Weekly News Recap: April 13, 2018

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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. –Robert Frost


  • Diane Lloyd: PHILANTHROPIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (AFP Edmonton and Area) EDMONTON STORY "We are looking for people who are committed to their leadership growth and want to step into this program as fully engaged participants. A comprehensive program of this nature, including coaching and follow-up support would typically cost between $2,500 and $5,000 in the private sector. Space is limited, register today!" Event Date: April 27, 2018

Lists of lists


  • Surging donor campaign for Humboldt Broncos third highest-earning on GoFundMe (CBC) CANADIAN STORY Of note, as of this writing, this campaign has raised over $10 million from over 100000 (mainly Canadian) donors including many NHL teams, Canadian Tire, and the GoFundMe team itself. "The crowdfunding campaign to support the victims and family of the deadly bus collision that killed 15 people in Saskatchewan, mostly young members of a junior hockey team, is among the top five largest in GoFundMe’s history." 4/10/18

  • Alberta university, college presidents' pay to face new limits (CBC) ALBERTA STORY "High salaries, bonuses and perks paid to some college and university presidents will be trimmed or eliminated under a new compensation plan unveiled Tuesday by the Alberta government." 4/10/18

  • Harry and Meghan ask for donations instead of wedding gifts and name seven charities to benefit (The Telegraph) Nice! "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named seven charities they have chosen to benefit from financial donations in lieu of wedding gifts." 4/9/18

  • College Beat: Red Deer College begins transition to university (Red Deer Advocate) RED DEER STORY An update from Red Deer College President, Joel Ward, on how Red Deer College will change as it becomes a university. "To serve our learners, our communities, and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, we are defining ourselves as a Comprehensive Regional Teaching University. This means we will continue to do everything we do now, with the addition of granting our own degrees. We will continue to offer trades, certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates and applied degrees, as well as collaborative degrees with our other University partners. And we will grant our own degrees – ones that make sense for our region and complement our current programs." 4/6/18

  • Calgary agencies receive $328K to raise awareness of opioid crisis (CBC) CALGARY STORY "The province has committed $1.4 million in grants to raise awareness of Alberta's opioid crisis through projects intended to educate the public and reduce stigma." 4/5/18

  • MacEwan University recovers $10.9 million lost to scammers (Edmonton Journal) EDMONTON STORY Nice work everybody. It could have been much worse. "The victim of one of the largest reported phishing scams in Alberta’s history has recovered most of the $11.8 million stolen last August." 4/4/18

  • The FCC Just Gave SpaceX the Go-Ahead to Build a Space Internet (Gizmodo) "It looks like we may have a winner in America’s great internet space race. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just authorized SpaceX to launch its broadband satellite service, Starlink. That means Americans could be accessing the internet from space as early as 2019. We’ll literally just be pointing our phones at the sky and going online." 3/30/18

  • First Nations, Métis want more from Alberta for renewable energy projects (CBC) ALBERTA STORY "First Nations and Métis governments across Alberta are presenting a united front to the provincial government, asking for a greater commitment to ensuring Indigenous communities are involved in renewable energy projects." 3/29/18

Books to read

  • 101 Best Audiobooks of All Time (The Story) *Ready Player One is terrific (and a movie, in theatres now) and Christine raved about All the Light We Cannot See*. I personally consider listening to an audiobook to be equivalent to (but not the same as) reading a book. 4/9/18

  • The Best Books to Understand Complex Systems (The Story) Yes, lots of nerdy titles but also...War and Peace. Good list. 3/28/18

  • 12 Books That Made Me Think (The Story) All good but I am adding The Selfish Gene and Out Of Your Mind to my list. Right now. 2/21/18

Life and career hacks

Uncommon knowledge

Philanthropic controversy

  • University of Chicago wants suit over $100 million donation dismissed (News-Gazette) "The University of Chicago is countersuing a large donor that pledged $100 million but is suing the school looking to void the commitment. The Chicago Tribune reports the university made court filings last week seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it by the Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Foundation in Oklahoma federal court. The foundation wants a judge to void the deal and recoup for it nearly $23 million already given to the university to establish The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts." 4/9/18

  • Ex-Best Buy CEO quits Mayo board; donated to group that placed anti-Islam ads (MPR News) "Former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson has stepped down from the Mayo Clinic board after he confirmed he contributed $25,000 in 2016 to a right-wing group that distributed inflammatory anti-Muslim videos." 4/6/18

  • Thank me very much for my kind donation: 'Charitable' trust used to line trustee's own pockets (Stuff.co.nz) "The purported aims of the Whitiora Charitable Trust were 'relieving destitution and distress, advancing education and religion, providing recreational facilities for communities, and promoting the interests of disadvantaged persons'. But its sole trustee, truck driver Martin Pim, made sure it didn't do anything of the sort. Instead, he used it to make fraudulent claims of non-existent donations, and thereby claim donation tax credits." 4/5/18


  • One-Quarter of All Female Fundraisers Report Sexual Harassment (AFP) "Almost half of all fundraisers have some sort of personal experience with sexual harassment, with a quarter of all female fundraisers having been sexually harassed during their careers, according to a new survey by AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and conducted independently online by the Harris Poll." 4/4/18

Trends and shifts

Large gifts

  • Marotta family donates to Niagara College’s new agri-food innovation complex (Inside NC) WELLAND STORY Congrats! Nice gift. "Niagara College announced on April 6 that the family of Benny and Louise Marotta are donating $1 million to support the College’s Achieving Dreams Campaign." 4/9/18

  • Hyatt and Cici Brown gift Stetson with $18M, school’s largest donation ever (Daytona Beach News-Journal) "The question of how to meet the almost insatiable demand for science and health courses has weighed heavily on the minds of Stetson University’s leadership [...]. The university found the answer [...] in the form of an $18 million donation — the largest in the school’s 135-year history — courtesy of Hyatt and Cici Brown of Ormond Beach." 4/9/18

  • Henry Ford announces $20 million donation toward pancreatic cancer center (ClickonDetroit) "Henry Ford Health System announced Monday that a new $20 million gift, made possible by an anonymous individual donor, will go toward the launch of the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center." 4/9/18

  • Montreal family donates $10 million to St. Francis Xavier University (CTV News) ANTIGONISH STORY "Amelia and Lino Saputo have donated $10 million to St. Francis Xavier University to aid the school's ongoing efforts to create a hub for community health and wellness." 4/7/18

  • Former state resident makes million dollar donation to Washington’s National Park Fund (KGMI) "A woman who loved the outdoors has left Washington state’s three national parks a $1 million donation in her estate. Washington’s National Park Fund says the gift comes from the estate of Bette Wallace, who grew up in Washington and later lived in California." 4/6/18

  • A Big Donation For The University Of Oregon (KXL.com) "A former University of Oregon student has donated $1 million to establish a faculty chair in the name of a longtime music professor who died in 1988. The donation from Timothy Foo will receive an additional $1 million match from the Presidential Fund for Excellence, a fund established last year by UO president Michael Schill after receiving a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor." 4/5/18

  • NYU Law Receives $20 Million Donation (JD Journal) "New York University School of Law received a welcome gift from their alumnus and New Jersey native Frank Guarini. The former congressman and philanthropist donated $20 million to NYU Law in order for a global legal studies program to be created [...]." 4/4/18

  • Open Philanthropy Project awards $11M to protein designers for universal flu vaccine (GeekWire) "The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public health breakthrough: a universal flu vaccine [...]. Open Phil’s main funders are Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and philanthropist Cari Tuna, a husband-and-wife team." 4/4/18

  • Limestone College adds $2M donation to scholarship fund (GoUpState.com) "Limestone College will receive a $2 million donation that will help financially disadvantaged students pursue higher education. The contribution, from the estate of Margaret Bickel Adams, will be added to the Gordon Milton Adams Academic Scholarship Fund [...]." 4/4/18

  • TED has launched a $250 million project to model 'what an IPO for the nonprofit world might look like' (Business Insider) This is super cool. "Starting this year, TED is scrapping the annual prize for something even bigger: a $250 million initiative known as The Audacious Project. Backed by funders including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dalio Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and Virgin Unite, the project aims to deal with the fact that, as TED Curator Chris Anderson said, 'Real change is expensive.'" 4/4/18

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