Weekly News Recap: July 15, 2016

Calgary's newest music pavilion in the East Village, a gift from Quebec City. (credit: CMLC)

Trends and shifts

  • Hospital Name Change Nets Multimillion-dollar Donation People really do give to brand. All Children's Hospital, based out of St. Petersburg Florida, officially added "Johns Hopkins" to its name in April to outwardly align itself with the organization it had been medically affiliated with since 2011. The financial results were immediate and transformational. (7/13/16)
  • Yes, Your Nonprofit Can Capitalize on Pokémon GO Yes, you are reading this correctly. Pokemon GO, the newest game craze sweeping the world, may actually have a charitable use. Using "Gyms" and "Pokéstops" which are places where players can interact, pick up items or enhance their characters, Pokémon GO is becoming a tool for museums, art galleries, aquariums, etc. to become attractions as part of this new game sensation. Thanks to Michelle Regel for sharing this very timely link. (7/11/16)


Studies and reports

Sources of knowledge

  • Four Ways Funders Can Respond to Tragedy This is an excellent post on what to think about when considering making a big gift to a disaster. Oh, and who knew that there is actually a "Center for Disaster Philanthropy". I didn't. (7/7/16)

Philanthropic personalities

This list highlights 40 philanthropists from 13 countries across Asia Pacific. For those who are doing philanthropic work in this region, this is an excellent resource. (7/7/16)

Philanthropic controversy

Life and career hacks

  • Ten Tips for Making Interesting Images As a person who decidedly can't draw but is often asked to critique or approve design, I am always trying to improve my design sense. These tips are perfect. (7/5/16)
  • The Undisputed Key Secret To Becoming a Great Writer It is interesting that the secret to becoming a great writer is also the secret to becoming a great fundraiser. It's not hard work, it's not passion, and it's not productivity. It's momentum. Yep. Doing it every day (writing, meeting with prospects, etc.) is the secret.* (7/5/16)

Large gifts

  • NEONATAL UNIT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES RECEIVES $3 MILLION DONATION Steven and Alexandra Cohen donated $3 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in support of the hospital’s neonatal unit. Launched in 2001, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has provided more than $151 million to organizations across the nation that provide health services and education for children. (7/7/16)
  • $1 million donation to UCCS art gallery will fund new programs The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation has donated $1 million to the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Part of the money will be used to establish an endowment to support arts programming and educational initiatives. (7/7/16)

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