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The new $198 million tower on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital campus is officially open and boasts two new big name naming rights partners to go along with the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. St. Jude has received a $50 million commitment from Sterling Jewelers Inc., parent company of Kay Jewelers [...]

The Great Recession exacted a huge toll on people in every income group, and recovering from it has been a long and grueling process. To some economists, the recovery has exacerbated the very real trend toward income inequality in the United States. French economist Thomas Piketty has noted that between 2009 and 2012 incomes have [...]

The image of American higher education is largely shaped by popular culture through the handful of colleges that appear in the movies, in the news, or in nationally televised football games on Saturdays in the fall. Yet there are some 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States, from beauty schools to Harvard. Harvard itself enrolls [...]

An act of “pop-up philanthropy” in New York City raised thousands of dollars to help school kids see the movie “Selma” and sparked similar movements in more than 30 cities across the country. “Selma,” nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, chronicles the civil-rights movement protests that led to the enactment of the Voting [...]

We’ve seen it happen — a great deal of communication planning, online ambassador work, and major donor involvement takes place, but the organization’s online giving day is a struggle due to not having an solid platform in place to host the giving day and manage gift transactions. We can’t say it enough — without solid […]

We have a healthy fear of losing talent in the world of development. For the frontline in particular, is difficult to find and fill open positions, incredibly expensive to lose someone on the frontline, and disruptive to relationship building with donors. This blog has spent some time talking about recruitment and retention strategies, tips for … Continue reading

The Gates Foundation Asset Trust, which manages the investments for the $42.3 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, liquidated its positions of McDonald’s Corp., Coca-Cola Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp. in the fourth quarter. The trust sold 10.9 million shares of McDonald’s valued at $1 billion at the end of September, according to a regulatory [...]

Bookkeeping is in Lynn Pippenger’s blood. The retired Raymond James Financial executive comes from a long line of them, including her great-grandfather, who was a county auditor, clerk and justice of the peace, and her grandmother, who ran the books at a Cleveland department store in 1900. “Didn’t think (women) had jobs then?” she asked a [...]

The Annenberg Foundation is contributing a $20 million matching gift toward the development of AltaSea, a new public-private project at the Port of Los Angeles designed to bring together science, business and education “to generate solutions to the global challenges of sustainability.” Foundation Chairman, President and CEO Wallis Annenberg announced the gift Wednesday, dedicating it [...]

Musician, musicologist, bibliophile and philanthropist William H. Scheide, a 1936 Princeton University alumnus who died in November at age 100, has left his extraordinary collection of some 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts to Princeton University. With an expected appraised value of nearly $300 million, it is the largest gift in the University’s history. The [...]