$5 Million Gift Will Create Native American Artifact Museum

The University of Akron is the beneficiary of a new $5 million gift from long-time UA benefactors Jim and Vanita Oelschlager. The gift will be used to create the Oak Native American Museum as part of the Institute for Human Science and Culture. The museum will provide research opportunities and community access to the Oelschlagers’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Tips for Raising a Child to Be Philanthropic

If you’re a philanthropist yourself—no matter the amount or size of your gifts—you probably want your children to follow in your footsteps and learn the values of generosity and kindness to other living beings. But sometimes it seems like there’s so much distraction, you don’t know if your hopes are falling on deaf ears. Here are […]

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 […]

PayPal Giving Fund Under Legal Fire

PayPal is facing a lawsuit over its Giving Fund platform, which plaintiffs maintain isn’t delivering their money to the charities it promises. The platform purports to give 100 percent of donations to the charity indicated by the donor, and in some cases offers a 1-percent match. But that doesn’t seem to be working out. According […]

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 […]

Charity is a Great Motivator for Exercise

Given the success of walkathons for cancer cures, AIDS research, Alzheimer’s Disease research, animal welfare, and other causes, it’s apparent that “exercise for charity” programs are a reliable way to raise funds. While it might seem reasonable to assume that many people participating in such activities are already physically active and appreciate the opportunity to […]

Overhead Ratios Are A Persistent Problem for Nonprofits

In Canada, it appears that the acceptable limit of how much a charity can spend on overhead is about 15 percent, leaving a full 85 percent to be spent on its mission. While that might sound like a pretty solid distribution—after all the point is to achieve that mission—the goal of a 15-percent overhead can […]