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Subject: Gates Foundation to Devote $7 Billion to Health, Gender Equality, and Farming in Africa
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Grant MakingThe new funding comes as countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa face the worst drought in decades.
TransitionsAlso, the AARP Foundation has tapped a new president, Miriam Nelson has stepped down from the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the author Martin Morse Wooster was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
PodcastThe Center for Effective Philanthropy discusses its study of Scott’s giving, the experiences of the grant recipients, and implications for other donors.
Letters to the EditorA dearth of nursing education faculty is preventing more people from entering the field — an issue that needs greater attention from donors, say a college dean and a foundation president.
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Nonprofit News From Elsewhere Online
Software billionaire Bill Stone has poured more than $50 million into an effort to make his southern Indiana hometown a hub for medical education and research, even though he has not lived there for decades. Since 2018, Stone-funded projects have included a health science center shared by three universities in Evansville, a city of about 116,000 people. He is also bankrolling a center for child and adolescent psychiatry and an allied effort to amass a national database of patient records to identify the most effective approaches to child psychiatric disorders. Stone said the education components of his gifts should draw talented young people to study and stay in the city, which has suffered from brain drain since its manufacturing core was hollowed out in the late 20th century. (Forbes)
Some nonprofit hospitals, which are required to offer financial aid to their poorest patients in return for significant tax breaks, often make that aid nearly impossible to get. Applications that require a blizzard of information in a short time and intake procedures that pressure patients into paying before their care, with no mention of aid, are among the ways some hospitals keep those in need from getting access to aid. Others dun patients for months before mentioning the possibility of help or even checking if a patient qualifies. Nonprofit hospitals wrote off a smaller percentage of patient revenue in the most recent Medicare filings available than for-profit institutions reported as free or discounted care. Nonprofit hospital spokespeople said that they have corrected mistakes in their intake and collection processes, that they do not delay necessary care if a patient cannot pay in advance, or that they do disclose financial aid availability on patients’ bills and in online billing. (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
- Md. Probe of Baltimore Archdiocese Finds More Than 600 Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims (Washington Post)
- ‘Our Emergency Food System Shouldn’t Have to Serve 40 Percent of Mass. Families’: Food Aid Programs Showing Few Signs of Diminishing (Boston Globe)
- For Decades, Black Colleges Have Been Portrayed as Deficient. What Changed? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- San Francisco Alerts FBI About Nonprofit After Supportive Housing Illegally Sold to Residents (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Chicago Public Schools Receive $48 Million in Donations From MacKenzie Scott (Chicago Tribune)
Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX, and Philanthropy
- Some of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Donations to Effective Altruism Nonprofits Tied to an Oxford Professor Are at Risk of Being Clawed Back (Forbes)
- The Do-Gooder Movement That Shielded Sam Bankman-Fried From Scrutiny (Washington Post)
- Effective Altruism Committed the Sin It Was Supposed to Correct (Atlantic)
Arts and Culture
- U.S. Museums Became More Racially Diverse During the Pandemic (Barron’s)
- Bringing World-Class Art, and Wonder, to Mental-Health Patients (New York Times)
- Artist Paul Rucker Has Received $2 Million in Grants to Open a Permanent Museum About the History of Racism in the U.S. (Artnet News)
- How L.A.’s Autry Museum Is Changing the Ways Indigenous Artifacts Are Held (Los Angeles Times)
FTX Scandal Gives Cryptophilanthropy a Black Eye, but Nonprofits Raising Digital Cash Stay the CourseCharities favored by cryptophilanthropists are assessing the fallout from a scandal that reinforces skepticism about marrying the alternative currency and charitable giving.
Individual GivingWhen #GivingTuesday debuted in 2012, some people didn’t even know what a hashtag was. In the years since, the event asking donors to give online has grown in popularity so much it is now can’t-miss day for charities.
Government and LegislationAn influx of new lawmakers means the best chance for action on the charitable deduction and other issues nonprofits care about is during the next few weeks, when the old Congress will be moving through legislation, advocates say. But it’s also crucial to start educating new lawmakers who don’t understand how nonprofits and foundations work, they said.
FundraisingCompanies often used to rely on partnerships with big nonprofits, but today many of them typically allow customers to make gifts to any organization that has received charity status from the IRS.
OpinionRecent suggestions to reconsider the tax deduction for religion contributions fail to appreciate the unmeasurable but critical benefits these organizations bring to a divided society in which connecting with others is increasingly illusive.