The Washington Post: What makes the Hershey empire both so durable and so fraught are the unusual terms of Hershey’s trust, which is “an outlier among charities.”
Pro Bono Australia: Small change has the potential to make a big impact writes Sally Cunningham, communications manager at FrontStream.
The New York Times: The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is having trouble raising money because its famous co-founder, the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, has been accused by several women of rape, allegations that he has denied.
Financial Advisor: Charitable giving is no longer a sidebar—an afterthought—in wealth and financial planning. After all, the high-net-worth client profile is changing dramatically.
News.com.au: There’s a reason Sunrise veteran David Koch has spent every Good Friday for the past 12 years in Melbourne, raising money for sick kids.
Inside Philanthropy: The Alliance for Good is a donor-advised fund started by the founders of an up-and-coming health food e-commerce startup. They’re inviting other like-minded millionaires to join and figure out specific causes as a group.
The Times of Israel: Large donors and foundations are responsible for an increasing share of American Jewish giving, and are exercising greater influence on Jewish communal priorities than they were in previous generations, according to a new study.
The Ipswich Advertiser: The Ipswich Hospital have recently received three Radical-7 Pulse Oximeters valued at $4,400 each for their children’s ward. The donation came following a gala ball hosted by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation in Sydney.
Pro Bono Australia: The different giving areas of the “philanthropy pie” are all growing at different rates and support different types of causes, according to a new report.
The Australian Journal of Pharmacy: The Blackmore Foundation, BioCeuticals and the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies have provided hefty funding towards research into naturopathy and complementary medicines.
Inside Philanthropy: Measured by giving, The Foundation For The Carolinas is now the number two community grantmaker in the country. Rising wealth in the region is one big reason for its surge. But there’s more to the story.
Travel Weekly: Delta airlines are helping hundreds of high school students participate in an anti-gun violence protest in Washington by donating three round-trip charter flights.
Inside Philanthropy: Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and his wife, actress Leslie Mann, have a foundation that spreads money to a range of causes. Here’s what the couple is into.
Smart Business: Philanthropy is the right thing to do. There’s no question about it, says Chad Hoffman, president and CEO of Richwood Bank. Not only does it build stronger communities where we live, work and play, it can also benefit your business.
The Courier Mail: Domestic violence victims will soon be able to access more than 2000 free legal appointments each year, after Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) received $340,000 from the state’s Masonic charity.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Shannon Watts’ journey from being disgusted by an epidemic of mass shootings to the leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which counts 4.5 million members, holds valuable lessons for anyone building a public advocacy movement.
The Examiner: Officially launching on Monday, Fairfax Tasmania has increased its combined goal to collect 30,000 items for City Mission between March 26 and May 6.
Pro Bono Australia: Anita Jacoby is an award-winning journalist and television producer, who established the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship to help young journalists break into the media industry.
SBS News: Health Minister Greg Hunt will announce a $2 million donation to kick-start the Australian Epilepsy Research Fund.
Bendigo Advertiser: Bendigo business Signarama hopped to it after hearing Vision Australia’s Easter Egg Hunt banner was reported stolen earlier this week.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Understanding the strategies needed to catalyze cultural change, as well as the advantages and limits of benefit corporations, are critical in guiding enterprises to inspire social good.
Inside Philanthropy: Private funders have a long history of working to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries. On World Water Day, we take stock of where these efforts stand right now.
Essence: in celebration of World Water Day, Gucci is joining Beyonce, Chime for Change, BeyGOOD and UNICEF in their efforts to help alleviate the epidemic with a US$1 million commitment to the project that will provide for the installation of an additional 85 water wells in Burundi communities.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: To create systems of societal change, we need to become clearer about the archetypes of societal change strategies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their interactions.
Inside Philanthropy: Back in October, Bill Gates announced that his foundation would be putting $1.7 billion behind a new K-12 strategy over the next five years. Here’s the latest on where that’s heading.
Raconteur: Giving money away intelligently is hard. Rupert Scofield, President, CEO & co-founder FINCA International explains why the act of philanthropy is still crucial in the early stage development of any sustainable project.
Quartz: George Peabody’s incredible 19th-century wealth and business empire gave rise to the likes of JP Morgan and other massive banking institutions. Yet even his outsized influence on the modern financial world was eclipsed by his reputation as one of history’s pioneering philanthropists.
ABC: The tiny house movement has inspired lifestyle shows and social media groups by spruiking the benefits of simple living in affordable yet modestly-sized homes. Now an Australian charity is jumping on the bandwagon to make a buck — but for a good cause.
Pro Bono Australia: There has been a renewed push to withdraw the federal government’s package of foreign interference bills, with an open letter set to be presented to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten at an event in parliament next week.
Inside Philanthropy: LeMay has raised $175 million from individuals for causes that are not always so popular. One key to her success, she says, is “radical listening.” Which means what, exactly?
The Guardian: New grants – and growing interest in the funding of public interest journalism – has allowed us to hire two new specialists.
Inside Philanthropy: As a mega-donor, Peterson—who died yesterday—made all the right moves: staying laser-focused on just a few causes and investing in high-leverage public policy work. But the results were decidedly mixed.
Bloomberg: Three of America’s most discreet billionaire philanthropists have emerged as the biggest donors to the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund after the IRS accidentally revealed their identities.
Straits Times: Facility to be completed by 2021 will be located in north-eastern Singapore and have 50 rooms.
Bega District News: After Sunday’s devastating bushfire in Tathra, a variety of GoFundMe and similar campaigns popped up, some while the fires still burned out of control. Here’s how to identify which are legitimate and safe to contribute towards.
Illawarra Mercury: Countless offers of help and donations have been flooding in since the news broke of the town’s evacuation and now reports of at least 70 homes lost.
Investment Magazine: A new type of business-philanthropic model is being implemented in the US, Australia and the UK – with fantastic results, Louise Walsh writes.
Pro Bono Australia: The not-for-profit sector lacks a champion within the Australian government, writes Krystian Seibert.
Macquarie Port News: Port Macquarie Base Hospital acting midwifery unit manager Olivia Tierney has thanked the Commonwealth Bank after a total of $30,000 was generously donated under the bank’s centenary grant scheme.
Pro Bono Australia: Charity is not the solution for helping people out of poverty, according to a leading global advocate for sanitation.
Shepparton News: Vodafone also presented a $5,000 donation to the Rural Fire Service to support the ongoing efforts and vital assistance provided by local emergency services.
RadioInfo: Nova Entertainment has partnered with the Good Friday Appeal, one of Melbourne’s most well-known and respected charity events, for a third consecutive year.
Mumbrella: Instead of equating frugality with morality, Lawrence Jackson says it’s time for charities to take control of their marketing spend and realise that to make a big impact, they’re going to have to spend a dollar or two.
Inside Philanthropy: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just put $30 million into making sure kids read at grade level by third grade. Here’s what we know about the gift and how it fits in to CZI’s other giving.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Realising the transformative potential of women’s leadership in India’s social enterprise sector will require persistent efforts to refine and mainstream gender-lens investing.
Inside Philanthropy: Trans people are still one of the nation’s most marginalized groups, but funding to support them is still very modest. A new initiative out of Funders for LGBTQ Issues aims to change that.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Both human-centered and systems-thinking methods fit within an effective design approach, and can work in conjunction to address social challenges.
The Newcastle Herald: Thanks to an unexpected bequest from a Victorian woman, the Hunter Children’s Research Foundation (HCRF), an affiliate fundraiser for HMRI, recently announced its first Early-Career Fellowship.
Pro Bono Australia: Former Victorian premier and Equity Trustees’ chairman Jeff Kennett has warned that the federal government’s proposed foreign donations bill “has gone too far” and “threatens to stifle Australian philanthropy”.
Inside Philanthropy: In key respects, the #MeToo movement was made possible by decades of work by women’s funds. Hallmarks of their approach include openness, listening, and participatory grantmaking.
Fast Company: A collection of pieces funded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation shine a light on the organizations and causes the charity supports.
Inside Philanthropy: The billionaire’s foundation has a new hard-hitting initiative to counter an aggressive industry that often uses deceptive marketing to get customers in poorer countries hooked on its lethal product.
Dallas News: If Melinda Gates could bend Donald Trump’s ear for five minutes, the native Dallasite would tell the president that the U.S. must not abdicate its global roles in humanitarian efforts or as a change agent for equality, especially for women.
Fast Company: Laughing Man Coffee is expanding to bagged coffee and getting a Newman’s Own-esque makeover to feature Jackman’s face.
Inside Philanthropy: In key respects, the #MeToo movement was made possible by decades of work by women’s funds. Hallmarks of their approach include openness, listening, and participatory grantmaking.
Venture Beat: When we give with our hearts instead of our heads, we tend to overfund popular organizations and underfund needier ones, creating a discrepancy in charitable giving. Is there a better way? With artificial intelligence on the rise, there could be.
Forbes: On the edge of Bamako, the fast-growing capital city of Mali in West Africa, a global health nonprofit and its partners are feeling optimistic about a new way to reduce deaths among young children.
Pro Bono Australia: Using artificial intelligence (AI) to interact with donors will become the “new normal” within a decade, according to an internationally recognised expert.
Private equity billionaire Robert F. Smith is a former Goldman guy who struck out on his own as founder of Vista Equity Partners along with his co-founder Brian Sheth in 2000. Now worth an estimated $US4.4 billion, Smith’s philanthropy has been growing.
ThinkAdvisor: The combined effects of a strong economy and the new tax laws on giving this year are hard to predict, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy says.
Nine Honey: Tiana Tzoukas was just 10 when she lost a beloved auntie to cancer. Shortly after the funeral, Tiana told her mum she wanted to sell bracelets to raise money for cancer research. So far, Tiana has raised almost $700 of her $1,500 goal.
Vogue Australia: The supermodel and philanthropist who also co-created a donation aggregator app that acts as a platform for global philanthropy.
Nestegg: While Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg occupy the public consciousness when it comes to famous philanthropists, women make up more than 70 per cent of the world’s donors, with demographic shifts and greater wealth to thank.
Think HQ launches Lumin, a comms training platform for the social change and community platforms
Mumbrella: Australian communications agency Think HQ, has launched Lumin, an online communications training platform for the social change and community sectors, which includes video-based courses and lessons in a range of comms functions.
The Advertiser: No adversity is too big, or too hard to overcome for Megan McLoughlin.
Nine Honey: A woman from New Hampshire in the US who won the Powerball jackpot worth nearly $718 million (US $560m) plans to give as much as $64 million (US $50m) to charity.
The Nortwest Star: This year’s theme of Netherland proved magical at the ninth Mount Isa Ronald McDonald House NQ Charity Ball 2018. The gala event has been marked as the biggest ever raising a monumental $95,000 from the evening.
News of the Area: Last year MarketPlace Raymond Terrace, along with customers, raised over $5,444.00 within seven hours in their ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ event and they’re hoping to break the record this year.
Barrons: Philanthropy is the most popular passion globally for those with a net worth of at least US$30 million outside of their own jobs, according to a new report.
Inside Philanthropy: Known for its support of cognitive research, the James S. McDonnell Foundation became frustrated by how little of what it learned ended up in classrooms. Here’s what it did next.
Daily Mercury: A teenager whose first first bone marrow cancer diagnosis came when she was just 13 has used the setback as motivation to help other sick kids, having raised more than $700,000 through her charity The Golden Octopus Foundation.
Michigan Radio: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Isaiah Oliver is the youngest-ever president and CEO of the foundation. He is also the first Flint native and first African-American to lead the group.
The Daily Advertiser: Sheep and breast cancer don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but in this instance they do. The recent monthly sheep sale in Griffith has netted close to $12,000 for Leeton’s Breast Cancer Support Group and overwhelmed member Laney Lashbrook-Gough was still trying to come to terms with the generosity.
Inside Philanthropy: Los Angeles County incarcerates more young people than anywhere else in the nation and most of them are kids of color. A group of local funders is pressing for reform.
Professional Planner: A specialist accredited for wills and estates has called for advisers to be more proactive in identifying inadequate estate plans, which disadvantage women more often than men.
Pro Bono Australia: More than 60 Australian philanthropists and foundations have signed an open letter urging the federal government to withdraw and redraft its contentious foreign donations bill.
The Mercury: Philanthropists and businesses are being urged to each donate $1000 to Impact 100, in a bid to collect $100,000 which will be passed on to a Tasmanian charity or community organisation. Administration costs are donated to ensure funding is maximised.
Good Food: At social enterprise Two Good, head chef Angie Prendergast-Sceats runs an all-woman kitchen as part of the organisation’s Work Work program. The initiative trains women who have been living in refuges (or are long-term unemployed) and helps them find meaningful jobs.
Pro Bono Australia: Face-to-face fundraisers who break the rules are set to face tougher suspensions and sanctions under a new regime.
News.com.au: Out-of-pocket costs for volunteering are one of the biggest barriers that are preventing Australian seniors from giving more of their time to help others.
Border Mail: An unexpected but very welcome present is helping a Border school support its students more. Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre received a donated car in October and according to campus principal Huw Derwentsmith, it’s been “absolutely sensational”.
Inside Philanthropy: While a number of philanthropists have fixated on the dangers of AI, Paul Allen is focused on its potential and just gave another $125 million for research. What’s he thinking?
Fast Company: Democrats sustained a huge burst of giving to causes they felt were threatened by the Trump administration–but that level of giving might be proving unsustainable.
Inside Philanthropy: Movement building and advocacy are the name of the game for a new housing funders collaborative backed by heavy-hitters. We hear how this effort came together and explore its strategy.
SBS: More than 23,000 lifejackets from New South Wales have been donated to Papua New Guinea since 2013 to help save lives in a country where drownings are common place.
Inside Philanthropy: A Facebook buyout made him a billionaire. Now, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is using philanthropy to improve tech for the common good. We look at his first major move.
Katherine Times: The Humpty Dumpty Foundation continues to make a real difference to children right across the Northern Territory with Borroloola Health Centre, Gove District Hospital, Katherine Hospital, Robinson River Health Clinic and Wallace Health Centre all receiving much needed medical equipment.
Coin Telegraph: Much of the growing interest in Bitcoin and other digital currencies has focused on getting and not giving. But flying under the radar is an exciting new trend toward leveraging cryptocurrencies for philanthropy.
Pro Bono Australia: Wendy Brakey is the general manager of the Property Industry Foundation, a charity for the property and construction industry.
Mashable: An approach known as “experiential philanthropy” teaches about charitable giving through hands-on experiences. Students get real money, typically about $10,000 USD per class, to give away to local nonprofits.
Atlantic quietly closes its doors in Ireland after 30 years of philanthropy
The Irish Times: Chuck Feeney’s ‘historic act of extraordinary generosity’ financed transformational change
Boorowa News: “Oh wow!!” and “How wonderful!”, was heard throughout the evening as the Rotary Club of Boorowa presented more than $12,000 to eight local community organisations.
Business Insider: Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg sold nearly US$500 million in the company’s shares in February to fund his philanthropic investment vehicle, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), regulatory filings showed.
Inside Philanthropy: While the billionaire Eli Broad used to complain about LA being a “one-philanthropist city”—namely, him—the city is now flush with deep-pocketed and highly motivated art donors. Where’s it all leading?
Financial Standard: Philanthropy is becoming part of the conversation between financial advisers and clients as it’s an area increasingly accessible to middle Australians, an estate planning expert says.
Inside Philanthropy: As the Democratic Republic of the Congo teeters on the brink of a new conflagration, two longtime funders working there tell us how they’re responding. Many foundations investing in Africa also have a lot a stake as this crisis heats up.
Forbes: Acts of philanthropy, or ‘love of humanity’ are at the forefront of society these days. Yet today, for many of us working in the philanthropic sector, there is the question of intentionality and ethics within these innovative funding ideas seeking to ‘love humanity’.
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader: The Fairways Fundraising Group has raised $50,000 for the St George Children with Disabilities Fund Inc as a result of their annual charity golf day.
Pro Bono Australia: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann believes excluding charities from a foreign donations ban would “make such a ban entirely ineffective”, despite Labor leader Bill Shorten’s assertion that reform can occur without “silencing” the charity sector.
The Conversation: Philanthropy – the donation of wealth towards the welfare of others – can provide an important contribution to the scientific and social advances universities aim to deliver.
One Step Off The Grid: Australia’s retail electricity market is set to have another new kid on the block – but this one is a bit different. Not only is it being set up to cater to Australia’s 1.7 million solar households, it hopes to be co-owned by them, too.
The Eden Magnet: The Eden Tiny Homes project is asking for community support to kick-start its social enterprise initiative that seeks to provide affordable housing options and training and employment for members of the Eden community.
Bega District News: Bega Valley Meals on Wheels are looking to boost their service after securing four new food freezers. The update was achieved with a $15,000 donation from Bega Cheese, a $10,000 donation from the IMB Community Foundation, $5,000 from Tathra Lions, $1000 each from My Chef and Pambula Rotary and $500 from Merimbula Rotary.
Pro Bono Australia: Justice Connect has called to abolish the concept of Basic Religious Charity from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission’s legislation, in their submission to the ACNC review.
Inside Philanthropy: The AT is a beloved stretch of public land and connected footpaths running from Georgia to Maine. A recent $3 million grant spotlights how a conservancy is working to boost fundraising around the trail.
Forbes: Funders may think they’re doing things right when they are, in fact, employing policies or practices that unintentionally cause unpleasant consequences for themselves and those they serve. This is what I call delusional altruism.
Inside Philanthropy: Kevin Durant is part of a growing class of civic-minded athletes with deep pockets. A new $10 million education gift in his native Maryland shows that the 29-year-old also knows what he’s doing as a philanthropist.
Nonprofit Quarterly: Giving USA has released a report that analyses giving patterns of almost 30,000 donor-advised funds (DAFs) and their millions of donor-advisors against the giving patterns reflected in IUPUI’s annual Giving USA reports.
The Chronicle: A $450,000 donation has enabled the construction of much-needed, purpose-built accommodation for people with disabilities in Toowoomba.
Pro Bono Australia: Royal commissions have “fundamentally changed” the way many charities and not for profits act and caused a rethink on how those organisations present themselves, a leading academic believes.
Fraser Coast Chronicle: The children’s ward at Hervey Bay Hospital became even brighter after it received a donation of $16,445.60.
Pro Bono Australia: Not for profits are being urged to use the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislative review to drive a positive change for financial reporting within the sector.
Venture Beat: Salesforce.org announced today that it is partnering with nonprofit group United Way to launch the Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud — a platform that connects corporations and employees with causes they care about.
Inside Philanthropy: The Nature Conservancy and wealthy donors helped establish marine preserves in Seychelles with a $21 million debt relief plan. We look at how such deals work, criticism, and whether we’ll see more.
Forbes: As the world becomes more interconnected and the rise in the use of technology continues, there will be a higher demand for nonprofits to be transparent to donors about the impact of their organizations.
Fast Company: Around the African continent, communities are showing that the daily building of a sustainable world is being done from the humblest spaces, often starting with families and growing into countries and regions.
Inside Philanthropy: JPMorgan Chase’s giving has gotten a lot more strategic lately, and boosting minority-owned small businesses, starting in Detroit, is one focus. Now that effort is expanding to two more cities.
Billionaire: Billionaire CNN founder Ted Turner is clear on the importance of the United Nations to building a better world.
The West Australian: Thanks to a $175,000 donation from Melissa Karlson’s Perth fundraising group Be Giving, physiotherapists at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s iRehab clinic have given paraplegic Angus Johnston the chance to “walk” again with the help of an exoskeleton ReWalk device.
Fast Company: Open Road Alliance knows disaster is just one missed donation away for many nonprofits. Now it’s offering a lifeline.
Inside Philanthropy: During the week since the tragedy at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a student-led protest movement has dominated headlines and acted as a potent focal point for gun reform advocates nationwide.
Fast Company: The brave group of Florida high school students leading the fight for gun control are carrying on a long legacy of kids growing politically active—and powerful.
Pro Bono Australia: A new accelerator for social change movements will look to support a new generation of advocacy organisations engaging Australians in “positive action”.
Your Investment Property: Australia’s banks have invested around $1.5 billion in social and community housing providers, but new research reveals there are significant barriers to expanding these ‘social impact’ investments.
Batemans Bay Post: Variety the Children’s Charity has donated a raft of play equipment to the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground at a total cost of $90,000.
The Catholic Leader: Maroochydore parishioner Roy Thompson agrees with Jesus’ warning not to store his treasures on earth, which is why he’s donated millions of dollars on the Sunshine Coast.
Harper’s Bazaar: The media mogul joins George and Amal Clooney in the fight for gun control in America.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Microfinance for water and sanitation enables people to find their own solutions.
Inside Philanthropy: Rapid response funds have emerged as a favoured tool in the Trump era, with some funders moving faster than others. One collective of grantmakers gave $605,000 to 50 groups in its first year, learning lessons along the way.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Civic engagement efforts in the United States are becoming a renewed priority for nonprofits, but they can seem like a strain. Human-centred design can help.
Pro Bono Australia: Australia’s impact investing ecosystem is moving from early stage exploration into the early stages of market building according to a recent field scan, which comes as a new report reveals Impact Investment Ready Growth Grants have leveraged $1.4 million to raise over $41 million.
Vogue: George and Amal Clooney have come out in support of victims of the Parkland shooting in the US, making a large donation and also confirming they will march alongside survivors next month.
Inside Philanthropy: Do Bill and Melinda Gates, along with the foundation they command, really have either the bandwidth or appetite to take on a sprawling challenge that has long thwarted government and philanthropy alike?
Inside Philanthropy: Giving circles have become a key part of philanthropy’s push for inclusion and more “democratic” giving. Now this no-minimum donor-advised fund wants to use tech to give them a boost.
Conservation Finance Network: LegacyWorks Group was founded to help donors and investors who are interested in achieving community and conservation goals to mobilise their capital in highly collaborative, impactful ways.
Pro Bono Australia: The controversial foreign donations bill is “unconstitutional” and there is a “reasonable likelihood” it will be struck down by the High Court, a constitutional law expert has told the parliamentary electoral matters committee.
Your Mortgage: An emerging class of philanthropic landlords are leveraging their property ownership to help other Australians on the brink of homelessness.
Inside Philanthropy: As bigger fortunes have been made in entertainment, more philanthropy has followed. The giving of Phil and Monica Rosenthal offers the latest case study.
Forbes: Nature abhors a bottleneck. Take a look at any stream or river and you’ll see what happens when debris piles up. The same is true for workflow in philanthropy — especially when funders are the ones creating the bottleneck.
Business Times: The Singapore government will allocate about S$190 million yearly to support boosters that will lift the spirit of giving, including extending the 250 per cent tax cut for donations to Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) for three years.
Forbes: Every August, Learning Lab Ventures kicks off the school year guiding 2,500 students in Highland Park, Los Angeles in a vision board exercise.
The Nonprofit Times: Leaders representing more than 80 community foundations across North America signed a written pledge to collaborate toward reducing continental poverty, increasing opportunity, furthering other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and addressing related challenges.
Business Insider: For JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, having the bank invest $US1.75 billion into American communities over the next five years is only logical.
IPE: France’s pension reserve fund wants to increase its allocation to impact investments, it announced in connection with its performance result for 2017.
Inside Philanthropy: There are more left-leaning heirs around than ever. But organizing them into a potent force within philanthropy takes work—and money. Surdna is pitching in.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Small data can transform opportunities and quality of life for underserved communities, and help address the biases of big data.
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.
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.
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.
The Economist: Local nonprofits and churches will be affected the most.
Irish Times: Businesswoman Norah Casey presented with Philanthropist of the Year award in Dublin.
San Francisco Business Times: Dropbox joins a growing list of tech companies that have ventured into charitable giving as their businesses have boomed.
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.
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.
Knowledge@Wharton: Authors Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody discuss their book on how the younger generation is reshaping philanthropy.
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.
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.
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.
Pro Bono Australia: The government is undermining Australia’s charities, the shadow minister for charities and not for profits has claimed.
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.
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.
Fast Company: The tech company’s philanthropy is giving $1 million to the International Rescue Committee to help arm refugees with coding skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Port Stephens Examiner: Koala rescuers and carers quietly applauded Hunter Water and its $35,000 donation on Thursday. Quietly, because the koalas were sleeping.
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.
Find out more about America’s 50 biggest donors: their ages, source of wealth, where they live, and where they give.
The Guardian: The Jewish billionaire’s backing for a pro-EU group has breathed new life into populist conspiracy theories.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fast Company: A new list shows how much Silicon Valley moguls are reshaping the giving field.
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.
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.
Pro Bono Australia: Nonprofits can reap big from a solid marketing strategy. Here are five strategies that you can apply to raise the bar.
Third Force News: The UK’s first not-for-profit funeral service aims to tackle growing funeral poverty in Scotland
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forbes: There is a growing inclusive leadership trend when it comes to giving back: Letting the individuals define the business of giving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Guardian: World Vision Australia chief advocate says bill is part of a ‘zeitgeist of a silencing and gagging of civil society’
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Knowledge@Wharton: Two social-impact investors discuss their quest for competitive returns.
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.
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.
SBS: A parliamentary committee examining new foreign donation laws has been told there are serious consequences for small organisations.
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.
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.
National Geographic: American philanthropists and the Chilean government pledged to protect the land nearly a year ago. Now, it’s official.
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.
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.
South China Morning Post: Governments in Asia must send strong signals that they value philanthropy through tax incentives and other policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Qantas Travel Insider: Philanthrocapitalism offers investors profits with an added feel-good factor.
Sports Illustrated: Serena Williams is the latest celebrity to join Colin Kaepernick in donating to charities across the country.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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?
Inc: Amazon founder’s donation to TheDream.us carries a big message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: How decentralised technologies are transforming philanthropy and NGO work.
Billionaire.com: If the right regulatory and tax policies were in place, Asian philanthropists could give over US$500 billion.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Philanthropy Weekly: Statistics suggest that a child is born into statelessness every tenth minute. How can a philanthropist from Melbourne respond?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forbes: Here are five best practices that “ordinary” grantmakers have adopted to elevate their outcomes and impact to extraordinary levels.
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.
Philanthropy Roundtable: Private equity investor Russ Carson has applied his years in business to handpicking leaders and investments in philanthropy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro Bono Australia: 2018 will be another big year for Australian nonprofits according to Krystian Seibert, the advocacy and insight manager at Philanthropy Australia.
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.
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.
Inside Philanthropy: With the new year upon us, here are the major trends in philanthropy to look out for.
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.
The Advocate: A generous bequest will allow a scholarship supporting law students at the University of Tasmania to continue.
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.
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.
Management Today: There are valuable benefits for businesses that embrace philanthropy and embed purpose at their core.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DowJones MarketWatch: The values you express through your saving, giving and investing form an important part of your legacy.
Huffington Post: The UN believes private companies should embrace corporate social responsibility initiatives that address social and environmental issues, ethical labour practices and philanthropy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Atlantic: Donor-advised funds are gaining popularity, but critics warn that charities may be losing out.
The Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation are throwing their weight behind cultivating young minds in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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 Australia: Thirty-seven leaders from across the philanthropic spectrum share their thoughts about hits and misses and who impressed them in 2017.
Pro Bono News: Australian charities are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a new report.
Inside Philanthropy: Leading tech giant Google is leveraging its expertise in big data to guide its donations to justice system reformers.
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.
Herald-Sun: Pamela Galli has donated $5 million to support research into how blood cells can combat diseases like leukaemia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Making a donation on behalf of a loved one is an increasingly popular option as a Christmas gift idea.
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.
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.
The Conversation: Donors play a critical role supporting Australian charities, but we should not attribute them with more knowledge than they actually have.
The Guardian: Meet the young high-income earners who have chosen to regularly donate part of their salary to charitable causes.
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.
SBS: While there are fewer Australians donating to charity, those who do are giving more.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five relationship imbalances that cause tension and reduce social impact—and how to address them.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fast Company: For cause groups, the best way to figure out what problems need solving is to ask the people on the ground.
The Atlantic: Conspiracy theories about him obscure the real concerns about how large-scale giving works today.
Fast Company: Daymaker wants to give young people a chance to experience the power of philanthropy (with their parents money, of course).
Fast Company: The charitable vehicles–that lets individuals invest money for future giving–are paying out major gifts.
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.
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.
The Conversation: Social enterprises employ twice the rates of Australians with disability and female managers as mainstream small businesses.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Guardian: Internships are not volunteering opportunities and charities do not have a universal right to unpaid talent. There are many more moral solutions.
New Zealand Herald: Women not only give more than men, they feel happier about doing so.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Independent: Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund looks to bring together the world’s top fashion labels in tackling child exploitation.
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.
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.
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.”
The Guardian: Minerals Council pulls previous support for policies limiting advocacy by environmental charities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forbes: Six simple strategies donors use to create their best legacy.
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.
The Economist: Millennials are coming into money and want to invest it responsibly.
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.
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.
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?
Audrey: Nick Schlieper delivers a sobering assessment of the state of play in the 2017 Philip Parsons Lecture.
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.
The Conversation: Impact investors have already funded many significant social and environmental programs in Australia.
Pro Bono News: High profile philanthropist, fundraiser, businesswoman and football fanatic Dr Susan Alberti AC has been crowned the 2017 Melburnian of the Year.
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.
Financial Times: Rigorous evaluations such as randomised controlled trials are worth the cost.
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.
Investment News: It’s about asking the right questions, not wowing them with answers.
Salon: Social investing is a trillion-dollar trend most people have never heard of.
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.
PRNewswire: A new report from leading researchers on charitable giving explores how this growing trend in collective giving is fostering diversity in philanthropy.
Fortune: Corporate philanthropy programs can help a firm attract and keep talented young professionals, according to experts in the field.
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 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.
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
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).
Bloomberg: Jean Case, a philanthropist, investor and pioneer in the world of interactive technologies.
The New York Times: What makes a philanthropist? The attributes are many, a new study shows
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.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: How unrestricted, early-stage funding can help nonprofits and social enterprises scale quickly and scale strong.
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