EBay Founder Pledges $100M to Fight Fake News and Hate Speech

Taken aback by the way “fake news” has wormed itself into mainstream political discourse, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is pledging to fight misinformation and hate speech. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will be among the independent and investigative media outlets that will receive funding from Omidyar’s coffers over the next three years. According […]

Brookings Institution Announces David M. Rubenstein Fellowship

On March 22, Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott announced the establishment of the David M. Rubenstein Fellowship. The fellowship was made possible by a multi-million dollar gift from David M. Rubenstein, co-chair of the Brookings Board of Trustees and co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. The […]

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 […]

“Mexico City Policy” Goes Back On the Books

The nonprofit field is, often by necessity, a global one, wherein organizations in one country help people in others. Helping poor or oppressed people elsewhere is often a rallying cry, but it can also be a weak spot, as shown by Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, “which requires that organizations receiving U.S. federal […]

Kiva and the Microloan Phenomenon

Think you have to have big bucks to donate to charity? Think again! Microloan nonprofits like Kiva.org offer the average Joe an opportunity to donate where it counts. Boasting a 4-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, Kiva provides microloans for people in need who want to serve their community or start their own small business. […]

Anti-Terrorism Laws Can Harm Nonprofits

There are federal restrictions that provide stiff penalties for banks that allow for transfers of money from the U.S. to certain other countries, which could make them complicit in money laundering or funding terrorism. That’s obviously something that banks want to avoid, so they have developed a tendency to simply close the accounts of groups […]

Philanthropy Profile: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The belief that every life has equal value is what motivates the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They strive to help all people all over the world lead healthy productive lives. This means different things in different places. In developing countries, this means improving people’s health and helping the lift them out of extreme poverty. […]

Giving Helps in the Short Term, but Can Harm in the Long Term

Americans donate a lot of time, money, and goods to charity, and that’s great. In 2014 alone, we donated $358 billion. But there’s a problem with this as well: sending aid somewhere isn’t always the best way to help with a problem. In fact, it can hurt after a while. Following a disaster like Hurricane […]

Should A Donor’s Criminal Actions Tarnish a Charity?

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is planning to return more than $1 million in donations and gifts, which were made with money stolen from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, made by “party animal” Jho Low. In July 2016, Low was implicated in stealing $3 billion from 1MDB, which is earmarked for developing that country. Low and […]

Don’t Lose Sight of the Details While Looking at the Big Picture

In a world that is increasingly interconnected, it’s important to think about the big picture, especially if you’re dealing with a problem as significant as ISIL. But big pictures have lots of detail in them, and it can be easy to get caught up in the major shapes of the big picture, while losing sight […]