Category: Research & Reports

Red Cross’s refusal to disclose

The Red Cross will not disclose to the public how it spent the $487 million for relief in Haiti. “A claim by the American Red Cross that it was contractually prohibited from releasing information about some of its activities in Haiti drew fire from some nonprofit leaders, who say such contracts are a handy way to block disclosure without good cause.” –Rebecca Koenig, the Chronicle of Philanthropy    … MORE >>


Inside Philanthropy has one of the best dissections of this week’s “mysterious,” anonymous $34 million gift designated for Oakland revitalization. “Who doesn’t love a good mystery involving anonymous money?… MORE >>

Stingier than CPAs?

Law firms saw revenues north of $100 billion last year, so the New York Times wants to know why they are only donating 1/10th of 1 percent to legal aid services.… MORE >>

“Not your father’s corporate social responsibility”

Case Foundation report uncovers evidence that, despite crippling school loan debt, millennials are turning out to be pretty generous donors, and want to get hands dirty.… MORE >>

This lede puts it succinctly

Nonprofit hospitals being “insulated from the marketplace” thanks to generous tax breaks, which have “doubled over the course of the past decade”. “The value of tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals has doubled over the course of the past decade, new research shows, adding fuel to a long-standing debate on whether the hospitals are giving back enough to the public in return for their exemptions…. … MORE >>

A smaller slice

Taking a closer look at Giving USA’s report on 2014, the Los Angeles Times notes arts philanthropy saw the biggest percentage increase, up over 9%. “Americans’ donations to arts and culture rose 9.2% in 2014, the highest increase in nine categories tracked by Giving USA, an annual report on charitable contributions.… MORE >>

Americans gave over $358 billion in 2014

Good news from Giving USA’s 2014 report: Charitable giving has not just regained ground lost after 2008, it has surpassed pre-recession levels. “Charitable giving exceeded pre-recession rates in 2014, with Americans donating $358.38 billion, according to a new report that tracks philanthropy.… MORE >>

The “border surge”: One year out

Last year at this time, the U.S. was overwhelmed with thousands of refugee children from Central America; report shows how philanthropy stepped into breach. “When the flow of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America into the United States swelled last year into a torrent that threatened to overwhelm America’s border towns .… MORE >>

From out of the past

At the same time Bill Clinton was soliciting support for his presidential library, Hillary was taking “active role” in obtaining tax breaks for potential donors. “In the Clinton administration’s final months, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time that the William J.… MORE >>

The seediness of the scam

The Atlantic has a story about 4 related cancer nonprofits who collectively used $187m in donations to “pay for posh jobs, jet-ski trips, and other luxury goods”.… MORE >>

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