Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: August 22 – August 28

Zuckerberg and His Co-Founder Pour Millions into Midterm Initiatives

Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz are mounting campaigns to get voters to approve housing and criminal justice reforms at the ballot box in November.

Full article text is available via Axios, 08/22/2018


Group Serving Kenya Slums Wins $2 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award

When Kennedy Odede got the call that his charity, Shining Hope for Communities, or Shofco, had won the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize, he was speechless.

Full article text is available via The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 08/22/2018


Qualcomm Co-founder Andrew Viterbi Donates $50 Million for UCSD Medicine

UC San Diego officials and Qualcomm co-founder Andrew J. Viterbi Thursday announced that Viterbi will make a $50 million donation to the university and its medical efforts.

Full article text is available via Times of San Diego, 08/23/2018


Why The Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Is Using GoFundMe To Raise Money

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is passing the GoFundMe hat as it tries to pay down debt it took on acquiring some of the 16th president’s personal artifacts.

Full article text is available via NPR, 08/23/2018


Rebuilding Employee Philanthropy from the Bottom Up

Founded in 2012, Bright Funds is looking to democratize concierge giving to every individual so they “can give with the same effectiveness as Bill and Melinda Gates.” They are doing to philanthropy what Vanguard and Wealthfront have done for asset management for retail investors.

Full article text is available via TechCrunch, 08/26/2018


Foxconn Giving $100 Million to UW-Madison for Partnership

Foxconn Technology Group announced Monday that it will invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, making it one of the largest gifts in the school’s history that comes as the Taiwan-based electronics giant builds a factory in southeastern Wisconsin that would be the company’s first of its kind in North America.

Full article text is available via U.S. News, 08/27/2018


The Network of Women Environmental Donors Pooling Funds to Fight the Border Wall

Inspired by a member’s longtime work in Southwestern conservation, Rachel’s Network in 2017 began a partnership with the Sierra Club, giving $50,000 in support of its work to oppose existing and proposed border walls, and this month, extended that funding with a grant of $25,000 to the Texas Civil Rights Project. The funder network is backing the broad coalition of groups working on the issue, and legal support for landowners along the border.

Full article text is available via Inside Philanthropy, 08/27/2018


Getting Women to Give: Advice from the Trenches

After decades of research and targeted efforts to engage women philanthropically, most charities still aren’t reaching their full fundraising potential with women, argues author Kathleen Loehr. A seasoned fundraising consultant, Loehr has worked with several programs to enhance women’s giving.

Full article text is available via Inside Philanthropy, 08/27/2018

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