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What's happening in the world of philanthropy


MAY 2017

Assessing philanthropy after Trump’s first 100 days. Some say the news is mixed, while others are less optimistic.

The
prominence of anonymous donors…and the drama surrounding those who seek name recognition.

The
weakening link between foundations and higher education. Meanwhile, Chinese donors are stepping up support for universities.

An
online giving dashboard


FEBRUARY 2017


​Six predictions for philanthropy in the age of Trump. And more reflections here.


Some nonprofits are gaining more donor support in the wake of Trump’s travel ban. Also because of his tax policies.

The philanthropic ties of Trump’s cabinet.

What else is top of mind for fundraisers in 2017?

Are you building a high revenue major gifts program?

University endowment returns the lowest in 8 years.

Preparing students for nonprofit careers.

Do you live in one of America’s 50 most generous cities?


NOVEMBER 2016


Fidelity is the new number one charity in the Philanthropy 400.

Online contributions in October were up almost 20 percent over last year, and here’s how to target young alumni.

Foundations are pouring money into cities, but to what end?

Should foundation CEOs serve on corporate boards?

Betting on big ideas in Silicon Valley.

Retiree giving becoming a major source of philanthropy.

Sports fans help pro teams make giving decisions.

Philanthropy’s relation to gay issues.


AUGUST 2016

Philanthropy’s relation to Black Lives Matter and a podcast on how foundations can help quell violence.

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to help bridge divide between black community and police.

Did the “ice bucket challenge” really lead to a breakthrough in ALS research?

A cautionary tale about crowdfunding getting out of control.
 
Eight philanthropic leaders opine on the future of giving.

Changing the world through big donations.

Should donors support fundraising marketing efforts?

Improving your online engagement.

Reinventing philanthropy requires more than big ideas.

Powerball winners donating most of half-billion winnings to charity.

How to run your first fundraising gala.


APRIL 2016


How did nonprofits celebrate April Fools’ Day?

Should foundations exist in perpetuity or spend now?
 
Is your annual fundraising gala worth doing?

Colleges defend endowment tax breaks, while Yale contemplates a move to Florida.

The art of saying “no” as a philanthropist.

 Twelve steps to building a culture of philanthropy.

 Funders making strides toward global peace and stability.

 Nonprofits should boost digital strategy efforts, starting with seven ways to improve your website.

 Twitter’s most useful new features for nonprofits.

 A bill to expand incentives for gifts to donor-advised funds.