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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…

Bill Gates' Charity Is Offering $10M to 'Innovators' Who Can Solve the World's Challenges
November 14, 2017 at 11:37 am

Bill Gates' charitable foundation is putting up $10 million to fund ideas aimed at improving education, eradicating poverty, stopping climate change, among other causes. On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a partnership with the MiSK Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The MiSK Grand Challenges…

Managing a Sensitive Situation: Traditional Philanthropy in the Face of a Natural Disaster
November 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

As nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals, surviving through a natural disaster is something we do not always consider as part of our philanthropic strategy.  However, it can become a critical consideration if you lead a nonprofit organization that exists outside the affected areas, or if your organization’s mission is not obviously tied to disaster relief...

Nonprofit Will Use $16M Bail Fund to Free People From US Jails
November 13, 2017 at 11:44 am

Beginning in January, activists will station themselves at jails in St. Louis and elsewhere around the country and begin using a $16 million bail fund in a bid to combat the so-called criminalization of race and poverty. The program’s proponents say it will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars now spent to house detainees…

UD Launches $750M Fundraising Campaign
November 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

The University of Delaware is embarking on an ambitious $750 million capital campaign, university officials announced Thursday. The fundraising effort will go toward a variety of projects, including the recently created Biden Institute, additions to the STAR Campus and long-awaited upgrades to Delaware Stadium. "This campaign is about a comprehensive and bold vision for the…

CBT Nuggets Commits $2M (in Bitcoin) to Nonprofit Youth Housing Project
November 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

An avant-garde initiative to provide housing for homeless teenagers in Lane County received a cutting-edge gift from a Eugene tech firm this week: a pledge of $2 million worth of bitcoin, the novel non­governmental digital currency. A coalition of local non­profit agencies, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, has been working…

Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Puerto Rico, Announces $2.5M Fund
November 9, 2017 at 7:39 am

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and announced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane recovery fund during a trip Tuesday to Puerto Rico. Miranda said seven local groups already have received grants from the New York-based Hispanic Federation, which helps Latino agencies. The organization said it will award…

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Donates $47.5M for New Rehab Hospital
November 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will donate $47.5 million for a new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital as part of the redevelopment and modernization of the University of Utah’s health sciences campus. The 75-bed hospital, to be named the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, will be one of the most advanced rehabilitation facilities in the nation and…

St. Vincent de Paul Receives $2M Donation for Homeless Youth
November 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Two million dollars have been donated to Saint Vincent de Paul in the largest donation that the organization has ever received. The money was donated by a Eugene IT software company, CBT Nuggets, to fund a youth home for homeless teenage boys. According to St. Vincent de Paul's Executive Director Terry McDonald, about 600 kids…

Friend of Caltech Makes Landmark Gift to Build a Better World
November 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm

“You ought to leave the world better than you found it,” engineer Allen Davis was known to say. And he did: Davis, who passed away at age 91 in 2015, left more than $60 million from his estate to Caltech. Aiming to advance science and education for the benefit of humankind, Davis  directed his bequest to…

Ken Griffin Gives $125M to University of Chicago
November 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

A flood of money is pouring into the state’s top schools as the University of Chicago and University of Illinois have landed some of their largest-ever single donations within a week of each other. Ken Griffin, the richest man in Illinois, committed $125 million to U. of C.’s economics department, university leaders will announce Wednesday. It…

World Central Kitchen May Focus More on Relief Work After Puerto Rico
October 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

After preparing 2 million meals for the people of Puerto Rico … José Andrés and his nonprofit organization are now looking to expand their mission and focus their efforts on feeding other victims of natural disasters. World Central Kitchen and the famous, globe-trotting chef who founded it have attracted a lot of attention for their work…

U of I College of Business Receives $150M Naming Gift
October 30, 2017 at 11:51 am

The College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be known as the Gies College of Business after an unprecedented investment from a distinguished alumnus. The gift, announced today, will accelerate progress toward being recognized as the best and most innovative business school in the nation. This monumental gift comes from Chicago…

Couple Donate $150M to University of Illinois
October 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

The University of Illinois has received its largest-ever donation—a $150 million gift—from the head of a Chicago private equity firm, school officials announced Thursday. The gift from Larry Gies, chief executive of Madison Industries, and his wife, Beth, means the university’s business school at the Urbana-Champaign campus will now be known as the Gies College…

Ending Net Neutrality Can Help Puerto Rico Recover, Verizon-Funded Nonprofit Proposes
October 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Puerto Rico's already suffering economy took a massive hit when Hurricane Maria struck last month. Now, as business owners struggle to get back on their feet, the island’s chamber of commerce has an unseemly proposal for revitalizing the economy: Embrace the Trump administration’s plans for repealing current net neutrality rules. Federal Communication Commission Chair Ajit Pai…

Eagles Defensive End Chris Long Is Donating His Salary
October 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Va. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow" campaign. ”My wife and I have…

Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20M to Teach Kids Empathy
October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of snack bar giant Kind, is a Mexican immigrant. His father was a Holocaust survivor. So when he started his business in 2004 with the name Kind, he envisioned it as a way to—besides sell food—encourage people around the world to be kinder to each other. As the company slogan puts…

University of Illinois Launches Multibillion-Dollar Fundraising Campaign
October 16, 2017 at 11:59 am

The University of Illinois is launching a multibillion-dollar fundraising campaign across its three campuses, university officials announced this month, a massive effort that continues a series of expansive planning moves in the wake of the state budget impasse. The Urbana-Champaign campus seeks to collect $2.25 billion in public and private donations over the next five…

NIH Awards Nearly $10M to UCLA Center for Autism Research, Treatment
October 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

The National Institutes of Health, recognizing UCLA’s leadership in understanding and developing interventions for autism spectrum disorder, has renewed its support of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment with a five-year, $9.7 million grant. The Autism Center of Excellence grant is directed by Susan Bookheimer, director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research…

Salesforce’s Philanthropic Arm Aims for $2M Fire Donation
October 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of San Francisco software company Salesforce, has become the latest technology group to announce donations for fire relief. It will donate $500,000 to “support students and schools in need.” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, are donating $500,000 as well, and the company hopes to raise another $500,000 through…