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From: Philanthropy Today
Subject: Fewer Donors of Color Are Giving. Can Trust Bring Them Back?
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DataDefying the 2022 decline in giving, contributions to donor-advised funds climbed to new heights last year, albeit at a slower pace than usual, according to a new report.
OpinionA movement to end solitary confinement is gaining momentum, but criminal justice donors feel their money is better spent elsewhere. That’s a mistake.
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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has cut 20 positions as attendance continues to lag pre-pandemic levels. The staff cuts include seven layoffs and 13 empty posts that will not be filled. Although visitors have been returning since the museum reopened in March 2021 after a pandemic shutdown, attendance has reached only 65 percent of 2019’s numbers, director Christopher Bedford wrote in a letter to the museum community. He blamed lower foot traffic in downtown San Francisco and “our city’s broader economic issues.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
An emerging movement is harnessing the wealth and political engagement of older Americans to support the climate agenda. Many retired baby boomers who cut their teeth on the anti-war and civil rights protests of the 1960s are joining their children and grandchildren in the fight to respond to climate change. The most visible of these efforts has been Third Act, launched several months ago by environmentalist Bill McKibben, which has encouraged seniors to pressure elected officials, banks, and universities to promote clean technology and end investments in fossil fuels. Other groups include the Elders Climate Action Network and Inclusive Louisiana, an environmental justice organization co-founded by 68-year-old Myrtle Felton after losing loved ones to deaths she attributes to local pollution. (YES! Magazine)
- For 20 years, This AIDS Relief Plan Enjoyed Broad U.S. Support. What Changed? (Al Jazeera)
- Background from the Chronicle: How the Failure to Reauthorize the U.S.’s AIDS Program Will Affect Nonprofits Fighting HIV
- Practicing Christians Give More to Charity Than Non-Christians: Study (Christian Post)
- Ultrawealthy Charities That Are Helping No One and Report Nothing Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions Every year, Report Says (Fortune)
- Alex Katz’s Quiet Philanthropy Has Made a Huge Impact (Bloomberg)
- Charitable Parents Prompt Charitable Kids, Says Fidelity Study (RIA Intel)
- Left-Leaning Nonprofit Poured $196 million of Secret Money Into Political World in 2022 (NBC News)
- Carnegie Museum of Art is Receiving a Landmark Gift of More Than 100 Significant Works (Pittsburgh Magazine)
- Ex-Director of Orlando Museum of Art Countersues, Claims Scapegoating for Basquiat Forgery Scandal (ARTnews)
- President of Philadelphia’s Weitzman Jewish Museum Will Step Down in 2024 (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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FundraisingMatching gifts, social-media appeals, and collaborations with other groups are some of the strategies nonprofits are using to connect with donors.
Executive LeadershipThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named Maribel Perez Wadsworth its next president, making the Cuban-American news veteran the foundation’s first woman leader.
Data and ResearchMost fundraisers said they expect their groups to raise enough money to meet their goals this year, but there’s a deep sense of unease about the economy.