2017 Guggenheim Fellowship Winners Announced

On April 6, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced its 2017 class of fellows. The 173 Guggenheim fellows were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, and were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. The Guggenheim Fellowships are unique for the great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and […]

New York State Law Targets Donor Confidentiality

The state of New York has a law on the books that targets the confidentiality of donors to 501(c)(4) nonprofits, those focused solely on social welfare. While that definition is broad, and the Tea Party is such a nonprofit, the problem is that the New York law essentially puts up what some refer to as […]

Should You Start a Nonprofit or a Social Enterprise?

The rise of social enterprises has helped to make the world a slightly better place, as companies that care try to do good by the world around them, through partnerships, direct donations, or any number of other plans. But while they have contributed to the good in the world, they’ve also complicated the charitable field, […]

Mel Gibson Supports Charity Assisting Holocaust Survivors

Surprising many, Mel Gibson, the once beloved Australian actor who is best known now for his drunken anti-Semitic rant in 2006, has been quietly working with a charity that helps Holocaust survivors. According to actress Zane Buzby, Gibson has been supporting her organization, the Survivor Mitzvah Project. The charity brings emergency aid to Holocaust survivors […]

Russian Charity Brings Life to Children Suffering from Cancer

Curing cancer, particularly in children, is hard enough. But imagine if these children had no access to important resources that could save their lives! Increasing access and support is the drive behind Podari.Life, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on providing services to children with cancer and their families. What makes Podari.Life unique, though, is its cultural […]

Tumblr Shows the Changing Face of Corporate Philanthropy

For a long time, corporations tended to avoid controversy when they could, seeing it as bad for business. When they engaged in philanthropy it was with causes that everyone could get behind, or at least which didn’t alienate many people. But we’re seeing a shift in recent years, well illustrated by Tumblr joining forces with […]

Everytown for Gun Safety and Snapchat: A Cautionary Tale

Nonprofits have to be careful who they work with, since their missions can be corrupted or tarnished by the wrong associations. Few organizations trying to curb gun violence would be willing to advertise for the NRA, for example, but Everytown for Gun Safety was put in exactly that position due either to a miscommunication or […]

Metropolitan Museum Director Resigns

As of June 30, 2017, Metropolitan Museum Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell will resign from his position in order to “pursue new challenges beyond the Met, always in service of art, scholarship, and understanding,” according to a press release from the museum. Daniel Weiss, the Met’s president and chief operating officer will be serving […]

Remembering the Grassroots of the Nonprofit Sector

We’ve heard it over and over again, that real change comes from the grassroots. While national nonprofits can get a lot done, they absolutely require that the “little people” be giving them money. And that’s just on the most superficial level. All problems faced by nonprofits are, essentially, local problems. They affect real people in […]

What Makes Altruism Go Viral?

Viral altruism refers to a “new breed of wildly successful online charity campaigns,” best personified by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. That campaign raised $115 million, but when attempted the next year brought in less than 1 percent of that total. The ephemeral nature of viral anything, which catches on like wildfire and […]