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Serving a community with serious need but little support from institutional philanthropy, the Cumberland Community Foundation has tasked itself with helping local nonprofits build endowments that can ensure their continued survival. Over the next eight years, the Fayetteville-based funder will focus on helping about 30 local nonprofits raise money to create or bolster their endowments. [...]

The City College of New York today announced a $10 million gift for its Division of Science from alumnus Martin Cohen, ’70, and his wife, Michele. The gift, the largest ever for the Division, will establish the Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science at CCNY, the first endowed deanship in the College’s 165-year history. [...]

When Cheryl Townsend was hired as community outreach manager by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission in 2007, fundraising was not one of her duties. But it is now. Townsend oversees the Jax Kids Book Club, a literacy initiative for 4-year-olds founded by former Mayor John Peyton. Even though the club grew popular locally and became a [...]

For Murray Martin, Middle Tennessee State University’s centennial fundraising campaign is all about helping MTSU students get a high-quality education without having to work excessive hours to pay for it. “I think they have an awful difficult road to go down,” said Martin, in her second year as MTSU Foundation president. Many students have to [...]

As worldwide economic troubles continue to take their toll, it’s inevitable that the arts have become victims by afterthought. Expressions of support from our governments are undermined by cost-cutting measures that are often minimal in the grand scheme of national belt-tightening, but significant within our field (and indeed, that of other not-for-profit and charitable organisations). [...]

A lot of titles have been hung on this town. It was called the “Silicon Hills” as its technology business grew in 1990s. The blues bars on Sixth Street like to call it the “live-music capital of the world.” And a local business group just wants to keep Austin “weird.” But the capital of Texas [...]

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock raised $103.6 million in gifts and pledges at the close of its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. “The energy surrounding the announcement of UALR’s first-ever comprehensive campaign was unparalleled in the history of the university,” said campaign chair Haskell Dickinson in a press release. “The campaign reflects the enthusiasm [...]

Leaders of the Sacramento Philharmonic say the organization will be forced to shut down unless it can raise $150,000 in the next month and will need twice that to consider putting on a 2012-13 season, The Sacramento Bee reports. The 15-year-old orchestra is facing an immediate budget crisis due to corporate donations falling well short [...]

The University of Florida has announced a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in support of biomedical research at the Center for NeuroGenetics within its College of Medicine. The grant will be used to examine how proteins in cells are made and their impact on inherited diseases — which are known to be [...]

Nearly one in five nonprofits publish private Social Security numbers on public tax documents, potentially exposing their supporters and employees to identity theft and other privacy breaches, an examination of federal tax forms has found. Identity Finder, a company that specializes in security and privacy software, reviewed more than three million informational tax returns, known [...]