Weekly News Recap: April 28, 2017

Sine Chadi, right, pictured here with brother Jake Chadi and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation president and CEO Wendy Dugas, announced April 21, 2017 at the hospital's annual Courage Gala that his family is donating $1 million to the foundation. NICK LEES /POSTMEDIA

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how — Friedrich Nietzsche

Books to read


  • Harry and Martha Cohen award given to longtime theatre volunteer (Calgary Sun) CALGARY STORY I love volunteers! "At the closing night of the Joe Clark play 1979 [...], Valerie Pearson and Hal Kerbes presented this year's Harry and Martha Cohen Award to Carol Dann one of the most recognizable faces in Calgary theatre circles. As Kerbes explained, Dann is 'a member of that army who comes together where, when and however they are asked to serve. They pass canapes and economical bubbly, smile, chat, fetch and carry. They stuff envelopes, blow up balloons, find seats, set up and tear down and work coat checks. And they never, never make a dime. These people are the theatre volunteers.'" 4/25/17

Uncommon knowledge

Trends and shifts

  • Meet Amanda Moniz, our new curator of philanthropy (Smithsonian) Cool. We warrant a curator. Love it. "A permanent exhibition, Giving in America examines philanthropy from the colonial era to today. It's organized around four questions: Who Gives, Why Do We Give, What Do We Give, and How Do We Give. It highlights the broadly participatory nature of this defining American tradition. The exhibition includes one section focusing on an annual topic; this year, it's "Sustainability and the Environment." 4/21/17

Reports and studies

  • PASSING THE TORCH: NEXT GENERATION PHILANTHROPISTS (BNP Paribas) "The exclusive 2017 BNP Paribas Philanthropy Report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit explores how the Next Generation of Philanthropists is shaping the future of philanthropy, balancing the weight of family legacies through new tools, technologies and strategies." 4/23/17

Life and career hacks

Philanthropic Controversy

  • Tom Brady gives much to Best Buddies, but has taken millions for his own charitable trust (Boston Globe) Legal, apparently, but ethically dubious. Thanks to Scott Decksheimer for sharing this story. "The legend of Tom Brady has grown thanks to charming images of his celebrated appearances for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to helping intellectually and developmentally disabled people [...]. Yet Brady’s relationship with Best Buddies has changed in recent years. The organization has become a major source of funding for Brady’s own charitable goals. "4/22/17
  • For charities, cheaper isn't always better (Winnipeg Free Press) Good analysis on direct mail, charity rankings, and more. Thanks to Tony Myers for sharing this link. "While no organization wants to spend money it does not need to spend, what’s true for business is also true for charities — you have to spend money to make money. That has been true for decades. What’s different today is that charities need to spend more than they used to in order to keep providing their services." 4/21/17


  • The Pivotal Importance Of Purposeful Philanthropy In The United States (HuffPost) "President Trump’s “America First” federal budget proposes drastic cuts or the outright elimination of many programs that support the socially and economically disadvantaged; scientific and health research; education; and, the arts. If it is enacted in full, or in part, it will have a dramatic negative effect on this nation and many of its citizens. That will make philanthropy even more critical than it is today here in the United States for promoting the common good and equality of opportunity for all and not just the privileged few." 4/26/17

Large gifts

  • $2 million donation allows world-leading cancer research to begin in Brisbane (MYGC.com.au) "WORLD-leading cancer research will soon begin in Brisbane thanks to a two million dollar donation from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). The donation allowed the existing Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) to secure vital equipment for the new Molecular Oncology Translational Imaging Facility (MOTIF) unveiled at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital." 4/26/17
  • Albright-Knox to receive largest artist donation in its history (The Record) "The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced Tuesday that it will be entrusted with the entire estate of the one of the most influential artists of the 1960s, Marisol. 'Marisol helped define the 1960s through her innovative and groundbreaking work, emerging as one of the most prominent artists of her generation.'" The Albright–Knox Art Gallery is an art museum located in Buffalo, New York. 4/25/17
  • Emory and Henry College celebrates $1 million donation (WJHL.com) "Emory and Henry College celebrated one of the largest donations ever given to the institution by an individual [...]. A signing ceremony honored the donor, Dr. Kathryn Burke Greever, for her gift of over $1 million." Emory and Henry College, also known as E&H or Emory, is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia 4/24/17
  • Monmouth College receives its largest donation (Journal Star) "The college has received a commitment for $20 million, the largest in the school’s 164-year history [...]. The anonymous donation from a couple includes $15 million over the short term and a $5 million deferred gift, the release stated. The money is to be used to augment the college’s $100 million endowment." Monmouth College is a four-year coeducational private liberal arts college located in Monmouth, Illinois. 4/24/17
  • Saudi foundation pledges $50 million to eradicate measles (Reuters) "A Saudi Arabian charitable foundation [w]ill give $50 million to the United Nations children's agency to help eliminate measles, the largest private donation ever to UNICEF's efforts. The donation by Riyadh-based Alwaleed Philanthropies comes amid rising concern about the highly contagious disease, a leading cause of death among children, with recent outbreaks in Italy and Romania. It will help vaccinate more than 51 million children in 14 countries[...]." 4/24/17
  • The Hartford Makes Major Workforce Development Donation (WNPR) "The Hartford announced plans to donate $3 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for a new workforce development initiative. The insurer has had a longstanding local relationship with the Boys and Girls Clubs, which itself began in Connecticut some 150 years ago. This new investment takes their partnership to a bigger stage." 4/24/17
  • $5M Donation to Enable Native American Museum in Ohio (U.S. News) [The] donation from Jim and Vanita Oelschlager will be used to construct The Oak Native American Museum, as part of the Institute for Human Science and Culture at the [University of Akron's] Cummings Center for the History of Psychology." 4/23/17
  • $5.5 Million Donation for SU's Entrepreneurship Program (Delmarva Public Radio) David Rommel is donating $5.5 million to the Franklin P. Perdue Schools of Business and the Salisbury University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Salisbury University is a public university located in the city of Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland. 4/21/17
  • $25 million donation will guarantee overseas travel for studenrts (Journal Tribune) "Colby College says it will use a $25 million gift to create a new model for liberal arts education and global experiences for students. The money is from the Davis Family Foundation. Colby officials say it will be used to create a new program called DavisConnects that will guarantee travel abroad for students. The college says the new program will provide funding for every student to spend time abroad, and connect every student to a set of internships and research opportunities." Colby College is a private liberal arts college located near Waterville, Maine. 4/21/17
  • Hollywood Producer's $30 Million Dollar Donation Will Revamp Penn State Communications School (NBC) "A Hollywood producer and screenwriter known for creating such television hits as "Magnum, P.I.,'' "Quantum Leap'' and "NCIS'' is donating $30 million to Penn State University. The donation from Donald Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, will be used to transform the university's College of Communications. In recognition of their contribution, the university trustees on Friday approved renaming it the Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications when they accepted the gift." 4/21/17
  • Ingram family makes massive donation to Vanderbilt (Nashville Business Journal) "Three members of the Ingram family are giving a total of $20 million to Vanderbilt University. According to a news release, siblings Robin Ingram Patton, John Ingram and Orrin Ingram donated the money in honor of their father, E. Bronson Ingram, who served on Vanderbilt’s board for nearly three decades, including a stint as chairman in the mid ‘90s." 4/21/17
  • UA receives $5M donation (Fox News) "[The] University of Alabama announced one of the biggest endowments in the last 20 years is going to the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gaylon and Susan McCollough are giving the school more than $5 million. The money will open the McCollough Institute for Pre-med Scholars. Students will learn liberal arts and management skills along with medical training." 4/21/17
  • Sumner County Schools receives $8M donation (WKRN.com) "Sumner County Schools received [a] gift that will help them continue to change the lives of their students [...]. [That’s] all thanks to Hendersonville resident William Brown, who was a successful salesman, investor and property owner. He passed away in February and willed the majority of his estate to the Sumner County School system, gifting them $8 million." Sumner County is located in Tennessee. 4/20/17
  • PITT FOOTBALL RECEIVES RECORD $2 MILLION DONATION (PGH Sports | Now) "In the single-largest contribution in the history of Pitt Football’s Championship Fund, Steven and Kathy Guttman have committed $2 million dollars to help improve and enhance the program." 4/20/17

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