How One of the United States’ Largest Foundations is Trying to Change How Philanthropy Works

Inside Philanthropy: In 2016, the Ford Foundation set out to give $1 billion in organisational support to nonprofits. The program’s director Kathy Reich and grantees discuss progress and grand plans to change the sector.

Coherent philanthropy: Seven tips for effective business giving

Denver Post: ‘Coherent’  philanthropy is logical, well-organised, well-planned and sensible -– as well as easy to understand and articulate.

Netflix finance chief swaps films for philanthropy

Irish Times: David Wells steps down after helping steer entertainment giant past 130m subscribers

Why Untied Funds are the ‘Most Precious Kind of Philanthropy’

Bro Bono News: Untied funds are the most precious kind of philanthropy, an Australian charity leader says, after his organisation received a $1 million donation to support core operating and scientific capacity.

Why Deanne Weir has donated millions of her own money to charity Weir earned $11 million in a business deal – then gave away a huge chunk of it. Here’s why.

Women of Influence 2018: not-for-profit sector needs diversity to restore trust

AFR: The not-for-profit sector is in dire need of a shake-up to restore the trust according to the director of a social enterprise and a former Australian Financial Review woman of influence.

Is Strategic Philanthropy Heartless?

Inside Philanthropy: Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, the authors of Money Well Spent, now out in its second edition, respond to earlier criticisms and double down on their original arguments about how funders can maximize impact.

DAFs rock!

AFR: Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, allow wealthy dudes to give assets – cash, stock, real estate, art, cryptocurrencies – to a sponsoring organisation such as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. They may give up money but not control.

This woman is putting Hollywood’s money where its mouth is

Fast Company: The new president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is donating money to nonprofits for women and minorities in film.

Chinese Philanthropy Continues to Surge

Barron’s: Last year, the 100 most generous Chinese donated about US$2.5 billion to charitable causes.

Pioneering a People-Centred Approach to Corporate Philanthropy

Stanford Social Innovation Review: How making the improvement of human lives around the globe a top priority can be a means to succeeding as a business.

Andrew Forrest philanthropic body gives $100m to ocean research

The Australian: Forrest said Australia needed to do more to lead the world in ocean research as part of its responsibility in managing one of the world’s largest ocean regions.

How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy

The Atlantic: Local nonprofits are having trouble attracting money from tech donors. The solution? Talk like a start-up.

Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s Living Cities Forum mixes art, architecture, design

AFR: Milgrom, who is Australia’s 14th-wealthiest woman and head of the Sussan fashion empire, believes that art, architecture and design are intimately connected, and drivers of a better city experience.

The Rise of Female Philanthropists – And Three Big Bets They Make

Forbes: With the rise of female philanthropists, not only will there be more philanthropic dollars to spend, trends thus far show that they will be making three big bets.

The Next Step in Impact Investing: Breaking the Shackles of Extractive Thinking

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Those who influence the allocation of capital have an obligation to consider whether current practices solve or perpetuate the challenges impact investing aims to address.

RSL National President Robert Dick resigns following charity probe

Sydney Morning Herald: RSL National President Robert Dick resigned at the charity’s board meeting on Thursday, amid an investigation into the organisation’s governance and accountability issues.

Top climate change donors pull back the curtain on their past and future giving

Inside Philanthropy: The Sea Change Foundation has given $500 million toward climate work to date, operating with almost no public profile—and drawing suspicion as a result. Now, its founders—Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons—are going public.

How men and women think differently about philanthropy

Investment News: Women are more emotionally connected to their gifts, and want to donate time as well, says special projects editor Liz Skinner.

Cultivating opportunity: campus donors look to the heartland to drive “entrepreneurial ecosystems”

Inside Philanthropy: While major foundations have historically overlooked “flyover country,” news out of Ohio finds alumni donors turning to an entrepreneurial business education model to boost economic development.

Advisors: rich clients to rein in philanthropy

Barrons: Most high-net-worth Americans intend to maintain the same level of philanthropic giving this year, according to a report released Thursday by U.S. Trust. But in the wake of new tax policy, many professional advisors anticipate their wealthy clients will give less.

A chance meeting led to a $70,000 donation to a Down syndrome swim team

Brisbane Times: A chance meeting led a Brisbane business owner to hand over $70,000 to a group of swimmers with Down syndrome he had never met.

Investors including Bill Gates put US$30M towards Alzheimer’s ‘venture philanthropy’ initiative

Geekwire: Investors including Microsoft Founder and philanthropist Bill Gates are hoping to give Alzheimer’s research a kickstart with a new “venture philanthropy” initiative called Diagnostics Accelerator, which will put US$30 million behind research into new diagnostics for the disease.

“The human factor.” How this foundation is responding to grantee feedback

Inside Philanthropy: The Grantee Perception Report helps foundations gauge how they’re managing relationships that come with built-in tensions. We look at the Barr Foundation’s response to lackluster findings from the survey.

Why is Warren Buffett handing so much of his fortune over to Bill Gates?

Newsweek: Warren Buffett has long touted the importance of giving to those need—and after donating nearly half of his fortune this week, it seems the billionaire is more than willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Priceline smashes its previous fundraising record for its Sisterhood Foundation, which supports five charities that help women and their families

Australian Journal of Pharmacy: The money raised through the Misterhood for the Sisterhood campaign takes the total fundraising amount collected for the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation to $4.5 million to date.

Shorten and Abbott defend Catholics against ACNC probe

Pro Bono Australia: An investigation into the charity status of Melbourne’s peak body for Catholic schools is being slammed by both sides of politics, with Labor leader Bill Shorten and former prime minister Tony Abbott attacking the “disturbing” action taken by the charities regulator.

Mother Teresa group Missionaries of Charity under investigation for baby trafficking

ABC News: India has instructed all its state governments to conduct an immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic order founded by the late Mother Teresa, amid concerns over baby trafficking.

Means to an end: how a venture funding group backs civic tech

Inside Philanthropy: Unlike most other venture philanthropy shops, New Media Ventures has a strong progressive mission. And since the 2016 election, it’s been stepping up its funding of left-leaning tech entrepreneurs.

When politics meets values: Elon Musk’s climate change philanthropy

Forbes: Elon Musk’s record in business is one of a dedication to attacking some of the world’s most pressing issues through corporate models. In doing so (and despite his controversies) he has become the iconic social entrepreneur of our time.

Not just Koch money: the larger debate about donor clout and transparency in campus gifts

Inside Philanthropy: While a court ruling on Koch giving to GMU recently affirmed the veil of privacy that often surrounds university gifts, various stakeholders feel they have a strong interest in knowing what campus donors expect in return for their money.

Muswellbrook Hospital Auxiliary members delighted by $10,000 windfall

The Muswellbrook Chronicle: The Muswellbrook Hospital Auxiliary president, surrounded by fellow members, received a “once-off” monetary windfall of $10,000 to help them purchase surgical endoscopy equipment for patient care at the facility.

Xero hero: philanthropy is a very private matter for Craig Winkler

Sydney Morning Herald: Craig Winkler was Xero’s second biggest investor. He has sold $120 million worth of shares in the accounting software maker since May last year to support his philanthropic efforts.

How empathy is driving the rise of online peer-to-peer fundraising

Brisbane Times: Simple human empathy and social connection may be two subtle reasons behind the rapid growth of online peer-to-peer fundraising, an expert says.

Should we have a charity levy for high income earners?

6PR: There are calls for Australia’s high income earners to pay a charity levy based on a small percentage of their earnings. Associate Professor Liam Smith from Monash University broke down the research with Tim McMillan.

Cattle baron donates more than $75,000 to Lifeline

Weekly Times: An 84-year-old cattle baron has today donated a cheque close to $76,000 to Lifeline Queensland to help provide mental health services to remote and rural communities.

Community called to challenge ‘racist myths’ targeting African-Australians

Pro Bono Australia: Community organisations are being encouraged to challenge “racist myths” targeting African-Australians after an incendiary television report on “African gangs running riot”.

Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank has donated $500,000 to the community

The Standard: The Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank has given $500,000 to the community over the past 12 years.

Grey nomads offer lifeline

The West Australian: The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been given a helping hand to stay in the air, thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Eighty Mile Beach Fundraising Group.

‘Free’ supermarket opens in Melbourne to cut food waste

ABC News: The Inconvenience Store, located in Thornbury, is the latest incarnation from the team behind the not-for-profit restaurant Lentil As Anything.

Community Harmony Roller Disco getting down with impact investing

Pro Bono Australia: Roller disco is getting its groove on thanks to some righteous impact investing at one of Australia’s largest high-rise public housing estates.

Adelaide Film Festival calls for submissions for $50,000 grant

IF Magazine: The Adelaide Film Festival today called for submissions for the fourth year of the $50,000 Jim Bettison and Helen James Award, which recognises individual Australians who have contributed  inspiring lifelong work of high achievement in their area of expertise, with benefit to the wider community.

Australia gets first blockchain charity

Pro Bono Australia: Fundraising is set for a technological makeover with the launch of Australia’s first charity to be built natively on the blockchain.

Budding philanthropists host movie night to help fund local projects

MySunshineCoast: Senior students from two Sunshine Coast high schools will join forces next week to host an open-air movie night as part of a local youth initiative from the Buderim Foundation.

CSL to shut its doors

Pro Bono Australia: The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is looking for a values-aligned organisation to take on the program, after it announced it must close its doors in November after 13 years of running leadership programs.

UBS brought the bond market to philanthropy and it paid off

Bloomberg: The world’s first development-impact bond to fund girls’ education in India performed better than expected, suggesting the tools of the fixed-income market can be harnessed to supercharge philanthropy in emerging markets

Your philanthropy career: how to manage up for fundraising success

Inside Philanthropy: Managing up is an essential skill in many professions. But it’s especially important for fundraisers, who often need to delicately influence superiors and board members who have little experience raising money.

Philanthropy’s racism problem stems from too little data

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Philanthropy in the US has a racism problem. It’s clear from the numbers: just 7% of philanthropic dollars are awarded to groups that specifically serve people of colour and others who are part of America’s increasingly diverse population.

Bang for the buck: how our business background influences our philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: Two donors giving for global peace and security argue that nonprofits in this field need to get more sophisticated to attract greater funding—and that embracing business practices can help.

Asia’s philanthropy problem: growing wealth, stagnant giving

The News Lens: Wealth in Asia is growing rapidly, but philanthropy is lagging behind. Charitable infrastructure remains underdeveloped throughout the continent. Governments and corporations can fix this.

Behind the US$35 million gift to launch a charter school in a struggling city

Inside Philanthropy: The CS Mott Foundation put up US$35 million to start a new charter school in Flint, Michigan. What’s the story with this big gift from a funder that doesn’t consider itself a supporter of the charter movement?

Coherent philanthropy: six key lessons for families

Denver Post: Philanthropy is “coherent” when it is logical, well-organised, well-planned and sensible – as well as easy to understand and articulate.

Some top funders back a controversial way to fight climate change

Inside Philanthropy: Carbon capture and storage describes a set of potential climate solutions that have proven both bipartisan and divisive. With backing from a few influential funders, proponents have made some big moves recently.

Charles Chen Yidan: China’s most charitable man

CNBC: Forbes ranked Charles Chen Yidan as China’s top philanthropist after he gave away 2.3 billion Chinese yuan (US$359 million) of donations in 2017. The man behind one of China’s biggest tech companies has funneled vast sums of his personal money into charitable educational projects, but even that sum represents just the tip of his passion for education.

Asking for trouble: lessons from the Trump Foundation lawsuit

Inside Philanthropy: New York State’s suit against Trump spotlights the many ways that foundations can run afoul of regulators. We take a deep dive into the legal issues at play—and why donors should be paying close attention.

Elon Musk pledges to help Flint victims

The Street: Elon Musk has promised to offer aid to residents of Flint, Michigan, who have contaminated drinking water.

La Trobe University benefits from a $3 million investment to support rural health research

Bendigo Advertiser: La Trobe University has received $3 million from the Violet Vines Marshman Charitable Trust, funding that will establish a new initiative to support rural and regional health research.

JB Hi-Fi saving to the tune of $8M with workplace giving program

Pro Bono Australia: Entertainment retailer JB Hi-Fi is enjoying the benefits of giving, saving $8 million per annum on staff recruitment and training because its corporate charity program improves employee engagement and retention, the company says.

Doing and seeing: Barbara Dalio’s immersive approach to education philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: While wealthy K-12 donors have often been accused of parachuting into complex education landscapes with preconceived reform ideas, the wife of a top hedge fund billionaire has worked very differently.

How education philanthropy can accidentally promote groupthink and bandwagonism

Education Week: One of the nice things about summer is that it’s a good time for reflection. One thing I found myself thinking about is the role philanthropy plays in the work we do, especially in the aftermath of RAND’s harsh evaluation of Gates’ Effective Teacher Initiative.

New terrain: in search of social justice impact investing

Inside Philanthropy: Impact investing can be tricky for social justice funders. Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation shares lessons of its own exploration of this area, identifying opportunities as well as gaps in expertise and diversity in the field.

Steve Ballmer: why good US data are hard to find – and how to fix that

Knowledge@Wharton: When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer retired in 2014, he created USAFacts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation that strives to shine a light on the US government’s financial status and report the findings to its stakeholders, the American people.

Fewer Americans are giving money to charity but total donations are at record levels anyway

The Conversation: Following years of steady growth that has tracked the performance of a generally healthy economy, US charitable giving has reached an all-time high at a time when the share of Americans who make donations is falling.

Malcolm Turnbull shines light on structured giving

Nestegg: When it comes to charitable giving, anything that raises awareness is a good thing, an estate planner has said, following revelations that Malcolm Turnbull donates the equivalent of his salary through his charitable foundation.

Here’s why giving is good for you and the PM

Pro Bono Australia: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull probably feels quite good about donating his salary to charity because giving is good for us, says Australia’s peak body for philanthropy.

Power shift: a funders group works to up philanthropy’s social justice game

Inside Philanthropy: The Neighborhood Funders Group began coordinating support for community organising nearly 40 years ago. But in a threatening time, it’s pushing for greater urgency and a more active role.

After the merger: getting to “yes” is only the beginning

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The integration process following a merger agreement is essential to achieving success.

“Tip of the iceberg.” Is this the journalism funding model of the future?

Inside Philanthropy: A start-up plans to use blockchain technology and crypto economics to start 1,000 publications nationwide by the end of the year. Can this strategy provide a sustainable lifeline to beleaguered local journalism outlets?

Philanthropists must invest in an ecology of change

Stanford Social Innovation Review: How a “social movement ecology” framework lent new insights into substantially reducing incarceration in the United States.

Cryptocurrency and philanthropy: top three blockchain platforms for giving back

NullTX: Cryptocurrency is often associated with criminal deeds and personal gain, but it can be used for philanthropy as well.

Malcolm Turnbull is donating his entire $528,000 salary to charity Malcolm Turnbull is donating his entire $528,000 annual salary to charity. But it was one deal that made the PM his millions.

“A social good that benefits us all.” A tech funder looks to close the workplace gender gap

Inside Philanthropy: Many donors are keen to close the workforce gender gap. But this is not so easy to do. A campus gift from a Silicon Valley tech company aims to provide some critical operational guidance.

Auction sees Lionel Moore’s home sell for $761k for Camp Quality The benefactors of a rare no-reserve auction will be sick kids across the country, after a generous bloke left his home to the children’s cancer charity — and it sold for more than $750,000.

Sophie Azouaou and the wisdom of giving

Forbes: Philanthropy used to be the domain of Rockefellers, Guggenheims and other grand American dynasties. Now, more people are engaged in crowdfunding than ever in the history of humankind with over 16.2 billion raised.

Myths and opportunities: what’s happening in rural philanthropy?

Inside Philanthropy: Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realise. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.

Eight mistakes to avoid when starting out in philanthropy

Forbes: Philanthropy used to be the domain of Rockefellers, Guggenheims and other grand American dynasties. Now, more people are engaged in crowdfunding than ever in the history of humankind with over 16.2 billion raised.

Yes, it matters what motivates business philanthropy

Nonprofit Quarterly: In Entrepreneur magazine, Brian Jones argues that it does not matter what motivates business philanthropy—as long as they give back. This dated mindset moves us back to a more transactional approach to philanthropy, which can be damaging to nonprofits.

Five lessons from the failure of the Gates Foundation’s US$575 million effective teacher initiative

Forbes: Last week, RAND issued its massive and mostly negative evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s ambitious effort to redesign teacher evaluation, compensation, and employment practices in three school districts and four charter school management organisations.

Philanthropists must invest in an ecology of change

Stanford Social Innovation Review: How a “social movement ecology” framework lent new insights into substantially reducing incarceration in the United States.

Funding to find a cure hits the mark

UQ News: A donation of almost $400,000 will fund University of Queensland research looking at the potential of stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries.

Generous donation for Crookwell District Hospital

Crookwell Gazette: The Crookwell District Hospital has benefited from a $20,000 donation, courtesy of the late Doreen Tully, allowing the hospital to buy a wound care chair that enables patients to be manipulated more easily.

How Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell-Jobs is quietly changing the world Powell-Jobs is one of the world’s richest and most influential people — but chances are you’ve never even heard of her.

‘Impact investing’ in farm and food industries popular with wealthy

The Australian: Australia’s agricultural sector is well placed to benefit from the growth of “impact investing”, as wealthy family offices and foundations increasingly look for investments with “triple-bottom-line” returns.

Rescue Helicopter volunteers visit helibase with a big cheque

Tenterfield Star: Members of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Support Group and Op Shop made the trek down the big hill last week on June 21 to visit the Lismore helibase to see firsthand how all their hard work is contributing.

Private equity billionaire is also a major philanthropist

Bloomberg: Robert F. Smith, Vista Equity Partners founder and chairman, says his commitment to philanthropy comes from watching his parents and their generosity.

Here’s how magazines like Harper’s and Mother Jones stay afloat

Inside Philanthropy: Most magazines of ideas and opinion would cease to exist without philanthropic support. Now, we have a better sense of just how much foundation money has been flowing to these publications in recent years.

Asia’s young rich people active in philanthropy

Straits Times: Philanthropy in Asia has long been about simply writing cheques – some extremely large – but a new generation is re-writing that rule book in dramatic and effective ways.

Big gifts flow to these legacy nonprofits. What are the takeaways?

Inside Philanthropy: Zoos have wooed donors with more sophisticated programming and stronger arguments about how they benefit communities. But a string of big gifts to these institutions also underscores other key trends in philanthropy.

How businesses can include philanthropy in their company mission

Town & Country: Watch the panel on conscious capitalism from the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit.

Does it matter what motivates business philanthropy?

Entrepreneur: Do businesses give back because they care, or because it helps their business grow? And if the answer is the latter, should it matter?

“Investment ready.” A new venture philanthropy fund gets up and running

Inside Philanthropy: The venture philanthropy movement has been around for a while now, but newcomers keep appearing on the scene, including many funds with a local focus. A case in point: the New Coast Foundation in Chicago.

Philanthropy is the latest sign that the rich are getting richer

New York Post: The US cleared a generous milestone in 2017, with Americans donating a record amount to charity. But the numbers are also a reminder of the persistent gap between rich and poor.

Ambitious wealth: when philanthropy goes wrong

Financial Times: How the value of a building and the value of an institution differ.

Vegan millionaire philanthropist vows to give fortune away

Plant Based News: Vegan philanthropist Jim Greenbaum has vowed to give his fortune away in a bid to help tackle suffering in the world.

The Harvard graduate whose skincare line is solving a multitude of problems

Vogue: Ahead of Vogue Codes 2018, Vogue spoke with Leila Janah about building a social enterprise beauty brand that gives back.

Study of gut’s link to mental health wins $1m

The Australian: Wilson Asset Management chairman Geoff Wilson’s philanthropic foundation has donated $1 million to Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre to support its work linking the human gut microbiome to mental and brain health.

Charity sector draws ‘line in the sand’ with foreign interference legislation

Pro Bono Australia: The Australian charity sector has “drawn a line in the sand” and demanded that any foreign interference legislation meets a number of principles to protect issues-based advocacy.

Why wills and bequests are not just for philanthropists

Arts Hub: Many artists, arts professionals and culture lovers have significant art collections, and yet few consider what their future value might be to others through a bequest.

Australia’s SDG report card shows commitment to the goals

Pro Bono Australia: Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a “true global blueprint for a sustainable future for our planet, our communities, our families and our economies”, in the nation’s first report card on the goals.

Bega Cheese $100k donation to support Tulgeen assisted accommodation

Bega District News: Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin presented Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell, and board director John Stylianou with a cheque for $100,000 on Monday morning, June 18.

Local business donates 1300 kilograms of potatoes to Food Share

Warrnambool Standard: Thousands of potatoes have been donated to Warrnambool and District Food Share, boosting winter stocks after the organisation experienced its busiest month on record.

Moree Hospital staff thank Moree Renal Support group for $54,000 donation

Moree Champion: Moree Hospital now has two new video colonoscopes thanks to a very generous donation from the Moree Renal Support committee.

Bloods light up over donation

Riverine Herald: Elmore Football Club hasn’t been left in the dark with the announcement of a $30,000 contribution for a lighting upgrade, thanks to a donation from the Elmore-Lockington-Rochester Community Bank.

Donation helps family buy essential items for daughter

Daily Liberal: Kim Dunn will be able to buy bed rails for her daughter Sarah after a donation from the Dubbo Country Music Association.

George and Amal Clooney donate $135K to help immigrant kids George and Amal Clooney are doing what they can to help migrant children in the US who have been separated from their families.

The Kate Spade brand is paying tribute to its founder

InStyle: In memory of designer Kate Spade, whose death by suicide earlier this month rocked  the fashion community and beyond, the company she left behind is supporting suicide prevention and mental health groups with donations totaling over $1 million.

Angry over Fox News coverage, Modern Family creator says he’s leaving Fox’s TV studio

Sydney Morning Herald: Seth MacFarlane, the creator and star of the Fox TV hits Family Guy and The Orville, made a $US2 million donation to National Public Radio and a $US500,000 donation to Los Angeles-area NPR station KPCC.

They often hold the key to medical breakthroughs. who’s backing physician-scientists?

Inside Philanthropy: It takes extensive training and the right personality to both treat patients and conduct scientific research. There’s been growing concern about the dwindling supply of physicians who do both. This foundation is on the case.

How to create a checklist for nonprofit exit

Stanford Social Innovation Review: When designing and implementing exit strategies, nonprofits need to put the focus on impact and sustainability, rather than timelines and money spent.

Academic freedom is at heart of Ramsay Centre furore

Sydney Morning Herald: Following the hysteria surrounding the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation – and the decision by the Australian National University to reject its offer that would have funded a new course – I think it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath.

Intervention points: behind a fellowship to support diverse documentary filmmakers

Inside Philanthropy: Some niche funders aren’t sitting around waiting for Hollywood to do more to support underrepresented filmmakers, after years of complaints. They’re doing it themselves.

“Elites supporting elites.” What’s wrong (and right) with foundation support of journalism

Inside Philanthropy: A new study on support for nonprofit journalism finds that while many foundations have stepped up to fill the gaps, their priorities have exacerbated funding and geographic disparities across the sector.

Best practices in impact management begin to take hold

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Impact investors are figuring out how to integrate impact throughout their investment process in ways that are efficient, effective, and authentic.

Corporate pride: why have major firms lined up behind LGBTQ causes?

Inside Philanthropy: Corporate giving for LGBTQ issues has more than doubled in recent years. The telecom giant AT&T is just one big company that regularly gives in this area. What’s driving such support?

Dick Smith’s million-dollar gift for the Country Women’s Association

Katherine Times: Entrepreneur Dick Smith has gifted the Country Women’s Association $1 million. The decision to make the donation came while he was making a trip home from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Myer reveals new plans for strategic philanthropy

Pro Bono Australia: The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund have unveiled a new five year strategy that puts Australia’s not-for-profit sector leaders, as well as advocacy and policy change, at its heart.

Charities push back at interference laws

Nine News: Charities are pushing back against proposed foreign interference laws which they fear could stifle their ability to raise funds and silence their community advocacy.

“Somebody has to stand up.” A few takeaways from a big journalism give

Inside Philanthropy: Craig Newmark has emerged as a stalwart donor in the battle to strengthen journalism in an era of media manipulation. We unpack his US$20 million gift to the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Artificial intelligence as a force for good

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence offer enormous benefits for mission-driven organisations and could eventually revolutionise how they work.

A bigger tent: where climate philanthropy needs to go next

Inside Philanthropy: Guest contributors Rachel Pritzker and Ted Nordhaus argue that green funders need to invest in a much wider array of organisations and approaches if they hope to move the needle on climate change.

When philanthropy meets advocacy

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Increasing numbers of Americans want charitable organisations to step into the public policy arena and lead the causes they care about.

Jeff Bezos to announce his philanthropy plans this summer

CNet: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, now the world’s richest person, offered a quick update on his philanthropic plans. He tweeted that he “settled on two areas” and will announce what they are by the end of the summer.

Rugby identities give $60,000 boost to spinal injury victims

Manly Daily: A group of big-hearted rugby identities has made a $60,000 difference for guests at Sargood, the state of the art Collaroy centre for people who have suffered spinal injuries.

The need for leadership to address white supremacy in the NGO sector

Pro Bono Australia: Charities and not for profits need to show leadership to address the issue of white supremacy in the NGO sector, a prominent Aboriginal writer and activist believes.

Ramsay Centre controversy a high-stakes affair

Sydney Morning Herald: The Australian National University’s rejection of a proposal by the Ramsay Centre for a large private donation to support a new area of study in western civilizations has become the subject of controversy. Even the Prime Minister has got into the act.

Why the social sector should tap into people’s ‘enormous capacity for empathy’

Pro Bono Australia: The social sector should tap into people’s “enormous capacity for empathy” when looking to build an effective campaign, according to one of the key figures behind Australia’s successful marriage equality campaign.

Nine startups making the world a better place

SmartCompany: Whether they identify as a social enterprise or not, many startups are finding new and innovative ways to improve the world around them, whether that’s making donating to charity easier, making life safer for construction workers, or bringing renewable energy solutions to the mainstream.

Kenthurst’s Philip Thompson is made a member of the Order of Australia

Hills Shire Times: Philanthropy, privilege and plastic surgery are closely related for Kenthurst’s Dr Philip Thompson, who has been made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to medicine, health initiatives in South-East Asia and professional organisations.

Charitable giving is at a record high: here’s where we’re donating our money

USA Today: Charitable giving surged to a record high in 2017 as Americans gave more than US$400 billion for the first time ever to a wide variety of organizations, according to Giving USA 2018, the Giving USA Foundation’s annual report on philanthropy.

Powerful crumbs: a few thoughts on another “record” year of charitable giving

Inside Philanthropy: Americans are now sitting on US$100 trillion in household wealth, with nearly half owned by the top 1%. Every year, a tiny bit of this gets diverted to the charitable sector. But the wealthy have growing influence as government declines.

Laurene Powell Jobs has quietly invented a new form of philanthropy

CNet: Steve Jobs’ widow is running what The Washington Post describes as “the most influential product of Silicon Valley that you’ve never heard of”.

Special treatment: a veteran fundraiser’s advice on how to raise the largest gifts

Inside Philanthropy: Donors who make the biggest donations merit attention that is “specialized, customized, and resource-intensive.” That’s one of the top takeaways of a new book by Ron Schiller about major league fundraising.

Why this Indian billionaire is betting on education with his philanthropy

Forbes: Guided by the belief that education provides opportunity, B.R. Shetty’s family foundation is building schools in his home country. His focus is shared by quite a few other philanthropists.

Len Ainsworth honoured for poker machines and philanthropy

Sydney Morning Herald: Poker machine billionaire Len Ainsworth leads the list of corporate leaders in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours list, in honour of his decision to devote his considerable fortune to philanthropic interests.

Philanthropy does not signify generosity: Ian Smith awarded Queen’s Birthday honour

The Australia: Ian Smith is known for his work as a journalist and influential political lobbyist, but it is his humanitarian efforts that now act as his main driver.

‘Big surprise’: $2m bequest after house sells for $1.4m over reserve

Daily Telegraph: The Humpty Dumpty Foundation will meet with the executor of the estate of Lorna Blackwood this week after her Double Bay home of 50 years sold for $4,462,000 — more than $1.4 million above its reserve — on Saturday.

Senate committee says further regulatory burden on charities unnecessary

Pro Bono Australia: A Senate committee report into the political influence of donations has stated there is “no justification” for imposing a further regulatory burden on charities, but Coalition Senators have expressed concerns that “politically-active charities” are seeking to influence elections.

Andrew Clifford pledges $1m towards feral cat eradication

The Australian: One of Australia’s wealthiest families will match public donations dollar for dollar as part of a fresh campaign to eradicate feral cats, the scourge of Australia’s native wildlife.

HESTA commits $40 million to Australia’s impact investment market

Pro Bono Australia: A leading industry superannuation fund for the health and community services sector has committed $40 million to grow Australia’s impact investment market.

Power couple make $750,000 investment to fight homelessness

Brisbane Times: Brisbane power couple Trevor and Judith St Baker have put their money where their mouth is to make the largest single private donation to the help the homeless in Queensland, giving $750,000 to St Vincent de Paul’s campaign to help end homelessness.

Victoria takes ‘exciting step’ to reduce red tape for charities

Pro Bono Australia: The path to one stop reporting for Australian not for profits has moved a step closer with the announcement thousands of Victorian charities will benefit from new streamlined reporting arrangements.

The art of philanthropy, or how to raise a few hundred million dollars

Sydney Morning Herald: Who would you tap on the shoulder to donate a few hundred million dollars towards your new gallery and museum?

Band Together raises $160,000 for Tathra bushfire fund

Bega District News: The bushfire relief concert Band Together has raised $160,000 to support families affected by the recent bushfire in Tathra, through the Tathra and District Bushfire Mayoral Appeal Fund.

Think different: a grant competition scours the globe for “radically new” solutions

Inside Philanthropy: For better or worse, we’re living in a golden age of funding competitions that seek to drive innovation or ferret out overlooked big ideas. We check in on how one of the newer efforts in this mix is coming along.

The ethics of designing digital infrastructure

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Nonprofits must make careful choices about their digital infrastructure to ensure that it aligns with their mission.

In Bloomberg’s new education push, a high-stakes test of his big philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: Michael Bloomberg is dramatically scaling up his giving toward education, an area that’s famously frustrated even the deepest-pocketed donors. Can Bloomberg succeed where others have failed?

A new form of capitalism

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Peterborough Social Impact Bond was the first of its kind. Does its success in improving recidivism rates while rewarding investors herald a new way of using finance for social impact?

Behind the millions in university grants for research on blockchain tech

Inside Philanthropy: Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still on the margins, but interest is surging, with some people getting very rich in the frenzy. One company in the space is giving big to campus researchers.

Accelerating an impact industry: lessons from clean cookstoves

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The experience of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in accelerating investment, collective action, profitability, and impact provides lessons for other impact industries attempting to do the same in base of the pyramid markets across the developing world.

Adelaide charities will be gifted up to $4 million every year when motorists fill up at On The Run Petrol giant On The Run is ramping up its donations – and its customers will able to nominate where the money goes via the company’s app.

Impact investing could displace traditional charitable giving

Impact investing could displace traditional charitable donations, with men driving this replacement more than women, according to a new study in the US.

Vinnies Catholic organisation has its own recording studio

The Industry Observer: St Vincent de Paul Society may be best known for its charity initiatives – and its sustainable fashion – but it’s also a thriving part of the Australian music industry.

Working with philanthropy’s big hitters: ‘people get so much out of giving’

The Guardian: Lana Quaid has worked her way up within Cancer Research UK to deal with some of its biggest donors – and shares their sense of purpose and fulfilment

Where most donors fear to tread: a gift for the nascent field of cannabis research

Inside Philanthropy: The North American cannabis industry took in approximately US$9 billion in sales in 2017. Private investors, businesses and select state legislatures are all-in on legal cannabis. But where does philanthropy fit in?

Impact investing takes flight with big investors

ThinkAdvisor: A survey of large funds found impact investing meets performance goals and will continue to grow.

University explains why it walked away from western civilisation degree

The Guardian: Australian National University held talks with John Howard over Ramsay Centre donation but says ‘there was no prospect of’ agreement.

The disappearing donor

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Many nonprofits face a fundraising crossroads as Americans’ support for charity erodes. In this special report, the Chronicle examines the problem and considers what has to change.

Philanthropy and leadership: have community foundations lost sight of their north star?

Minnesota Star Tribune: Fundraising and asset-building overwhelmed the community-leadership role, in one case to disastrous effect. How we got here.

New foundation jobs focus on diversity; women’s philanthropy leader departing

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Deepak Bhargava, president of the Center for Community Change, plans to depart after the 2018 midterm elections.

Effective altruism: a new movement, or another failed philanthropic proposition repurposed?

Non Profit Quarterly: Some ideas always seem to keep coming back, like the proverbial bad penny. Ideas in philanthropy and charity are no exception.

Barclays launches guide to teach children about giving to charity

Civil Society UK: Barclays has launched a new guide to philanthropy which aims to encourage people to have conversations with their families about charitable giving.

Australian Ballet surplus leaps on Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, donations

AFR: The Australian Ballet nearly doubled its surplus to $5.5 million in calendar 2017, helped by a surge in philanthropic donations, while its operating deficit was controlled by sharing the costs of blockbuster Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland with the Ballet Of Japan.

$1 million gift for Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art

ArtsHub: In an innovative approach to philanthropy, the MCA has received a promised bequest that will be invested in sustaining future programming.

New AEC guidelines leave charities ‘confused and uncertain’

Pro Bono Australia: New guidelines from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on political expenditure has left the charity sector “confused and uncertain”, with fears that charitable advocacy is again under threat.

Give charities a sporting chance and claim a handy tax deduction Donating money to registered charities this month can deliver a welcome tax deduction from next month, and the list of people who can benefit from your generosity is longer than you think.

Iconic mental health organisations merge to reduce stigma

Pro Bono Australia: A national mental health charity and a not-for-profit learning centre, have merged in a bid to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club gets a welcomed boost

Mandurah Mail: Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club has received an extra boost for their operations after on the back of a $25,000 donation from local land developers Madora Bay Partnership.

War of ideas: conservative intellectuals have a friend in this foundation

Inside Philanthropy: The Bradley Foundation funds many elements of the conservative infrastructure. But most notable is its investments in ideas. Its Bradley Prizes, awarded annually, stand as something of a flagship of this grantmaking.

John Arnold backs gun-violence research: philanthropy tracker

Bloomberg: Shaping policy to end gun violence, helping first-generation Americans go to college and assisting visual artists are some of the efforts that benefited from contributions announced in May.

Dept. of existential threats: who’s worried about superbugs?

Inside Philanthropy: A group of heavy hitters, now including the Gates Foundation, are backing a research effort to ensure that global health systems aren’t outflanked by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The stakes could hardly be higher.

EDITORIAL: Buffett’s philanthropy has left its mark The only reluctance one has in recounting the acts of generosity bestowed upon the Fredericksburg area by Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation is in the fear of leaving something out.

For Las Vegan, business and philanthropy the most rewarding pairing
Working his way up through the ranks of a company he eventually went on to own, lifelong Las Vegan Eamon Springall not only knows the value of hard work, he also knows the importance of giving back.

Record $1 million donation to The Basin’s Batterham Reserve

Herald Sun: Former chocolatiers George and Pat Hetrel have handed their own version of a golden ticket to The Basin community in the form of a $1 million donation to transform Batterham Reserve into a landmark sports and leisure precinct.

Philanthropy’s fixing up parks and public spaces. How do we know it’s helping communities?

Inside Philanthropy: Cities nationwide are mixing public and private funds to upgrade shared spaces. But what are the social, economic, and civic effects? A funder-backed initiative is developing the metrics and data to find out.

Melbourne to get Australia’s ‘biggest and best’ art gallery

The New Daily: Premier Daniel Andrews is depending on philanthropists to fund the majority of the $1 billion project to build Australia’s “biggest and best” modern art gallery in Melbourne.

Hard choices: A big foundation gets more focused

Inside Philanthropy: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is the latest major grantmaker to consolidate its programs in a bid to be more strategic. Its CEO explains that this wasn’t an easy process. Why is streamlining these places so hard?

Sport and athletes crying out for help from philanthropists

The Australian: Australia’s Olympic teams and athletes might not think of themselves as a charity case but more are being urged to embrace philanthropy to secure funding in the face of shrinking government grants.

What this fundraising campaign says about the state of higher ed philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: With universities raising more money than ever, another ambitious fundraising campaign surfaces three prevailing trends currently shaping the higher ed philanthropy space.

Billionaire couple promises $20 million to fund gun violence research

Forbes: Speaking at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy on Wednesday, philanthropist Laura Arnold announced plans to spend $20 million over the next five years to fund gun violence research.

Anonymous donation speaks up for aphasia sufferers

University of Queensland: An anonymous donation of $500,000 will fund Australia’s first dedicated aphasia rehabilitation and research centre.

How celebrities can help corporates maximize philanthropic effort

Entrepreneur: Ace Australian cricketer Brett Lee shared what motivates him to engage in philanthropic activities.

Philanthropists need to start thinking about 30 June

Money Management: While social media and crowdfunding means traditional philanthropy is evolving, 30 June remains a key date for tax planning.

Helping funders look above the maze

Pro Bono News: Funders need to lift their gaze to the ecosystem level to achieve transformative impact, according to an international expert visiting Australia as part of the Social Leadership Program.

Giving in the light of reason

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Will the Open Philanthropy Project’s experiment in effective altruism validate the cause or demonstrate its hubris?

Looking to grow: new avenues emerge for Muslim American philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: Giving by American Muslims spikes during Ramadan. Over recent years, new funds have emerged to channel their philanthropy. The goal: confront Islamophobia, yes, but also build up this community’s giving.

Reframing the gun debate

Stanford Social Innovation Review: To enact policies that reduce gun violence in the United States, advocates are flipping the script to make the conversation about saving lives rather than taking away Americans’ guns.

The sweetest funding gig for biomedical researchers just got even sweeter

Inside Philanthropy: HHMI’s Investigator program—already legendary for its flexible, long-term streams of funding—has now outdone itself, bumping up the period that it supports researchers to seven years. What’s behind this move?

A new approach to solving the US housing crisis

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Four ways nonprofits and social enterprises can use market-based solutions to help meet millennial demand for affordable housing.

Rosé chocolate exists to help you make your life sweeter

Vogue Australia: Hey Tiger’s founder, Cyan Ta’eed, launched the chocolate brand as a social enterprise in collaboration with The Hunger Project, to support community development in the cocoa farming region of Ghana.

A tech giant steps up for the homeless. What’s not to like?

Salesforce’s new office tower in San Francisco looms as a symbol of tech omnipotence in a region with deepening stratification. The company and its CEO are also leaders in philanthropy. But are they bold enough?

Technology ‘can transform’ the developing world’s education

Nikkei Asian Review: Singapore entrepreneur brings social gaming lessons to ‘teacher-less’ schooling

Growing influence: a new art prize finds collectors ramping up their giving

A lucrative new art prize out of Texas is another sign that wealthy collectors are starting to play a greater role in arts philanthropy. Even bigger giving by these patrons likely lies ahead.

John Paul Dejoria’s philanthropy makes the case that tequila and shampoo might save the world

Town&Country: Paul Mitchell and Patrón made Dejoria a billionaire—now he’s making his mark through his Peace, Love, and Happiness Foundation.

The founders of Jac + Jack partner with Two Good to help provide for women fleeing domestic violence

Vogue Australia: Jac + Jack’s collaboration with the one-for-one social enterprise Two Good will warm your heart.

Elliot Costello steps down from ygap

Pro Bono Australia: Elliot Costello has announced he’s stepping down as CEO of social enterprise ygap (Y-generation Against Poverty), coinciding with the enterprise’s 10th anniversary.

QBE to invest premiums into affordable housing

Mortgage Business: Australian insurer QBE has announced that it will commit a minimum of $100 million towards a range of initiatives, including affordable housing.

Foreign aid sector welcomes sexual misconduct review

Pro Bono Australia: Foreign aid organisations have welcomed the launch of an independent review into the prevention of sexual misconduct in Australia’s international aid and development sector.

Skewed priorities? How philanthropy has shaped debates over climate change

Inside Philanthropy: Since the 1990s, US foundations have played a major role in steering action to address climate change. The influence they wield, and their tendency to lock in on certain priorities, warrants a lot more attention.

What is ‘identifiable victim effect’ in philanthropy?

The Hindu: This refers to people’s tendency to donate more money and gifts when they are told about the sufferings of an individual rather than when they are told about the problems of a large group.

Nurturing cultural leaders

Shepparton News: Free workshops to help emerging cultural leaders start next week, providing a chance to develop skills in cultural leadership, creative enterprise and cultural management. The Multicultural Arts Victoria initiative receives most of its funding from Gandel Philanthropy.

Data for what? Mike Bloomberg and the limits of technocratic philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: His foundation gave away US$700 million last year. But in a post-truth age of tribal politics, is Bloomberg’s pragmatic and data-driven approach to giving a losing strategy?

Get the most bang for your philanthropy buck

Inside Business: There has been almost incessant chatter among media scribes, generational experts and basically anyone with an opinion about how the baby boomers will redefine retirement.

Deadly parallels: HIV/AIDS funders bring hard-learned lessons to the opioid crisis

Inside Philanthropy: It’s a public health scourge that’s ravaging marginalized groups while elected officials dither. That sounds awfully familiar, which is why HIV/AIDS funders have a lot to share when it comes to the opioid crisis.

TI Foundation gives US$4.6 million for STEM training

Dallas News: The Texas Instruments Foundation is investing US$4.6 million to enrich the science, technology, engineering and math curricula at 16 schools that feed into Lloyd V. Berkner High School.

2018 AFR Rich List: Anthony Pratt is Australia’s wealthiest person

Australian Financial Review: Billionaire Anthony Pratt is the richest person in Australia, topping the 2018 Financial Review Rich List with record personal wealth of $12.9 billion.

2018 AFR Rich List: Meet Australia’s richest people

Australian Financial Review: This year’s Rich List features a record 76 billionaires, adding 16 from last year’s edition alone.

Australian charities adapt to cashless society with arrival of Apple Pay

Pro Bono Australia: The charity sector needs to adapt to a world without cash, according to the CEO of Cancer Council Australia, which is set to be one of the first Australian charities to use Apple Pay.

How a couple’s long-term, flexible funding has helped a green group thrive

Inside Philanthropy: Arcadia, the philanthropy of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, funds conservation as a major priority. Its support of an effective green group since 1998 is a good example of a funder sticking with a grantee for the long haul.

Bringing the joy back to your philanthropy

Forbes: As philanthropists, nearly all of us have experienced the feeling of joylessness that develops when your once-exhilarating work is replaced by feelings of stress, dread or boredom — or maybe all three. In the face of this joy-killing trifecta, what is a grantmaker to do?

The Goldman siblings: how a billionaire real estate family gives

Inside Philanthropy: Patriarch Sol Goldman was once New York’s biggest landlord. His children continue the family’s real estate empire and oversee its philanthropic legacy. What causes are they into?

Can philanthropy also be good for business? Yes, and here are three reasons why

Business2Community: Smart businesses know philanthropy can give them an edge. Here’s how.

Which brands inspire consumers the most with their missions

Fast Company: An annual survey asks people about how inspired they are by the missions of big companies (Amazon, Facebook), nonprofits (the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders), and even social movements like the Women’s March. What can we learn from their answers?

The Ballmer express: where’s this anti-poverty funder heading now?

Inside Philanthropy: The Ballmer Group, the philanthropic outfit founded by Steve and Connie Ballmer, made a splash in the world of education philanthropy this week with the announcement of two big gifts that add up to $30 million.

Finger Lickin’ Good Foundation tackles Australia’s youth crisis

Pro Bono Australia: Nearly half of Australian young people are experiencing a lack of self-confidence every day according to new research released to coincide with the launch of the KFC Youth Foundation.

Your philanthropy career: how to advance professionally

Inside Philanthropy: At mid-career, the grant writer wants to advance professionally and is exploring his career options, including becoming a grant-writing consultant.

Meet the Toowoomba tradie with a heart of gold

The Chronicle: Two weeks ago Nat and Tiff Spary from Base Services rented a Ruthven St store as a permanent home for 2nd Shot, a social enterprise business helping people facing difficult circumstances. It started in February last year, from a van.
Growth and change in Australia’s charities

Pro Bono Australia: The total number of charities in Australia decreased between 2014 and 2016, according to the charity regulator’s first comparative report analysing changes over multiple years.

Bee boy sees a forest for the trees in his charity honey-making venture

ABC News: A 10-year-old social entrepreneur says the hardworking nature of bees is an inspiration for his honey-focused social enterprise. He has now raised almost $3,000 for an Adventist Development and Relief Agency beekeeping project in Malawi by auctioning off his honey.

Big step closer – Cobram SES move is nearer thanks to generous donation

Shepparton News: Cobram SES is one step closer to securing a permanent home in town thanks to accounting and financial planning firm Mogg Osborne Pty Ltd.

Report reveals disconnect between grantseekers and grantmakers

Pro Bono Australia: A new report has revealed a “surprising” disconnect between Australian grantseeker and grantmaker perceptions on the state of philanthropy.

A foundation helps scientists to team up and explore new, shared ideas

Inside Philanthropy: The Kavli Foundation is best known for its high-stakes science prizes and endowed research institutes. A new program is extending its work convening researchers by funding “Dream Teams” to explore early-stage concepts.

Move over Bill Gates, everyday people are becoming philanthropists too

Forbes: As big money takes the main stage and funds the solutions it deems best, many everyday people have come together to ensure they are heard in that conversation, even if their donation amounts include fewer zeroes.

Scaling up: with another big cash infusion, this education nonprofit is set to grow

Inside Philanthropy: Communities in Schools has been around since 1977. But lately, in another indication of today’s shifting education funding landscape, it’s pulled in unprecedented support to expand its work.

Marc Benioff calls homelessness “a solvable problem” at Salesforce Tower’s grand opening

The Mercury News: Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff used Monday’s grand opening of the new 1,070-foot-tall Salesforce Tower as a clarion call for the city to recommit itself to ending family homelessness on San Francisco’s streets.

Disrupting bail: an innovative criminal justice reform idea gains momentum—and funders

Inside Philanthropy: In the fight against American mass incarceration, bail reform has become a top priority. We get the inside scoop on The Bail Project, which has pulled in millions in funding with a simple idea: pay defendants’ bail.

One key to impact investing: start big

Robert Rubinstein, 66, founder and chairman of the TBLI Group, has been advocating for sustainable, responsible or impact investing since the mid-1990s. One of the key lessons he’s learned: start big.

Seven things I’ve learnt about impact investing

London Business School: Nicole Kamra on winning an investment in the MIINT for an innovative healthcare startup in Pakistan.

Allens plays key role in major Great Barrier Reef conservation investment

Australiasian Lawyer: A leading Australian firm has played a key role in the recently announced commitment of the Australian government to Great Barrier Reef conservation and management efforts.

Amid tough times for global human rights activists, funders are upping their game

Inside Philanthropy: The bad news: A growing array of strongman leaders are curtailing democratic freedoms worldwide. The good news: Human rights funders are giving more than ever and embracing new strategies.

Chinese tech companies reinvent online philanthropy

Borgen: Donations from China’s top 100 philanthropists tripled in a six-year period, hitting the US$4.6 billion mark in 2016, partly thanks to the increasing involvement and innovation by Chinese internet companies in online philanthropy.

How intergenerational wealth transfer will transform philanthropy Within the next 20-30 years, trillions of dollars will be passed down to inheritors in Canada, the UK, the US and Australia. If only 10 percent of this wealth went to selected charities, it would have the power to utterly transform the charity sector.

Pull it together: a call for a new model of social change and “systems philanthropy”

Inside Philanthropy: The ground beneath philanthropy and the nonprofit world is shifting fast. A new report considers how to better knit together the social sector and resolve key tensions within it.

I want to be known as Africa’s biggest philanthropist – billionaire says

Pulse Nigeria: Billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote has said that he wants to be known as Africa’s biggest philanthropist during the launch of the Dangote Foundation’s unconditional micro-grants in Niger state.

Social impact investing ‘promising’ — but beware the risks

The Mandarin: Social impact investing holds significant potential to address housing and homelessness needs, argues a new report — though there are plenty of risks, too.

Hansen Little make biggest donation in university history

Pro Bono Australia: Husband and wife philanthropists Jane Hansen and Paul Little AO have donated $30 million to the University of Melbourne as part of a unique philanthropic model, which also marks the largest donation of its kind in the university’s history.

Embrace change: a funder guides arts organisations to work differently

Inside Philanthropy: The Barr Foundation, a stalwart Boston funder, is helping arts groups to take more risks and engage in stronger civic leadership. What’s its plan for making the arts more “relevant?”

Our core principles: high impact at scale, yes, but serve others always

Forbes: Whatever your role in the nonprofit world — executive, staffer, board member or philanthropist — identifying your core principles is foundational to choosing your own focus and role.

Pull it together: a call for a new model of social change and “systems philanthropy”

Inside Philanthropy: The ground beneath philanthropy and the nonprofit world is shifting fast. A new report considers how to better knit together the social sector and resolve key tensions within it.

Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance make vital donation to hospital

The Flinders News: The Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance, via the Mid North Health Care Trust have made a large donation of $100,000 to the renovations set to begin on the Jamestown Hospital operating theatre next week.

Social impact investing poses potential solution to housing crisis

Pro Bono Australia: Social impact investing could be a game changer in helping to address Australia’s housing crisis.

Puppy Tales Rescue and Rehoming given food donation worth more than $70,000

The Courier: Helping the dogs that no one else can has become a daily occurrence for Puppy Tales Rescue and Rehoming in Merrimu, west of Ballarat.

Rotary Club of Albury’s $90,000 donation brings fresh heart to Albury Wodonga Health’s new cardiac catheter laboratory

The Border Mail: Albury Wodonga Health this week welcomed the cardiologist who will help develop its new heart service due to begin in July.

Demand for food and housing hits ‘crisis point’

Pro Bono Australia: Demand for food and housing has hit “crisis point” in Australia, with a mobile website connecting people in need with basic services reaching one million searches in little more than two years.

A new model for financing nonprofits

New York Times: Not-for-profits have a new way to get financing. NPX, a company that is developing a model for nonprofit investment, announced on Tuesday the creation of a financial instrument that ties donations and investments in charities to performance.

Kaboom: a big new foundation appears out of nowhere

Inside Philanthropy: The growth of health legacy foundations has been one of the biggest stories in philanthropy in recent years. A case in point: the sudden appearance of a new $3.2 billion grantmaker in New York.

Are you a capitalist who supports infrastructure projects, education and philanthropy? You may be a Whig

Dallas News: Back in the 19th century, during their heyday, Whigs promoted infrastructure projects, public education, public-private investments and character-building programs to create dynamic, capitalist communities in which poor boys and girls could rise and succeed.

Building power: a foundation sees voter mobilisation as a pathway to racial justice

Inside Philanthropy: Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to help translate that energy into gains at the ballot box.

Moody Foundation gives US$15 million toward Parkland breast care center

Dallas News: The Moody Foundation of Galveston has granted $15 million to Parkland Health & Hospital System to help build a new breast health center that houses screening, diagnostics and treatment under one roof.

The latest push for cities that are both more sustainable and equitable

Inside Philanthropy: Community engagement is the name of the game for the latest round of matching grants from a group of funders who want to see more voices at the table in conversations about urban sustainability.

$15 Million in a few minutes at Robin Hood, but who’s counting?

Bloomberg: Every year, the Robin Hood Foundation concludes its fundraising gala by counting up millions of dollars in donations on big screens at the cavernous Javits Center in New York.

Paul Little and Jane Hansen give $30m for student accommodation

The Australian: Property developer and former Toll Holdings chief Paul Little and his wife, former investment banker Jane Hansen, have given $30 million to fund a scholarship program, along with a new student residence building to be called Little Hall.

Herd2Homes set to receive slice of $73,008 pet food donation through PetRescue & Mars Petcare initiative

Newcastle Star: More than 400 fostered cats and dogs in the Adamstown PetRescue member group are set to benefit from $1.3 million worth of pet food donations through a Mars Petcare Australia initiative.

The Global Philanthropy Environment Index – getting Australia into the top tier

Pro Bono Australia: Krystian Seibert outlines his ambition for Australia to reach the top tier when it comes to the philanthropy environment.

The nonprofit sector is the third largest employer in America

Fast Company: After retail and manufacturing, nonprofits employ more people than any other sector – most of them in health.

Barakett brothers: how two Canadian-born hedge funders do their philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: Tim Barakett’s Atticus Capital in New York City was once one of the largest hedge funds in the world, while brother Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital Group has offices in New York and Greenwich. Here’s a quick rundown of the brothers’ philanthropic interests.

What are philanthropists doing to fight the anti-smoking battle?

Forbes India: Philanthropists helped fuel smoking-cessation victories in the US, and now India’s philanthropists are looking to follow their lead.

The Production Company celebrates 20 years of delivering musicals to Melbourne

The Sydney Morning Herald: The Production Company personally costs Jeanne Pratt about $1 million per year, but it’s philanthropy with a practical purpose.

From ‘ordinary Joe’ to high-worth individuals, meet the new philanthropists bankrolling NZ

Stuff: He describes himself as “an ordinary Joe Bloggs” construction manager but Phil Carmichael is a philanthropist. For four years Carmichael has been redirecting a part of his salary to the Acorn community trust in Tauranga which invests money on his behalf.

‘Like winning lotto’: Reef Foundation minnow braces for $444m windfall

The Sydney Morning Herald: The Turnbull government has made the centrepiece of its half-billion dollar Great Barrier Reef rescue package a non-profit group whose revenue was less than $8 million in 2017 and which had little advance notice of the plan.

Take a peek inside the biggest parties this week

Vogue Australia: Australia’s leading captains of industry – and a whole lot of immaculately groomed socialites – gathered to celebrate the 21st annual Gold Dinner 2018, supporting Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Wanted: visionary research to accelerate gains in education

Inside Philanthropy: Two top K-12 funders have mounted an ambitious research and development quest to find “transformative education solutions.” The hope is to accelerate change in a field that can feel like a brutal slog.

25 powerful ways funders can support social movements

Inside Philanthropy: More foundations are looking to back social movements these days, but grantmaking in this space can be tricky. A guest contributor draws on years of experience to offer some candid advice to funders.

Rockefeller art auction nets record $A1bn

Blue Mountains Gazette: Twenty-two world records were set at a Christie’s auction, including the $US832 million ($A1.1bn) total for the priciest private collection of artworks, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller. The late couple’s family is donating all proceeds from the sale to charity.

On philanthropy: UN’s development goals are a roadmap for powerful donor impact

Denver Post: The goals help philanthropists everywhere of all types and size.

How to tell stories about complex issues

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Stories are the most powerful tool we have for increasing understanding and building engagement with complex issues. Telling them well can drive belief and behavior change.

Community housing integration to help address affordability crisis

Pro Bono Australia: Community Housing Limited has consolidated its position as Australia’s largest not-for-profit housing provider by integrating with Horizon Housing, and has vowed to help address the nation’s affordable housing crisis.

25 powerful ways funders can support social movements

Inside Philanthropy: More foundations are looking to back social movements these days, but grantmaking in this space can be tricky. A guest contributor draws on years of experience to offer some candid advice to funders.

Putting the invisible hand to work for health

Stanford Social Innovation Review: In an environment of declining aid budgets dwarfed by pools of private capital, some decades-old donor organizations are turning to market-based tools to address global health challenges.

Another community foundation with high hopes for impact investing

Inside Philanthropy: More community foundations are looking to impact investing to help move the needle on capital-intensive challenges like affordable housing and economic development. Here’s the latest example, from Atlanta.

10 celebrities using their platforms to benefit the culture through philanthropy

Madame Noire: To be a celebrity these days means more than just being a singer or actor and collecting a hefty check. These 10 celebrities aren’t just doing their everyday jobs, they’re also impacting the culture in a positive way.

Donations bill raises tensions between wealthy philanthropists and politicians

AFR: A new hot-button issue has  increased tensions between established, high-profile Australian philanthropic names, federal and former state politicians and the global ultra high net worth investor base at large.

Petre Benchmark encourages greater giving from Australia’s most wealthy

Pro Bono Australia: The test of true philanthropy is how much it hurts or impacts your life as a donor, according to  businessman and philanthropist Daniel Petre, who has unveiled a formula to encourage Australia’s wealthiest to give more.

Look inward: a push to get funders to think more candidly about power and equity

Inside Philanthropy: Addressing power and privilege in the foundation world isn’t easy, but NCRP keeps trying. Most recently, it’s put together a guide to help more funders have these difficult conversations.

Rockefeller auction at Christie’s draws high bidders, art lovers, American history buffs

New York Daily News: An art collection put together by billionaire David Rockefeller being auctioned by Christie’s is expected to fetch between $500 million and $1 billion for charity.

Beyond writing checks: a family foundation evolves to boost its impact

Inside Philanthropy: The Desai Foundation, founded by an Indian-born techie, started out with traditional grantmaking. But it pivoted to a more hands-on approach that includes fundraising to advance its mission of empowering women.

Chinese investors warming up to impact investing, but regulations slowing progress

South China Morning Post: International money is still the driving force when it comes to investing to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes.

How a legal secretary amassed a fortune, donated millions to community group

SBS: A frugal woman from New York, who rode the train to work for 67 years, left millions of dollars for a not-for-profit social services agency.

Social enterprise merger to help empower one million people by 2020

Pro Bono Australia: Two award-winning social enterprises have announced a merger, hoping to expand their reach and empower one million people living in poverty in India and Nepal by 2020.

“Unique needs.” Chan Zuckerberg’s latest move to advance personalised learning

Inside Philanthropy: CZI’s education funding strategy is coming into sharper focus. It involves a range of partners and approaches, with the latest big grant for work on personalized learning in Chicago’s public schools.

Fast forward: how the Trump effect is accelerating key trends in philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: An urgent political environment is fast-tracking efforts to bust free of silos, elevate discussions of race, and advance listening and learning. A report spotlights the key role of philanthropy-supporting organizations.

How to become a philanthropic business leader for your community

Forbes: A persistent fallacy about philanthropists is that the vast majority of them are wealthy global business leaders who made billions and decided along the way to give to charity as well. In reality, many smaller business owners are making a big impact in their local communities.

Nonprofits are America’s third-largest employer, report says

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The nonprofit work force ranks third in America with 11.9 million employees, trailing only the retail trade and manufacturing, according to a Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies report, which uses US Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Suicide prevention: Lifeline to get $33m boost in federal budget

SBS News: Lifeline is being given more than $33 million in this year’s budget to support the charity’s phone services.

Australian charities pay the price with new ASIC levy

Pro Bono Australia: Australian charities and not-for-profit organisations are being hit with the new Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) levy forcing them to part with $321 in administrative costs.

Time for Australians to give something back

The Australian: There has been criticism of the very wealthy in this country for not having a tradition of philanthropy like that seen in the United States and Europe.

Carrying on the fight: what’s the state of LGBTQ funding?

Inside Philanthropy: Despite a sea change in American public opinion favoring LGBTQ rights, varying forms of discrimination are still legal in many states—and hate crimes against LGBTQ people still abound.

Roma Boots makes first donation to Geelong Mums

The Geelong Advertiser: Roma Boots founder and philanthropist Samuel Bistrian visited Geelong to give the US-based organisation’s first donation to disadvantaged children in Australia.

Fierce urgency: funders confront underinvestment in black communities

Inside Philanthropy: As we’ve seen, race is back on the radar of many funders these days. So is providing support for advocacy and movement building. But will those trends actually improve conditions for black Americans?

The WhatsApp philanthropists

The Times of India: Social media is encouraging Indians to click for a cause. But should giving be about impulse or impact?

Shoah museum for SA

Australian Jewish News: Andrew Steiner recently established a foundation aimed at raising funds for the development of the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre (AHMSEC). Gandel Philanthropy has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, every donation up to $100,000.

Political uncertainty proves greatest challenge to philanthropy

Pro Bono Australia: Political uncertainty is the greatest challenge to global philanthropy according to a new report, which holds both opportunity and warning for Australia.

How many of Australia’s Rich Listers donate as much money as they should?

Crikey: How do Australia’s richest individuals and families stack up according to the Petre Benchmark?

Expert guide: Everything you need to know about ‘impact investing’

Stockhead: Investing in an “impact fund” means sometimes chasing social or environmental good in lieu of bigger bottom line. Chief investment manager at Eight Investment Partners Kerry Series, shares why it’s worth the wait.

Creating affordable housing opportunities means talking equity

Stanford Social Innovation Review: To attain affordable housing for all, we must build public support by shifting narratives away from consumer choice and personal responsibility.

Game changer? Just maybe. Why Gates’ move into anti-poverty work is a big deal

Inside Philanthropy: In a major strategic shift, the Gates Foundation is investing in curbing poverty at home. While it’s starting relatively small, with a $158 million initiative, the move has big implications for the anti-poverty field.

Mitigating challenges in multigenerational giving

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Multigenerational philanthropy offers opportunities for strengthening personal bonds and creating social impact, but families must be aware of common challenges and have a plan to address them.

“A powerful connection.” Behind another public radio mega-gift

Inside Philanthropy: With 900 member stations nationwide, the NPR network offers hope for the future of journalism and culture alike. So it’s not surprising to see more big money flowing to public radio stations, most recently in Seattle

In conversation: Vicki Saunders

Pro Bono Australia: Serial entrepreneur Vicki Saunders is the founder of Toronto-based not for profit SheEO and #radical generosity, a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs.

A platform-based approach to philanthropy

Billionaire: Alexandre Mars founded the Epic platform to embody a venture-capital approach to charitable giving.

Zarraffa’s Coffee serves up $35,000 donation to help Griffith defeat malaria

Griffith News: One of the Gold Coast’s most iconic coffee chains is contributing to world-wide efforts to defeat the malaria parasite with a valuable donation towards research into a novel, world-leading malaria vaccine that is about to be evaluated in clinical trials at Griffith University.

Avicii’s incredible act of generosity before his untimely death

Mamamia: Just a week after artist and producer Avicii passed away in Oman, we now know the Swedish DJ donated millions of his earnings to charity to help hunger relief in an incredible act of generosity.

Anglicare finds chronic shortage of affordable rentals for welfare recipients

Pro Bono Australia: A new report has revealed a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia, with less than 0.01% of rental properties found to be affordable for a single person on Newstart.

True believer: a Silicon Valley mega-giver has high hopes for AI and tech

Inside Philanthropy: Never mind that backlash to technology’s impact on society, including skepticism of its ability to solve tough problems. Eric Schmidt’s philanthropic game plan is focused on the good that science and tech can do.

New initiative set to amplify social impact

Pro Bono Australia: A major new initiative has been launched in a bid to improve social impact on a national scale.

Grants to tackle a difficult—but unavoidable—issue: end-of-life care

Inside Philanthropy: Despite a fast-aging population and growing strains on healthcare entitlements, only a limited number of funders are looking at ways our society can better manage how people die. Still, some money is flowing.

New review platform highlights charity star performers

Pro Bono Australia: Australia’s most well-known charities are coming under scrutiny with the launch of a series of independent expert reviews.

Vital signs: a new way for hospital fundraisers to see how they’re doing

Inside Philanthropy: It’s something that nearly all nonprofit leaders fret about: Are we raising as much money as we could or should? Now, there’s a powerful tool that helps hospitals answer exactly that question.

Jeff Bezos says this is how he plans to spend the bulk of his fortune

CNBC: Jeff Bezos is worth $131 billion, according to Forbes, and the Amazon founder and CEO is clear about the primary way he plans to spend that much money: getting to space.

Dr Alan Hewson leaves personal books, $50,000 donation to University of Newcastle

The Newcastle Herald: Dr Alan Hewson, who died last August at the age of 90, has left his extensive personal book collection and $50,000 to the University of Newcastle to help further medical education in the Hunter.

Wealthy must work together to solve global problems: UBS

Reuters: Philanthropy is booming, but charitable foundations must work more closely together to achieve real change, said a banker who advises the ultra-rich how to spend their money effectively.

Applications for latest round of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation funding close May 1

The Newcastle Herald: Not-for-profit and charity organisations that want funding from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for local projects have to apply by Tuesday.

Is big philanthropy democracy deferred? Global study shows the power of the ultra-rich

Nonprofit Quarterly: A newly release study from the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Harvard Kennedy School claims that we are in a “global age of philanthropy,” where the number and wealth of foundations is increasing. Discerning readers must ask, what does this mean about the structure and expectations of society?

The rise of the mega-donors

Devex: While not all billionaires are using social media to explore ways to make an impact with their money, their paths to giving often look different than traditional efforts, such as starting a foundation.

Wealthy must work together to solve global problems – UBS

Reuters: Philanthropy is booming, but charitable foundations must work more closely together to achieve real change, said a banker who advises the ultra-rich how to spend their money effectively.

Andrew Forrest applies business know-how to philanthropic causes

AFR: Andrew Forrest made a fortune on his terms. Now he and his family are giving it away on theirs.

Women are inheriting wealth and using it to make the world a better place

AFR: Today women have more money than they ever have, and they’re set to earn and inherit much, much more. How they invest this money will change our world, ensuring a better future, especially for girls.

Foodbank to set up first regional distribution hub in Ballarat

The Courier: Philanthropic organisation Ballarat Foundation today announced a commitment to build the infrastructure for a Foodbank hub in Ballarat.

New initiative set to amplify social impact

Pro Bono Australia: A major new initiative has been launched in a bid to improve social impact on a national scale.

Overlooked and underfunded: why a Hollywood actress is stepping up for Latinas

Inside Philanthropy: While still filming Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria went back to school to receive a master’s in Chicano Studies. Now, the Eva Longoria Foundation is laser-focused on empowering Latina women. Here’s the backstory.

Holistic support: an ambitious plan to boost diversity in American orchestras

Inside Philanthropy: Mellon has been promoting orchestral diversity for years. But its support for a collaborative effort to address the root causes behind the field’s racial disparities takes things to a new level.

What’s inspiring anti-Trump charity donations? Hope, not anger

Fast Company: The first year of Trump’s term has seen an explosion of charitable giving. But calling it “rage philanthropy” isn’t exactly accurate.

Philanthropy is booming in the 21st century

Barron’s: One boon of the explosion in global wealth over the last two decades has been an explosion in  philanthropy across the world.

Philanthropy 50: Australia’s most generous givers

AFR: The cut off for this year’s list of top 50 private givers was $3.3 million, 10 per cent higher than last year’s cut off and the number of private ancillary funds is increasing.

Charitable giving goes mainstream

The Australian: It’s the ongoing success of the private ancillary funds (PAFs) program, which allows tax deductible multi-year donations to worthy causes.

Ready2Go initiative helps communities prepare for severe weather and natural disaster events

Bendigo Advertiser: Ready2Go is jointly funded by Gandel Philanthropy and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, through the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust. The organisation, which supports vulnerable people in natural disasters, is looking to expand into more parts of the state.

More than mega-gifts: an arts foundation ramps up support for “hard-to-fund” work

Inside Philanthropy: Mega-gifts to top L.A. institutions make headlines, but behind the scenes, smaller funders like the Michael Kelly Foundation for the Arts are backing work that questions “institutions and social structures.”

Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 for 2018

Fortune: For the second year in a row, Essence has compiled it’s “Woke 100” list, a celebration of the black women change-agents who are working to create a more equitable world.

What’s next for an early childhood initiative with big plans, backed by big donors?

Inside Philanthropy: The Pritzker Children’s Initiative last year pledged $6.5 million to a national program to encourage early childhood learning from infancy to age three. We now know more of what’s in store for this one-year pilot.

Here’s why philanthropy could be your biggest opportunity

Influencive: Philanthropy has become part and parcel of the business world. Theories abound as to why, but it mainly boils down to a healthy desire to give back.

Fire service gains over half a million in funding

Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star: The Somerset region’s fire services will be better equipped to respond to natural disasters, after a $644,000 council donation.

Why a philanthropic strategy is good for business

The Newcastle Herald: Are you in the middle of setting next year’s strategy and budgets? I implore you to think more deeply about a philanthropic game plan.

New toolkit shows NFPs how to create a child safe organisation

Pro Bono Australia: A new toolkit has been launched in the wake of the royal commission to help not-for-profit organisations understand the practical steps they can take to provide safe places for children.

Reverse vending machines to help local charities

The Area News: Following the smash success of Griffith’s return and earn kiosks, residents can now choose to put their money to a good cause.

Art donation brightens Thompson Institute’s walls

A thoughtful gift has brightened the walls of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience -Thompson Institute for mental health researchers and staff.

Billionaire backlash: a gift to a public high school becomes a case study in donor overreach

Inside Philanthropy: For years now, there’s been rising controversy about super wealthy donors intruding too far into public spaces or imposing too many demands on institutions. Apparently, Stephen Schwarzman hasn’t been paying attention.

Trump-fueled ‘reactive’ giving likely to continue in 2018, study says

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Donors motivated to counteract what they see as threats to causes like the environment, women’s rights, and immigration are likely to continue giving big in 2018, according to a new study.

New frontier: a community foundation embraces impact investing

Inside Philanthropy: While many foundations are now experimenting with impact investing, community foundations have been slower to embrace this strategy. Here’s another sign that this is changing.

Walmart targets zero food waste in its Canadian unit by 2025

FoodBev: Walmart will aim to achieve zero food waste by 2025 in its Canadian operations. To address this issue more broadly, the Walmart Foundation will donate $15 million in funding to support Canadian initiatives and research to reduce food waste along the food chain, from farm to fork.

How charities are benefiting from Sydney’s five-year property boom

Domain: Boomers, punters and property moguls haven’t been the only groups to benefit from Sydney’s five-year property boom – charities are also seeing a windfall from homes bequeathed to a good cause.

Supporting homeless women across Queensland

Pro Bono Australia: Karen Lyon Reid is CEO of The Lady Musgrave Trust, Queensland’s oldest charity which provides support for homeless women. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Data vs. crime: how a billionaire donor is partnering with Chicago to stem the violence

Inside Philanthropy: Hedge funder Ken Griffin has teamed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to back next-gen data analysis to improve policing. It’s yet another example of philanthropy supporting innovative civic projects.

Michael Bloomberg pays US$4.5m to keep US in Paris climate pact

SBS News: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he will pay $US4.5 million to keep the US’ commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump dumped it.

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 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 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 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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