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.

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  • Philly PILOTs

    Philadelphia City Council floats idea of having nonprofits make voluntary payments to help fund city’s schools, but Mayor Nutter said to be “ambivalent”. ” day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal…. Nevertheless, Nutter said he […]

  • Give different

    Tim Cook is a different kind of CEO than his predecessor, Steve Jobs– he just vowed to give most of his wealth to charity, Microsoft founder Bill Gates. “For years, Apple seemed intent on changing the world though its array of computers, software, and devices rather than by giving large sums directly to charity. Since […]

  • Cash is king

    Report on UK giving shows cash is still king, with 66% of donation pie, versus 13% for online giving and 9% for text– but direct debit is gaining in popularity. “Charity donors are much more likely to give via traditional payment methods than online or via text, according to research published in the annual Halifax […]

  • Woodworking mentors wanted

    TN nonprofit is looking for woodworkers– hobbyists and professionals– to teach younger generation skills “in danger of being lost” in a modern age. “The East Tennessee Technology Access Center is looking for a few good woodworkers. Why? To make a few more. The South Knoxville nonprofit, which serves people with various disabilities, wants to start […]

  • Starchitect’s playhouse

    Architect Frank Gehry is designing Facebook’s new HQ, and they talked him into a side project: designing a playhouse to be auctioned off for charity. “Architect Frank Gehry is the mastermind behind Facebook’s new office space and world-renowned buildings such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao […]

  • Profit from misfortune?

    Father sues NE nonprofit that raised money ostensibly to help his disabled son –but hasn’t accounted for or relinquished any money yet. “A father is accusing a former Husker football player of using his son’s tragedy to make money. Dan Walker has sued P.J. Smith, Scott Wuethrich and Team 13, the nonprofit they started after […]

  • Children’s theater nonprofit robbed

    Houston’s Christian Youth Theater was robbed of AC by thieves posing as repairmen; now they need $25K to replace the stolen parts. “Thieves posing as air conditioning repairmen ripped apart 10 rooftop air conditioning units at a northwest Harris County building leaving a non-profit youth theater group with an estimated $25,000 repair bill. ‘It is […]

  • The science behind giving

    Purely altruistic, impurely altruistic, and egoistic: Behavioral scientists use their research to divide donors into three categories (so far). “There are several questions that have fascinated behavioural scientists for decades: why do people ignore information that is right in front of us? Why do we seem to care so little about our long-term futures? And […]

  • Texas-sized plans

    The Urban Land Institute wants to convert Houston’s Astrodome into “massive indoor park,” but project has pricetag of $243 million. “A nonprofit group estimates that it would cost nearly $243 million to convert the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and surrounding green space. The Urban Land Institute on Monday released […]

  • Bon Jovi recognized for his philanthropy

    NJ favorite Jon Bon Jovi receives award for distinguished service in philanthropy, along with actor Ed Norton and Wikipedia founder. “A long-running philanthropy organization will honor Jon Bon Jovi for his off-stage efforts. Bon Jovi was named Thursday as one of three 2015 Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service recipients, for his ongoing charitable work […]

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