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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) released the Giving Library on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The site is an innovative online library dedicated to providing information about hundreds of non-profit organizations through easily digestible video formats. Philanthropists may also communicate directly with participating non-profit organizations through the Giving Library’s Connection Center. “There is not currently [...]

Non-profit healthcare providers face a future of weak finances and growing outside pressures, as a recent spurt of improvements begins to wane, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services said in two reports released on Monday. Many not-for-profit health systems and stand-alone hospitals have “rebuilt their financial position to pre-2008 levels,” the credit rating agency said. “And [...]

CForward, a political-action committee that was set up last year to promote candidates who pledge to stand up for nonprofits, has made its first endorsements. They include five contenders for state legislatures and one each for city council, mayor, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Full article text is available via the Chronicle of Philanthropy, [...]

Northwestern University has announced a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in support of research that could accelerate the understanding of disease at a molecular level and help define the human proteome — all the healthy proteins in tissues and organs. Awarded to Neil Kelleher, the Walter and Mary E. Glass professor of [...]

The sour economy, persistently-high unemployment and resulting growth of American poverty have starved states of welfare funding, forcing up to a third to turn to outside groups like the YMCA to help them meet Washington’s demand that they spend almost as much as Uncle Sam to assist the poor. A new Government Accountability Office report [...]

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced nine grants totaling nearly $1.8 million in support of efforts to ensure fair elections and protect voting rights, especially those of disenfranchised groups, through education, research, and advocacy. Grants included $400,000 to the Common Cause Education Fund for research and education about campaign financing, voter [...]

It’s the last step to approve a multi-million dollar donation from the city of Waco for the new Baylor stadium. And the Waco City Council approved a $35 million incentive on Tuesday night. It was during a mandatory second reading , that the council voted unanimously to award Baylor the money. The $250 million stadium has been [...]

An anonymous donor has pledged up to $20 million for a new Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, almost a tenth of the project’s cost and enough to garner naming rights once the contributor is revealed later this year. “It’s pretty significant,” said health system president and CEO Jim Nathan. “To the best of our knowledge [...]

As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to give more than 1,000,000 hearing aids to those in need during this decade. To demonstrate the instant miracle of hearing that takes place when a child hears his or her mother’s voice for the first time after being fitted with a hearing [...]

Even if it might be uncomfortable for institutions used to operating at a relative distance from public scrutiny, several public benefits might be realized by increased foundation transparency. As Vikki Spruill, the new leader of the Council on Foundations, noted in one of her first official communications to the Council’s membership, institutional philanthropy faces “its [...]