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 […]

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 […]

Gund Sells Painting to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, a former president of the Museum of Modern Art, sold one of her most valuable paintings to provide seed funding for a nonprofit criminal justice reform fund. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” hung on Gund’s mantel until she sold the piece in January for $165 million, including fees. Most of that money—$100 million—went to […]

Successful Grad Gives Back, Makes Hefty Donation to Alma Mater

When Ken Mehlman graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1988, nobody knew who he was. At the time, he was just another college grad trying to make something of his life. But in the years since then, Mehlman has made quite the name for himself. He is now a distinguished political figure, lawyer, and […]

Tax Reform Proposals Could Cost Nonprofits

According to a new report commissioned by Independent Sector, the tax reforms being proposed by Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration could decrease charitable giving by up to $13.1 billion. The report, Tax Policy and Charitable Giving, estimates that current proposals to lower the top marginal tax rate and raise the standard deduction could reduce […]