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U Of Chicago Donors Want Their Money Back

March 6, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

A family foundation is seeking the return of almost $23 million, part of a $100-million grant announced three years ago to the University of Chicago to established a world renowned center to study global conflicts.

DAF Grantors Prefer Education Over Religion

February 28, 2018       Andy Segedin      

This story has been updated to reflect the source of data.

Opinion: Boosting Giving Must Get Universal Support

February 20, 2018       Paul Clolery      

An economy with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $19.36 trillion probably should be able to squeeze out more than $390.05 billion to fund charitable endeavors, a social safety net, education, research and exploration. Depending on who is counting, the $390.05 billion reported in for 2016 in “Giving USA” is roughly 2 percent of the overall U.S. economy.

Fidelity DAFs Pumped $4.5 Billion Into Nonprofits

February 14, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Contributions to Fidelity Charitable, the nation’s largest commercial donor-advised fund (DAF), jumped almost 30 percent last year, including a tenfold increase in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, and noncash donations of almost $1 billion.

Higher Ed Giving Boosted By Robust Stock Gifts

February 6, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Colleges and universities continued to ride a hot stock market last year, with gifts by individuals, particularly donated securities, driving donation levels to another new record.

Bezos Donates $33 Million For Dreamers’ Educations

January 12, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, took to Twitter in June 2017 to ask for ideas about a philanthropy strategy. Specifically, he was seeking ways to help people in the short term as well as long term.

2017 NPT 100: Program Service Revenue And Donors Do The Heavy Lifting

November 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The nation’s largest nonprofits had continued revenue growth last year not only from increased giving from the public but also fees and revenue derived from their programs. The ups-and-downs of the stock market knocked around some portfolios but nonprofits generally still were in the black when it came to gains.

Fundraisers Face Steep Year-End Climb

October 23, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Overall giving was down 6 percent through the first half of 2017 as compared to 2016 as 5 percent fewer donors gave as compared to the first six months of last year. The slow start has placed organizations across the country in a hole that only an epic year-end campaign can dig out.

U.S., Canadian Healthcare Systems See Giving Hike

October 10, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving to nonprofit hospitals and health care systems in the United States was up by 5 percent last year while giving to their Canadian counterparts saw the first increase since 2013.

Donors Pledge $336 Million To Two Schools

October 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two universities on opposite ends of the United States were recipients of their largest-ever contributions, together totaling almost a half-billion dollars.