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Online giving grew 12% in 2017

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Giving grew by just over 4 percent in 2017, a significant boost from the previous year’s flat performance, according to a new report.

Here’s how a bold public school got a billionaire alum to donate US$25 million

CNBC: Abington High School, outside Philadelphia, just got one of its former students, billionaire private equity titan and philanthropist Steve Schwarzman, to donate $25 million.

It’s the one big foundation taking on cybersecurity threats. Now, It’s doubling down

If you’re looking forward to a future when Russians pick your leaders and hackers pick your pocket, read no further. You’re going to hate the Hewlett Foundation’s new 5-year, $50 million commitment to its Cyber Initiative.

Recent tax reforms in America will hurt charities

The Economist: Local nonprofits and churches will be affected the most.

Image of ‘older male’ philanthropist gives way to younger, female-led funding

Irish Times: Businesswoman Norah Casey presented with Philanthropist of the Year award in Dublin.

Dropbox spins out foundation with $20 million to fund San Francisco nonprofits

San Francisco Business Times: Dropbox joins a growing list of tech companies that have ventured into charitable giving as their businesses have boomed.

Gates Foundation’s annual letter answers ’10 tough questions’ routinely put to Bill and Melinda

GeekWire: This year’s annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation answers “10 tough questions that we get asked”, essentially walking into the metaphorical punch offered by critics and observers of the planet’s wealthiest foundation.

Five ways to combat sexual harassment at nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The moment has come for nonprofits to reckon with the sexual harassment that until all too recently has been swept under the carpet.

How the next generation is changing charitable giving

Knowledge@Wharton: Authors Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody discuss their book on how the younger generation is reshaping philanthropy.

Ellen DeGeneres shocks Charlotte area teacher with big donation from Chobani

The Charlotte Observer: Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Charlotte area teacher on her show on Monday with a $100,000 check for her school’s backpack program.

Seattle Children’s receives US$60M donation to fund care for sick children, second largest in its history

GeekWire: Seattle Children’s, the largest children’s hospital and pediatric research centre in Washington state, says it has received the second largest donation in its history from the late Seattle businessman Bruce Leven, who passed away in September.

UAE businessman, philanthropist Al-Habtoor launches children’s fund in Illinois

Arab News: Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, a well-known businessman and philanthropist, has launched a children’s fund in Central Illinois. He said America needs to do more to address hunger and homelessness in the country.

Government accused of undermining Australia’s charities

Pro Bono Australia: The government is undermining Australia’s charities, the shadow minister for charities and not for profits has claimed.

What is this donors’ collaborative doing to shape K-12 education in New York?

Inside Philanthropy: Pro-charter foundations and billionaires have spent many millions to influence education policy in the state. But a group of a funders with a very different agenda is also active in backing advocacy efforts.

Better together: Why charities should merge

Pro Bono Australia: The charity sector is a crowded market. As the pool of donations and grants shrinks, calls for mergers are growing, particularly for charities serving a similar cause, writes Fiona Smith.

The Intel Foundation is betting it can transform refugees into tech workers

Fast Company: The tech company’s philanthropy is giving $1 million to the International Rescue Committee to help arm refugees with coding skills.

Head and heart: A few questions for Amy Houston of the Robin Hood Foundation

Inside Philanthropy: She’s a key player at one of the biggest anti-poverty funders in the country, which focuses laser-like on the nation’s largest city. Amy Houston talks about Robin Hood’s approach and more.

Why companies that give back also receive

Fortune: Charitable, philanthropic efforts on the part of employees and employers result in workplaces that are better for business, better for the people who work there and better for the world.

Chinese philanthropist awards the biggest education prizes ever

Forbes: Charles Chen Yidan, cofounder of Tencent, the Chinese internet holding company with a market cap of US$500 billion, has established the Yidan Prize. The prize, US$7.75 million split between two winners, or “laureates,” is the most valuable in education.

Nevada’s new sports teams may help boost philanthropic numbers

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada’s new sports teams will likely help to further propel the US state’s philanthropy landscape, with a significant amount of fundraising anticipated in 2018.

On Philanthropy: Business leaders, consumers and employees find value in enhanced philanthropy

The Denver Post: Businesses must play a more strategic and integral role in efforts to solve the most pressing problems of our local, national and global communities. So believes Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of international asset management and investment giant Blackrock.

How Drake’s charitable donations brought joy to the city of Miami

Billboard: Music superstar Drake he surprised Miami High School students by shooting the video for his Hot 100-topping single “God’s Plan” on an elevated platform above their baseball field and sweetened his visit by donating US$25,000 to the school.

Hunter Water donates $35,000 to Port Stephens Koalas as it works toward hospital and tourism centre at One Mile

Port Stephens Examiner: Koala rescuers and carers quietly applauded Hunter Water and its $35,000 donation on Thursday. Quietly, because the koalas were sleeping.

Journalism’s new patrons: Newspapers deepen embrace of philanthropy

Columbia Journalism Review: Within the span of a few weeks, the award-winning staff of the Charleston Gazette-Mail has witnessed both the dismal reality of newspapers’ finances, and a possible hope for the future.

Philanthropy 50: Where they live, where they give, and more

Find out more about America’s 50 biggest donors: their ages, source of wealth, where they live, and where they give.

George Soros: Financier, philanthropist – and hate figure for the far right

The Guardian: The Jewish billionaire’s backing for a pro-EU group has breathed new life into populist conspiracy theories.

Five things to know about Elizabeth Alexander, the Andrew W. Mellon’s new president

Inside Philanthropy: Mellon is the mothership funder for the arts, humanities, and higher education, with annual grantmaking of $300 million a year. Where will its new leader take this critical foundation?

A regional funder gives big to upstream solutions to chronic illnesses

Inside Philanthropy: Health legacy foundations have become big, important players in regional philanthropy. And more of them are tackling the social determinants of health. A case in point: a Texas funder with $1.2 billion in assets.

The mindsets and motives of new donors

Stanford Social Innovation Review: There is enormous potential for the social sector to help new donors become more self-aware, intentional, and strategic in their giving.

Only one in five Australians favour proposed limits on charitable advocacy

Pro Bono Australia: Only one in five Australians support the Turnbull government’s proposed measures to restrict charitable advocacy, including just 36 per cent of Coalition supporters, according to a new poll.

Philanthropy: The forgotten investment asset

Forbes: Socially conscious investors are after more than just financial returns. However, in our quest to be socially conscious change creators, we often overlook the power of one key asset: our philanthropy.

Who’s behind a new public-private partnership to pull people with disabilities out of poverty?

Inside Philanthropy: Philanthropic funding for people with disabilities is often focused on basic needs and setting adults up with accessible jobs. But in New York, there’s an effort kicking off that goes a bit further.

America’s top 50 donors show how tech riches continue to shake up philanthropy

Fast Company: A new list shows how much Silicon Valley moguls are reshaping the giving field.

Six ways to attract and nurture self-made donors

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Newly wealthy individuals face numerous psychological and practical hurdles when starting or increasing their philanthropy, according to a new report focusing on Bay-Area donors with at least $10 million in assets.

Who is Fred Blackwell? Nine questions for the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation

Inside Philanthropy: He leads a community foundation that’s put race and class at the center of its work—in a city that’s become a symbol of urban stratification. Blackwell talks about his life path and what keeps him up at night.

What marketers can do to raise the bar for nonprofits

Pro Bono Australia: Nonprofits can reap big from a solid marketing strategy. Here are five strategies that you can apply to raise the bar.

Social enterprise funeral director opens

Third Force News: The UK’s first not-for-profit funeral service aims to tackle growing funeral poverty in Scotland

Canada reviewing impact of charity sector

Pro Bono Australia: The Senate in Canada has appointed a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector to carry out a wide-ranging study of the sector and modernise how charities are governed.

Calls to overhaul NDIS to better accommodate Indigenous Australians

Pro Bono Australia: A First Peoples advocacy group has called for an overhaul of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to better accommodate Indigenous people, after a study found ill-health and disability were driving psychological distress in older Indigenous Australians.

Humpty Dumpty Foundation donates much needed equipment to maternity ward at Manning Hospital

Manning River Times: Manning Hospital will benefit from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s “Great Humpty Ball” with the donation of a jaundice detector valued at $4,780 for the hospital’s maternity ward.

Canal Christmas Cruises break Rotary record

Coastlive: Each year a charity wish well is set up in the canals to raise money for the Rotary Club of Mandurah, which disperses the donations among local charities and 2017 saw a new donation record set.

Reinventing philanthropy as an employee-centered growth strategy

Forbes: There is a growing inclusive leadership trend when it comes to giving back: Letting the individuals define the business of giving.

Here’s who gave away the most money in 2017

CNBC: America’s 50 largest charitable donors gave away $14.7 billion last year, with Bill and Melinda Gates leading the list with a US$4.8 billion donation to their foundation.

Good listeners: Behind a new journalism fund to drive community engagement

Inside Philanthropy: Some of journalism’s biggest funders, including Pierre Omidyar’s Democracy Fund and the Knight Foundation, have joined forces to help beleaguered outlets better engage the public they serve.

Canada reviewing impact of charity sector

Pro Bono Australia: Canada Reviewing Impact of Charity Sector | The Senate in Canada has appointed a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector to carry out a wide-ranging study of the sector and modernise how charities are governed.

Bricks, mortar, and medicine: A closer look at a campus mega-gift

Inside Philanthropy: Emory’s $400 million windfall is the latest reminder that biomedical research is one of the most powerful magnets for large-scale campus gifts. Such gifts are getting bigger, too.

Elphinstone Group donation helps funds new lung function laboratory

The Advocate: Patients in northwest Tasmania requiring lung testing will no longer have to travel to Launceston for treatment thanks to a generous donation by the Elphinstone Group.

Julie Bishop’s $90m pledge after Rihanna’s Twitter appeal

The Australian: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a $90 million donation to the Julia Gillard-chaired Global Partnership for Education just hours after singer Rihanna took to Twitter to plead with the Australian government for funds.

Do financial inclusion efforts really have an impact on poverty?

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Affordable, accessible financial products and services like mobile money are becoming more prevalent in the developing world, but are they improving the lives of the poor?

A billionaire, intent on “dying broke,” keeps the big gifts flowing

Inside Philanthropy: South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, 82, has long said he aims to dispose of his fortune in his lifetime. His most recent flurry of giving suggests he is very much a man of his word.

Anonymous bitcoin philanthropist donates US$5 million to medicine foundation

Reuters: An anonymous benefactor has donated US$5 million in bitcoin to the California-based Open Medicine Foundation, the non-profit research organisation said on Friday.

Foundation salaries vary widely, study finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Foundation pay increased a median of 3 percent last year across nearly 1,000 grant makers that took part in a survey conducted by the Council on Foundations. The median salary for a full-time employee was $79,000.

Tim Costello compares Coalition’s foreign donation ban to Putin’s crackdown on dissent

The Guardian: World Vision Australia chief advocate says bill is part of a ‘zeitgeist of a silencing and gagging of civil society’

Philanthropy reshaped: Finding new ways to fundraise

Associations Now: As the world changes, so too are the elements that encourage donors to give. Here’s how these trends are leading to a philanthropy rethink.

How to incorporate charity and volunteer work into your marketing strategy

Forbes: Millennials, who comprise the largest living generation in the U.S., care about causes. They are more likely than members of other generations to do business with companies associated with a cause and they like to work for companies that give back.

The servant: Keep a close eye on NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy: The last few years have seen a growing number of former and current NBA players ramping up their giving to various social, educational and athletic causes.

Two good reasons you should donate your tax return to gender equality

Forbes: With women’s issues front and centre, how could donating our tax returns (or a percentage of our tax returns) benefit women’s organisations throughout the country?

Philanthropy, political interference and the law of unintended consequences

Triple R: Recently, the federal government has put forward new laws to combat foreign interference in Australian politics. While these laws were drawn to protect the integrity of our political system, they have produced a slew of unintended negative consequences for charities and NGOs.

Call for charities to be exempt from foreign influence transparency scheme

Pro Bono Australia: A not-for-profit peak body and the Law Council of Australia have called for charities to be exempt from a proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, with fears the legislation could impose criminal penalties on non-compliant charities receiving overseas support.

Seth Klarman gives $5 million to Spelman

Bloomberg: While it’s unclear what recent tax changes will mean for U.S. donations, but in January, there was plenty of publicly noted giving.

The latest funder tackling disparities to improve health outcomes

Inside Philanthropy: The philanthropic arm of a pharmaceutical company branches out from its usual focus on diseases to look at the social determinants of health with a new gift and funding stream.

Responsive vs. strategic grantmaking: Which one is right for you?

Forbes: Grantmakers have many roles to play in a community, and how they define those roles can vary greatly, so it’s important for foundations to understand both strategic and responsive options to determine which approach may be preferable

Wealthy women donors willing to take big risks

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Wealthy women who give to female-centred causes are drawn to support international programs and prefer specific charities over foundation funds that pool money to support women and girls, according to a new report.

A beer with Bill Gates: Some advice on how to succeed in a critical funding niche

Inside Philanthropy: About 50 percent of well-meaning water and sanitation projects around the world fail. A civil engineer with years of field experience explains what needs to change in this critical area of global development funding.

Can data drive better human rights funding?

Inside Philanthropy: A groundbreaking data analysis shines new light on where the field of human rights philanthropy is headed and where it still has work to do. Here are its key takeaways.

How to drive competitive returns with impact investing

Knowledge@Wharton: Two social-impact investors discuss their quest for competitive returns.

How this social enterprise just closed US$20 million in funding

Forbes: Husk Power Systems, a mini-grid company that launched ten years ago with an innovative idea to convert rice husks into energy, raised US$20 million in equity investment this month.

New incentive: Behind a philanthropist’s big prize for Alzheimer’s research

Inside Philanthropy: Empowering outlying research ideas can be a key to medical breakthroughs—or a major waste of money. Here’s a how a Florida philanthropist is looking to shake things up on Alzheimer’s.

New laws will lead to ‘donation drought’

SBS: A parliamentary committee examining new foreign donation laws has been told there are serious consequences for small organisations.

Charity sector welcomes Gary Johns comments’ on foreign donations bill

Pro Bono Australia: The social sector has welcomed comments from Dr Gary Johns on the foreign donations bill, with the charities commissioner voicing concerns the proposed legislation will “place a further regulatory burden on charities” and inhibit their ability to advocate.

Charity runs out for charitable charities

PSNews: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has reported a 30 per cent increase in the number of charities being stripped of their charity status in 2017 — and has warned the number could go higher.

Chile adds 10 million acres of parkland in historic first

National Geographic: American philanthropists and the Chilean government pledged to protect the land nearly a year ago. Now, it’s official.

Why is it so hard to find a development director? And what are the solutions?

Inside Philanthropy: A veteran fundraising consultant explains why the hunt for a development director can be so frustrating, and zeroes in on the traits that matter most in candidates for these key positions.

California city plans to pay needy residents

Mother Nature Network: Stockton’s test of a $500 monthly basic income is a first in the US. Funding for the scheme, titled the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), will not come from city coffers but from individual and institutional philanthropy.

Philanthropy in Asia needs a push from good government policies

South China Morning Post: Governments in Asia must send strong signals that they value philanthropy through tax incentives and other policies.

Companies and charities come together to inspire better corporate giving

Pro Bono Australia: A number of leading companies, charities and government agencies will join together to try and inspire more and better corporate giving at scale, at an innovation think-tank event to be held in Sydney this week.

Controversial UK billionaire’s giving is on the rise, including big science funding

Inside Philanthropy: Len Blavatnik’s been making headlines, both for his philanthropy and his political connections. He continues to be a donor to watch, with an expanding suite of science research prizes and grants.

Blockchain smart contracts could shape future of impact investing

Pro Bono Australia: Blockchain smart contracts for funding based on verified social impact could shape the future of impact investing and social impact bonds, according to the founders of a tech company launching an Australian-first smart contracts pilot program.

Philanthropists and NFP leaders take top honours

Pro Bono Australia: Philanthropists and not-for-profit leaders from all areas of the social sector have been recognised in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.

Battery powered: A tech couple aims to break down the barriers to giving

Inside Philanthropy: Michael and Xochi Birch have turned their members-only club in San Francisco, The Battery, into a platform for encouraging philanthropy. We get the inside story of how this outfit has evolved.

New initiative leverages technology and philanthropy to reinvent community health care

Devex: A coalition of partners from philanthropy and business are committing $50 million to allow two social entrepreneurs to deploy 50,000 community health workers to provide digitally enabled, door-to-door care to 34 million people.

Why the Gates Foundation just paid off Nigeria’s $76 million debt

FastCompany: After decades of struggling with the disease, Nigeria is nearly polio-free. Reaching that goal came with a hefty price tag that the Gates Foundation doesn’t want the country to have to shoulder.

The regional funders backing early childhood learning—with a twist
Inside Philanthropy: Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centres and often ignore childcare entirely.

“Unbelievably concerning and creepy”: This entrepreneur is donating $1 every time she receives harassment on LinkedIn

SmartCompany: Female entrepreneurs in Australia have a fear “that runs deep” of trolling and sexual harassment through platforms like LinkedIn, says one business leader, who has pledged to donate a dollar every time she’s hit with inappropriate communications online.

Who is Hilary Pennington? A few questions for Ford’s new executive vice president

Inside Philanthropy: Last week, Hilary Pennington became the most senior program person at the Ford Foundation, one of the top jobs in the philanthropy world. In this revealing interview, she discusses her background and work at Ford.

Byron Bay Beach Hotel to be transformed into beacon of social impact

Pro Bono Australia: Impact Investment Group will look to transform the iconic Byron Bay Beach Hotel into “a beacon of social and environmental impact”, by removing poker machines from the facilities and minimising the venue’s carbon footprint.

Prince William shares the lesson Princess Diana taught him about charity work

Nine: Of all Princess Diana’s legacies, her dedication to philanthropy has been perhaps the most enduring. Prince William has reflected on how her passion for charity has stayed with him 20 years on.

Who’s backing the nonprofit investing directly in poor families?

Inside Philanthropy: More than fifty years into the War on Poverty, this organisation is shaking up how we support poor families. Funders large and small are paying attention to its unique model.

Young philanthropists pledge CAN$570,000 to address Toronto’s most ‘pressing issues’

The Star: More than 90 young philanthropists have joined a Toronto Foundation program called Vision 2020, which will see them meet with service agencies and residents to explore how to invest their donations.

ACNC’s review submission met with concern from charity sector

Pro Bono Australia: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s submission to the five-year review of ACNC legislation has raised concerns in the sector, with fears the national regulator’s recommendations “will impose an ill-conceived restrictive agenda on all charities”.

Trump effect: Six ways philanthropy has changed in the past year

Inside Philanthropy: The political earthquake of Donald Trump’s election has had major reverberations in US philanthropy, shaking up both grantmaking priorities and operating strategies.

Electoral disclosure and funding reform: An explainer

Pro Bono Australia: Seak-King Huang, principal at Prolegis Lawyers, explains what the proposed Electoral Disclosure and Funding Reform means and why charities and NFPs should be concerned.

The future business of philanthrocapitalism

Qantas Travel Insider: Philanthrocapitalism offers investors profits with an added feel-good factor.

Serena Williams matches Colin Kaepernick’s donation to Los Angeles homelessness charity

Sports Illustrated: Serena Williams is the latest celebrity to join Colin Kaepernick in donating to charities across the country.

Losing my faith in philanthropy led me to rediscover its power to change the world for good

Quartz: On Christmas Eve 2012, Templeton World Charity Foundation founder Andrew Serazin was seriously considering quitting his previous job at the Gates Foundation. Here’s what happened next.

Bill Gates asks for Australia’s help in ridding Asia of malaria

The Australian: Bill Gates, the head of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, has called on Australia to become the regional champion of a historic drive to eradicate mal­aria from Asia within 10 years.

Charities urged to have their say on foreign donations bill

Pro Bono Australia: Charities are being called on to have their say on the controversial foreign donations bill “while they still can”, amid fears the bill could “erode democracy”.

Guiding clients’ post-business philanthropic efforts

The Wall Street Journal: When charity and business ownership are entwined, clients who are retiring or selling their company often need help crafting a giving plan.

Shared power: How one rapid response fund defies philanthropy’s hierarchical streak

Inside Philanthropy: In another sign that participatory grantmaking is gaining traction, the Emergent Fund’s model engages movement leaders to advise, and ultimately determine, where its grants go.

Principle vs. impact: When should institutions keep tainted donations?

Inside Philanthropy: In many cases, returning a disgraced donor’s gift is a no-brainer. But what if the gift in question can help catalyse an entire funding area like gender equity in the cinematic arts?

Jeff Bezos’ first big charitable gift is diabolically clever

Inc: Amazon founder’s donation to TheDream.us carries a big message.

Gates Foundation funds research for new synthetic malaria vaccine

Forbes: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a US$1.4 million to the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia to create a synthetic DNA-based vaccine for malaria, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Inovio Pharmaceuticals.

Designers to auction Golden Globes dresses to benefit ‘Time’s Up’ fund

The Atlanta Voice: Black outfits that many actors and actresses wore at the 2018 Golden Globes to raise awareness about the Time’s Up initiative against workplace sexual harassment will be auctioned this week to benefit the cause.

A new generation: How a funders’ collaborative sees the prospects for youth organising

Inside Philanthropy: Plenty of people are talking about movement building these days, and youth organizing is a vital part of that process.

Steph Curry, Colin Kaepernick match $10K donations to United Playaz Charity
Sports Illustrated: Warriors All-Star Steph Curry and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will match $10,000 donations to United Playaz, a San Francisco-based charity that provides comprehensive services to at-risk youth.

Advisers boosting growth in philanthropy

Professional Planner: A higher level of engagement from the financial advice community and regulatory changes have helped the number of public ancillary funds managed by Australian Philanthropic Services quadruple in four years, the not-for-profit’s chief executive says.

A new impact investing model for education
Stanford Social Innovation Review: School entrepreneurs in India have a new option, with loans that encourage better test scores.

To reduce inequality, a foundation looks to shift both policy and the larger narrative

Inside Philanthropy: While a lot of attention has been given to what foundations are doing wrong in the fight against rising economic stratification, it’s time to turn the spotlight on a foundation that’s doing everything right.

Digital currencies and blockchain in the social sector

Stanford Social Innovation Review: How decentralised technologies are transforming philanthropy and NGO work.

How to unlock billions from Asia’s philanthropists

Billionaire.com: If the right regulatory and tax policies were in place, Asian philanthropists could give over US$500 billion.

Why aren’t there more big health gifts like this one?

Inside Philanthropy: Even as new wealth flows for medical research and name-brand hospitals, basic care for low-income communities in the US tends to fall through the cracks.

Why do people give to charity?

Lancaster Online: The idea that many people give because they “need a tax break” is widely assumed to be true, but it would be incorrect to consider this the primary motivating factor for charitable giving.

Australian philanthropists urged to conserve the country’s natural wonders

Pro Bono Australia: The Nature Conservancy has called on Australian philanthropists to “step up” and give generously, after the charity received its single-largest philanthropic gift ever of US$165 million (A$210 million) from a couple in California.

MacKenzie Bezos will be one of the biggest philanthropists around. So what’s she into?

Inside Philanthropy: Jeff and MacKenzie [Bezos] are likely to rank as among the biggest philanthropists in coming decades—if not of all time. So who is MacKenzie? And how is she likely to act as one of the top mega-givers of the 21st century?

Giving through PayPal breaks $1B threshold

Pro Bono Australia: A record amount of more than $1 billion was donated to charities through the PayPal platform during the Christmas period as experts say people are turning to new ways of giving.

Johns Hopkins just got the largest donation ever given to a philosophy department

Chronicle: A well-known investor is giving a US$75-million donation to the Johns Hopkins University’s philosophy department, and the university is calling the gift the largest ever for a philosophy program.

In conversation with Peter McMullin and Nick Blinco

Philanthropy Weekly: Statistics suggest that a child is born into statelessness every tenth minute. How can a philanthropist from Melbourne respond?

Impacting investing report promotes a responsible exit

Pro Bono Australia: A new report hopes to help impact investors safeguard the sustainability of their impact beyond exit by offering insight into a number of practical strategies.

Philanthropy in Asia hampered by trust issues

Devex: Philanthropy could be a huge resource for development organisations in Asia, but a host of factors are keeping Asia’s billionaires and philanthropists from giving more, according to a new report.

Jelena Dokic announces plan to launch domestic violence awareness foundation

Nine News: Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has announced plans to launch her own foundation targeted towards raising awareness about domestic violence and abusive relationships.

Social enterprise announces $500,000 funding for social and affordable housing
Pro Bono Australia: Social enterprise Homes for Homes has launched its first-ever funding round for projects that increase the supply of social and affordable housing, with $500,000 up for grabs.

Meet the top 20 philanthropists of colour

Inside Philanthropy: Black philanthropy isn’t just one about a wealthy elite, but the masses of people committed to giving back whatever they can to create and sustain black institutions like HBCUs and churches.

A latent force: Inside the collaborative organising wealthy donors of colour

Inside Philanthropy: High-net-worth individuals of colour give philanthropically, but tend to be isolated from each other and absent from networks that connect wealthy white donors, according a recent report.

Is this the start of something bigger? About that US$33 million gift by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

Inside Philanthropy: Does a big gift for “Dreamers” by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos mark the start of their emergence as active major philanthropists? There are a few reasons to suspect that it does.

Lien Foundation’s Lee Poh Wah: Philanthropy is not about being Santa

The New Paper: The CEO of Singapore’s Lien Foundation, Mr Lee Poh Wah, believes that philanthropy should be more about problem-solving than “playing Santa Claus”, adding that “if you do philanthropy right, you actually reduce the need for charity.”

Wakerly: A tech winner focuses on social causes and education

Inside Philanthropy: John Wakerly is one of a growing number of US tech leaders interested in philanthropy. He believes that people with both “talent and luck” need to give back because there are equally intelligent people out there who haven’t been as lucky.

Foreign donation and charity law changes ‘likely’ to face high court challenge

The Guardian: The Australian government’s proposed ban on foreign donations and new disclosure requirements for political campaigners are “likely” to face a constitutional challenge, the Human Rights Law Centre has warned.

Australian of the Year: Wakils’ generous gifts to the arts world

The Australian: Isaac and Susan Wakil last year donated $20 million to the Art Gallery of NSW to support its $344m Sydney Modern extension, along with $35m to the University of Sydney.

Want your big bet to pay off? Don’t forget about government capacity

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Global philanthropists can no longer afford to overlook the importance of supporting government capacity in developing countries—here’s what they can do about it.

A research funder knocks on the NIH’s door looking for ideas—and big grants flow

Inside Philanthropy: A major challenge in science philanthropy is finding the right niche where a grantmaker can make a difference. The Open Philanthropy Project has developed a unique grantmaking approach to tackle the problem.

A conversation with Rockefeller Foundation’s Rajiv Shah

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Rockefeller Foundation president and former USAID administrator Rajiv Shah reflects on the challenges being tackled by one of the US’ largest foundations.

Record $100-million donation to CAMH underscores cultural shift on mental health

Globe and Mail: Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health announced Thursday that its foundation has received a record CAN$100-million donation from an anonymous donor, underscoring a significant cultural shift around mental health philanthropy.

Charities fear donations bill a muzzle

The Australian: Charities, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, ­say a Turnbull government bill aimed at cracking down on foreign donations will bind them in red tape and have a chilling effect on democratic debate.

Five best practices of extraordinary grantmakers

Forbes: Here are five best practices that “ordinary” grantmakers have adopted to elevate their outcomes and impact to extraordinary levels.

The invisible infrastructure of giving – and why it matters

The Conversation: While charitable giving may seem like a fairly straightforward exchange, there is a hidden giving infrastructure that connects donors, charities, and social causes.

Interview with Russ Carson

Philanthropy Roundtable: Private equity investor Russ Carson has applied his years in business to handpicking leaders and investments in philanthropy.

Systemic failure: Four reasons philanthropy keeps losing the battle against inequality

Inside Philanthropy: While many foundations have made social equity the focus of their work, wealth inequality continues to worsen. The good news is there are steps grantmakers can take to reverse the trend.

TechnologyOne Foundation sets ambitious goal for 2018

IT Wire: Brisbane-based enterprise tech company TechnologyOne has expanded the reach of its foundation with a pledge to free 500,000 children in India from poverty.

2017 was a banner year with 3 gifts of $1 billion or more

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The 10 biggest gifts in 2017 totalled US$10.2 billion, more than double the total from 2016, when the 10 largest donations totalled US$4.3 billion.

Executive leadership council COO explains how to blend philanthropy with your career

Forbes: If joining a nonprofit board or philanthropy is one of your New Year’s resolutions, Brickson Diamond, Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Leadership Council, has some advice for you.

From Indiana, a case study of an ambitious foundation-backed push to spur new prosperity

Inside Philanthropy: One of the toughest challenges that foundations are grappling with is how to spur more economic prosperity in areas, such as the Great Lakes region in the US, that have experienced steep jobs losses. Here’s how Indiana’s Lilly Endowment is tackling the issue.

Not just charter schools: a look at a big Walton K-12 give close to home

Inside Philanthropy: Last year, the Walton Family Foundation made nearly US$50 million in grants in its home region, backing a wide range of nonprofits while expanding beyond its traditional focus on education.

Predictions for 2018: Philanthropy

Pro Bono Australia: 2018 will be another big year for Australian nonprofits according to Krystian Seibert, the advocacy and insight manager at Philanthropy Australia.

Generosity tipped to top $4.2 billion in financial year

Coffs Harbour Advocate: A whopping $4.2 billion or more will be contributed to charity by adult Australians this financial year, an increase of around 10 percent on 2016-17, which works out around $336 per person.

Bill Gates Tells Healthcare’s Capitalists How To Save Five Million Kids

Forbes: Bill Gates is about to address thousands of top executives, bankers and investors at the year’s biggest healthcare industry gathering. His message? Join us, and we can change the world.

Philanthropy Forecast, 2018: Trends and Issues To Watch

Inside Philanthropy: With the new year upon us, here are the major trends in philanthropy to look out for.

Australian buses get new life in PNG’s women-only service Meri Seif

ABC News: A special bus service in Papua New Guinea that gives women a safe and free ride is expanding, thanks to the donation of four new buses by Australian company Ventura.

How The Top 10 Philanthropists Of 2017 Are Reshaping Giving

FastCompany: As tech moguls start to dominate the list of largest givers, the forms of the gifts are shifting.

Betty Kable bequests entire estate to UTas

The Advocate: A generous bequest will allow a scholarship supporting law students at the University of Tasmania to continue.

The world’s largest basic income experiment just received a $5 million donation in bitcoin

Business Insider: A bitcoin millionaire has committed $US5 million worth of bitcoin to an organisation running the largest basic income experiment in history across dozens of villages in rural Kenya.

Murdochs’ $1m gift to Australian Ballet

The Australian: Sarah Murdoch and her husband, News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, have donated $1 million to the Australian Ballet to support the position of a principal dancer in perpetuity.

Philanthropy is not a Gimmick, it’s a Business Plan

Management Today: There are valuable benefits for businesses that embrace philanthropy and embed purpose at their core.

How Disaster Charity Can Pivot to Sustainable Philanthropy

New York Times: Natural disasters often prompt a flood of emergency humanitarian aid. However, often the bigger challenge is to maintain enough momentum to sustain long-term redevelopment efforts.

New ‘Impact Security’ Could Revolutionise Philanthropy

Forbes: A new financial instrument, known as an “impact security”, promises to make donations more transparent by introducing Wall Street investors to the giving process.

Why we need to give to charity all year, not just at Christmas

The Sydney Morning Herald: While the festive season is a popular time to make a charitable donation, it’s important to remember that social and environmental issues don’t magically resolve themselves in January.

Why 2018 Is The Year Of The Philanthropic Investor

Forbes:  The impact investing movement has potential to create enormous benefits—but only if governments are willing to rethink some of the regulatory barriers between philanthropy and business to create the right conditions for it to flourish.

Forget Volunteering, Rethink Philanthropy to Make a Sustainable Impact

Columbus CEO: Many will give a one-time philanthropic gift this holiday season, but why not make your company’s generosity last longer than that?

Government Right to Dump ‘In Australia’ Legislation

Pro Bono Australia: The decision not to proceed with the so-called In Australia legislation supports international giving whilst maintaining appropriate safeguards, writes Krystian Seibert, the advocacy and insight manager at Philanthropy Australia.

Changing Men: How a Nonprofit and Its Funders Are Looking Upstream to Fight Sexual Abuse

Inside Philanthropy: A Call to Men is an organisation that has found a small but loyal funder following by taking on sexual harassment, abuse and violence by confronting the culture that nurtures those behaviours.

Brokerage builds community through business and philanthropy

Broker News: For each new loan brokerage firm TMFG settled in FY17, it donated $150 to charities and foundations, including Fight MND, Bowel Cancer Australia, Heart Lung Transplant, the Bourke Street Fund, Oz Harvest, Golf Fore A Cause and the Westpac Foundation.

Mark Zuckerberg says technology could be a solution for America’s broken school system

Business Insider: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has reflected on his key lessons about philanthropy from 2017, with the tech tycoon identifying education reform as a key challenge for the next generation.

Creative Ways To Get Your Kids Involved In Philanthropy This Holiday Season

Huffington Post: Even if your child doesn’t get an allowance yet, it’s never too early to teach children to give back and help others. Here are some ideas to get you thinking outside the box.

Why Don’t America’s Rich Give More to Charity?

The Atlantic: Some of the wealthiest citizens in the US could certainly afford to donate bigger sums – but something seems to be holding them back.

How to make socially responsible investing part of your legacy

DowJones MarketWatch: The values you express through your saving, giving and investing form an important part of your legacy.

Co-Responsibility: United Nations and Businesses working together to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

Huffington Post: The UN believes private companies should embrace corporate social responsibility initiatives that address social and environmental issues, ethical labour practices and philanthropy.

David Rockefeller and the Largest Art Auction of All Time

Vanity Fair: In March, David Rockefeller, the last surviving grandchild of robber baron John D. Rockefeller, died at the age of 101. Now his massive and prestigious art collection is set to go to auction, with all proceeds going to a dozen designated nonprofit organisations.

27 Strategies for Giving

Bloomberg: Will 2018 be the year you turn doing good into a pursuit? Leading nonprofit leaders, philanthropic advisors, innovators, investors, and hardworking volunteers share their tips for effective giving.

It’s a Coming Tsunami. Which Funders Are Confronting an Aging America?

Inside Philanthropy: The number of Americans over 65 has ballooned to 49.2 million this year, up from 35 million in 2000, with the number expected to double to about 88 million by 2050.

To Change the System, Look Outside the System

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Conventional thinking tends to overlook the impact new, small nonprofits can have. However, emerging organisations, even if they’re new and small, can generate substantial change in social services.

#GivingTuesday: Women Make Up The Majority Of Donors

The Nonprofit Times: Women Make Up The Majority Of Donors: Women contributed 63 percent of the total number of donations on #GivingTuesday 2016, according to new research by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis.

Concern for charities in foreign donation reforms

The Australian: Labor and the Greens have voiced major concerns at Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed crackdown on foreign donations, questioning whether the overhaul will pose unreasonable limitations on the advocacy of major interest groups and charities.

How social enterprise i=Change raised $500,000 through e-commerce donations to fight violence against women

SmartCompany: Jeremy Meltzer founded i=Change in 2014 after asking a simple question: What if sales from e-commerce businesses could be used as a force for good, and customers could give back to charities and communities in need with every purchase?

Impact Washing, Data Refuges, Big Bets, and More: Philanthropy’s 2018 Buzzwords

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: As we prepare for the year ahead, here are words, phrases, and ideas that people in the nonprofit world will be using, misusing, and probably abusing in 2018.

Is the New Way to Give a Better Way to Give?

The Atlantic: Donor-advised funds are gaining popularity, but critics warn that charities may be losing out.

Misk and the Gates Foundation are changing the Saudi philanthropy model

The Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation are throwing their weight behind cultivating young minds in Saudi Arabia.

Creator of the Me Too Movement Calls on Foundations to Support Grass-Roots Activists

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Me Too movement creator Tarana Burke is urging foundations to reach into communities and support the fight against sexual harassment and violence on a more local level.

Anonymous donor gives $5.2 million to HMRI to improve rural and regional health

The Newcastle Herald: The Hunter Medical Research Institute has received the largest ever single donation, with an anonymous giver providing $5.2 million to improve access to high-quality healthcare for vulnerable and remote communities across NSW.

Philanthropy: 2017 Highlights and Lowlights

Philanthropy Australia: Thirty-seven leaders from across the philanthropic spectrum share their thoughts about hits and misses and who impressed them in 2017.

Advocacy Under Threat as NFPs Engage in Self-Silencing

Pro Bono News: Australian charities are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a new report.

Following the data: Google ups its support for criminal justice reform

Inside Philanthropy: Leading tech giant Google is leveraging its expertise in big data to guide its donations to justice system reformers.

How Philanthropy and the Media Could Work Better Together

MediaShift: The current media environment is not good news for anyone in civil society. There are good reasons why funding quality journalism should become a priority for philanthropists.

Pamela Galli makes $5m donation to Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Herald-Sun: Pamela Galli has donated $5 million to support research into how blood cells can combat diseases like leukaemia

Better to give? 7 things to know about donating to charity as a holiday gift

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Making a donation on behalf of a loved one is an increasingly popular option as a Christmas gift idea.

Bang For Your Buck: The Nonprofit Rating Charities by Impact

Inside Philanthropy:  As we head into the season of giving, people who want to donate to charity have a new resource to ensure their dollars have the biggest impact.

Petition Calls for Gary Johns to Resign as ACNC Head

Pro Bono News: Just days after Dr Gary Johns was appointed the new commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), a petition has been launched calling for his resignation.

Charity regulators should not assume that donors always know best

The Conversation: Donors play a critical role supporting Australian charities, but we should not attribute them with more knowledge than they actually have.

The millennials donating 10% of their pay to save the world

The Guardian: Meet the young high-income earners who have chosen to regularly donate part of their salary to charitable causes.

Why You Should Give Your Kids A Budget For Gift-Giving

Lifehacker: You’re never to young to start giving. Setting aside part of your kids’ pocket money for charitable donations is a great way to teach them about generosity.

Do Australians give enough at Christmas?

SBS: While there are fewer Australians donating to charity, those who do are giving more.

Strengthening Donor-Nonprofit Partnerships

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five relationship imbalances that cause tension and reduce social impact—and how to address them.

Aussies donate $1.6m each day, data shows

News.com.au: New data from the Commonwealth Bank shows Australians gave $590 million to charity in the past 12 months, with the most money donated in June and May.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation gives $780,000 to community projects in fresh round of grants

The Newcastle Herald: Donations from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation are set to exceed a total of $17.5 million after they announced another 16 groups to share in $780,000 worth of funding.

Is It Unethical for People to Pass Their Wealth On to Their Children?

The Atlantic: Author Martha Nussbaum and law professor Saul Levmore discuss the ethics of what people do with their wealth when they die, and how they could arrange for it to be dispersed.

A Mismatch in Philanthropic Interest and Support

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Donors say that organisational governance and competence are critical factors in determining where their grants flow. So why aren’t they putting their money where their mouths are?

Largest intergenerational wealth transfer to come

AFR: We are on the verge of the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history. “What is common in almost all successful intergenerational wealth transfers, is the importance of a conversation – an early conversation. It can never be too early.”

Strong urge to give to others among the wealthy

AFR: The number of Australia’s high net worth individuals has almost doubled over the last decade and of those who have a will, nearly 36 per cent have included a charitable bequest compared with just 7.4 per cent of everyday Australians.

What Colin Kaepernick’s Philanthropy Tells Us About His Vision for Social Change in America

Sports Illustrated: Yes, the Quaterback took a stand by kneeling. But just as important: He pledged $1 million to issues that drove him to protest. Here’s a close examination of where that money is going and what it tells us about Kaepernick.

Australians making fewer donations to charity, report finds

The Age: Australians are making fewer donations to charity, despite ranking as the sixth most generous nation in the world. The Australian Charities Report 2016, released on Wednesday, shows charities are relying more on membership fees and user-pays services for income.

Network Power: Giving Circles Are on the Rise and Engaging New Voices

Inside Philanthropy: A new study on giving circles shows the networks have tripled in the last decade, and they’re including people often left out of institutional philanthropy. America’s biggest foundation is cheering on this trend.

‘Chilling effect’: Charities slam foreign donations ban

The Sydney Morning Herald: Household-name charities receiving overseas funding would be prevented from advocating for social and environmental causes if their activity is deemed political, under a Turnbull government plan.

UK philanthropists have given £15bn to charities. It should be more

The Guardian: More charities and less public funding means philanthropy is a growing lifeline. Much can be learned from the US, where $358bn is collected annually.

Girl Effect’s Army Of Young Researchers Is Helping Discover What Solutions Help Girls The Most

Fast Company: For cause groups, the best way to figure out what problems need solving is to ask the people on the ground.

George Soros and the Demonization of Philanthropy

The Atlantic: Conspiracy theories about him obscure the real concerns about how large-scale giving works today.

This Giving Platform Lets Kids Donate To Other Kids

Fast Company: Daymaker wants to give young people a chance to experience the power of philanthropy (with their parents money, of course).

Donor-Advised Funds Are Catching Up To Foundations As The Most Powerful Givers

Fast Company: The charitable vehicles–that lets individuals invest money for future giving–are paying out major gifts.

Why We Need Philanthropy Champions

Pro Bono News: We need more visionary Australians who are prepared to join the impact movement by using their private wealth for public good, writes Philanthropy Australia Council president Alan Schwartz, coinciding with the launch of Philanthropy Champions.

Brisbane Broncos score $3 million gift from philanthropist Clive Berghofer

Courier Mail: Queensland’s most generous philanthropist Clive Berghofer opened his wallet again yesterday, with a $3 million gift to the Brisbane Broncos rugby league club.

How social enterprises are building a more inclusive Australian economy

The Conversation: Social enterprises employ twice the rates of Australians with disability and female managers as mainstream small businesses.

Natalia Vodianova on Making Philanthropy Modern

Business of Fashion: “From founding the Naked Heart Foundation to Elbi, the global philanthropy app for millennials, to her work as a member of the board of directors for the Special Olympics and her advocacy for the full implementation on the UN convention on the rights for persons with disabilities, Natalia has earned a global reputation as a philanthropist, digital evangelist, campaigner and fundraiser.”

Accessing PAFs: six rules of engagement

SVA: Fiona Higgins from Australian Philanthropic Services illuminates the realities of private ancillary funds (PAFs) and what it takes to position your organisation for that serendipitous alignment.

20 New Works of Fiction with Social Impact

Aspen Institute: Aspen Words announced the longlist for the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for a work of fiction with social impact. The 20 longlisted titles include 12 novels and eight short story collections, and cover a variety of pressing issues—from immigration and inequality, to climate change, mental illness, incarceration, and cultural identity.

Power to the Readers: A Muckraking Startup Bets on Small Donors

Inside Philanthropy: As journalism scrambles for better financial footing, a new site called Tarbell is betting on crowdfunding to support its investigative reports. The nonprofit still relies on some foundation funding, at least for now.

A Rockefeller’s lessons in philanthropy

Herald Tribune: Patience and clarity – wisdom of the the late philanthropist, ahead of the auction of his collection that will fund pledges he made more than a decade ago to a dozen institutions.

Shifting Philanthropy to a Justice-Minded Approach

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The importance of shifting the philanthropic sector’s framework from one grounded in traditional notions of charity to one centered on justice and addressing economic, social, and political inequalities holistically.

How Melinda Gates went from ‘behind the scenes’ to fronting the Gates Foundation

CNBC: As Melinda got more involved in foundation work, she realised that in order to represent the voices of women worldwide, she had to use her own voice.

Charities are asking interns to work 252 hours unpaid. That’s a scandal

The Guardian: Internships are not volunteering opportunities and charities do not have a universal right to unpaid talent. There are many more moral solutions.

Women More Generous than Men

New Zealand Herald: Women not only give more than men, they feel happier about doing so.

Social Enterprise Hireup is Australia’s Fastest Growing Tech Company

ARN: The online platform that lets people with a disability find, hire and manage their own home care and support workers had a record 7,713 per cent growth.

New ACNC Head Expected By End Of Year As Rumours Swirl

Pro Bono News: An announcement on the new commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is expected before the end of the year, but concerns have been raised around the appointment process as rumours swirl about who could take over.

The ‘wild richness of American philanthropy’ is a marvel

The Boston Globe: Historic treasures, houses of worship, innumerable public libraries, vast swaths of national parks, great astronomical observatories, cutting-edge medical facilities, art museums and orchestras, entire scientific disciplines, and some of the nation’s most enlightened causes exist because of philanthropy.

Australia is a Cohesive Nation But Less Resilient Than a Decade Ago

Pro Bono News: Australians are continuing to embrace immigration and cultural diversity however racism is on the rise and there is a lack of trust in the political system, according to the Scanlon Foundation’s latest Mapping Social Cohesion Report.

World’s biggest wealth fund turns its attention to fashion and child labour

The Independent: Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund looks to bring together the world’s top fashion labels in tackling child exploitation.

Sexual Harassment Is Common In the Fundraising World—And Often Goes Unpunished

Inside Philanthropy: Recent headlines increasingly report on powerful men, including broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, who have been forced out of lucrative jobs after sexual harassment offenses. But all too often, Inside Philanthropy has found, charity donors, trustees and nonprofit executives sexually harass the fundraisers at their organisations with impunity.

Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

The Conversation: We are professors who teach and do research about philanthropy, the practice of expressing generosity by giving away money and in some cases time. We see our job as motivating and preparing college and graduate students to become future leaders of nonprofit organisations or donors with good ideas about how to make a difference – starting right now.

Phase One: Agnes Gund’s $100 Million Art for Justice Fund Takes Shape

Inside Philanthropy: In June, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund launched the $100 million Art for Justice Fund with funding from Gund’s sale of Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece.”

Mining industry body retreats from hardline stance on charities

The Guardian: Minerals Council pulls previous support for policies limiting advocacy by environmental charities.

Q&A: Ex-Giving Pledge Director of Olivia Leland on her mission to make philanthropy do more

Devex: Since leaving the Giving Pledge — the elite network of billionaires who commit to giving away half their wealth — Founding Director Olivia Leland has been conducting research on how to make philanthropy more effective.

Charity coalition hits back over election advocacy restrictions

The Guardian: Twenty-five Australian charities who champion a wide variety of causes from health research to environmental protection are initiating a united campaign to fend off government attempts to limit their ability to engage in advocacy.

Why More Philanthropists Are Giving Before They Die

The Atlantic: The trend is a departure from the traditional model of donation—and could affect how large sums of money are put to use.

How big a donation allows you a say in running the world?

AFR: In a matter of years, a new crop of ultra wealthy Americans has eclipsed the old guard of philanthropic titans. With names like Soros, Gates, Bloomberg, Mercer, Koch and Zuckerberg, these new mega-donors are upending long-established norms in the staid world of big philanthropy.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Respect In Philanthropy

Forbes: Six simple strategies donors use to create their best legacy.

Philanthropy at the Core of Scooter Braun’s Business

Variety: Scooter Braun helps steer the careers of some of today’s top stars as manager to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Tori Kelly and more, but despite the glamour his celebrity clientele carries, philanthropy is a cornerstone of his company SB Projects’ philosophy.

Sustainable investment joins the mainstream

The Economist: Millennials are coming into money and want to invest it responsibly.

LGBTQ Philanthropy is Growing Yet Under Attack

Pro Bono News: LGBTQ philanthropy in Australia should expect to face new battlegrounds after marriage equality is passed, according to US philanthropist, activist and researcher Dr Jason Franklin.

Australian Trust in Charities Still High But Dropping: New ACNC Report

Pro Bono News: A new report published by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) shows that public trust and confidence in charities remains strong but has dropped slightly since a 2015 survey.

Because money alone cannot change systems, these billionaires are trying something new

Devex: Six of the world’s biggest philanthropists are setting their sights on large-scale, long-term impact with a new $500 million philanthropic venture. But can this collaboration bring more to the table than money?

What does a post-subsidy world mean for creativity in the arts?

Audrey: Nick Schlieper delivers a sobering assessment of the state of play in the 2017 Philip Parsons Lecture.

The Power of Giving Circles: Rocket Fuel for the Future of Philanthropy

HuffPost: The impact of the model is profound, both on the nonprofit organizations that receive increasingly scarce funding but also in the lives of the groups’ individual members.

What is the impact of ‘impact investing’?

The Conversation: Impact investors have already funded many significant social and environmental programs in Australia.

Philanthropist Susan Alberti AC Named Melburnian of the Year

Pro Bono News: High profile philanthropist, fundraiser, businesswoman and football fanatic Dr Susan Alberti AC has been crowned the 2017 Melburnian of the Year.

Scott Morrison endorses social impact investing

AFR: The notion of using capital markets and private investors to help solve social problems – while still making a decent financial return – is gradually moving from the fringes to become a mainstream movement.

The philanthropy data gap: measuring what matters

Financial Times: Rigorous evaluations such as randomised controlled trials are worth the cost.

Philanthropy can reduce inequality

Sunday Independent: But in a democracy, big corporate and wealthy individual philanthropists must also be publicly scrutinised. This will improve the impact of their philanthropy.

How to discuss philanthropy with wealthy clients

Investment News: It’s about asking the right questions, not wowing them with answers.

To prevent climate-related disasters, invest differently

Salon: Social investing is a trillion-dollar trend most people have never heard of.

Universities line up for new $3 billion Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation

The Sydney Morning Herald: In the biggest philanthropic gift in the history of education in Australia, as many as 10 NSW universities are vying for the chance to offer a new western civilisation degree to be completely funded as part of a $3 billion bequest from health care magnate Paul Ramsay.

Giving circles effectively engage all types of donors, new study finds

PRNewswire: A new report from leading researchers on charitable giving explores how this growing trend in collective giving is fostering diversity in philanthropy.

How Philanthropy Programs Can Attract—and Keep—Young Employees

Fortune: Corporate philanthropy programs can help a firm attract and keep talented young professionals, according to experts in the field.

Billionaire donors agree to pool philanthropic resources

Financial Times: Several of the billionaire philanthropists who signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “Giving Pledge”, in which they promise to devote at least half of their fortune to charity, have agreed to pool some of their resources and develop new ideas for giving their money away.

Inside the Minds of Wealthy Donors

Inside Philanthropy: Top donors are mainly guided by their relationships and instincts as opposed to research or metrics. These are among the findings of a new must-read study about this elite group.

Philanthropy’s bid to ensure medical research funds safe and Sohn

The Australian: Philanthropic donations will play an increasing role in funding medical research in Australia, according to Bob Graham, executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

New CEO of Impact Investment Group Says Sector is Thriving

Pro Bono News: The impact investment scene in Australia is thriving, according to Daniel Madhavan, who has been appointed the new CEO of leading Australian impact fund manager, Impact Investment Group (IIG).

The Impact of Investing in philanthropy

Bloomberg: Jean Case, a philanthropist, investor and pioneer in the world of interactive technologies.

Forming a Picture of the New Philanthropist

The New York Times: What makes a philanthropist? The attributes are many, a new study shows

The new form of collective giving, changing philanthropy in Australia

Lateline: Making major donations to worthwhile causes is no longer just for the wealthy. In giving circles, members come together and pool their money, then vote to decide how the funds will be spent. Emily Stewart looks at one group in Melbourne which supports enterprises helping women and children.

Funders: Come In Early, Stay Late

Stanford Social Innovation Review: How unrestricted, early-stage funding can help nonprofits and social enterprises scale quickly and scale strong.

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