Category: Funders and Foundations

A Poem for fundraisers: Don, whose self-absorbed ways found him lost at sea

A poem I dearly liked, hand-picked from a new book of memorable doggerel (that’s a good thing; every industry needs such) written by the outrageous and brilliant and classically trained Sheena Greer, Colludo. Called Cautionary Tales for Fundraisers. It’s the perfect gift for bosses, board members and fundraisers who need a laugh. And it looks pretty, so it’s disarming…. Tom Ahern

Leading Corporate Philanthropies Announce New Reporting Standard That Could Save the Nonprofit Sector $1.2 Billion Annually

The Allstate Foundation, together with five of America’s leading corporations, including the Albertsons Companies, AT&T, Intel, Moody’s and T. Rowe Price are adopting the IGP platform as their standard for reporting on the results of the nonprofits who benefit from their annual corporate philanthropy. 

U.S. News and Aetna Foundation Release Inaugural Healthiest Communities Rankings – and Texas isn’t on it. Texas is ranked #38 out of 50 states. Texas has poor access to decent healthcare that’s low quality in the first place.

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and civic journalism, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna, today announced the inaugural Healthiest Communities rankings. The new report evaluated nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 10 categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and economy. In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the rankings offer insight into the best approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country.

Join us at the exclusive multi-course No Kid Hungry Dinner in San Antonio on May 6th at Hotel Emma in the Pearl

Every year, the country’s best chefs join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America by supporting No Kid Hungry Dinners presented by Citi. In more than a dozen cities across the nation, guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience curated by each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

In San Antonio, we are proud to be hosted for the second time by Chef John Brand at Hotel Emma. In addition to delicious food and find

Are your Investments Aligned with your Organization’s Mission and Values?

Many believe that Impact and Sustainable Investing is a niche in the investment industry reserved for religious, environmental and social impact foundations.  There is also a perspective that “Impact Investing” involves sacrificing investment returns to “do good” and become a “socially conscious” investor.  The fact is that neither of those presumptions is true and that Impact Investing is rapidly going mainstream. 

Using Story to Change Systems

Humans have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world. When our ancestors had to kill animals they felt were kindred spirits to survive, they created myths to help them come to terms with it. When they invented agriculture, they created myths that glorified graft and highlighted the seasonal nature of existence. When they began to settle, humans created myths imbuing cities with transcendence. As Yuval Noah Harari describes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, story went on to play a vital role in building all subsequent civilizations.

Council on Foundations Releases Comprehensive Report on Sector Salaries, Demographics

Arlington, VA Respondents to an annual survey on foundation salaries and demographics indicated that one in three foundation staff was between the ages of 50-64 last year, and one in four came from a racial or ethnic minority background. The analysis, part of data collected annually in the Council on Foundations’ Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report, has for three decades been an important tool… Read more »

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Fund 1,000 College Scholarships for Dreamers $33 million donation the largest ever for TheDream.US

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college. “My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,”… Read more »

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunity

Like the rest of the nation, New Jersey faces an array of challenges that may prevent those working and residing in the state from living the healthiest life possible. Building a Culture of Health requires unprecedented collaboration and requires everyone to think about improving health differently. Are you a New Jersey-based organization working with community stakeholders to address the factors that influence health, prior… Read more »