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  Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Receives $10 Million Gift for Cancer Center Mount Sinai Hospital is pleased to announce that Isadore and Rosalie Sharp have made an extraordinary $10 million gift that will further strengthen the hospital’s position as one of the largest (non-regional) specialized cancer programs in Ontario. The newly named Christopher Sharp [...]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received separate $10 million gifts from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. In recognition of these gifts, the two main galleries on the lobby floor of the Academy Museum will be named for Katzenberg and Spielberg – The Marilyn and Jeffrey [...]

At the Millbrook School’s grandparents day last month, 71-year-old Matt Filler attended classes with his granddaughter, took in a field-hockey game and toured the campus, which has its own zoo and art gallery. Two days later, Millbrook, a boarding school in New York’s Hudson Valley, followed up with a letter asking Mr. Filler for a [...]

We spend a lot of time in this field talking about the struggles of hiring new development officers and fundraisers and devote even more time dissecting and understanding what motivates donors and volunteers, but little time has been spent discussing what actually motivates and inspires fundraising staff members.    Earlier this week we talked about … Continue reading

Are you looking for a step-by-step guide for how to use social media within your organization’s advancement endeavors? A recently released white paper provides the behind-the-scenes details of several successful social media fundraising efforts. This paper uses two case studies to which Bentz Whaley Flessner contributed, and a full copy can be downloaded here. One [...]

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced that it has awarded 68 grants totaling $3.3 million in southeastern Pennsylvania. This is in addition to 11 grants awarded in June totaling $484,500. Since its founding in October 2011, the IBC Foundation has awarded almost 280 grants totaling nearly $12 million in philanthropic support. “In just two years, the IBC [...]

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced today an additional $4 million in funding for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), which will allocate the funds through the Weinberg Holocaust Survivors Emergency Assistance Fund (Holocaust Survivors Emergency Fund). The Weinberg Fund [...]

The Cleveland Clinic Florida received a $30 million donation from Pauline Braathen that will fund construction of a five-story, 143,000-square-foot building on its Weston campus. A patient there for over a decade, Braathen made the largest gift in the history of the Florida non-profit hospital. The London native was a fashion model and buyer who developed her own fashion [...]

It’s never too early to start planning, especially when it comes to next year’s budget. As for that budget, it should include money for online and social media under the communications heading. If it already does include budget for online and social, unless you’re beating all your fundraising goals (online and off line), it should … Continue reading »

Charity donation platform startup,, whose investors include Index Ventures and Greylock Partners, has expanded its reach outside the U.K. — and beyond its ownfee-less charity donation social network — with the launch of a white label product aimed at charities seeking donation processing tools. The tools are being offered initially in five countries (all English-speaking): the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Ireland [...]