Bentz Whaley Flessner

Bentz Whaley Flessner continues our discussion on the essential principles for training new major gift officers.

Walmart Stores and its philanthropic arm, the Walmart Foundation are making a $25 million, five-year commitment to disaster preparation and recovery efforts. The announcement, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, will be made today in New Orleans. Kathleen McLaughlin, the foundation’s president, said grants will be made in the United States and internationally. […]

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that he will cut back on his obligations at the Carter Center because of his cancer treatment but expressed confidence in the organization’s future. “The Carter Center is well prepared to continue on without any handicap if Rosalynn and I do back away from a lot of activities that […]

While millennials embrace live-streaming mobile apps and adopt them at record rates, and apps like Periscope report 10 million downloads as of August 2, what does that mean for the rapidly changing face of philanthropy in the digital age? How will global development organizations use them to bridge the geographic divide between the work that […]

Biogen Inc. and Columbia University Medical Center will map the genes and clinical traits of 1,500 people with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in an attempt to find a treatment for the devastating neurodegenerative disorder. The effort is being financed in part out of the $115 million the ALS Association raised last year […]

Tony Jones came from Chicago to be interim president at the Kansas City Art Institute eight months ago and brought along dreams to renovate some buildings, beef up the school’s endowment and help more students afford to attend the private college. On Tuesday afternoon, to a champagne toast, Jones announced that a generous benefactor has […]

The MacArthur foundation announced Wednesday that its $50-million pledge to climate change will be distributed among nine established environmental organizations to build consensus and put the issue on voters’ minds during the 2016 presidential race. The climate-change commitment is part of an overhaul announced last week by Julia Stasch, the Chicago foundation’s president. … The foundation decided […]

Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, […]

The Ford Foundation’s new approach to grant making is designed for the long run, while the MacArthur foundation is looking to shake things up quickly. Grant-making overhauls at the foundations announced in recent weeks were both crafted by relatively new leaders who were tapped from within their organizations. They’ve positioned their foundations to spend hundreds of millions […]

The non-profit fundraising sector is in the midst of a major talent shortage, most acutely felt on the frontline. Development officers are getting recruitment calls constantly, even within a few months of moving to a new institution. This model of trading talent back and forth in short intervals to temporarily meet institutions’ hiring demands in … Continue reading