Category: News & Notes

Dam project threatens to destroy thousands of years of history in Turkish town

The completion of Turkey’s IlIsu Dam threatens to flood much of the historic city of Hasankeyf, according to the New York Times. The city, which traces its history back as much as 12,000 years and is one of the world’s first organized human settlements, sports a range of cultural treasures from Neolithic cave dwellings to the 600 year old minaret of the Al Rizq mosque.… MORE >>

Gallery lands unprecedented $42 million gift

Big news from the world of art philanthropy this week, as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, announced a staggering $42.5 million gift from Jeffrey Gundlach, a billionaire investor.… MORE >>

UVA building named for eugenicist to be renamed

The student newspaper at the University of Virginia is reporting that UVA’s Jordan Hall, named for famous eugenicist Dr. Harvey E. Jordan, will be renamed Pinn Hall.… MORE >>

Donor privacy at stake in November local elections

Voters in Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon ought to know that ballot measures cleverly marked as reducing “outside influence” and “big money” might put donor privacy at stake.… MORE >>

Surprise $4 million gift from frugal librarian goes to pay for… a big TV

Another example that colleges and universities are not always responsible stewards of the gifts they’re given comes to us from New Hampshire. Late in August the University of New Hampshire announced a surprise $4 million gift from alumnus and employee Robert Morin, a penny-pinching librarian at the school with no family and a secret knack for investing.… MORE >>

89-year-old Chicago popsicle vendor receives more than $350K from strangers

The Daily Kos reports on an impressive story of the generosity of strangers. 89 year old Fidencio Sanchez was making his rounds in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood selling popsicles to make ends meet.… MORE >>

Planned giving snafu leaves Duke embarrassed

Administrators and advancement officers at Duke University are wiping egg off their face after a highly visible and embarrassing episode involving a potential donor’s $10 million gift to the school. … MORE >>

Charities suspend collaboration with United Nations because of UN’s close ties with Assad

Despite protests by more than 70 relief groups, the United Nations plans to continue its aid collaboration with Assad’s government in Syria. In an open letter to the UN, the relief groups express “little hope that the UN-coordinated humanitarian response might operate independently of the political priorities of the Syrian government.” As a result, they plan to suspend their participation in the Whole of Syria information-sharing program, by which the UN gains access to information about developments in parts of Syria outside of the Assad regime’s control.… MORE >>

The EpiPen crisis and “philanthropy”

The controversy about the dramatic price hike in EpiPens—548% since 2007—by drugmaker Mylan has made headlines. I’ve paid close attention to this controversy, since I’m one of the millions of Americans who relies on EpiPens for life-saving adrenaline to halt allergic reactions (in my case, a peanut allergy).… MORE >>

A closer look at millennial giving patterns

I wrote here recently about how app-obsessed millennials will more and more insist on doing philanthropy on their own terms. This means an ever-greater emphasis on quick and easy giving, especially through a handheld devices. … MORE >>

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