Smartphone Philanthropy: Examining the Charity Concert Model
October 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

Before digital connectivity, nonprofit organizations benefited from concerts that solicited donations and touted their causes. The 1971 Concert for Bangladesh raised money for UNICEF; 1985’s Live Aid sent famine relief to Ethiopia; and since 2004, the Black Ball has collected millions to fight AIDS. Now the charity concert model is changing. Millennials prefer festivals to…

It’s Time for a Nonprofit Reality TV Show
October 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

Earlier this year, my friend Vu Le suggested on his hilarious (yet pointed) blog, Nonprofit With Balls, that we need a nonprofit-themed reality TV show. He suggested titles like: "Dancing With Program Officers" "Hell’s Charity" "So You Think You Can Run a Nonprofit" "America’s Funniest Fundraising Videos" I think Vu was serious. And I had…

Now You Can Punch 'The Most Hated Man in America' in the Face (for Charity)
September 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

Martin Shkreli wants you to punch him in the face. Well, not you, in particular. But it could be you—if you're the highest bidder in this, um, unique charity auction. If you're not familiar with Shkreli, you may know him better as the "most hated man in America." He's the smarmy pharma bro who jacked up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,556 percent, allegedly helmed multiple Ponzi schemes, and turned a congressional hearing into a clown show...

Playing the Long Game: 6 Takeaways From Chan, Zuckerberg's Big New Thing
September 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

This keeps getting more interesting. I’m talking about what happens when two idealistic and ambitious Millennials decide to devote tens of billions of dollars to making the world a better place. It almost sounds like a fantasy project—more akin to the augmented reality that Facebook is working on than traditional philanthropy. What would you do…

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to Spend $3B to Cure Disease
September 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are launching an ambitious effort to spend $3 billion over the next decade to cure disease. The goal is to "work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime," Chan said during an event in San Francisco for the Chan…

To Boldly Give: A Look at 'Star Trek' Creator's Philanthropy
September 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

As "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th birthday, we take a look at the philanthropy of creator Gene Roddenberry’s family, including a new prize with a total of $1 million in annual awards. Any sci-fi fan (myself included) will argue to the bitter end that a successful work of speculative fiction is about so much more…

NFL to Allow Charitable Messages on Cleats for One Week This Season
September 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

The NFL is planning to relent on its notoriously strict uniform policy this season, but only for a week. There are a few more catches, but, according to a league source, you’ll see more personal messages on players’ cleats in Week 13. The NFL is planning to allow players to promote a charitable cause of…

Colin Kaepernick to Donate Proceeds From Best-Selling Jersey Sales
September 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday thanked the public for making his jersey the NFL's top seller after his national anthem protest and vowed to donate all the proceeds he receives "back into the communities." The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made his pledge in an Instagram post. Before Kaepernick first sat down in protest during the playing…

Why We Love Taylor Swift (and Why Fundraisers Should Too!)
September 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

It’s a fact: Other industries have received far worse hits than fundraising ever will and yet they’ve learned how to grow, change and adapt. In the face of rising challenges in fundraising, what steps can the smart fundraiser take to rise above it all and succeed despite the odds?

Colin Kaepernick Will Donate $1M Amid National Anthem Controversy
September 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

Amid his national anthem protest, Colin Kaepernick feels his patriotism has come into question. "The media painted this as I'm anti-American, anti-men-and-women of the military, and that’s not the case at all," the San Francisco 49ers quarterback told reporters after his team defeated the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. During the game, fans repeatedly booed…