Weekly News Recap: October 13, 2017



Landra and Lee Mackenzie with Todd Moroz and a field of AAC Cameron wheat being grown to benefit the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch. (submitted by Broken Arrow Youth Ranch)

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Lists of lists


  • Farmers grow donated wheat to help raise money for Sask. youth ranch (CBC) SASKATCHEWAN STORY I love these stories so much. "Farmers across Saskatchewan came together this year to help support the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch by doing what they do best: growing bushels of wheat. The Broken Arrow Youth Ranch in the Wood Mountain area of Saskatchewan is aimed at helping families by taking in children." 10/9/17
  • Philanthropy could play role in helping woo Amazon to Detroit (Crain's Detroit Business) Super interesting approach and, it might just be the winning one. "[Amazon] may need a talent pipeline more than state incentives. Jobs are key to helping end poverty in Detroit, a central goal to the work many foundations are supporting in the city. And Amazon says its second headquarters would bring 50,000 jobs over the next 15-20 years." 10/9/17

Books to read

Life and career hacks

  • Starting things is scary. (Art + marketing) I have this problem. I bet many of us do. Some tips and tricks on how to become unstuck. 10/6/17

Philanthropic personalities

Philanthropic controversy

  • Mayor says IceDogs won't reinstate $1 million donation (St. Catherines Standard) ST CATHERINE'S STORY "Attempts to convince the owners of the Niagara IceDogs to reinstate a $1 million donation to the city have failed. Mayor Walter Sendzik said [...] that he was informed [...] that Bill and Denise Burke’s $1 million donation will not be forthcoming after a year of meetings and discussions [...]. The Burkes announced in November that they were pulling a 2014 donation for the naming rights of IceDogs Way after two years of struggling to finalize the deal with the city. They asked the city to remove the IceDogs Way sign from the street which semi-circles the Meridian Centre." We first shared this story in our Nov 10, 2016 recap. 10/11/17
  • USC Film School 'Will Not Proceed' With $5 Million Harvey Weinstein Donation (Huffington Post) "In response to last week’s startling New York Times report on sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the film executive explained he would take a leave of absence from his company and channel his energy to select causes: opposing the NRA, making a movie about Donald Trump and launching an endowment for women filmmakers at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts." 10/10/17
  • Reverends in revolt over church's $1 million donation to 'no' campaign (Illawarra Mercury) "Several Sydney clerics are in revolt over the Anglican Church's decision to donate $1 million to the "no" campaign on same-sex marriage, declaring themselves shattered and disappointed. The church's Sydney diocese, renowned for its conservative bent, drew down its massive Diocesan Endowment about one month ago to support the fight against legalising same-sex marriage." 10/10/17
  • AUDIO: Selling Barbara (BBC) "90 year-old Barbara Smith loves donating to good causes, but has discovered some of the UK's biggest charities have bought and sold her name and address. It's meant she's been inundated with letters from charities she's never heard of." Thanks to Scott Decksheimer for sharing this story. October 2017

Trends and shifts

  • Is Online Fundraising a Bad Idea? (Stanford Social Innovation Review) Are we sabotaging revenue and relationships with too much emphasis on online fundraising? These are good questions and they are addressed in this excellent article by Heather Yandow. Thanks to Ron Bailey for sharing this post with us. 9/28/17

Large gifts

  • International African American Museum receives $1 million donation (CBS) "The International African American History Museum scheduled to break ground in early 2018 has received another pledge Monday that reaches into the millions of dollars. South Carolina native Darla Moore donated $1 million to the museum [...]. She was the first woman profiled on the cover of Fortune Magazine and has been named one of the top-50 most powerful women in American business." 10/9/17
  • $90M UM-Dearborn engineering lab includes donation by Regent Ron Weiser (Michigan Live) "The state is providing approximately $30 million of the project, while one third is paid for through bond financing. The remainder of the costs are covered through individual, corporate and university support. The largest gift for the project came courtesy of UM Regent Ron Weiser, who provided a $1 million donation along with his wife, Eileen Weiser." 10/9/17
  • Michael Jordan makes donation to build Charlotte medical clinics (NBA) Michael Jordan has always been a great human, on and off the court. "Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte. It's the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion. The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020." 10/9/17
  • Deere aids hurricane recovery with $1M Habitat donation (Quad-City Times) "Deere & Co. is donating $1 million to support Habitat Hammers Back, a long-term recovery initiative by Habitat for Humanity International to help repair and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria." 10/6/17
  • University Of Oregon Lands Anonymous $50 Million Donation (KXL.com) Wow, $50 million of unrestricted funding. Nice! "The Eugene Register-Guard reports ( http://bit.ly/2xXvMa7 ) The donation comes with an unusual feature – the anonymous donors have not earmarked the money, provided over the next five years, for any specific program or initiative. The money will be used exclusively for 'strategic investments,' however, not for ongoing university operating costs." 10/6/17
  • $10 million donation furthers Creighton alum's support of STEM education, research (Omaha World-Herald) "George Haddix’s preference for hunting and fishing while a student at North High gave little hint of the entrepreneur he would become. But Haddix, now 78, developed expertise in math, computerization and company leadership, and last month he and wife Susan gave Creighton University $10 million for academic programs, faculty development, laboratories, student opportunities and advising." Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university in Omaha, Nebraska. 10/6/17
  • TRU receives largest ever donation (CFJC Today) KAMLOOPS STORY "Thompson Rivers University got a big financial boost Thursday morning, with the university receiving its largest personal donation ever. Speaking in front of faculty members and students, Sherman Jen announced he's donating five million dollars to the university. Jen is the founder of the Maple Leaf Education Systems that operates close to three dozen high schools in China." 10/5/17
  • MGM RESORTS DONATES $3 MILLION TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS (Your EDM) "MGM Resorts, the owner of the affected Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along with the Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and more, announced its pledge to donate $3 million to the victims of the shooting through its MGM Resorts Foundation. The donation will be used to aid victims and emergency and relief organizations who provide first-response services for emergency situations." 10/5/17
  • University of Hawaii gets $7B CRE donation (Finance & Commerce) Giving commercial real estate is an interesting giving approach. "University of Hawaii alumnus and real estate investor Jay Shidler has donated a collection of mainland commercial properties to his alma mater’s business school, which could earn the university $7 billion throughout the next century." 10/5/17
  • Stephen Colbert announces $1 million #PuberMe donation to Puerto Rico with help from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nick Kroll (Entertainment Weekly) I love this on so many levels and the photos are great. "Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll have found a million reasons why that awkward puberty stage everyone goes through is a great thing. Last week, the duo encouraged celebrities to share their most embarrassing photos from their teenage years with each one resulting in a $1,000 donation to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. On Thursday’s Late Show, Colbert and Kroll revealed that the #PuberMe campaign has resulted in $1 million raised." 10/5/17
  • Affected by dementia, Oak Bay couple donate $2.5M to new program (Times Colonist) VICTORIA STORY "A research project to improve dementia diagnosis and treatment began with a $2.5-million offer from an Oak Bay couple looking for answers. With their donation, Neil and Susan Manning have launched a five-year Cognitive Health Initiative in a first-time research partnership between Island Health, the University of Victoria, and the University of B.C.’s Island Medical Program." 10/5/17
  • Lake Area Tech receives $3.1 million donation (ABC) "A Watertown-based health care system has announced a major donation to Lake Area Technical Institute. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has donated $3.1 million to LATI, school officials announced Thursday.The donation kicks off Lake Area Tech Foundation's Capital Campaign." Lake Area Technical Institute is a technical school located in Watertown, South Dakota. 10/5/17
  • Booth School of Business Receives $75 Million Donation (Chicago Maroon) "The Booth School of Business received a $75 million donation on October 4 from alumni Amy Wallman, M.B.A. ’75, and Richard Wallman, M.B.A. ’74." The Booth School of Business is located at the University of Chicago. 10/5/17
  • A big donation goes to St. Ambrose University (Our Quad Cities) "St. Ambrose University will launch two new initiatives to help build on the University's success in health education. They include an institute for person centered care and a new masters of public health program. The university will receive a $1 million gift from a donor to help launch the indicatives. Both initiatives will offer students a generalist education in public health and provide them with a wide range of opportunities." St. Ambrose University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, located in a residential area of Davenport, Iowa. 10/4/17

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