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From: Philanthropy Today
Subject: MacKenzie Scott to Give No-Strings $250 Million to Small Nonprofits
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MacKenzie Scott Sets New ‘Open Call’ to Donate $250 MillionThrough her organization Yield Giving, she plans to make unrestricted $1 million donations to 250 nonprofits.
Entrepreneur Gave $50 Million to His Alma Mater. Now He’s Looking to Broaden His GivingAustin McChord started Datto, a data backup and security company, when he was a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Its success has fueled his philanthropy. Plus: See the rest of our special report on young donors challenging what it means to be a philanthropist.
Ballmer Group Commits $43 Million to Train More Early-Childhood Educators of ColorPlus, CalOptima Health has given nearly $30 million to bolster services for chronically homeless people in Southern California, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network received $25 million for research, early detection, and the development of new treatments for the disease.
Build a Diverse Pool of DonorsMany fundraising leaders are figuring out how to build trust with donors who may be quite different than the people who supported their nonprofit a decade ago. Join this 75-minute webinar Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Eastern (or on demand later) to learn how your nonprofit can tap into the generosity of donors of all backgrounds and broaden its support. You’ll get practical ways to create inclusive fundraising strategies that attract support from donors large and small. Sign up now.
Today: Using Data to Improve Online FundraisingDigital fundraisers can gain all sorts of insights from data about online campaigns. Whether its testing subject lines or social posts, analyzing email or newsletter open rates to see which messages resonate with supporters, or tracking people’s online engagement with your organization — data can take digital fundraising from good to great. Join us today, Tuesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn from your peers how to make the most of digital data, even without a big budget. Sign up now.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere Online
A collector’s landmark donation of South and Southeast Asian antiquities to the Art Institute of Chicago is caught in a tangle of questions about its provenance. Marilynn Alsdorf began giving a trove of about 500 items to the museum in the late 1990s, including statues of deities and other treasures likely taken from temples. It is not clear what she and her husband, James, understood of the pieces’ origins when they started collecting in the 1950s, but 24 of those objects now at the Art Institute “have incomplete provenance by modern standards, according to a national online registry of museum pieces.” At least another four may have been looted from Nepal, according to an investigation by ProPublica and Crain’s Chicago Business. The museum has cooperated with returning a handful of items. A spokesman says it takes the issue of looting seriously and has expanded its research staff. But repatriation activists say the Art Institute is dragging its feet and, in some cases, asking for documentation that developing countries with skeletal archeological agencies cannot provide. (ProPublica and Crain’s Chicago Business)
Plus: ‘Potentially Sensitive, Likely Stolen': Native Nonprofit Educating Buyers About Indigenous Artifacts on Auction (Native News Online)
- Bailed Out, Arrested Again: These Charities Boomed After the Murder of George Floyd. They’re Under Fire for Bailing Out Violent Offenders (CNN)
- Colo.’s Nonprofit Hospitals Would Be Required to Spend More on “Community Benefit” Under New Bill (Denver Post)
- The Brewing War Over Who Goes Hungry in America — and How to Feed Them (Vox)
- James Madison’s Montpelier Receives $5.8 Million for Memorial to Enslaved (Washington Post)
- Ukrainian Students ‘Speechless’ and ‘Shocked’ by Full-Ride Scholarships From Pa.’s Dickinson College (PennLive)
- Where Mutual Aid Comes to Its Own Assistance (YES! Magazine)
Arts and Culture
- Detroit Art Museum Settles a Case Over a Van Gogh That It Mysteriously Secured From Brazil. It’s Not Saying Who Owns It (Associated Press)
- Another Art Museum Chief Quits As Russia Pressures Cultural Institutions (Washington Post)
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Banking Failures Add to Growing Economic Uncertainty for NonprofitsFoundation grants and gifts from individuals could be at risk as nonprofits continue to struggle to pay wages that will keep workers from seeking other opportunities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Fundraisers Question How Much Progress Has Been Made on DEIIn a Chronicle survey, 30 percent of respondents were somewhat or very dissatisfied with their organization’s diversity.
Trust in Science Has Eroded Since the Pandemic Began. How Should Philanthropy Respond?Both historical mistreatment of people of color and widespread misinformation have diminished confidence in medical science. Grant makers can foster a culture that acknowledges and addresses science’s imperfections.
Leaders of Color
Racial-Justice Leader Who Left Her Job Alleging Racial Bias by Board Starts New NonprofitAnne Price, former head of Insight Center for Community and Economic Development, says the new group will focus on improving the economic conditions of Black women.
As Threats to Abortion Access Grow, Emergency Philanthropic Funding Isn’t Nearly EnoughA new collaborative effort in New Mexico among nonprofits, philanthropy, and government is showing what effective responses to the reproductive health care crisis can look like.