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.


  • 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. But even his generosity can’t stand apart from the rising tide of allegations […]

  • “The impacts of small gestures were huge”

    Chicago’s LaSalle St Church profited from real-estate deal; decided to “tithe” back to congregants, giving them $500 apiece to give away however they chose. “When a real-estate deal netted Chicago’s LaSalle Street Church $1.6 million, Pastor Laura Truax made an unusual announcement: 10 percent of that money – the size of a typical tithe – […]

  • Judge: An “incredible breach of trust”

    Father-son duo found guilty of embezzling between $50K-100K from MA Little League chapter, after serving organization for combined 40 years. “Stanley Komins and Stephen Komins of Stoneham have both been found guilty of embezzlement in connection with a theft which authorities estimate was between $50,000 and $100,000 from the West Medford Hillside Little League organization, […]

  • Earning your wings

    “Where are you on the Good-Deed-o-Meter this year?” columnist asks. The holiday season we’re entering gives us great opportunities to ring up acts of kindness. “So, is there a reward for those of us who step up and do good deeds for our fellow man? In the now classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George […]

  • Philanthropic stratification?

    Charitable giving in the U.S. is “back on track” after recession, but there are concerns that recent “surge” is attributable “almost exclusively” to wealthier Americans. “Before the Great Recession, donations from the affluent and ultrarich (those with a net worth of $1 million or more) accounted for almost exactly half of total giving, and were […]

  • “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. Fehder […]

  • Boomerang Giving

    Idea behind new program: Not every senior needs discounted admission perks; what if there was a way to donate the price difference to needy? “Three dollars can go a long way. Moviegoers 65 and older who bought tickets at the Bainbridge Cinemas or the Bainbridge Performing Arts center in Bainbridge Island, Wash., could pay full […]

  • Canada’s largest healthcare gift

    $130 million, “largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health-care initiative,” pledged by family of telecom titan Ted Rogers for cardiac care. “[Three] institutions came together to announce the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. It will be funded by an unprecedented donation of $130-million from the Rogers family — the […]

  • 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. […]

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