Category: People & Projects

Nonprofit salvage in Iowa

Nonprofit Heritage Trust is scouring Burlington, IA, to salvage tin ceilings and other architectural artifacts before historic buildings are razed. “Volunteers are trying to salvage valuable items from historic buildings that are being demolished in downtown Burlington to make way for a business expansion….… MORE >>

From extraordinary to “commonplace”

Aerospace billionaire McDonnells pledge $25 million to Washington University’s Genome Institute for sequencing research to cure disease. “To continue its pioneering advances in the prevention and treatment of disease, civic leaders James S.… MORE >>

Indy businessman-philanthropist mourned

“Indianapolis has lost a titan of industry and philanthropy”: Businessman Bill Mays died on 69th birthday; hailed in hometown as generous civic leader. “Indianapolis businessman William ‘Bill’ Mays was remembered Friday as a philanthropist, visionary, community servant and champion of minorities who loved his family and a good laugh.… MORE >>

YES Prep

Here’s a taste of Forbes’ just-released annual philanthropy issue: A profile of Sam Walton’s granddaughter, and how she aims to help reform public education. “Anything to do with charter schools is a political lightning rod right now.… MORE >>

Where their bread is buttered

Inside Philanthropy takes a look at philanthropy of behemoth Walt Disney Company and seems shocked bulk of it is directed toward conservation. “Did you know Disney has a conservation grantmaking program, with a big focus on wildlife?… MORE >>

Scandal’s long shadow

Nonprofit organizations with ties to Bill Cosby are navigating recent allegations against their benefactor and wondering how to redefine the relationship. “Bill Cosby’s record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image.… MORE >>

“To let everyone know their life has worth”

Blanket Louisville does what its name implies; in 11 years, they’ve given away 70,000 blankets to homeless and needy, including 5,000 in recent drive. “Blanket Louisville continued to spread warmth across the city Saturday morning for its 11th year.Heading into Thanksgiving it’s always a good lesson to be reminded of what we’re thankful for.… MORE >>

Kanye West’s Chicago nonprofit

Kanye West started nonprofit in memory of his accomplished mother; since opening in 2013, Donda’s House has helped 100 Chicago teens study the arts. “Kanye West’s beloved mother, Donda West, may have died in 2007, but her spirit has inspired a nonprofit that’s giving young people in Chicago the arts education they deserve.… MORE >>

TX’s 13-year-old philanthropist

At Dallas luncheon honoring philanthropy, 13-year-old Charlsie Doan received a standing ovation for fundraising work for hospital and diabetes advocacy. “The group gave just one standing ovation.… MORE >>

M. Night Shyamalan at ThinkFest

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s approach to philanthropy might best be summed up as “I didn’t really care until my wife made me,” according to this interview.… MORE >>

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