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J.J. Watt on Historic Hurricane Harvey Fundraising: 'No Better Feeling in the World'
March 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Hundreds of people have returned to their homes in the Houston area thanks to the more than $37 million NFL star J.J. Watt helped raise for the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort, according to the Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end. “When you get to go in and hand them the keys and say, ‘Welcome home,’ there’s…

Is Your Philanthropic Support Going to the Dogs?
March 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

I was recently with a donor who is also an important volunteer to our organization. This donor is an excellent representative for our organization. My boss and I asked him to consider giving his philanthropic support to our upcoming campaign. He mentioned that our organization was at the top of his list of charities to support, but also noted when he passes away he was going to leave funds to the Humane Society for unwanted senior dog care...

Chan, Zuckerberg Donate $30M to Support 'Reach Every Reader'
March 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

Reading is essential for learning, yet students across the U.S. are completing elementary school with inadequate reading abilities, which often follow them throughout their academic careers. A student who fails to read in first grade has a 90 percent probability of reading poorly in fourth grade and a 75 percent probability of reading poorly in…

Penn State Students Raise More Than $10M in Dance Marathon
February 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as THON. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. Money raised benefits pediatric cancer…

Fundraising at USC Tumbles Amid Medical School Scandals
February 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm

USC, known nationally for its aggressive fundraising operation, saw contributions tumble in the second half of 2017, a period in which scandals roiled its medical school. An internal accounting reviewed by The Times shows donations to the university were down nearly $100 million between July and December of last year compared with the same period…

Why Chris Long Donated His Entire 2017 Salary to Charity
February 6, 2018 at 12:33 pm

It turns out nice guys don't always finish last. Super Bowl champ Chris Long, defensive end for the Eagles donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to charity. Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million…

Syracuse University Announces ‘Historic’ $20M Donation for Veterans Complex Project
February 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Almost one-third of the total estimated cost of Syracuse University’s $62.5 million National Veterans Resource Complex project will be covered by a single donation. SU alumnus Daniel D’Aniello and his wife, Gayle, have donated $20 million to the complex, the university announced Monday morning. D’Aniello is a life trustee of the university. He graduated from…

Why You Need It: 8 Reasons Why the CFRE Makes a Difference in Fundraising
February 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

I started my fundraising career almost 25 years ago. Like most people during those days, I learned on the job. It was something that I “chose” to be or to do. It was a necessity to keep the organization operating. Back in those days, one did not have access to such detailed and informative training. In fact, we didn’t even have databases; we still used index cards...

Nature Valley, National Park Foundation Announce Partnership
February 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Nature Valley granola bars, a long-standing advocate of the preservation of national parks in the U.S., has announced a partnership with National Park Foundation. The newly established partnership includes a three-year commitment and a donation of up to $3 million from Nature Valley...

FEMA to End Food and Water Aid For Puerto Rico
January 30, 2018 at 11:28 am

In the days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, residents of some of the hardest hit rural areas found themselves stranded—cut off from more populated areas by mudslides, crumbled roads and bridges, and toppled trees and power lines. In those early days, the only food and water many of these communities received arrived by helicopter,…

Investor Bill Miller Commits $75M to Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department
January 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Legendary investor William H. "Bill" Miller III has committed a record $75 million to the Johns Hopkins University Department of Philosophy to broaden and intensify faculty research, graduate student support and undergraduate study of philosophical thought. The gift is believed to be by far the largest ever to a university philosophy program. It is also…

Chan, Zuckerberg Philanthropy Taps UMass Amherst to Create AI Scientific Research Tool
January 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

A philanthropy started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has awarded a $5.5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for Data Science to create a free tool that would make millions of published scientific and medical findings easily accessible to researchers worldwide. The project, called Computable Knowledge, would…

Jeff Bezos Donates $33M to Scholarship Fund for ‘Dreamers’
January 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced that he is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for young “dreamers,” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The donation from the world’s wealthiest person comes amid fresh pressure from business leaders as talks on Capitol Hill over how…

Graduate Education Is Your Catalyst for Career Growth
January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

Each year, many young professionals contact me through a variety of ways. In late 2017, several contacted me through coffee sessions, job interviews, visits at special events, AFP lunches, CFRE interactions, contacts as a favor from a colleague, etc. These individuals are either in the nonprofit field or deciding whether to pursue a nonprofit career...

The Importance of a Caring Professor/Faculty Advisor
January 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

On Christmas Eve 2017, I was driving on Interstate 64 near Charleston, West Va., when I passed the Dunbar exit. At that moment, I mentioned to my wife the impact of my former professor and how that individual affected me academically like no other in my life. She knew every time I would pass that exit, I would say the same thing. I told her I had recently sent a Christmas card like I always do to Dr. Jack Yeager. Dr. Yeager’s influence on me was profound...

Chicago Foundation Awards $100M to Syrian Children's Program
December 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and local versions of the educational program "Sesame Street." The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee as joint winners of a…

New Crops, Technology Needed to Help Farmers Adapt to Rising Heat: Gates Foundation
December 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

New technologies are the key to helping Africa and Asia’s smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, said the Gates Foundation as it pledged funding to research new crops that can thrive amid rising heat, drought and erratic rainfall. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled a $300-million plan to help farmers on Tuesday, with funds…

Instagram Fights Animal Abuse With New Alert System
December 8, 2017 at 11:34 am

Instagram is rife with photos of cute wild animals—including the exotic and endangered. A picture of someone hugging a sloth or showing off a pet tiger cub is just a click away on the massively popular photo-sharing platform, which serves 800 million users. But recently, searches for a wide range of wildlife hashtags will trigger…

Why Puerto Rico Is Getting the Brunt of 'Donor Fatigue'
November 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Recovering from disasters is never easy. When disasters pile up, it gets harder. On top of the inevitable competition for everything from the government's funding for recovery efforts to construction materials, donations for relief operations dry up as givers develop what's known as "donor fatigue." While studying disaster relief and community resilience, I've learned that…