ideas and relentless focus are driving this movement for change.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionWhile racial-justice efforts have commanded the most attention in philanthropy, the foundation says it hopes others will also look at ways to help ensure Black people have more opportunities to accumulate assets. Its first focus has been on relief from medical debt.