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From: Philanthropy Today
Subject: At U.N. Sustainable Development Goals’ Halfway Mark, Where Do We Stand?
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Data and FundraisingThe data nonprofits collect about donors is valuable. Securing and protecting it is essential to maintain a good relationship with supporters.
EducationThe platform, Clover, features more than 220 online educational activities for students ages 5 to 18, on topics as diverse as farming and space exploration, financial literacy and stress management — all designed to inform and empower young people.
Panda Express Founders Give $100 Million for a New Cancer Center That Fuses Eastern and Western PracticesPlus, financier Oscar Tang and art historian Agnes Hsu-Tang gave $40 million to New York Philharmonic, MacKenzie Scott gave $15 million for U.S. computer-science students from underserved backgrounds, and retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton gave $5 million for medical-debt forgiveness.
TransitionsAlso, the impact-investment group Social Finance has named a new president, and the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations has appointed its first national director.
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VIRTUAL FORUMS & BRIEFINGS
Ideally major-gift fundraisers should focus only on supporters who are affluent, generous, and committed to their cause. Yet this requires data on donors’ involvement with an organization as well as their giving history and financial capacity. Smart leaders understand this and ensure that they analyze and organize donor data to make it actionable. Join us today, September 19, at 2 p.m. Eastern for a free online forum to learn how savvy nonprofits are making the most of their data to boost major gifts. Register now and join us this afternoon.
Left-right divides don’t apply. That’s why the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Giving Review, and the Institute for Policy Studies are holding a discussion about ways forward that can attract broad support. Joining us are Chuck Collins, director of the Charity Reform Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies; Craig Kennedy, a former foundation president and a fellow at the Giving Review; Andrea Caupain Sanderson, co-founder and co-executive director of the BIPOC Executive Directors Coalition; Jan Masaoka, head of California Association of Nonprofits; and Dean Zerbe, former counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. Sign up now for this free session tomorrow, September 26, at 3 p.m. Eastern, and join Stacy Palmer, CEO of the Chronicle, who will moderate the discussion.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere Online
The Rockefeller Foundation plans to put $1 billion over the next five years into projects that will help poor communities around the world address climate change. Among other things, the philanthropy will fund electric buses, power grids, and sustainable farming and will offer guarantees to banks and investors that support local climate entrepreneurs. Foundation President Rajiv Shah said Rockefeller will devote about 75 percent of its resources over the next half-decade to fighting climate change. (Reuters)
In a rare interview, Priscilla Chan discussed the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s multibillion-dollar quest to cure, prevent, or manage all disease by the end of the century — with a “10-year goal … to really focus on the cell.” Speaking at Fortune’s Impact Initiative conference last week, the CZI co-founder described the initiative as a small, strategic player in scientific research that sought to find areas overlooked by or are complementary to work being funded by major institutions. Since its founding in 2015, CZI has committed some $6 billion to scientific research. (Fortune)
More on Climate Philanthropy
- Philanthropies Boost Support for BIPOC-Led Climate Groups (Axios)
- Push for Climate Philanthropy Takes On Urgency at U.N. General Assembly (Devex)
- Lots of Americans Are in the Global 1%. A Tenth of Their Income Could Transform the World. (Vox)
- The Simple Nudge That Raised Median Donations by 80% (New York Times)
- Jann Wenner Removed From Rock Hall Board After Times Interview (New York Times)
- Ashton Kutcher Resigns From Children’s Charity Over Support for Masterson (Washington Post)
- Politically Connected Las Vegas Nonprofit Misused State-Issued Federal Covid Relief Funds (Nevada Independent)
- CEO of Utah County-Based Nonprofit Exitus Is Accused of Over 30 Felonies (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Boston University Center for Antiracist Research Lays Off Staff Members (Boston Globe)
- The Scorched-Earth Activist Trying to Take Down Hunter Biden (Washington Post)
- A Journey From Homelessness to a Room of One’s Own (New Yorker)
- Amid Reading Wars, Columbia Will Close a Star Professor’s Shop (New York Times)
- Forest Service Unveils 385 Urban Forestry Projects to Get Over $1 Billion in Grants (Smart Cities Dive)
- Pittsburgh Nonprofits Get Lifeline as YWCA Shares $20 Million Grant From MacKenzie Scott (NEXTpittsburgh)
- Fla.’s Stetson University Gets $15.4 Million Gift (Orlando Business Journal)
- University of Virginia Alumnus’s $50 Million Gift Supports Mcintire Expansion and Athletics (CBS19 News)
OpinionWealthy nonprofits, especially universities, increasingly demonstrate the same behaviors that led Congress to regulate foundations more than 50 years ago. The law should be updated to include these organizations.