What We Can Learn From Jerry Lewis’ MDA Legacy
August 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

Many fundraising techniques have been tied to technology. Jerry Lewis was fortunate to make the most of television as a venue for his telethon. The world thanks you, Lewis, for enhancing philanthropy through your celebrity and encouraging others to join you...

How Jerry Lewis Raised $2.6B for Charity With His Famous Muscular Dystrophy Telethons
August 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

Aside from starring in some of the classic comedy films of the past half century, Jerry Lewis will be remembered for his humanitarian work, especially the annual telethon he hosted for 45 years that raised money and awareness for muscular dystrophy. The telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, for which the comedian served as national chairman…

Facebook COO Donates Another $100M to Charity
August 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg just made her second $100 million charitable donation in less than a year. At the end of July, Sandberg donated 590,000 Facebook shares worth nearly $100 million to the Sheryl Sandberg & David Goldberg Family Fund, a philanthropic fund at Fidelity Charitable, according to a regulatory filing released on Thursday. This donation follows a similar…

Taylor Swift Makes 'Generous' Donation to Charity for Sexual Assault Victims
August 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

After Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift said she would be donating to charities that aid the survivors of sexual assault, she made good on that promise Wednesday by giving an undisclosed but "generous" amount to the Joyful Heart Foundation, the organization confirmed to E! News. "Joyful Heart is honored to be recognized by Taylor Swift for…

Is This Smart 'BEAM' Button the Future of Philanthropy?
August 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

Most Millennials consider themselves social activists and want to make the world a better place, but our current culture of “clicktivism” leads to relatively little impact and blurs the line between boots-on-the-ground cause-based work and idle browsing. And, while the Internet and social media have catalyzed extraordinary movements like the Obama Campaign and electing LGBT…

Mastercard's Big Data for Good Initiative: Data Philanthropy on the Front Lines
August 11, 2017 at 10:43 am

Much has been written about big data initiatives and the efforts of market leaders to derive critical business insights faster. Less has been written about initiatives by some of these same firms to apply big data and analytics to a different set of issues, which are not solely focused on revenue growth or bottom line…

Rita Ora Doesn’t Hesitate to Jump in to Give Philanthropic Causes a Boost
August 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Rita Ora, the 26-year-old British pop star and fashion icon, is this year’s recipient of the Variety + H&M Conscious Award for her outstanding philanthropic work, but she’s been involved with charity organizations for years. Her most recent cause is the London Fire Relief Fund, a division of the British Red Cross that helps rehabilitate those who…

Penn State Philanthropy Campaign Ahead of Schedule in First Year
July 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

"A Greater Penn State” is proving to be pretty great so far. The university's five-year fundraising campaign has just closed out its first year. With 20 percent of the effort in the bag, officials say it is ahead of schedule. In fact, it has already eclipsed the $300 million raised in the 1986 to 1990…

Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy
July 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

A decade ago, shortly before their daughter, Caitlin Heising, started her freshman year at Brown University, Liz Simons, a former teacher, and her husband, Mark Heising, the founder of an investment firm, established the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family philanthropy focused initially on education, climate and the physical sciences. “I’ve always asked a lot of questions…

12 ways to engage your zero-dollar fundraisers
July 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm

I was reading USA Today on Aug. 21 when I noticed that Jerry Lewis had passed away. The USA Today article started with saying, “… at the end of a remarkable show business life, Jerry Lewis might best remembered for ‘Jerry’s Kids,’ children with muscular dystrophy.” USA Today reported that Lewis was born in Newark, […]