Weekly News Recap: August 17, 2018

Pte. Dylan Carrier-Henry says the Bold Eagle program opened doors for her future career aspirations. (Cpl. Jay Ekin/Supplied)

You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy. — Khalil Gibran

Lists of lists


  • Beakerhead 2018: Calgary’s smash up of art, science and engineering (Communities Digital News) CALGARY STORY *"One thing Canada knows how to do is have a street party. And while Montreal, Quebec may be the reigning queen of street fare, Calgary in Alberta is showing them how to do it with some Rocky Mountain swagger. From September nineteenth to the twenty-third, enormous electric bolts will light up the sky in downtown Calgary as a cacophony of exhibits and events takes over the city." 8/14/18
  • New crosswalk honouring philanthropy approved by City Council (Lethbridge News Now) LETHBRIDGE STORY "Several groups, including the University of Lethbridge, will pitch in to pay for a permanent crosswalk dedicated to the philanthropic efforts of the community. At [a recent] council meeting, Brandie Lea, Faculty Development Officer with the U of L, requested a crosswalk at the intersection of Scenic Drive and 3 Ave. S. be painted in blue and gold, in time for National Philanthropy Week November 12-16." This is cool. Thanks to Larissa Groch for sharing this link. 8/10/18

First Peoples of Canada

  • How a culture-infused military program opens doors for Canada's Indigenous youth (CBC) CANADIAN STORY "Dylan Carrier-Henry wanted to be a police officer but lacked the self-confidence to see herself wearing the badge with pride. Until the 17-year-old from Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan was accepted into the Canadian Armed Forces' Bold Eagle program. 'I feel like it's a huge honour, honestly,' Carrier-Henry says. 'I didn't know I could do stuff like this. I didn't believe in myself.'" 8/10/18

Life and career hacks


Uncommon knowledge

Philanthropic personalities

  • Australian Philanthropy Awards 2018: Why Deanne Weir has donated millions of her own money to charity (News.com.au) "The former lawyer then worked her way up the corporate ladder and eventually became an executive at Austar, the subscription TV company bought by Foxtel in 2012. Ms Weir won big time from the takeover — her 0.58 per cent stake in Austar was worth more than $11 million. So that same year, she and her husband Jules Anderson took $2.5 million from cashed-out Austar shares and formed the Weir Anderson Foundation, a 'global philanthropic community that believes in supporting women and girls.'" 8/9/18

Philanthropic controversy

  • Court hearing on Humboldt Broncos fundraising a first under new Sask. law (CBC) "A court hearing related to money raised following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash will be the first real test of Saskatchewan's efforts to regulate crowdfunding campaigns, says a lawyer for the fund. The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. is to ask Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday for an initial order that would declare a GoFundMe campaign a public appeal, authorize the money to be held in trust and approve an interim payment of $50,000 each to the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died after the April 6 crash." 8/14/18
  • Hobson: ATP faces storm after swapping out Calgary play for one from Toronto (Calgary Herald) CALGARY STORY "[Hobson is] replacing Michaela Jeffery’s WROL (Without Rule of Law), a play that has been in development at ATP for almost three years, with Mark Crawford’s The New Canadian Curling Club, currently playing to enthusiastic sold out audiences at the Blythe Festival in Ontario." 8/10/18

Trends and shifts

  • How Millennials Can Save the Postal Service (CityLab) "The key, it seems, is to focus on feelings. While pen pals and fan mail aren’t the cool traditions they once were, the OIG report bets that the emotional sentiment behind them can be bottled up and repackaged. In fact, 75 percent of survey respondents said receiving personal mail 'made them feel special'—and we all know how much Millennials are supposed to like that." 8/7/18
  • Indra Nooyi and the Vanishing Female C.E.O. (The New Yorker) "Despite the lack of female C.E.O.s at big companies to begin with, Nooyi’s departure comes as part of a trend: in recent months, Denise Morrison, of Campbell Soup Company; Margo Georgiadis, of Mattel; Meg Whitman, of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and Irene Rosenfeld, of Mondelez, have left their jobs. That’s a twenty-per-cent drop in the number of female C.E.O.s." 8/7/18
  • How We Helped Our Millennials Fall in Love With Philanthropy (Entrepreneur.com) "Within two years: That's when 43 percent of millennials envision leaving their jobs, while only 28 percent plan to stay beyond five years, according to the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018. From [one] corner of the not-for-profit world (affordable housing), however, [they're] happy to say that [they] are experiencing more positive averages than those." 8/6/18

Large gifts

  • Erlanger Children's Hospital gets $5 million donation (Times Free Press) "Erlanger officials have announced that the Children's Hospital at Erlanger's new Children's Outpatient Center has received a donation of $5 million, the largest donation in the hospital's history. The donation was made by the Kennedy Foundation in honor of Jim Kennedy Jr.'s daughter, Molly Kennedy, who was born three month premature at the hospital in 1958." 8/10/18
  • Cleveland Orchestra receives $9.3 million donation (The Vindicator) "The Cleveland Orchestra has received a $9.3 million gift from the estate of an Ohio philanthropist who died last year. The orchestra announced [...] it received the gift from the estate of Jean Hower Taber. She was a member of the orchestra’s Heritage Society and the great-granddaughter of the founder of Quaker Oats Co." 8/10/18
  • Why We’re Investing $59 Million to Make It Easier for Social-Service Groups to Do More Good (Chronicle of Philanthropy) "Without technology or data analytics and with too few social workers, it’s nearly impossible to have a well-rounded view of the actions that will make a real difference to clients. To help change how this system works, [Connie and Steve Ballmer] have decided to embark on a project [they] hope will rally businesses, nonprofits, grant makers, and government to build momentum. [They] consider [their] $59 million commitment [...] to be in line with the work foundations have done to accelerate research and development in medical science for generations." 8/9/18
  • Alpine Gardens receive posthumous donation (Vail Daily) "Pat Perell, Executive Director of the Frechette Family Foundation, informed Ripley that the Foundation was interested in continuing the vision of Pat and Pete by endowing their annual gift of $50,000 to the internship program through an endowment gift of $1,000,000. Annually, the income from this gift will help cover the cost of the internships and part of the curator's salary to assist the interns." 8/8/18
  • Harris Teeter to Donate $1.2 Million to the USO through Support Our Troops Campaign (Harris Teeter Neighborhood Food & Pharmacy) "Harris Teeter announced today a donation of $1.2 million to the USO, a military service organization that strengthens service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. The donation was made possible through generous contributions from Harris Teeter’s loyal shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s seventh annual Support Our Troops campaign." Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. is an American supermarket chain based in Matthews, North Carolina. 8/8/18
  • North Carolina university receives $2.5M donation (Miami Herald) "A North Carolina university has received a $2.5 million donation designed to help students who have limited options for paying for college. UNC Asheville announced [...] that the estate of Sally Birge, an Asheville native and successful real estate agent in California, made the donation." 8/7/18
  • McGeorge Law gets million-dollar donation from Tsakopoulos family honoring Justice Kennedy (Sacremento Bee) "[McGeorge Law has received] a $1 million gift in Kennedy’s honor from the Tsakopoulos Family Foundation. Angelo Tsakopoulos, a successful real estate developer and patriarch, wanted to honor his long-term friendship with Kennedy and former McGeorge Dean Gordon Schaber, Schwartz said." McGeorge School of Law is a private law school in the Oak Park neighborhood of the city of Sacramento, California. 8/7/18

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