Category: Books & Ideas

Another item for your itinerary

There are now a number of nonprofits that help you vacation with charity, like Briggs & Riley’s suitcase-donation program, Vacations 4 A Cause, and Tourism Cares.… MORE >>

“Solving a problem early”

Saddled with debt, WI’s Child Development Inc. closed its doors and left community without quality childcare, but with city’s help it’s being reborn as nonprofit. “Before it closed its doors to south side neighbors, [Ndazonia] Ndafooka walked with her now two-year-old toddler to Child Development, Inc.… MORE >>

Tapping into American generosity

Billionaire author J. K. Rowling just brought her nonprofit stateside; decade-old Lumos works to keep kids out of institutions, integrated with family and community. “‘Harry Potter’ author J.K.… MORE >>

But will bargain hunters pay $3 for a latte?

Starbucks’ foray into nonprofit space, Cafe M25, now has 23 locations; pilot program puts coffeeshop inside thrift stores, and works as job training. “Robin Mathias visits the St.… MORE >>

And the answer is…

More philanthropy is the answer to inequality (along with a nation’s tax policies), according to Bill and Melinda Gates in recent Washington Post interview. “Since they launched their foundation in 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates have become America’s philanthropic golden couple — giving away more than $30 billion of their wealth and saving millions of lives in the process.… MORE >>

No ordinary lives

Since 2003, nonprofit StoryCorps has collected 65,000 recordings for oral history project; with new app, they hope to exponentially increase the number of participants. “Since 2003, Brooklyn-based non-profit organization StoryCorps has encouraged people to ask each other meaningful questions.… MORE >>

Woodworking mentors wanted

TN nonprofit is looking for woodworkers– hobbyists and professionals– to teach younger generation skills “in danger of being lost” in a modern age. “The East Tennessee Technology Access Center is looking for a few good woodworkers.… MORE >>

Starchitect’s playhouse

Architect Frank Gehry is designing Facebook’s new HQ, and they talked him into a side project: designing a playhouse to be auctioned off for charity. “Architect Frank Gehry is the mastermind behind Facebook’s new office space and world-renowned buildings such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.… MORE >>

Texas-sized plans

The Urban Land Institute wants to convert Houston’s Astrodome into “massive indoor park,” but project has pricetag of $243 million. “A nonprofit group estimates that it would cost nearly $243 million to convert the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and surrounding green space.… MORE >>

MN’s “miniboom” in DAFs

“What’s driving the surge in donor-advised funds?” Minneapolis Foundation saw a 185% increase after local corp was purchased. “The recent Medtronic acquisition of Covidien not only lowered the company’s corporate tax rate, but also created a tax headache for longtime Medtronic shareholders — and a local miniboom in an increasingly popular type of family charity.… MORE >>

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