Weekly News Recap: June 10, 2016

This little cutie stepped up to sell Hospitals' Lottery tickets for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. (RDRH Foundation Hospitals’ Lottery)

Required reading

Philanthropic personalities

Studies and stats


  • Alberta charities struggling as donations flow to Fort McMurray This is the inevitable tension when a disaster happens and funds start (as they must) to be directed to the area of greatest need. Fort McMurray still needs our help but, in terms of wildfire disaster support, it likely has enough money ALBERTA STORY (6/9/16)
  • University of Calgary paid $20K in ransomware attack Unbelievable. "Ransomware attacks are becoming an increasing problem in what the university called 'a disturbing global trend of highly sophisticated and malicious malware attacks against organizations including NASA, law enforcement agencies and large health-care institutions.'" CALGARY STORY (6/7/16)
  • The City’s philanthropic heritage is a powerful draw for values-led millennials This is an article by the Lord Mayor of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, who is promoting a major philanthropic initiative for London called City Philanthropy. In case you were as confused as I was about this guy being the Mayor of London, the elected Mayor of London (the greater metropolitan area) is actually Sadiq Khan (recently elected as London's first muslim mayor). Jeffrey Montevans, in contrast, has been appointed Lord Mayor of London, the city and county within greater London. Still confused? Me too. But, the article is interesting anyway. (6/6/16)

Trends and shifts

Life and career hacks

  • A Short Guide To Feedback This is a great guide. Tact, as Winston Churchill said, "...is the ability to tell someone to go to Hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip." (4/30/16)
  • The Orange Juice Test This is fantastic. Such a simple but important concept you can apply to choosing any service. (3/6/16)

Large gifts

  • Conexus proposes move to U of R College Avenue campus As part of this proposal, Conexus will contribute $8.25 million to a renewal fund. Conexus Credit Union is based in Regina and was the largest credit union in Saskatchewan at the end of 2015. CANADIAN STORY (6/8/16)
  • Community Foundation for Marquette County receives $1.1 million donation Every gift has a donor and every donor has a story. This gift, from the estate of recently deceased Colonel Bernadette Reider, is directed to scholarships in to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a nursing degree. Col. Reider was a U.S. Army combat nurse in three wars: World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War. I would have loved to have met her. (6/3/16)
  • Temple Receives $5 Million Donation Trustee Leonard Barrack and his wife Lynne have donated $5 million to support scholarships at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia. (6/2/16)

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