The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Georgetown University Center Teaches Students to Help Charities Communicate
May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Before moving to the United States from London two years ago, Jacqueline Sibanda had worked as a community-relations specialist for a British cellphone company, and was part of a team that negotiated with local residents wherever a new cellphone tower was planned. While she loved the corporate world, she yearned to use her communications skills for the greater good.

America's Top Philanthropists Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Global Problems
May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — In a quiet meeting closed to the news media and the public, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller Sr., Oprah Winfrey, and other leading philanthropists met in New York this month to discuss ways to promote efforts to solve growing social problems in America and abroad.

Charity Tuesday Takes Off On Twitter
May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — It’s official: The nonprofit world is officially a more popular topic on Twitter than swine flu.

Senate Committee Discusses Change in Treatment of Hospitals' Tax Status
May 19, 2009

May 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — The two top members of the Senate Finance Committee have released what they call policy options for revamping the nation’s health-care system that include a change in how the tax-exempt status of nonprofit hospitals would be handled under federal law.

Donors in 'Giving Circles' Donate More Than Other People, Study Finds
May 18, 2009

May 15, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Donors who participate in giving circles — in which individuals pool their money and decide collectively how to distribute it — give more than other donors, give more strategically, and give to a greater number of organizations, according to results of a study released this week.

Study Says Donors Will Pay More to Become Charity Members
May 15, 2009

May 14, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — If your organization uses memberships as a way to raise money and connect with donors, you may be interested in a recent study at the University of Maryland showing a curious connection between the cost of membership and the rate that people sign up.

Commentary: The End Of Conspicuous Philanthropy?
May 15, 2009

May 5, 2009, Forbes.com — Anyone who scowled in 2008 when the New York Public Library announced that it would rename its historic Beaux Arts building on Fifth Avenue the Stephen A. Schwarzman building and chisel his name into it five times to mark his $100 million pledge, might have smiled at the news last week: The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that anonymous giving is soaring. In this re-calibrated world, it seems, some big givers no longer want such notoriety.

Donors in 'Giving Circles' Donate More Than Other People, Study Finds
May 15, 2009

May 15, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Donors who participate in giving circles — in which individuals pool their money and decide collectively how to distribute it — give more than other donors, give more strategically, and give to a greater number of organizations, according to results of a study released this week.

Virtual Fundraising Conference Draws Global Audience
May 14, 2009

May 12, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Online fund-raising experts shared tips with more than 400 participants from around the world today in the first 24 hours of a three-day conference held entirely online.

Foundation Giving for Gay Causes Expected to Hold Steady in 2009
May 14, 2009

May 13, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Foundation support for charities that help gay people continues to grow steadily, rising by 18 percent in 2007, according to a new study. The recession is expected to slow but not halt that growth, it said.