Category: Books & Ideas

An “unusual entity”

One state’s experiment in private lending, Virginia Community Capital, has been “quietly lending millions” to help neighborhoods across VA. “In the mid-2000s, well-intended state leaders gave $15 million to start a private, regulated financial institution.… MORE >>

MN nonprofit to teach coding

Ward 5 Code Camp: Milwaukee nonprofit will teach coding classes, to help expand the skill sets and employment chances of area job seekers. “A nonprofit Milwaukee group that runs two start-up training programs  plans to begin offering classes early next year in how to write computer code.… MORE >>

Top 10 in changes

A top 10 list to ease you into the weekend: Columnist notes sharing data and pooling resources as ways philanthropy is (indirectly) changing the world. “Private giving in the UK is already worth around £9bn each year.… MORE >>

Leave No Veteran Behind

Like “a retroactive scholarship”: Leave No Veteran Behind is a nonprofit that helps vets pay off school debt that’s not covered by the G.I. Bill. Though it’s been around a while, Leave No Veteran Behind is still in its infancy, according to the two vets who created it while they were struggling with their own debt after returning from deployment.… MORE >>

(Unlike on TV, everyone’s a winner)

Reality TV influences fundraising these days: Latest trend is public competitions like recent Pitch It!, where judges decide who is most worthy. “Philanthropy is getting a little more like the reality shows Shark Tank and Cupcake Wars.… MORE >>

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 >>
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