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You’re rich. Congratulations! If you make over $34,000 per year, you are considered to be part of the global top 1% of wage earners. It sure puts things in perspective when we hear about “America’s 1%” from politicians and talking heads on TV. … Continue reading

Rather than focusing on what Congress will (or won’t) do in the new year, foundations and other nonprofits would do well to take a close look at a little-noticed overhaul of federal grant-making rules—in the works for three years and that took effect the day after Christmas—that could provide meaningful traction for ending the so-called [...]

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,050,000 to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to support the development of emerging areas in the humanities.  The funds will be used to support fellowships for Illinois faculty and graduate students, and undergraduate interns. [...]

UCLA alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan has made a gift of $2.5 million in support of Engineering VI, the new building under construction for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The donation is the fourth Padmanabhan has made to his alma mater, and the largest. His three previous donations, of $500,000 each, support [...]

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s push to rebuild its ranks, a major issue in the stormy nine-week player lockout that delayed the 70th anniversary season, has received a boost in the form of a $1.25 million Musicians’ Endowment Fund pledge. The gift from longtime ASO patrons Sally and Carl Gable is an incipient one in the [...]

Originally posted as a client advisory by Bentz Whaley Flessner on January 11, 2015 in In the News,Published by BWF Originally published December 10, 2014 If there’s one theme to emerge from the conferences, research topics, and discussions of 2014 across the world of development it’s this: it’s very hard to find and keep talent. … Continue reading

Venture capitalist Ron Conway is donating $40 million to help pay for the new outpatient medical building at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. The donation was announced Saturday night at a gala in San Francisco to celebrate the imminent opening of the center. The 207,500-square-foot facility that anchors the $1.5 billion hospital complex [...]

A new report from the Association of Art Museum Directors compiled from a survey of its 236 members offers a sometimes surprising snapshot of the state of the museum ecosystem. On the 61 million trips to art museums in North America over the last fiscal year, each visitor on average spent less than $8 on [...]

It’s very hard to find and keep talent; but outcomes along the front line are made by a handful of exceptional fundraisers. Discover the steps to elevating your team members to that top performance tier to dramatically impact your results.

The rate of turnover among fundraisers remains high, and among no cohort of advancement professionals is this movement more pronounced than major gift officers (MGOs). Recent studies and surveys by CASE, AFP and others suggest the average tenure of a frontline fundraiser is now somewhere in the range of 2.4 to 3.5 years. Whatever the … Continue reading