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Beyoncé as philanthropist: Where’s the superstar’s latest gift headed?

Inside Philanthropy: At just 36, Beyoncé already has an active track-record of philanthropy. Among her causes, beyond women and girls, are historically black colleges.

Every 10 minutes, six tonnes of clothing goes to Aussie landfills

Ragtrader: Online designer fashion rental business GlamCorner has partnered with Australian Red Cross. The partnership is part of an Earth Month clothing donation drive, aimed at educating consumers about ways they can help to reduce fashion waste.

Reframing sexual violence: From #MeToo to Time’s Up

Stanford Social Innovation Review: In the shift from #MeToo to Time’s Up, movement leaders are strategically framing sexual violence as a social and cultural problem, rather than an individual problem.

A bipartisan climate campaign lands another big gift. But will it fly?

Inside Philanthropy: Audubon has scored big grants for its growing climate change work, appealing to funders hoping to engage the right on the issue. The latest US$10 million comes from a unexpected source.

Five tips to avoid a scandal like Oxfam Great Britain’s

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The internal operations of nonprofits and NGOs can make or break their impact.

‘It’s a devastating area’: How Melbourne lost its last refuge for the vulnerable

The Guardian: In the city’s western suburbs, lines of rough sleepers and the hidden homeless wait to be linked with housing support.

Homegrown help: The rise of Africa’s new philanthropists

Inside Philanthropy: The film Black Panther has gotten traction at the same time that a new social class is emerging in Africa: a super-rich elite who are ready to join the ranks of philanthropists trying to help Africans.

#MeToo scandal hits major Silicon Valley philanthropy nonprofit

Mercury News: Employees of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation have accused a top executive of sexual harassment, bringing the #MeToo movement that has rocked powerful abusers from the worlds of entertainment, politics and business to one of world’s biggest philanthropic organisations.

How your business can do good (and still make money)

The Next Web: In theory, civilization should prosper with commerce. But as companies acquire more resources, global citizens are getting left behind.

Heading into the US midterm elections, who’s paying attention to cybersecurity?

Inside Philanthropy: The 2016 election demonstrated the vulnerability of American democracy to manipulation by outside actors. Some funders are now working to bolster election security heading into November.

Facebook data scandal also a reminder for charities

Pro Bono Australia: The Facebook data scandal is a reminder that charities need to be very careful with how they use data, including that of donors.

This powerhouse funder is still new to scientific research. where are grants going?

Inside Philanthropy: The Open Philanthropy Project is now moving US$100 million in grants a year, so it’s a big deal that its research funding has finally been getting up to speed after a long gestation. Here’s a peek.

What’s ageism?

Pro Bono Australia: The importance of advocating against ageism and for people to live the best life they can is the fundamental thrust of The Benevolent Society’s EveryAGE Counts campaign, which is set to launch later this year.

Making Indian philanthropy matter

Stanford Social Innovation Review: To translate India’s robust growth in giving into impact, the sector must find ways to address the roots of inequality, nonprofit dependency on business, and an underdeveloped philanthropic system.

Interview with David Rubenstein

During his 50s, Rubenstein began serving on numerous nonprofit boards. His philanthropy has focused on traditional targets: higher education, medical research, the arts. He discusses buying the Magna Carta, understanding university culture, and interviewing Oprah Winfrey.

The future of philanthropy is mission-aligned investing and general operating support

Generocity: The second annual Women in Nonprofit Leadership Conference covered funding trends. In sum: Philanthropists, take risks.

CHC facing ‘difficult’ future after ACT calls in $50 million loan

The Canberra Times: The ACT’s biggest community housing provider is facing an “increasingly difficult” future, after the territory government forced it to start paying back a $50 million loan at $2.5 million a year last year.

The boss sleeps out

Star Weekly: Williamstown’s Vedran Drakulic, a Bosnian refugee, is taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for homelessness. He heads Gandel Philanthropy, which will donate $2 for every $1 he raises.

How The Ford Foundation is investing in black prosperity and, ironically, Jared Kushner

Blavity: Why you should get to know philanthropy and add it to your activism.

Still my brother’s keeper: How the Obama Foundation is carrying on a racial justice initiative

Inside Philanthropy: My Brother’s Keeper was Barack Obama’s signature racial justice initiatives, and it brought in a ton of foundations. Here’s how the effort is living on as part of the former president’s foundation.

Why HNW families should involve kids early in philanthropy

Wealth Management: Family values can’t be passed on all at once. It takes time.

An historic zoo gift in the city with the most robust “overall philanthropic culture” in the US

Inside Philanthropy: Perhaps no city has benefited from the surge in regional philanthropy more than Houston. We dig into a huge gift to Houston Zoo and the various factors contributing to the city’s emergence as a philanthropic power center.

Goulburn Parkinson’s Support group hosts inaugural fundraiser

Goulburn Post: Gill and Michael O’Connor could hardly wipe the smiles from their faces after Saturday night. The highlight was a $60,000 donation over three years from the Workers Club.

Beyoncé Announces Scholarship for HBCUs following historic, iconic Coachella performance

The Root: Through Beyoncé’s #BeyGOOD initiative, four historically black colleges and universities—Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University—will receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Labor calls for charities to be exempt from Foreign Donations Bill

Pro Bono Australia: Labor has called for charities to be exempted from the controversial foreign donations bill, with opposition leader Bill Shorten saying he won’t support “anything that punishes the charity and not-for-profit sector”.

The audacity of TED: New platform is moving big money, but does it get social change right?

Inside Philanthropy: The first round of TED’s new philanthropic venture is channeling serious money to worthy causes. Can it get past its fixation on ideas and startup culture to support lasting progress?

Early, patient, nimble philanthropy can make or break public-private partnerships

Stanford Social Innovation Review: A look at how private long-term investment can help spur public engagement—and lead to policy change and impact—in environmental conservation and beyond.

“I, too, was a Rohingya.” Soros steps up in a humanitarian crisis. Will other funders follow?

Inside Philanthropy: While the world mostly sits on its hands as Rohingya refugees suffer in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, a few private funders are throwing them a lifeline, now including Soros and OSF.

US Fundraisers vow ‘no tolerance’ for harassment

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Leaders of the US Association of Fundraising Professionals on Sunday kicked off their annual meeting by pledging to promote a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual harassment.

It takes a village: A Lauder heir doubles down on peer-based leadership development

Inside Philanthropy: Whenever we find a donor putting money behind campus leadership development programs, it’s usually someone who’s handled some heavy responsibilities. Such is the case with a gift by the Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies.

Northwestern receives largest single gift in history, names new science building

Northwestern College News: Iowa’s Northwestern College has received the largest single gift in its history, a US$6 million naming gift for its new US$24.5 million facility for the health and natural sciences.

Russell Crowe shells out $50K to help turtles

9News: Sick and injured sea turtles at Australia Zoo have found a saviour in actor Russell Crowe, who has recently donated a brand new endoscope worth $50,000 to the zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.

My Story: A life dedicated to helping others

Sunshine Coast Daily: Chairing the Buderim Foundation is a far cry from the intensity of major colorectal surgery which dominated my life for over 30 years.

Another push for greater teacher diversity, focused on a group often overlooked by philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: A move by Kellogg to train Native American teachers for STEM early learning comes as more research shows students do better when their educators are as diverse as the classrooms they lead.

Cryptocurrency billionaires should join the philanthropy club

Irish TImes: These nouveaux riches should follow the example of Bill Gates and his ilk and give some of their money away, to causes such as health care in the developing world.

How a foundation is looking to help millions of young people find work in Africa

Inside Philanthropy: Africa has one of the world’s highest unemployment rates, particularly for young adults. The Mastercard Foundation is making a big new push to take on this high-stakes problem.

When your fixer-upper is your hometown

Businesswoman Darla Moore came from humble roots. She grew up in Lake City, S.C., an agricultural community with a population of 6,675. In the last decade, she said, she has given about US$100 million to support the town.

New electoral law could still hobble charities

The Conversation: A parliamentary committee has identified major flaws in the Australian government’s proposed changes to electoral law, which have big implications for charities

The foreign donation bill is a smokescreen to attack civil society

The Guardian: The government claims they’re finally listening to Australians and addressing political donation reform. But The Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon argues they’re not.

$174,586 and counting

Riverine Herald: Fundraising for the Good Friday Appeal in and around Benalla has surpassed expectation with local groups raising more than $170,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Leveraging the power of bots for civil society

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Autonomous technologies can support social services programs, but delivery must always be centered around people.

Why is this giant community foundation—and its leader—so controversial?

Inside Philanthropy: The Silicon Valley Community Foundation may be the most intriguing—and confusing—institution in philanthropy today. It also has a surprising number of critics. IP Editor David Callahan takes a deep dive.

Enough innovation already!

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The most urgent challenge in the social sector is not innovation, but replication. No idea will drive big impact at scale unless organisations—a lot of them—replicate it.

Beyond the ivory tower: A research funder aims for more traction on public policy

Inside Philanthropy: Too often, social science research doesn’t make it out of academia and into the hands of decision-makers. The William T. Grant Foundation wanted to know why. Now, it has some answers—and two new grant programs.

Social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and innovation in China and the United States

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Chinese and American philanthropists have more in common than one might think.

Bill Gates named world’s most admired man

CNet: Annual list shows the Microsoft co-founder at the top, alongside Angelina Jolie. And Vladimir Putin is far more admired than Donald Trump.

Woodend-based Pets Haven Foundation has its charity status revoked after serious misconduct

Bendigo Advertiser: Pets Haven Foundation will appeal the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission decision to revoke its charity status.

Four Griffith community organisations receive grants

Area News: Griffith Suicide prevention and Support service, Yambil Hub, the Griffith Netball association and Will It Your Way were each awarded with $5000 from Beyond Bank, on a night of community celebration at Giuseppe’s.

Ultrasound machine for Shellharbour Hospital thanks to convoy

The Illawarra Mercury: A new Venue 50 Ultrasound “vein-finding” machine, valued at more than $25,000, will make intravenous therapy at Shellharbour Hospital a whole lot less painful for patients, thanks to funding from the Illawarra Community Foundation.

NFP real estate agency to drive Sydney’s affordable housing supply

Pro Bono Australia: A new not-for-profit real estate agency has been launched to drive investment in and supply of affordable housing in the “most difficult housing market in Australia”.

How Steve Jobs inspired PARK, a soccer social enterprise that’s on the hunt for $500,000 in equity crowdfunding

SmartCompany: As sporting apparel social enterprise PARK chases half a million dollars through equity crowdfunding this year, co-founder Sam Davy has to give Steve Jobs some credit for planting an idea that helped the venture grow.

Who’s behind a new reporting initiative on guns in America?

Inside Philanthropy: Moving beyond a binary, polarized frame is the prime motivation behind Guns & America, a new national reporting initiative that Kendeda’s funding to the tune of $5.3 million.

How Peter Hoj summoned the courage to ask for $10m for UQ

The Australian: After years of cordial conversations and an ongoing relationship with one of the university’s wealthiest alumni, University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Hoj was steeling himself to ask the phenomenally successful businessman Andrew Liveris for more than $10 million.

‘Standing room only’: Bundanon at critical turning point on 25th anniversary

Arts Hub: We remember Arthur Boyd’s vision for Bundanon, his idyllic property on river’s edge at Shoalhaven, near Nowra on NSW’s south coast, which he and wife Yvonne gifted to the Australian people in 1993.

Beaconsfield leads WA as most charitable suburb with annual donation per person of $227

The West Australian: The working-class suburb of Beaconsfield is WA’s most generous postcode, with residents donating more to charities than anywhere else in the State.

Breaking up is hard to do: Why severing ties with a toxic donor isn’t so simple

Inside Philanthropy: Another school severs ties with a generous alumni accused of sexual harassment. But can some institutions never fully extricate themselves from a donor’s legacy?

Charities remain concerned with foreign donations bill

Pro Bono Australia: The charity sector has welcomed recommendations on the foreign donations bill as a “step in the right direction”, but still called on the government to go “back to the drawing board” and redraft the legislation.

The new face of Jewish philanthropy is innovative, younger and decidedly more female

JNS: The goal, however, remains the same: to meet human needs, both in traditional ways and in smaller-scale methods that target specific passions by modern-day donors.

Foreign donation ban needs changes: Report

News.com.au: Laws to ban foreign donations for political campaigning need amending to protect charities, a cross party committee of MPs says.

Announcing the winners of the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards

FastCompany: Here is an impressive list of 12 companies, initiatives, concepts, and projects that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future.

‘Audacious’ philanthropic model to power impact at scale

Pro Bono Australia: A new model for philanthropic collaboration has been launched by not for profit TED, inspiring commitments of US$250 million from sector leaders to power bold ideas for impact-at-scale.

Fundraising efforts appreciated

The Border Watch: A committed group of car enthusiasts has made a world of difference to the Royal Flying Doctor Service as part of a charity drive from Adelaide to Western Australia, with the Westbound Wanderers Car Run participants handing over a cheque for $70,000.

When city hall wants a grant: Philanthropy’s growing presence in municipal governments

Inside Philanthropy: Some city governments are getting serious about raising outside funds, and Detroit’s 20-person team is ramping up private support for city projects. What are the implications for the public sector?

Fundraising survey reveals ‘eye-opening’ harassment

Pro Bono Australia: Nearly half of all fundraisers in the US have had some form of personal experience with sexual harassment, according to new research.

Old and new: What’s interesting about the partnership between Rockefeller and Chan Zuckerberg

Inside Philanthropy: While living donors and legacy foundations often eye other warily, they have a lot to gain from collaborating and more such efforts are emerging. Here’s an example of that, focusing on economic equity.

Six ways for business development pros to promote charitable work

Forbes: A panel of six Forbes Business Development Council members recommended the following strategies to promote charitable efforts within your own sales organisations.

Everyone can be a philanthropist

SRQ Magazine: Many people think philanthropy is something that is exclusive to the wealthy elite, citing articles about Bill Gates or Warren Buffet making gifts of millions of dollars to lofty causes; however the reality is quite different.

Golden Oaks Nursing Home receives $5 million for upgrades

Bendigo Advertiser: Construction is underway on a $3.5 million project to build a link between the Golden Oaks Nursing Home and the 45-bed Carshalton House. This project – funded in conjunction with Bendigo Health and a generous bequest – will further improve the quality of life for residents.

Tracey Spicer, NOW Australia and the gathering storm

The Australian: On March 25, Tracey Spicer unveiled the most ­ambitious by-product of her accidental activism: NOW Australia, a new not-for-profit organisation ­dedicated to supporting people who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.

Beacon lights the way for our youth

The Hobart Mercury: The Beacon Foundation secured a $10 million philanthropic donation from the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2016 for a “Collective Ed.” project aimed at raising the outcomes of some schools.

On Philanthropy: Involve kids early in family philanthropy and give them input in giving

The Denver Post: In too many families, philanthropic values are unilaterally created by the older generations.

Collateral damages: The broken crockery approach of “new philanthropy”

Nonprofit Quarterly: As a new generation of wealthy corporate leaders turns from their businesses to solving the societal and global problems they see around them, they are fundamentally challenging the role of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

UBS Chairman: The niche market for ‘impact investing’ could be huge — but it needs derivatives

Business Insider: UBS Chairman Axel Weber sees a growing market for so-called impact investing, which focuses on projects that are good for the environment or society as a whole.

How to be a giving person without burning out

ABC News: When it comes to sharing your time and energy, giving selflessly (at the expense of your own goals and motivation) does not always result in better outcomes for those you are helping.

Prince’s Bundy visit: $10M boost for our turtles and reef

NewsMail: During Prince Charles’ visit to the Great Barrier Reef, a new initiative will be launched to establish a network of climate change refuges to protect critical habitats across five islands. Lendlease will contribute $5 million over 10 years to the $14 million program, with additional funding from the federal government.

Promoting transparency and fair share in the face of growing inequality

Stanford Social Innovation Review: To curb rising inequality, global leaders must work together to stop the flow of illicit wealth and mitigate tax avoidance.

It takes time: In Africa, a test of philanthropy’s quest to bring safe water to all

Inside Philanthropy: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is among a handful of major funders that’s sticks with water and sanitation issues year in and year out. Its efforts in Ghana showcase the new approach it’s now taking.

Reconsidering gender diversity in economic development

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Building truly inclusive economies requires that leaders broaden their understanding of gender and the many different ways gender identity can affect inclusion.

Synergy offering charities, not-for-profit groups $150,000 solar power grant

Community News: Synergy is offering a $150,000 community solar fund to provide up to six charities or groups with a free solar power system and complimentary installation.

$1.4m from Randwick apartment donated to local hospital

News.com.au: Talk about a generous act — it was the wishes of the late Donald Stone that the proceeds of his unit in Randwick be donated to St Vincent’s Hospital … and what a donation it was.

Alexa’s latest trick is voice-activated charitable donations

Yahoo: Amazon has partnered with some 40 organizations so that next time you’re feeling generous, all you have to do is say “Alexa, make a donation to Detroit Achievement Academy” within earshot of the digital assistant.

Philanthropy’s increasing role in Australian civil society

Pro Bono Australia: Philanthropy is playing an increasing role in supporting civil society in Australia, according to key stakeholders of a new philanthropic fund to support public interest journalism.

Blood money: A new foundation from big pharma tackles opioids

Inside Philanthropy: When a profit-thirsty global corporation causes a devastating public health crisis, what should we think when it steps forward with a modest philanthropic pledge to address that crisis?

‘Economic reconciliation’ key to addressing child welfare: Canadian innovator

InDaily: A visiting Canadian social innovator says Australia needs to focus on “economic reconciliation” to address Indigenous inequality and increase autonomy.

Mission alignment marks next frontier of endowment investing

Pro Bono Australia: Society’s problems will not be solved by grantmaking alone, according to the US-based Nathan Cummings Foundation which has announced it is moving to 100 percent mission-aligned impact investing.

Room to reflect: The small-but-growing set of funders paying for nonprofit sabbaticals

Inside Philanthropy: Running a nonprofit is draining, and funders rarely provide the kind of support that allows staff to fully thrive. But the idea of backing sabbaticals to refresh leaders and strengthen organizations is slowly catching on.

Homeless benefit from Habitat donations

Echo Net Daily: Two services for local homeless people have received a much-needed $20,000 donation from a group of local businesses.

How Melinda Gates is tackling tech’s gender problem

Bloomberg: After years of traveling the globe for philanthropic projects, Melinda Gates is focusing on an issue much closer to home.

Australia is richer but meaner than ever

The Sydney Morning Herald: Back in 1995, as the economy recovered from a deep recession, we reached a ranking of 9th on the international league table of overseas aid donors. Now, after more than a quarter of a century of uninterrupted growth, we’ve slipped to 17th place.

Want a purpose-driven business? Know the difference between mission and purpose

FastCompany: Young people want to work for purpose-driven businesses–but your purpose has to be something more than just rephrasing your business model.

Where’s philanthropy’s fight against fake news headed next?

Inside Philanthropy: With another big foundation joining the battle against disinformation, we’re beginning to see a division of labor among funders come into focus. Who’s doing what?

Sunshine Coast social justice firm kicks off with $10k student prize

View News: Marketing students statewide have been competing to win a $10,000 prize and a one-month internship at digital marketing agency Yomstar for the best launch strategy for new venture Travis Schultz Law in Mooloolaba.

Royal Flying Doctors receive funding boost to address rural mental health

Pro Bono News: The Turnbull government has announced an $84 million funding boost for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to provide mental health resources and dental clinics for regional Australia.

‘Selfie Generation’ most likely to volunteer

Pro Bono News: Millennials and Gen Z are the demographic most likely to volunteer with a community organisation, according to new research.

Stephen Hawking paid for huge Easter feast for 40 homeless people in ‘incredible’ final gift

News.com.au: As thousands of people lined the streets in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking’s funeral over the weekend, he planned one final charitable act for his beloved city.

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