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Muslim-Led Fundraiser to Help Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery
February 24, 2017 at 6:23 am

After an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Muslim activists helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help repair the vandalism. Steve Inskeep reports. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Now we have a story about one religious group helping another. Yesterday, workers started righting headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.…

Harvard University Names Rihanna Humanitarian of the Year
February 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

Rihanna is Harvard-bound—not to study, but to pick up the university's prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. The Barbados-born singer will receive her award next Tuesday at the university. "Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,"…

Association of Fundraising Professionals Weighs in on Johnson Amendment Repeal
February 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump publicly announced that he intends on repealing the Johnson Amendment. Last week, we published an article about our thoughts on the Johnson Amendment and how its repeal could affect nonprofit organizations. Slowly nonprofits are voicing opinions about what this could mean for the nonprofit sector...

A Parent’s Guide to Motivating Fundraisers
February 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

I know that recognition is the most impactful approach for motivating fundraisers as I have worked in peer-to-peer fundraising for over 25 years. I should have known that this would be the key area of impact for my grandson. I just didn’t make the connection until recently...

First Comprehensive Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Initiative Launched in Africa
February 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

The President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama of the Republic of Botswana, the Honorable Minister Dorcas Makgato of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital through public-private partnerships with the governments of Botswana, Uganda…

Humble Bundle Raises Over $6.5M For Charity
February 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

Humble Bundle’s recent charitable effort, the Humble Freedom Bundle, was a major success. The company announced yesterday that it sold more than 200,000 units of the package, which included several acclaimed games and books, with a final tally of $6.43 million going straight to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. All proceeds of the…

Wawa Foundation Wants to Donate $50M by 2018 (And They're Almost There)
February 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

The Wawa Foundation plans on hitting its goal of $50 million in donations by 2018, and it is well on its way. Since 2014, the foundation has donated over $33 million towards three areas: health, hunger and everyday heroes through grants and in-store fundraising. In 2016 alone, the foundation totaled $11.6 million in contributions...

DonorSee: An App Connecting Philanthropists to Those in Need
February 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Philanthropy can be a funny business. Let’s say you’re a do-gooder in Malawi, and you hear about a little girl who has been attacked by a crocodile. She is badly hurt, but her family has no money for medical care at a private clinic. What do you do? The traditional philanthropic approach would be, approximately,…

Charities Collaborate to Create Awards Program Addressing Solutions to Health Issues
February 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

We hear much about American health and health care being in crisis. Health care in the U.S. is increasingly expensive for everyone—consumers and government alike—but it doesn’t make us healthy. Despite that, there are “bright spots” of change where communities are coming together in new ways to solve their most pressing health problems. These collaborations…

MacArthur Foundation Announces 100&Change Semi-Finalists
February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

The MacArthur Foundation has chosen eight semi-finalists for 100&Change, a competition awarding a $100 million grant to the nonprofit or for-profit organization with the most distinguished, world-changing proposal. Submitted ideas include changing the way we care for orphans, treating blindness in Africa, providing virtual access to specialty medical care for the underprivileged and more...

Opinion: Who’s to Blame When Bad Reporting Devastates a Good Charity?
February 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

A reporter uncovers a shocking charity scandal. The story sparks a nationwide outrage, leading to dozens of firings and a loss of millions in donations. Later, we learn that the reporting was flawed. There was no mismanagement after all. The media got the story wrong...

Indianapolis Club Rewards Perseverance
February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

Each day we work hard to promote our specific organizations and promote our profession. Without a chance to view other organizational activities, this could lead to tunnel vision and singular focus. If you are fortunate, you will be able to witness concepts in our profession placed in action by other organizations also dedicated to enhancing our profession. I recently took advantage of an invitation to attend a special event, and I am very glad I did...

Kutcher Speaks Out Against Modern Day Slavery
February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

No one got "Punk'd" Wednesday morning when Ashton Kutcher came to Capitol Hill. The actor testified Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery. Kutcher spoke on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization he co-founded with then-wife Demi Moore in 2009 to build software to…

Trump Wants to Repeal the Johnson Amendment: What Nonprofits Need to Know
February 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

If Trump is successful in repealing the Johnson Amendment, the nonprofit sector will face a heavy burden. The beauty is the Johnson Amendment has been protecting nonprofits from politicians for over 60 years by keeping these organizations nonpartisan, but with its removal, the floodgates would open, and political candidates will begin knocking on the doors of nonprofits seeking endorsements for their...

Coca-Cola Has Donated More Than $106M to Over 230 Nonprofits
February 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company together donated more than $106 million to more than 230 organizations in 2016. These contributions will directly benefit communities across more than 200 countries and territories, with approximately 97 percent of the grants focused on The Coca-Cola Company’s core sustainability priorities of women, water and community well-being. The…

Gates Foundation: Empowering Women Is Key to Fighting Poverty
February 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2006, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet donated $31 billion in company stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a way of outlining just what the Gates family did with the "single biggest gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything," the couple have penned a lengthy report. The big takeaway is that the most…

Muslim Nonprofit Groups Are Continuing to Reject Federal Funds
February 15, 2017 at 9:21 am

Four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans and Islam and the new administration’s policies as their reasons. The groups had been among the 31 recipients in the first round of Countering Violent Extremism grants awarded by the Department of…

Edward Snowden's New Nonprofit Will Protect Reporters From Spies
February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

When Edward Snowden leaked the biggest collection of classified National Security Agency documents in history, he wasn’t just revealing the inner workings of a global surveil­lance machine. He was also scrambling to evade it. To com­municate with the journalists who would publish his secrets, he had to route all his messages over the anonymity soft­ware Tor,…

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $45M in Grants
February 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

The Rhode Island Foundation says it awarded a record $45 million in grants last year. The foundation says about 1,600 nonprofit organizations received funding to promote economic security, educational success and healthy lives. The foundation says its total assets stood at about $830 million at the end of 2016. The foundation received nearly $60 million in…