Category: Books & Ideas

Hospital sues estate for old pledge

Redken founder Paula Meehan pledged $5m to CA’s St John’s Hospital foundation, but later revoked gift; now hospital is suing her estate in hopes of getting the money.… MORE >>

Some 46th anniversary!

Smithsonian stoops to crowdfunding, using Kickstarter to raise $500,000 needed to preserve and exhibit Neil Armstrong’s space suit. “The Smithsonian has launched its first crowdfunding campaign, seeking to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to preserve and once again exhibit the space suit Neil Armstrong wore while taking humankind’s first steps on the moon, reports CollectSpace, an online news service on space history.”– the Chronicle of PhilanthropyMORE >>

What happens to a plan derailed?

Oakland has been pushing for development that puts low-income families closer to BART– but nonprofit frittered away $400K and city may lose $8.5m state grant as a result.… MORE >>

When unreal seeing can make things real

Is virtual reality the next frontier in philanthropy? “Storytelling can actually increase empathy,” and there’s no doubt seeing can be believing. “Sometimes, all it takes to inspire more charitable giving is a visit to a place or person in need.… MORE >>

Free flowers in NE for vets

If you are a vet living in NE, gardening over this long weekend, head over to Benson Plant Rescue, where they’re giving flowers away to thank you.… MORE >>

Thiel asks some big questions

Maybe because he’s a philosophy major, Peter Thiel asks big questions about higher education, like “What is the nature of educational good?”–recently, at Aspen. “Tech investor Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal, told an Aspen Ideas Festival crowd Wednesday that while highly regarded institutions of higher education claim to benefit society as a whole, the ultimate worth of the degrees they confer is actually inextricably tied to deliberate, ruthlessly enforced exclusivity.… MORE >>

Appealing to the highest authority

Modern discomfort with charity makes “the historian sit up and take notice,” leading to this short history of how St Augustine prevailed upon Romans to take up almsgiving.… MORE >>

Philanthropy’s need to reflect, not just act

Ever wondered what happened on this date in philanthropic history? New blog HistPhil is run by three historians and aims to give context to today’s givers.… MORE >>

Daily Deeds

Kansas City man launches permanent crowdfunding platform Daily Deeds, hoping to make it easier to give  frequently, even if small amounts. “A new website a Kansas City man plans to launch this coming week will promote crowdfunding to raise money for local nonprofit agencies through even the most modest of donations.… MORE >>

Help for the “priced out”

Bobby Turner’s Multifamily Impact Fund is buying up housing units where working people live; pilot program hopes to keep rents affordable while offering perks to residents.… MORE >>

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