Weekly News Recap: July 20, 2018

After a 54-year surgical career, Dr. Howard Gimbel is set to change his focus to teaching and mentoring. COLLEEN DE NEVE / POSTMEDIA ARCHIVES

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Jerry Panas

  • Fundraising Legend and Icon Jerry Panas Passes Away (AFP eWire) I have his books. I have attended his seminars. I have had coffee chats with him. He was a giant. I can safely say that I am not alone in my sentiments. RIP Jerry. "Jerold 'Jerry' Panas, founder of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners and fundraising author, presenter, teacher and icon, has passed away. Because of the prominence of his firm and the impact of his writing, there are few who have had a greater influence in the history of the profession." 7/18/18

Lists of lists

  • Imagine Matters (Imagine Canada) CANADIAN CONTENT A regular roundup of important happenings in the sector from Imagine Canada. Of note in this issue: "Service Clubs Are the Backbone of Small Towns, and They Need Help" (they are and they do), "10 Nonprofit Marketing Strategies to Efficiently Engage Millennials" (not rocket science, but affirming and...good), and "4 Reasons Why Leaders Need to Take Their Holidays" (...to get perspective and three other great reasons). 7/17/18

  • AFP Top Ten Fundraising Tips (Week of July 11, 2018): Facebook Fundraising, Online Giving, Turning Attendees Into Donors & More! (AFP eWire) Always a great roundup. My faves this week: "What Motivates People to Participate in Civil Society?" (turns out, "it starts early, runs deep, and aims higher"), "Donors Shifting Offline at Around $300" (been wondering...), and "How to Turn Your Fundraising Event Attendees Into Donors" (perennial question...good tips). 7/11/18


  • UX Designer Cheat Sheet (UX Planet) A little humour. What your digital colleagues are really saying about you. 4/12/18


  • Stampede gallops to second-highest attendance of all time (CBC) CALGARY STORY Yeehaw! "Beautiful weather and an economy on the mend likely contributed to the second-highest attendance rate in the history of the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede said 1,271,241 passed through its gates this year, up more than 56,000 from last year. The number was 150,000 short of the event's all-time record, when 1,409,371 people attended the Stampede's centennial in 2012." 7/16/18

  • New Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit a D.I.Y. masterpiece (CBC) VANCOUVER STORY "It's not everyday you go to the Vancouver Art Gallery to listen to some records. But that's just what B.C. multimedia artist Kevin Schmidt wants you to do for his first solo exhibit at the gallery. 'We Are the Robots' is an interactive installation [...] both inside and outside the gallery." 7/14/18

  • Pioneering Calgary eye surgeon to transition to teaching after undergoing surgery (Calgary Herald) CALGARY STORY "After a 54-year surgical career, Dr. Howard Gimbel is set to change his focus to teaching and mentoring as he prepares to undergo a procedure to remove a cancerous tumour. Gimbel, 84, said a mild symptom brought him to a doctor and led to the discovery of a tumour beside his left eye. Since radiation or chemotherapy are not possible in this case, removing the tumour will also require removal of the eye. Without binocular vision, he will no longer be able to perform surgeries." What a great human. 7/13/18

  • Donation of $510,000 gives Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan a 'tremendous lift' (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) SASKATOON STORY "Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s goal of constructing a more permanent stage along the bank of the river just received a major boost. The company announced on Friday that a donation of $510,000 was made to their Staging the Future Capital Campaign by Jerry Grandey, one of the campaign’s co-chairs." Awesome. Just awesome. 7/13/18

  • Couple say they've secured half of $600M needed to build Banff passenger train (CBC) CALGARY STORY "Jan Waterous owns the Banff train station with her husband, and they're trying to bring back the passenger railway." 7/12/18

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Philanthropic personalities

  • Warren Buffett Just Made His Largest Donation to Date (Fortune) "Warren Buffett continues to make good on his commitment to The Giving Pledge, donating Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) stock worth approximately $3.4 billion to five charities this week." My man-crush remains. 7/17/18

  • More Risk: A Health Philanthropy Giant Disrupts Itself (Inside Philanthropy) "With approximately $1.3 billion going out annually for scientific and health research in some 70 countries, the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust has long been one of philanthropy’s heavy hitters. In fact, it's the second biggest foundation in the world. So Wellcome's announcement that it had created a hefty new $332 million fund devoted to life sciences could seem puzzling. Isn't that like saying Apple plans to get into the computer business?" 7/12/18

  • Commentary: Harriett Lake: Orlando's grande dame of philanthropy was wry, witty and oh-so-generous (Orlando Sentinel) "Harriett Lake once gave me a notepad where the top of every page said: 'This is f***ing urgent.' Except there were no asterisks. Since she was Orlando’s queen of culture — a high-brow, fur-wearing socialite and philanthropist — the message surprised me a bit. So I asked why she chose it. 'Honey,' she responded, 'at my age, everything is urgent.'" 7/11/18

Philanthropic controversy

Trends and shifts

Large gifts

  • Foundation for the Carolinas Receives $30 Million Gift (Philanthropy News Digest) "The Foundation for the Carolinas has announced a $30 million gift from Derick Springsteen Close to his donor-advised fund at the foundation." Go Panthers! (Derick Close was recently an owner of the Carolina Panthers). 7/17/18

  • Following Corporate Donation, Moody's Awards Hartford 'Credit Positive' Designation (Hartford Courant) "A $10 million gift from the heads of three insurance titans, the first installment of a $50 million aid package pledged to the city over the next five years, has earned Hartford a credit positive designation from Moody’s Investors Service." Interesting to see corporate America making investments in municipal America. We have seen this before with Kalamazoo Michigan ($70 million). 7/17/18

  • FVCC Receives $2.5 Million Anonymous Donation (Flathead Beacon) "Flathead Valley Community College announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has bestowed the school with a $2.5 million gift to help build a new College Center on campus, bringing to $14.8 million the total amount the school has raised to fulfill its $18 million campaign goal." 7/17/18

  • Farming couple donates $2 million to start new skilled nursing, hospice center (Green Bay Press Gazette) "The fundraising for the project was kick-started by a $2 million donation from Pete and Jelaine Horton [...]." 7/17/18

  • W&M receives $1.5 million donation, announces fall convocation speaker (Daily Press) "The College of William and Mary’s new president already is making a fiscal impact on the university. In honor of Katherine A. Rowe serving as the university’s 28th president — and first woman — an anonymous alumna has donated $1.5 million to establish a President’s Strategic Investment Fund." Nice! 7/16/18

  • 'Tiniest patients' to benefit from $1-million donation to Orillia hospital (Simcoe.com) ORILLIA STORY "A renovation of the neonatal intensive care unit at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital will benefit from a $1-million infusion from the County of Simcoe." 7/16/18

  • Belgian NGO Oxfam receives biggest donation ever (Brussels Times) "The Belgian NGO Oxfam-Solidarité has received a donation of €1.2 million euros from a Liège woman – the biggest sum of money ever to be donated to the charity. [The] Belgian branch of the Oxfam International NGO announced that the donation was made by a widow in the Liège province with no legal descendants who wished to remain anonymous." 7/16/18

  • $21 million gift to Luther Seminary will train 90 debt-free pastors (TwinCities.com) Wow! "Luther Seminary says a $21.4 million donation for a new Master of Divinity program will enable 90 students to complete their degrees more quickly and without taking on debt. Waste Management founder Dean Buntrock’s gift will pay for a five-year experiment at the St. Paul college, whose alums account for over a third of all Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors." 7/16/18

  • Sunnybrook receives $10M donation for new seniors' health centre (Toronto.com) TORONTO STORY "Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be able to reinvent care for seniors thanks to a $10-million donation. Peter Cipriano, the founder of development company Goldpark Group, made the donation that will allow the North York hospital to create a 'first-ever patient-centred model of care to keep seniors healthy and in their community' [...]." 7/16/18

  • Volunteer group donates $1.5 million to Langley Memorial Hospital (CBC) LANGLEY STORY Never underestimate the gift shop. "A group of hardworking volunteers in Langley, B.C., announced Sunday they are donating $1.5 million to help their local hospital build a new emergency department. The 220 members of the Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary raised the money mostly through a volunteer-run thrift store and hospital gift shop. " 7/14/18

  • San Diego State receives $1M donation for Pride Center, LGBT Studies Program (CBS) "Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater's Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program." 7/11/18

  • United Airlines to Announce $2 Million Donation to Three Organizations in New York and New Jersey (Insider NJ) "Leadership from United Airlines’ hub in the northeast, Newark Liberty International Airport, will present three checks totaling $2 million to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York. Each of the donations are part of the greater $8 million donation United Airlines is making across the network to provide greater assistance to its local communities." 7/11/18

  • Anonymous Donor Gives $20 Million To Children's Hospital LA (The Patch) "Children's Hospital [...] announced a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor to renovate its emergency department." Nice gift! Not often you see an anonymous gift of this size. 7/10/18

  • Woodland Christian School receives donation for performing arts center (Yolo County News) "This past Friday was a big day for Woodland Christian School and the Woodland Community. The school received a $2.5 million donation by way of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada for the construction of a new performing arts center." 7/9/18

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