Weekly News Recap: February 24, 2017

UofA Devonian Botanic Garden expecting new pavilion

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.— J.R.R. Tolkien

Books to read


Philanthropic personalities

Trends and shifts

Life and career hacks

Reports and studies

  • [Total Giving: The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018] (http://philanthropyoutlook.com/index.php/philanthropy-outlook/total-giving/) (Marts & Lundy) In a new study, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, in partnership with the U.S. consulting firm Marts & Lundy, project steady growth in U.S. charitable giving over the next several years. The Philanthropy Outlook forecasts total giving, examines changes in giving by source, and highlights specific subsectors such as education, health, and public-society benefit. Total giving is predicted to increase by 3.6% in 2017 and by 3.8% in 2018. 2/22/17

Corporate social responsibility

Lessons learned

  • 4 Lessons Learned From a Stalled Capital Campaign (NonprofitPro) "Once construction is complete, your ability to raise capital funds will take a nosedive." True. 2/22/17

  • How NOT to fundraise! (Fundraising & Philanthropy Australia) Renata Bernarde says if you would like to obliterate your fundraising efforts you simply need to take these five steps. 2/20/17

Philanthropic controversy


Large gifts

  • UCF athletics lands $5 million donation - largest in history by an alumnus (Orlando Sentinel) "The University of Central Florida athletics department received a $5 million pledge [from...] Ken Dixon, a real estate developer [and alumnus of the school.]" 2/22/17

  • Town of Richwood celebrates after generous donation to West Virginia (NBC) "[T]he Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh [has] donated $2.3 million to the communities in West Virginia. The communities in West Virginia have been recently devastated by flooding." 2/22/17

  • Covenant Foundation receives donation topping $1 million (NBC) The Covenant Foundation, Inc. says it has received one it's largest donations ever through the estate of Cecilia M. Weepie. The Covenant Foundation is located in Waterloo, Iowa. 2/22/17

  • Museum of History’s new exhibit receives $3M donation (Ottawa Citizen) CANADIAN STORY "The [Montreal-based] Rossy Family Foundation has donated $3 million to support the [Canadian] Museum [of History]’s new signature exhibition — the Canadian History Hall — and the development of related educational programming for students throughout the country. In recognition of the gift — the largest in the museum’s history — one of the hall’s three principal galleries will be named after the family." 2/21/17

  • Tipton Christian Academy gets $1.5 million anonymous donation for new building (The Leader) Tipton Christian Academy in Covington, Tennessee, has received an anonymous gift of $1.5 million to be used for a new building. 2/20/17

  • University receives two seven-figure donations (Pipe Dream) "Binghamton University received two seven-figure donations within the last two weeks, both in honor of professors who have served the University for many decades. The first donation was made by professor emeritus Tsuming Wu and his wife Grace Chin-Fa. Their donation will be used to create a fellowship fund that will benefit BU graduate students who pursue doctoral degrees in mathematics or the natural sciences. The second [...] donation was made by an anonymous donor in honor of the late professor George Klir, who passed away in May 2016." 2/20/17

  • Trustee donation allows enhancements for revamped athletic facility center (The Daily Northwestern) "A new multi-purpose practice facility will be added to renovation plans for [Northwestern University's] Welsh-Ryan Arena [...]. The renovation follows a $20 million gift from trustee Howard J. Trienens [...]. The facility will be named the Trienens Performance Center and will include practice space for volleyball, basketball and numerous other athletic programs, according to the release [...]." Northwestern University is located in Evanston, Illinois. 2/18/17

  • NEAL MAKES LARGE DONATION TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS (Builder Online) "Pat Neal, CEO and chairman of the board at Neal Communities, and his wife, Charlene Neal, recently gifted $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County" Manatee County is in Florida. 2/17/17

  • UD receives landmark $60 million donation (ABC) "The University of Dubuque [has announced an] historic $60 million investment--with all the money going directly to students. It's a gift from the late Trustee Edward A. Babka [...] and his wife, Shirley. The new funds will go [...] into the Ed and Shirley Babka Scholarship Fund." The University of Dubuque is a Presbyterian university located in Dubuque, Iowa. 2/17/17

  • BUILDING FUTURES British housebuilder Steve Morgan gives £200MILLION to charity – one of the largest ever donations (The Sun) "Steve Morgan, founder and chairman of housebuilder Redrow, has donated a generous £200million to charity. The CEO gifted the cash to The Morgan Foundation, which funds thousands of charities and community groups, with a special emphasis on those which help families and children in desperate need." 2/16/17

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