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Foundations back new effort to ignite Americans' generosity

Oct. 14, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

In a new effort backed by more than $2 million in grants from the nation’s biggest foundations, a group of philanthropy leaders Tuesday announced the public kickoff off a campaign to drive greater giving of time and money, especially from middle- and low-income Americans. Noting that...

GOP stalls pick who'd be government's highest-ranking Muslim

Oct. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of a Pakistani-born businessman who would be the highest-ranking Muslim in the U.S. government is in jeopardy because Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked his confirmation. The stalemate has led to Democratic charges of anti-Muslim bias and galvanized...

Ms. Foundation focuses funds on groups led by minority women

Oct. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Ms. Foundation for Women unveiled $4 million in funding Wednesday for more than 100 groups that are working for social justice. But the nation’s oldest women’s foundation says it hopes its grants will exert an even larger impact by helping reshape philanthropy. ...

MacKenzie Scott gifts help bolster nonprofit infrastructure

Oct. 12, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

Umbrella groups that serve and advocate for nonprofits or grant makers and donors are an unsexy part of the charitable world. They act as scaffolding to strengthen organizations that do good by bringing nonprofit leaders and philanthropists together to learn from one another, conducting...

Donors pledge $223M aimed at reducing methane emissions

Oct. 11, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of philanthropic donors said Monday they will spend more than $220 million to reduce global methane emissions, the largest private commitment ever toward this effort. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is one of the most potent...

A growing worry for charities: Tax havens for the rich

Oct. 09, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

A spotlight that has been thrown on how many of the rich and powerful shield their wealth is also intensifying a fear among philanthropy experts: That the tax havens being used by the wealthy will increasingly siphon money away from charitable causes. Wealthy Americans...

Study: Small nonprofits hit harder by COVID than larger ones

Oct. 07, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

Small arts organizations were among those hit the hardest by shrinking donations last year, according to a study by the Urban Institute. Small charities nationwide have faced significant losses in charitable giving as donors cut back during the COVID health and economic...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute required innovative donations

Oct. 06, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

The upcoming world premiere at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra of a classical music piece inspired by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably have been impossible if not for a bunch of lawyers in the Chicago area, a Long Island fine arts foundation and an award-winning...

Southern Baptist panel to open legal records for abuse probe

Oct. 05, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

A top committee of the Southern Baptist Convention agreed Tuesday to open up legally protected records to investigators who will look into how it handled, or mishandled, cases of sexual abuse within the nation's largest Protestant denomination over the past two decades. ...

Foundations, new donors build $51M fund to support workers

Oct. 05, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A fund created by a group of social-justice-minded foundations including Ford and Rockefeller and donors like Jack Dorsey and MacKenzie Scott shortly after COVID hit has more than quadrupled in size to $51 million and is now pouring money into activities and advocacy to strengthen the social...