PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2017-07-26T04:33:32-04:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy Nonprofit Coalition Takes a New Tack in the Trump Era https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Coalition-Takes-a/240729 2017-07-25T09:25:00-04:00 Dan Cardinali has spent his first year as head of Independent Sector finding ways to promote a populist tax idea and taking a more expansive approach to getting charities and foundations to work together. By Rebecca Koenig Opinion: Foundations Are Deepening Racism Even as They Seek to Fight It https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Foundations-Are/240731 2017-07-25T08:58:00-04:00 By failing to show all the ways that African-Americans are outpacing whites, foundations are making it impossible to find new solutions that will make the country stronger. By Trabian Shorters Podcast: How $100 Million Could Help Digitize Millions of Important Books https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/audio/podcast-how-100-million-coul/6361/ 2017-07-24T09:56:00-04:00 The third in a series of interviews with semifinalists in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change contest covers the Internet Archive, which wants to make more books available to the public, preserve out-of-print titles, and assist libraries. By Denver Frederick Daily News Roundup: House Approves $145 Million Each to Arts and Humanities Endowments https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-House/240715 2017-07-21T10:24:00-04:00 Also, a Brooklyn hospital gets $25 million from a family foundation established by Jeff Bezos's mother and stepfather, and Howard Buffett donates $3 million to expand a children's museum. Daily News Roundup: NYC Plan for Culture Groups Links Funding to Diversity https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-NYC-Plan/240702 2017-07-20T09:25:00-04:00 Mayor Bill de Blasio says arts nonprofits' progress on staff and board equity will be a factor in City Hall grant decisions. Also, big donors to the San Antonio Symphony form a nonprofit to take over operation of the financially struggling orchestra. Grants Roundup: Hilton Launches New Phase of Foster-Care Support https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-Hilton/240687 2017-07-19T10:04:00-04:00 Also, Fifth Third Bank and its foundation give $10 million to a collaborative effort aimed at advancing cancer research. By Rebecca Koenig Opinion: Foundations Can Help Fix Democracy in a Time of Challenge https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Foundations-Can-Help/240686 2017-07-19T09:43:00-04:00 Just 1.5 percent of grants go to efforts to improve how elections work and other key issues; increasing that to 4 percent could help curb gridlock and partisanship. By Gary Bass and Mark Rosenman More Community-Foundation Grants Going Overseas https://www.philanthropy.com/article/More-Community-Foundation/240674 2017-07-18T09:59:00-04:00 Fueled by international gifts from donor-advised-fund accounts, community grant makers have more than doubled overseas outlays in recent years, a new study found. By Alex Daniels Daily News Roundup: House Takes Step to Weaken Church-Politicking Ban https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-House/240667 2017-07-17T09:58:00-04:00 The Appropriations Committee approved language in a spending bill aimed at curbing IRS enforcement of the ban on electioneering by houses of worship. Also, big foundations take big financial hits as a private-equity fund popular with charitable investors goes bust. Daily News Roundup: New Coalition of Big Aid Charities Tackling Hunger Crisis https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-New/240652 2017-07-14T10:07:00-04:00 Eight of the world's largest relief groups will raise money together to alleviate starvation in three African countries and Yemen. Also, the University of Louisville Foundation comes under state investigation, and Howard Buffett gives a philanthropic boost to his adopted Illinois hometown. Daily News Roundup: Knight Foundation Arm Sues Over Trump’s Twitter Blocks https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Knight/240609 2017-07-12T09:29:00-04:00 The Knight First Amendment Institute says the president's account is a "public forum" and he violates the free-speech rights of users he prevents from posting responses. Plus, a Philadelphia public broadcaster's executive pay arouses ire, and Melinda Gates slams White House policies on family planning. Grants Roundup: $10 Million Award Backs Nonprofit Retreat for Veterans https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-10-Million/240608 2017-07-12T09:28:00-04:00 Other notable grants include $20 million from the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group to create new centers for brain and cell research. By Rebecca Koenig Daily News Roundup: Red Ink Prompts March of Dimes to Sell Headquarters https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Red-Ink/240567 2017-07-10T11:07:00-04:00 The iconic charity put its national office on the market following years of multimillion-dollar losses. Also, Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy winners talk about the roots of their giving, and conservative philanthropy leaders make a case against impact investing. These People Will Help Chan and Zuckerberg Spend $45 Billion https://www.philanthropy.com/article/These-People-Will-Help-Chan/240565 2017-07-10T09:31:00-04:00 The Facebook couple is plowing millions of dollars into for-profit companies it believes can address social problems, but key hires at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have plenty of ties to the foundation and charity worlds as well. By Megan O’Neil Daily News Roundup: Congress Moves to Restrict IRS Oversight of Nonprofit Politicking https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Congress/240554 2017-07-07T09:29:00-04:00 Language in House spending bills would bar the agency from using appropriated funds to scrutinize "dark money" 501(c)(4) groups. Also, how a federal investigation of antiquities imports by Hobby Lobby could affect the new Bible museum backed by the store chain's owners. Opinion: Foundations Can Promote Social Mobility With a New Spin on Scholarships https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Foundations-Can/240547 2017-07-07T08:00:00-04:00 Experiments that tie future income to scholarships could replenish funds that now are inadequate to guarantee that low- and middle-income students have a chance to go to college. By Daniel Pianko Daily News Roundup: Charities Got $200 Million From Suspect in Massive Malaysia Fraud https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Charities/240531 2017-07-05T10:29:00-04:00 Also, Leonard Lauder reaffirms his $1 billion art pledge to the Metropolitan Museum of Art amid the institution's organizational upheaval, and the head of the Obama Foundation talks about the postpresidential charity's goals for boosting civic engagement. Grants Roundup: Microsoft Gives $25.8 Million for Markle Fund Jobs Program https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-Microsoft/240530 2017-07-05T08:57:00-04:00 Other notable awards include $5 million from Taube Philanthropies for the Museum of the Jewish People in Israel. By Rebecca Koenig Opinion: 10 Ways Generous Donors Can Make Big Bets for Social Change https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-10-Ways-Generous/240500 2017-07-05T07:59:50-04:00 Paying general operating expenses, building knowledge, and financing advocacy campaigns are among the ways philanthropists can transform the world. By William Foster, Gail Perreault, and Elise Tosun Sloan Foundation Names Academic Veteran as New Leader https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Sloan-Foundation-Names/240496 2017-06-30T11:44:00-04:00 Adam Falk, a physicist, was once awarded a research fellowship by Sloan and has served as president of Williams College since 2010. By Alex Daniels Daily News Roundup: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Restructures as Endowment Dwindles https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Colonial/240493 2017-06-30T09:54:00-04:00 The operator of the historic Virginia site will shed jobs and outsource operations following steep financial losses. Also, Harvard gets set to overhaul its endowment portfolio, and a jury backs the government's long-running effort to seize a Manhattan skyscraper from an Iran-linked charity. Daily News Roundup: GuideStar Sued Over ‘Hate Group’ Labels https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-GuideStar/240473 2017-06-29T10:14:00-04:00 Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal nonprofit, said it was defamed by the since-removed tags at the charity tracker's website. Also, two states are looking into Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's charity operations, and the Kellogg Foundation commits $24 million to organizations battling racism. Nonprofit Investors Bearish Amid Soft Returns, Study Finds https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Investors-Bearish/240462 2017-06-28T10:52:00-04:00 Low interest rates and sluggish endowment growth have many organizations looking to reallocate their assets or cut back on spending, according to a recent survey. By Alex Daniels Daily News Roundup: Trump Lawyer and His Family Got Millions From His Nonprofit https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Trump/240458 2017-06-28T10:16:00-04:00 A media report details the financial dealings of Trump defense attorney Jay Sekulow's Christian charity network. Also, Los Angeles lawmakers approve George Lucas's plan to build his $1 billion museum in the city, and the internet gets it wrong on Mitch McConnell's childhood polio treatment. Grants Roundup: $35 Million From Walton Fund Supports River Conservation https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-35-Million/240459 2017-06-28T09:50:00-04:00 Also, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation awards $150 million to establish an institute for democracy studies and civic engagement at Johns Hopkins University. By Rebecca Koenig Daily News Roundup: GuideStar Drops ‘Hate’ Label From Nonprofit Profiles https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-GuideStar/240435 2017-06-26T09:19:00-04:00 The charity tracker drew strong criticism from conservative organizations for adopting the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" tags. Also, Michael Bloomberg unveils a $200 million program to help cities address big social and environmental challenges. $150 Million Grant Backs Democracy Research at Johns Hopkins https://www.philanthropy.com/article/150-Million-Grant-Backs/240427 2017-06-23T10:07:00-04:00 The money from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation establishes an institute on the Baltimore campus devoted to studying and advancing civic engagement. By Rebecca Koenig Daily News Roundup: Eric Trump Charity Remakes Board and Changes Name https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-Eric-Trump/240425 2017-06-23T09:33:00-04:00 The president's son is no longer on the board of the former Eric Trump Foundation, now called Curetivity. Also, looks at nonprofits developing artificial intelligence for social good and challenges faced by foundations that opt to spend down and close. Opinion: Tiny Grants and Low Tolerance for Risk Have Paralyzed Foundations When America Needs Them Most https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Tiny-GrantsLow/240415 2017-06-22T10:00:00-04:00 There’s something wrong when organizations solving society’s most pressing problems have a harder time mobilizing serious capital than a start-up building the latest app for sharing cat pictures. By Dahna Goldstein and Tomicah Tillemann Grants Roundup: Google Gives $1 Million for Stonewall History Project https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-Google-Gives/240407 2017-06-21T09:49:00-04:00 The tech giant’s philanthropy arm will support preservation of firsthand accounts of the landmark gay-rights uprising. Also, a Paul Allen fund commits $7.5 million to push breakthrough bioscience research. By Rebecca Koenig Survey Paints Grim Picture of Program Assessment at Charities and Foundations https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Survey-Paints-Grim-Picture-of/240396 2017-06-20T09:00:00-04:00 Nonprofits lack the knowledge needed to assess the results of their work, program officers say, and the foundations that fund them aren’t much better at it. By Rebecca Koenig Top Chinese Donors Triple Their Giving to $4.6 Billion, Report Says https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Top-Chinese-Donors-Triple/240365 2017-06-16T09:47:00-04:00 Education, poverty alleviation, and the arts are the most popular causes; the country’s environmental problems get relatively little attention. By Caroline Preston Daily News Roundup: Congressional Charity Ballgame to Go On https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-/240349 2017-06-15T09:27:00-04:00 Lawmakers will take the field as scheduled tonight to raise money for D.C. charities, despite Wednesday's gun attack on a Republican congressional baseball team at a pregame practice. Also, Harvard's president announces her exit, and San Diego takes the crown in Charity Navigator's ranking of big-city nonprofit communities. Grants Roundup: $10 Million Awards Back Medical Centers in St. Louis and L.A. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Grants-Roundup-10-Million/240332 2017-06-14T09:40:00-04:00 A Washington University hub for genome science and a University of Southern California health-care campus were renamed in recognition of grants by the Harry Edison and W.M. Keck foundations, respectively. By Rebecca Koenig Donations Grew 1.4% to $390 Billion, Says ‘Giving USA’ https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Donations-Grew-14-to-390/240319 2017-06-13T00:01:00-04:00 Modest performance in key economic indicators, coupled with uncertainty over the nation’s political direction, seems to have led to sluggish growth in philanthropy last year. By Timothy Sandoval