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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization that works with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to achieve safe and effective health care, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide technical support to, and facilitate networking among, 10 countries that [...]

There is no denying that the most generous donors tend to be older. As such, they should — and do — receive a lot of attention from fundraisers. Nonprofits cannot afford to neglect their best donors. That doesn’t make engaging the next generation of philanthropists any less vital, however. As you know, studies show that [...]

With an interest in enhancing the living and learning environment at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has pledged $25 million to support campus life and outreach programs. The focus of the five-year gift, in accordance with the wishes of the Foundation, will be on promoting a robust and [...]

Despite a stagnant global economy, Rotary clubs around the world have succeeded in raising more than US$200 million in new funding for polio eradication. The fundraising milestone, announced today at Rotary’s annual International Assembly in San Diego, was reached in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All [...]

The Rollins family’s ongoing generosity to Emory University continued with a recent $15 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation of Atlanta. The money will be used to build the second phase of the school’s new building program, Emory said. In recognition of the gift, the first building — a 65,000-square-foot facility completed in [...]

Harry T. Wilks has added to his extensive legacy of giving to Miami University. Wilks, a retired attorney, recently contributed a $3 million gift to Miami, bringing his financial support to the university to more than $9 million. Wilks’ total ranks him as the ninth largest individual contributor to Miami and eighth largest living alumnus. [...]

Nonprofits added jobs at an average annual rate of more than 2 percent from 2000 to 2010, while for-profit jobs were cut by 0.6 percent each year on average, according to a new study. Even during the recession years of 2008 and 2009, charities increased their employment by nearly 2 percent, while for-profit jobs declined [...]

A study released today from a foundation watchdog group says that advocacy efforts by charities can pay off, to the tune of billions of dollars to communities. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy study examined 110 charities in 13 states and found that work such as pushing for more aid to schools and housing for [...]

Despite continued economic woes, a majority of the nation’s millionaires aren’t cinching their purse strings when it comes to charitable giving. Fifty-nine percent of millionaires agree they feel they have an obligation to give back to their community, according to a survey released Jan. 17 by PNC Wealth Management . The percentage remains the same [...]

Joan Thompson has been at the helm of the Mayflower Retired & Senior Volunteer Program for more than 35 years, but even she concedes that the charity’s days may be numbered. The Massachusetts nonprofit, which connects older people to volunteer opportunities, saw a 20-percent cut in its grant from the Corporation for National and Community [...]