Weekly News Recap: December 2, 2016



Kate Bahen is the managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada. (CBC)


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  • Giving in the Age of Trump Nice history of #GivingTuesday and the hope that it is representative of how philanthropy can be a force for good especially in troubling times. (11/29/16)

  • Israel's shifting culture of philanthropy Fascinating article on the culture of giving in Israel. (11/28/16)

  • The tech industry is reshaping philanthropy, one big bet at a time "Not only have founders of U.S. tech companies played a significant role in increasing philanthropy’s prominence in the U.S., but they are laying the groundwork for future generations of philanthropists to make bigger and bolder grants. This is particularly apparent when looking at tech entrepreneurs’ efforts to create social change at scale." (11/28/16)

  • U.S. philanthropy, growing over the centuries The U.S. has led and continues to lead philanthropy worldwide. Nice timeline of U.S. philanthropy from Peter Cooper to Warren Buffett. (November 2016)


Large gifts


  • Ottawa Art Gallery gets $1.5-million donation John Ruddy, Executive Chairman of the Trinity Development Group and part-owner of the Grey Cup-winning Ottawa REDBLACKS football team, along with his wife Jennifer, have donated $1.5-million to the Ottawa Art Gallery's Art Now-L’art ici Capital Campaign. The money will go toward the building’s expansion and toward programming for the new facility. OTTAWA STORY (11/30/16)

  • Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute receives $31 million donation Jeffrey A. Cole and Patricia O'Brien Cole have made a $31 million commitment to help the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute expand its clinical and surgical capabilities primarily through a future expansion to the existing facility, to be named the Jeffrey and Patricia Cole Building. Jeffrey Cole served as chairman and CEO for Cole National, which was founded by his late father, Joseph E. Cole, and includes brands such as Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, EyeMed Managed Vision Care and Things Remembered Gift Stores. (11/29/16)

  • Patagonia's Black Friday sales hit $10 million -- and will donate it all Wow! The $10 million will go to grassroots environmental groups fighting to protect vital natural resources like water, air and soil. "The enormous love our customers showed to the planet on Black Friday enables us to give every penny to hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations working around the world." (11/29/16)

  • Goodyear’s £1 million donation has turned Compton Hospice ‘dream into reality’ A lovely gift from the Unite Union of Goodyear in the U.K. (11/28/16)

  • Giving Back: Steins continue philanthropic legacy with $2 million gift to United Way David and Linda Stein have committed a $2 million legacy gift to United Way of Northeast Florida to ensure the organization is able to continue work that’s important to them beyond their lifetimes. (11/26/16)

  • Annette Simmons Makes Historic $50 Million Donation to Trinity River Park Project Annette Simmons has made an historic $50 million donation in honor of her late husband, Harold Simmons, for the new Trinity River Park in Dallas. The donation is the single largest gift from a private donor for a public/private partnership benefitting the City of Dallas. It will launch development and construction of the first phase of what is poised to become one of America's greatest urban parks. (11/26/16)

  • FSU football’s Champions Club gets large donation, new name Florida State University has received $5 million from Al and Judy Dunlap of Ocala Florida to name the premium seating initiative in Doak Campbell Stadium’s south endzone. (11/26/16)

  • University of Denver Receives $10 Million for Philanthropy Institute The University of Denver has received a $10 million gift from Laura Barton and her family in support of a new multidisciplinary institute dedicated to the study of philanthropy and social enterprise. Made in honor of Barton's late husband, Peter R. Barton, the gift will provide seed capital and long-term funding for the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise and support its effort to promote and enhance traditional and new forms of philanthropy, social enterprise, and partnerships within and among the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors. (11/24/16)

  • $5M donation made to Richardson Complex restoration A multi-million dollar donation has been announced as part of a final financial push to continue restoration efforts at what is now called the Richardson Complex, an on-going redevelopment of the former Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The Architectural Center at the complex will be named after the late Stan Lipsey and his wife Judith. Lipsey was the long-time publisher of the Buffalo News and passed away November 1st at the age of 89. His estate has donated $5 million to the project. (11/22/16)

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