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 >>

How to start a successful major donor club in 7 simple steps

Individual donors are an important part of every nonprofit’s fundraising portfolio. According to Giving USA, 71% of charitable giving in the United States comes from individuals; if we count bequests, that number rises to 80% (with foundations and corporations making up the remainder).… MORE >>

Everyone Is Ignorant

Earlier this month Ford Foundation president Darren Walker released his annual letter on the state of philanthropy. Entitled On Power, Privilege, and Ignorance, the letter picks up the theme of inequality that Walker set out in a key essay last year. … 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 >>

Globalist humanitarians and the new nationalist backlash

Damon Linker has a new piece at The Week in which he castigates liberals, like Zach Beauchamp at Vox, for their “outright contempt for particularistic instincts that are not and should not be considered morally and politically beyond the pale.” Put aside the electoral context in which Beuchamp and his allies, on one side, and Linker, on the other, are making their arguments, and note that Linker’s case applies to contemporary philanthropy as well as it does anything.… 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 >>

Helping the poor by feeding the rich

Suppose you run a restaurant that many food and wine magazines rate the world’s best, a place where you have to wait six months for a table.… 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 >>
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