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 […]

Federal Cuts Might Hurt Existing Contracts in NYC

Since Donald Trump won the U.S. election, there has been concern in the nonprofit field that his proposals could result in less federal funding, which seems likely. But for most nonprofits, this is a future problem, one that requires looking for other funding opportunities to supplant or replace that funding. But for nonprofits in New […]

Top Government Aides Join Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has enlisted the help of two former government officials to assist in their charity efforts. One of the recruits is former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. Plouffe most recently served as vice president of Uber’s policy and strategy. He will now serve as president of policy and advocacy at the Initiative. […]

Forbes Releases List of Top Charitable Organizations

In mid-December of 2016, Forbes released its list of the 100 charitable organizations with the most donations for 2016. The list is based on cash and in-kind donations received, and doesn’t account for things like fees for services or sales of merchandise, so it does give us some idea of how much people are donating […]

American Civil Liberties Union: Protecting Americans’ Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union is an incredibly important organization in the U.S. that protects the rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. It was founded in the years after World War I to protect the civil liberties of those who were being rounded up and persecuted in the name of the fear of Communism. […]

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 […]

States Stepping Up Nonprofit Monitoring and Regulation

Nonprofits’ tax-exempt status and their reliance on donations mean that they can, in some cases, be used to commit serious acts of fraud. While such cases are actually pretty rare, there has been a nationwide recommitment on the state level to nonprofit monitoring and investigation, especially in light of a few high-profile fraud cases. Part […]