Children/Youth

Ex-Manager Accused of Bilking $600K From Nonprofit for Troubled Children
September 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

A former manager at a Northwest Philadelphia mental-health treatment facility was accused Tuesday of embezzling more than a half-million dollars in public funds meant to help children suffering from trauma and behavioral disorders. Federal prosecutors say Sonja McQuillar, the former director of health and information management at Northern Children's Services, issued checks through her job…

Ice Cream for Breakfast: On Nonprofits and Happiness
August 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

Give Kids the World Village, (GKWV) is a nonprofit situated on a "79-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families." Since 1986, more than 146,000 children and their families have come to the resort to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. But until a couple of months ago, I had never heard of it...

Opinion: The Most Undervalued Nonprofit Professional
August 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

It’s probably you. Or could be you in the near future. And if not, then definitely some of your friends. I’m talking about the 4 million moms, dads, teachers, community members and other concerned citizens who are currently PTA members that willingly share their precious time with their children’s schools...

Michigan Kid Charges 25 Cents Per Lesson at Charity History Stand
July 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

They say when life gives you history, you make history-ade. Or something. That's what Gabe Fulmerhouser did, anyway. In need of a summer hobby, the enterprising 8-year-old from Jackson, Mich., decided he'd dispense history lessons at a roadside stand for 25 cents a pop, with all proceeds going to charity, naturally. He's raised $140.25 so far, and rather than buying a World of Warcraft subscription and some Mountain Dew, like most kids would, he plans to donate it...

Girl Scouts CEO Steps Down
June 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed Sylvia Acevedo as interim CEO following Anna Maria Chavez’s departure. Chavez, who has been in her role since 2011, will depart June 30 to return to public service...

How the Cast of "Hamilton" Made Philanthropy Its Mission
June 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

"Hamilton" is a success by any metric. The numbers speak for themselves: a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations; reported box office profits of $600,000 a week; 215 million combined plays of the "Hamilton" soundtrack on Spotify (and counting—I'm personally adding several dozen a week); seemingly endless fan posts on Tumblr; and a resale ticket market…

Real Housewife Foundation Barely Gives Out Any Money
April 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

On Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” cast member Katie Rost is identified as a model-turned-philanthropist who runs her family’s charitable foundation. In the world of reality TV, that means attending glittery events and planning fundraisers. Aside from conveniently supplying opportunities for drama-laden plot points, the not-quite-a-job provides Rost’s raison d’etre. "I’m a ball and…

This Museum Exhibit Was Completely Curated By Kids
March 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

The term “museum curator” brings to mind a professional with multiple degrees and thousands of hours of experience in cultural institutions. But a new museum exhibit at the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, could change that—69 kids, ages of 6 and 14, curated it. The exhibit, themed “Anything Goes,” shows what happens when children are let loose within a huge…

Do You Have a Youth Philanthropy Initiative?
March 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

When I talk to others about time, talent and treasure, I ask them how they were affected by philanthropy. Most of the time they will mention a story about when they were young and the philanthropic seed was planted. We all know if you start early in life, roots may grow strong. Philanthropy training must begin with our youth...

Cookie Controversy: Girl Scouts Yet to See $65K Oscars Donation
March 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

Other than Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar, the most talked-about moment at last month's 88th Academy Awards was Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), with host Chris Rock as pitchman, raising $65,243 through cookie sales to hungry A-list celebrities at the event. But it's been more than two weeks since the awards ceremony, and GSGLA still hasn't received the funds. Oh, and up until Friday, no one even knew where the money was...