Weekly News Recap: August 26, 2016

Stuart McDougall as Claudius in Shakespeare by the Bow’s Hamlet. (Trudie Lee)

Studies and stats

  • When Corporate Philanthropy Makes the Recipient Look Bad This study clearly shows that for each additional corporate sponsor recipients are 10% less likely to be nominated for an award (i.e their cultural reputation drops). Sponsorship, in and of itself, is not bad for an organization but care needs to be taken in how it is applied or your reputation is likely going to suffer. (8/24/16)

  • 4 Myths about Young People and Nonprofit Work This is a HUGE topic and one that is at the center of many of our nonprofit challenges in North America. The full report on these findings will be coming out this fall. I, for one, will be watching. (8/23/16)

  • A Consultation on the Future of Policy Advocacy by Charities in Canada This is the culmination of Dr. Roger Gibbins' exploration of his claim that "Canadian charities have a moral obligation to participate in the development of public policy." The full manuscript, "Call To Arms: Policy Advocacy and Canadian Charities", can be downloaded from this site. CANADIAN STORY (8/22/16)


Life and career hacks


  • And the Single Most Important Fundraising Metric Is… Bloomerang is a great blog, and while I agree with Jay that this metric is likely one of the most important metrics in fundraising, I am also just as sure that one size does not fit all in fundraising. Thanks to Michelle Regel for sharing this link. (8/24/16)

Trends and shifts

Philanthropic controversy

Philanthropic personalities

  • Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died Mr. Hero was the CEO of the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County. When he took over in 1988, this foundation had assets totalling $9 million. When he stepped down 18 years later in 2006, it had assets of $1.2 billion. And, more importantly, he established philanthropy as a culture in Silicon Valley. We all owe Peter a great debt. RIP Mr. Hero. (8/22/16)

  • Mark Zuckerberg and wife sell $95m in shares to fund philanthropy We will be following this story as Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan continue to meet their pledge to give away approximately 99% of all their Facebook shares during their lifetime. (8/22/16)


Large gifts

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