Category: Books & Ideas

“Not just a shop, a movement”

Eagle Scout Jon Dressler opened a repair shop last month in Akron, OH, that lets customers donate 10 percent of their bill to a local charity.… MORE >>

Ungrateful uncle gains inheritance

Peter Petrasek found sanctuary in the US after fleeing then-Czechoslovakia; lifelong gratitude resulted in his $850K estate being bequeathed to the federal government. “Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets.… MORE >>

Commencement will be live tweeted

A $25m alumni gift to Santa Clara reimagines “science, technology, and society” as Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; is this a typical CA bellwether? “Philanthropic efforts to nurture social entrepreneurship on campus are not new….… MORE >>


Japan’s Ashinaga Foundation is partnering with Vassar, alma mater of novelist Jean Webster, whose 1912 novel inspired founder Yoshiomi Tamai. “Orphans like Oliver Twist and Harry Potter have always held a special place in literature.… MORE >>

Keeping Detroit afloat

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is floating ideas for transportation system along city’s river that would include water taxis; system would link to existing public transit. “Water taxis zipping up and down the Detroit River and trolley buses humming along the riverfront could be the next legs in the city’s expanding transit system.… MORE >>

A schooling in philanthropy at Baylor

Baylor University’s course on philanthropy gave students real-life experience, awarding total of $75K in grants to 14 local charities ranging from social services to the arts.… MORE >>

Saddling up for PTSD

Circle of Veterans Ranch is a FL nonprofit that uses horses to help soldiers cope with PTSD; founder believes serenity helped him with his own struggle.… MORE >>

A peculiarly CA problem

In CA, nonprofit Caritas Corp. operates mobile-home parks that allow residents to continue living affordably in communities like Palo Alto– where site they hope to buy is worth $16m.… MORE >>

Death-defying acts

William Schambra on how “technology dematerializes, digitizes, and transforms every realm it penetrates” — including philanthropy. “[I]t is the time to talk about how the death-defying ambition of our tech titans will affect your work.… MORE >>

“They help anywhere they can”

Since 2000, VA’s Appalachian Harvest has helped local farmers sell to grocers, develop supply chains, and manage harvests. “Even in the lull before growing season, it’s a busy day at Appalachian Harvest, a 15-year-old nonprofit that’s a standout success in a distressed region where economic development efforts come and go.… MORE >>

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