Weekly News Recap: March 10, 2017

Sutton takes part in the Music Box Babies program. (John Robertson/CBC)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi

Books to read


Uncommon knowledge

  • The 30-Second Suit Quality Test (Art of Manliness) Great infographic on how to evaluate the quality of a suit. Every man needs to know this. I always look at the lining and the buttons. 3/5/17

  • How to choose and pair typefaces (freeCodeCamp) Font nerds rejoice! This is not a short article. It is however, very cool, and you will likely learn something. 3/4/17

  • How to Snoop-Proof Any Phone or Tablet (Gizmodo) In the age of hyper-security, how to secure your electronic devices is both timely and important advice. 3/3/17

Life and career hacks

Trends and shifts

  • Chinese Women 42% More Engaged in Philanthropy Than Men (Yahoo Finance) This is important to know but I really do think the larger question is why less than 10% of Chinese citizens are interested in philanthropy. "Chinese news app 'Jin Ri Tou Tiao' (or 'Today's Hot Topics'), which counts more than 700 million Chinese among its users, says 5.62% of women say they are interested in philanthropy versus 3.96% of men." 3/9/17

  • "Echo Boomers" are taking over the economy (Axios) "'There are more 26-year olds than any other age group,' Torsten Sløk, Chief International Economist with Deutsche Bank Securities writes in a research note. 'This wave of echo-boomers will over the coming years get jobs and get married and increase their consumer spending.'" 3/8/17

  • Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves: The Rise of Women in Philanthropy (PRObono Australia) "Philanthropy is no longer just for the mega wealthy, and women from all walks of life are finding innovative ways to take a leadership role[...]." 3/8/17

  • The Personal Philanthropy Project: Inspiring Canada’s Affluent to Give More (The Philanthropist) An inspiring piece by Michele Benoit. Thanks to Andrea for sharing the link. 3/6/17

  • Taking the Pledge: Inside the Next Big Wave of Tech Philanthropy (Inside Philanthropy) "The rising philanthropy of the U.S. tech sector has come in waves. In the first wave, the big winners from the early boom in computer hardware and software shifted billions of dollars into major foundations, creating the Hewlett, Packard, Moore and Gates foundations [...]. In the second wave of tech philanthropy, starting around 2010, a new crop of tech leaders began to embrace giving [...]. Now, it feels like a third wave of tech philanthropy is underway. This one is less about high-profile billionaires turning to giving and more about the rapid spread of philanthropy norms through the world of tech startups and early stage companies." 3/1/17

Philanthropic controversy

Large gifts

  • Michelle Obama and More Celebrate Chance the Rapper’s $1 Million Donation to Chicago Public Schools (Browbeat) Lots of reporting on this. Terrific gift and, as the former first lady says, "Thanks [...] for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education." 3/7/17

  • With $25 Million Gift, Boston Medical Center Creates Hub For Addiction Medicine (WBUR) "The money, donated by billionaire investor and South Shore native John Grayken and his wife, Eilene, will be used to establish the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at the hospital." 3/6/17

  • Wunderkind CEO makes record-setting donation to UC Berkeley (San Francisco Business Times) "The CEO of Kabam, Kevin Chou, and his wife, Connie Chen, have made a record-setting donation to the University of California, Berkeley[...]. Berkeley said the pledge of up to $25 million is the largest to the school by an alum under the age of 40. The donation will help build Connie and Kevin Chou Hall, slated to open later this year. The $60 million building will be funded by private donations and add 80,000 square feet of space to the [Haas School of Business]. Chou is a trustee at his alma mater." Kabam is a private company that develops and publishes multiplayer social games for smartphones and tablet devices. 3/6/17

  • Appomattox Christian Academy receives $4.6 million donation (ABC) "An anonymous donor gave the school a [$4.6 million] gift. School officials say the money will go toward their school expansion, which includes, a gym, 19 new classrooms, and a vocational center." Appomattox Christian Academy (ACA) is the oldest Christian school in the county of Appomattox, Virginia. 3/6/17

  • Gardens couple gives $1M donation to Palm Beach State College (PalmBeachPost.com) "A Palm Beach Gardens couple, Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner, made a $1 million donation to the college[...]." 3/5/17

  • Queen’s interdisciplinary water research receives $5 million donation (Queen's Journal) KINGSTON STORY Congrats! "[The] University [has] received a $5 million donation from Ross J. Beaty, which will give way to the creation of the Beaty Water Research Centre, to be located in the new Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre." 3/3/17

  • Downeast Institute Receives A Huge Donation (CBS) The Harold Alfond foundation has gifted [$1.8] million dollars to support the expansion of the Downeast institute for applied marine research. The money will be used to create new facilities and space for additional scientists. The Downeast institute serves as the marine science field station of the university of Maine at Machias. 3/2/17

  • MORE HOPE INTO SAN JOSE FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS (ABC) "A billionaire philanthropist is coming to the aid of people in San Jose who were forced out of their homes last week after devastating flooding. [Bio]-tech philanthropist Kieu Hoang [...] wrote a check for $5 million dollars[...]." 3/2/17

  • Insurance CEOs Donate $50M For A 'Healthy' Hartford (Hartford Courant) "The CEOs of three major insurance companies, [Aetna, The Hartford and Travelers] said [...] they will donate $50 million over five years to Hartford, giving the beleaguered capital city a financial and psychological boost." 3/2/17

  • Couple’s $3M gift marks largest donation in history of JU’s nursing school (Jacksonville.com) "The donation to the Keigwin School of Nursing, which takes its name from donors Beverly and Jack Keigwin, will go toward expanding the flourishing program, already the university’s most popular major[...]." Jacksonville University (JU) is a private university in Jacksonville, Florida. 3/1/17

  • Generous donor gives £1 MILLION donation to Cancer Centre Campaign (Gazette/Standard) "A £1 million [anonymous] donation has been made towards the creation of a new cancer centre. The generous pledge comes as the Cancer Centre Campaign, which is supported by the Gazette, has been relaunched." March 2017

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