Category: Books & Ideas

The benefits of a mailing address

Thanks to Broad Street Ministries, homeless Philadelphians have a way to receive mail — whether from their doctors, their mothers, or the government. “A Center City non-profit is acting as a home base for thousands of men and women who don’t have a permanent home.… MORE >>

McSweeney’s to become nonprofit

“Now there are all these things that seem possible”: Author Dave Eggers’ publishing house, famed McSweeney’s, announces it’s becoming a nonprofit. San Francisco publishing house McSweeney’s will become a nonprofit, allowing the acclaimed small press to continue taking on projects that don’t necessarily make money, founder Dave Eggers told The Chronicle….… MORE >>

Record-setting purchase will benefit many

Sale of Buffalo Bills will have domino effect for charities: Most of $1.4b purchase price will go to Ralph Wilson’s foundation, which focuses on Buffalo and Detroit.… MORE >>

“Giving while living”

Will the spend-down of Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies — the largest foundation yet to do so– change the direction of American philanthropy? “Some people are into extreme sports, others extreme eating.… MORE >>

DIY if you can’t afford an annual audit

Led by dean and inspired by college service program, students at PA’s Misericordia developed auditing tool for nonprofits, hoping to curb embezzlement losses. “Reported thefts from nonprofit organizations inspired one local professor and his students to compile an audit manual outlining a system of checks and balances.… MORE >>

New hope in America’s poorest city

bcWorkshop, Dallas architect’s nonprofit collaboration in Brownsville, TX, is taking regional colonias and building infrastructure and new development. “Brownsville, Texas, sits high in the rankings where cities want to come in low.… MORE >>

Happy October!

As “Breast Cancer Awareness” month kicks off, one blogger sets out to see how much money from her purchases of pink-branded products actually goes to charity.… MORE >>

Saving school libraries in Philly

West Philadelphia nonprofit is “reviving the school library” in district with budgetary issues; so far, with help of donations and volunteers, they’ve reopened 17. “A nonprofit organization seeks volunteers and donations to support reopening libraries in public schools facing strained budgets….… MORE >>

“Fuel for philanthropy”

With everyone from Harvard’s endowment fund to the Rockefeller Foundation divesting, some are asking: Is fossil fuel “too dirty” for charity now? “Oil was very good to John D.… MORE >>

A new golden age for parks?

Is philanthropy helping to usher in “a new golden age of urban parks”? Across the country, from Central Park to Tulsa, private funding is saving the day.… MORE >>
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