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.


  • Top 10 in changes

    A top 10 list to ease you into the weekend: Columnist notes sharing data and pooling resources as ways philanthropy is (indirectly) changing the world. “Private giving in the UK is already worth around £9bn each year. With a bit of creativity, this can go up and the way that money is spent can deliver […]

  • Cinci nonprofit helps keep cold at bay

    Working, like a good furnace, “quietly and efficiently”: Cincinnati nonprofit People Working Cooperatively helps poor pay their heating bills. “Wednesday’s weather forecast called for the coldest night of the year yet on Wednesday, when many families would simply turn up their thermostat to keep warm at home. But what about those who cannot afford to heat […]

  • Leave No Veteran Behind

    Like “a retroactive scholarship”: Leave No Veteran Behind is a nonprofit that helps vets pay off school debt that’s not covered by the G.I. Bill. Though it’s been around a while, Leave No Veteran Behind is still in its infancy, according to the two vets who created it while they were struggling with their own […]

  • “More unaware than uncaring”

    Deseret News: Recent study shows poorer Americans may sacrifice more for charity, and it’s time to remind the wealthy of their responsibilities too. “The report stated that even though Americans earning more than $200,000 annually saw an increase in their income over the past six years, they gave 4.6 percent less of their income than […]

  • UK donations ending up with extremists?

    UK think tank: “Over half” of British donations to two well-known Syrian charities ends up in coffers of ISIS and other radical Islamist groups. “More than half of the UK’s donations to smaller charities working in Syria fall into the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, the London based anti-radicalisation think-tank Quilliam has claimed. […]

  • (Unlike on TV, everyone’s a winner)

    Reality TV influences fundraising these days: Latest trend is public competitions like recent Pitch It!, where judges decide who is most worthy. “Philanthropy is getting a little more like the reality shows Shark Tank and Cupcake Wars. Nonprofits can now perform like contestants on a game show to win their dough. A case in point […]

  • 2014’s Philanthropy 400

    The leaves are changing, the air is brisk, and it’s time for the Chronicle’s Philanthropy 400; this year’s study shows harbingers of a “shake up in the nonprofit world”. “Giving to the nation’s biggest and most popular charities grew by nearly 11 percent last year, fueled largely by affluent donors, who are reordering the top […]

  • “A significant drop”

    0.8 percent: FL governor Rick Scott’s 2013 tax returns were released, and reveal “a significant drop” in charitable contributions over previous years. “According to tax returns he released this week, Gov. Rick Scott and his wife gave 0.8 percent of their $8.2 million income in 2013 to charity, a significant drop over the previous three […]

  • Call for Christmas cards

    Kansas City is greeting-card capital, so it’s no wonder their newspaper has call out to local nonprofits who might like to highlight Christmas card fundraisers this year. “We will feature a list of holiday cards for sale by local nonprofit groups in an upcoming issue of House + Home. If you’d like to have your […]

  • Best of times, worst of times

    AZ family wanted to unplug from technology and plug into community, so they’re on 10,000 mile road trip where they help local charities as they pass through town. “In his 25 years as a financial planner in Phoenix, Gregg Murset noticed two things his successful clients all had in common: They worked hard and they […]

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