Women Are the Key to Stronger Communities

It’s been shown time and time again that if women are supported in their communities, they can bring out increased health, financial benefits, and opportunities for everyone involved. That’s why charity organizations supporting women—especially young women—are so important. The American Association of University Women The AAUW, based out of Washington, DC, has worked to empower […]

The Philanthropic Sector Needs to Be More Diverse

The Council on Foundations recently released a report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector. In it, they reveal that their research shows that women and people of color are still underrepresented in the philanthropic sector. For example, the researchers found that despite the fact that […]

Minnesota Philanthropists Focus On Putting People to Work

Many charities serving low-income or homeless people operate in crisis mode: they operate soup kitchens to relieve hunger, provide shelters for people to sleep at night, or provide emergency financial assistance, for example. But things are changing in Minnesota. There, philanthropic organizations have realized that these emergency programs are stabilizing people and families in crisis, […]

New Startup Aims to Empower Donors With Information, Community

We all know about Charity Navigator and GuideStar, and how they are used by savvy donors and advisors to help provide direction for effective giving. But now there’s a new game in town. Giving Compass wants to be the go-to destination for the world of philanthropy. In spite of the fact that Americans are donating […]

Rasmuson Foundation Awards Almost $9 Million to Alaska Nonprofits

The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that it made grants totaling $8.6 million to 18 Alaska nonprofit organizations. This is one of the largest awards in the foundation’s history. “These uncertain economic times in Alaska have put a strain on many of the programs that fill a critical role in our state,” said Rasmuson Foundation […]

Google Awards €22 Million in Digital Innovation Grants

Google’s nonprofit arm, Google.org, recently announced that it had awarded nearly €22 million ($25 million) to European organizations seeking to support the integration of news and technology. The grants were made through Google’s Digital News Initiative and its DNI Innovation Fund. In this round of applications, the organization received more than 988 project submissions from […]

Washington University Receives $20M Gift for Scholarships

Washington University, based in St. Louis, has announced a $20 million pledge from trustee John F. McDonell. This is one of the largest single scholarship gifts in the history of the university. The pledge is to create a challenge fund in support of scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Washington University, […]

GuideStar Removes Hate Group Flags From Directory Listings

Early in June, GuideStar, a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities, flagged 46 nonprofits for being labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those 46 nonprofits included a nonprofit run by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe the anti-immigration, white supremacist movement. But […]

Bezos Crowdsources His Next Philanthropic Effort

On June 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wrote a tweet nobody expected. It was an image with the text “This tweet is a request fro ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time—working on the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the […]