Weekly News Recap: November 25, 2016



The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are having to cope with increased demand and a big slump in donations amid the economic downturn. (CBC)


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Studies and reports


  • On Generations and Genders in Women’s Philanthropy: Making the Long-term Investment Since 2010, researchers at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have compiled annual reports examining the influence gender and gender roles have on charitable giving in the United States. In the Institute’s latest report, "Women Give 2016", the data presented illustrate that the advances women have made both in the workplace and in the home over the last four decades have contributed to women playing a more active and decisive role in their family’s giving decisions. (11/18/16)

  • The giving chain: How philanthropy is driving progress in Asian education REPORT: "Philanthropic giving is driving significant progress in Asia’s education sector, as it becomes more professional, more disruptive and better complements the continent’s economic development." (11/17/16)

  • Gilded Giving: Top-Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality This is a really big story. "This report shows that charities are increasingly relying on larger and larger donations from smaller numbers of high-income, high-wealth donors. Meanwhile, they are receiving shrinking amounts of revenue from the vast population of donors at lower and middle-income levels... The report finds that this has significant implications for the practice of fundraising, the role of the independent nonprofit sector, and the health of our larger democratic civil society." (11/16/16)

  • FUNDING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH A report from the Milken Institute on how to better fund scientific research. Worth a read. (November 2016)


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Large gifts


  • Million dollar donation to help WTAMU athletes Bob and Mary Stewart are West Texas A & M University alumni and they have donated $1 million to WT's athletic department. Up to 400 scholarships will be available annually. (11/21/16)

  • Tree ordinance to follow $1M trees donation Lovely. A gift from an anonymous tree lover. TreesLouisville will receive a $1 million matching grant, allowing the nonprofit group formed last year to enter a new phase in its effort to help rebuild the city's depleted tree canopy. The gift came from an anonymous donor. (11/21/16)

  • Hotel 81 tycoon donates S$2m to set up bursary for NUS students Mr Choo Chong Ngen, the founder and executive chairman of budget hotel chain Hotel 81, has donated S$2 million ($1.4 million U.S.) to the National University of Singapore (NUS) to set up a bursary for financially needy students. (11/21/16)

  • Philanthropy center opens; airport gifted $1M I have not seen an airport authority receive a donation before. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania celebrated its 100th anniversary by opening its new philanthropy center and giving away over $1 million in grants on Sunday. The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority was the recipient of the Once in a Century $1 million grant to help complete the necessary funding to build a new $16 million terminal. (11/21/16)

  • Helmsley gives Salk Institute $25M to demystify chronic inflammation This is the second large gift given by the Helmsley Charitable Trust to the Salk Institute in La Jolla. The first gift of $42 million was made three years ago to research genetics. The namesake of the foundation, Leona Helmsley, was known as the “Queen of Mean” because she reportedly was cruel to some of her employees and seemed to have little respect for the public. She also had a reputation for greed; she was prosecuted for tax evasion and served prison time. During her trial, one of her housekeepers claimed that Helmsley had said, “Only the little people pay taxes.” (11/20/16)

  • City to receive $100 million donation to improve parks, libraries The William Penn Foundation will donate $100 million in an effort to upgrade Philadelphia's parks, recreation centers, libraries and trails. (11/20/16)

  • Vanderbilt Baseball: Former pitcher David Price makes $2.5 million donation toward baseball facility The former Vanderbilt pitcher has donated $2.5 million to complete the Commodores’ new $12 million baseball facility project. (11/18/16)

  • Firefighters give million dollar donation to burn treatment centre The burn treatment centre in Foothills Hospital is now a million dollars richer, thanks to Calgary firefighters. CALGARY STORY (11/17/16)

  • Yiddish Book Center gets $5M donation The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst has received a $5 million check from David and Sylvia Steiner of West Orange N.J., putting the nonprofit closer to its $50 million fundraising goal. (11/17/16)

  • Portland Retirement Center Gets $4 Million Donation The Cedars in Portland has received a $4 million donation from a Waterville couple to build a first-of-its-kind “household” model of senior homes in Maine. (11/17/16)

  • LeBron James donating $2.5M to Muhammad Ali exhibit at Smithsonian This more than warms my heart. I love Muhammad Ali. (11/17/16)

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