Kara Beer

Kara Beer

Kara Beer has worked as a development officer, grant writer, manager, and editor in the nonprofit sector for over fifteen years. She is the former managing editor of Modern Age, and the former development department manager at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.


  • 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. Donda’s House […]

  • Peer pressure

    Friday’s distraction: Take a look at the Red Cross survey showing how your friends’ charitable impulses (or lack thereof) affect your own. “A new American Red Cross survey has found that among social media users, personal appeals from friends are most likely to get them to donate to charity, rather than trending topics and gimmicks. […]

  • What a nutshell

    Charitable-giving sex divide: Canadian study says men “just want to write a check and move on,” whereas women prefer to build relationship with an organization. “Canadian women have different motivations and strategies for charitable giving than men do, according to a research paper by Investor Economics and TD. ‘Men tend to write cheques quickly, while […]

  • This modern world and our humanity

    Professionalism, and the service industry it begets, can only go so far; we need community and charity to bridge the gap, as they have throughout human history. “One by one, service providers make excellent arguments for their active presence in our lives…. [W]e ourselves are active participants in this system—many of us make our livings […]

  • Back on their feet

    Taking (literal) steps to change lives: Phila. nonprofit Back on My Feet helps homeless train for marathons, and in the process makes the “unattainable” a reality. “Clad in gray sweatpants and sneakers, 62-year-old Frank Taylor waited outside a homeless shelter in Center City shortly before dawn late last week for others who, like him, were […]

  • Giving Tuesday-creep

    Sixty UK organizations have signed on to match employees’ donations this Giving Tuesday through Workplace Giving UK’s payroll initiative. “Sixty organisations have committed to signing up to payroll -giving schemes on Giving Tuesday as part of a match-giving initiative launched by Workplace Giving UK. The payroll-giving agency has pledged to contribute an extra £10 to […]

  • 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. It was for the youngest award recipient. Charlsie Doan, 13, received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award on Friday at the 29th annual Awards Luncheon of the Greater […]

  • A “game changer” indeed

    John and Tashia Morgridge were already supporters of alma mater, the Univ of Wisconsin, but now they’ve pledged largest gift in school history: $100 million. “The donation of $100 million to support development of UW-Madison faculty was big, blazon-it-on-the-Camp-Randall-scoreboard news. But its long-term impact will be even bigger, say University of Wisconsin-Madison deans. ‘It’s a […]

  • U.S. barely cracks top 10

    When it comes to percentage of the population who gives to charity, U.S. ranks 9th; 68% of Americans gave this year, compared to Myanmar’s 91%. “The United States climbed into the top 10 on an annual ranking of the countries with the most charitable people but still lags behind smaller and poorer nations like Myanmar, […]

  • Good news up north

    Bank of Montreal poll shows charitable giving in Canada is up 8 percent from last year (albeit based on self-reported data). “A new poll says charitable giving by Canadians remains on the rise and is expected to increase yet again next year. The poll, produced for the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) by Pollara, found 84 […]

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