Weekly News Recap: June 17, 2016

The University of Manitoba named its newest research chair, Ruth Ann Marrie, as The Waugh Family Chair in multiple sclerosis Monday. (Josh Arason/Global News)


  • I cried all day. This tragedy is being felt by citizens of the world but it is also, most particularly and most intensely, felt by LGBTQ communities everywhere. This woman's writing, on the day of the shooting, is raw but also beautiful. (6/12/16)

Studies and stats

  • 2016 Alberta Nonprofit Survey The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) has released their excellent annual overview of the Alberta nonprofit sector. Corporate giving is down but government grants are up. Discretionary spending is down and staff workloads are up. Most believe that we need to adapt to a new economic reality. ALBERTA STORY (June 2016)


  • Alberta organizes donation drive for Fort McMurray This is a smart idea: Alberta is organizing a centralized donation program for residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. "...if Fort McMurray receives more donations than needed, items will be redirected to other charities." ALBERTA STORY (6/15/16)
  • Steve Martin to headline fundraiser for Calgary art gallery This is their first major fundraising event and what a way to start. Contemporary Calgary is Calgary's newest modern art gallery and is the result of the merger between The Art Gallery of Calgary, The Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MoCA), and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA). Steve Martin is a devotee of Canadian art. Who knew? The event takes place on October 22 at Contemporary Calgary's new home, the former Centennial Planetarium. CALGARY STORY (6/14/16)

Life and career hacks

  • 3 Real-life Examples of Job Descriptions That Stand Out Let's face it. Most of us have to "write" these at one time or another. These examples stand out as 'new-school' ways to recruit better staff more efficiently. The video job description is particularly compelling. Thanks to Michelle Regel, ViTrēo's Director of Search and Talent Management for this link. (6/14/16)
  • Why I didn’t look at your resume Such great advice. So many tips. One (out of many) of my favourites, "Authenticity trumps beauty". Thanks once more to Michelle for sharing this with us. (4/1/15)

Philanthropic missteps




  • Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs? Perhaps the largest climate related challenge in the world is finding a way to leapfrog the evolution of energy delivery in developing countries beyond the climate damaging technologies of today. To put this into perspective, $3.5 trillion is estimated to pay for the developing world to implement its pledges from the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement by 2030. The combined assets of the top 100 foundations in the U.S. total $300 billion. Clearly, private philanthropy cannot solve this problem alone. But, can it spur progress? (6/10/16)

Philanthropic personalities

  • Dyson Funds More than the Famed Engineering Award Yep. The fancy vacuum guy. And also the super powerful bathroom hand dryer guy. Turns out, he is also a huge philanthropist. His most recent gift is a $12 million gift to establish the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge. He's quirky. He's cool. He's the epitome of the modern tech billionaire. (6/10/16)
  • How the Cast of Hamilton Made Philanthropy Their Mission Quick synopsis: Hamilton is a Broadway musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, has achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. 16 Tony Award nominations (11 wins including Best Musical), $600,000 week in box office profits. Philanthropy is central to the story but it is also central to the legacy of the show. When the curtain finally falls on Hamilton, over 20,000 NYC 11th graders would have had a chance to see the play for $10, for many, this will have been their first Broadway play. To put this in context, you can't actually buy tickets for Hamilton but you might be able to get them at StubHub starting at $1,500 U.S. (6/8/16)

Large gifts

  • UPDATE: Cuban donation confirmed What a wonderful, timely, important, and thoughtful gift. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has donated $1 million to the Dallas Police Department to help fund added security measures for the city’s LGBT community in the wake of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (6/15/16)
  • Critical Donation for Alberta Firefighters TransCanada has donated $2 million worth of land to establish an early responder training centre. The Centre will be built near High River. Thanks TransCanada! ALBERTA STORY (6/14/16)
  • Croswell Opera House in Adrian gets $2.5M donation Julianne and George Argyros made the gift to support the fundraising campaign for the opera house which has now exceeded its goal of $7.2 million. The Croswell Opera House is located in Adrian, Michigan. (6/14/16)
  • Kauffman Foundation makes $1 million donation to Royals Youth Baseball Academy The Kauffman Foundation is making this gift in honour of the 100th birthday of Ewing Kauffman. The donation will support the construction of the academy, which will house 800 to 1,000 youth baseball and softball players every year from ages 6-18. The Royals’ academy is expected to open in June 2017 and will be the seventh MLB academy site in the country. (6/13/16)
  • UMass receives a $15m donation to boost computer science programs The University of Massachusetts Amherst’ computer science programs are receiving a $15 million donation from MassMutual, a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s foundation. The funding will be released over ten years to boost the cybersecurity programs and data science. UMass Amherst is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. (6/11/16)
  • Hospital gets major donation for cancer treatment center Carol Stillwell, president of Edison-based technology company Stillwell-Hansen Inc., has pledged $3 million to the Riverview Medical Center's oncology expansion project. Riverview Medical Centre is located in Red Bank, New Jersey. (6/9/16)

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