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Foundations Boost Focus on BIPOC, Other Underserved Groups...

The unfortunate confluence of heightened attention to racial inequities and the Covid-19 pandemic has yielded a slightly tarnished silver lining: 90% of foundations report increasing support to communities particularly affected by the pandemic, according to Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Equity?, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). Specifically, three quarters have made […]

United Way Quad Cities Boosts Illinois-Iowa Equity Issues...

An eight-point set of recommendations for facilitating racial, gender, sexual and other forms of equity within the footprint of the United Way Quad Cities was the result of a forum hosted by the Bettendorf, Iowa nonprofit. The points include action items for individuals, communities, government and corporate stakeholders. Each point was generated from input by […]

Loan Fund Launched For Denver Area Nonprofits...

The Metro Denver Nonprofit Loan Fund, a joint effort of the Community First Foundation, the Denver Foundation and the Rose Community Foundation, debuted with $3.2 million in initial investments. The new fund will boost Denver-region nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance and zero-interest loans.  The loans might be in the form […]

Foundations Keeping Word on COVID Flexibility...

Most foundations that pledged to loosen or eliminate restrictions on existing grants and reduce what they ask of grantees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have followed through on that promise. “Foundations Respond To Crisis: A Moment of Transformation?,” the first in a series of three reports from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), found […]

Foundations Set Public Policy Agenda For 2021...

The Johnson Amendment, encouraging charitable giving, federal tax regulations and post-graduate scholarships top the list of policy priorities for the Council on Foundations (CoF) for 2020-2021. The CoF also does not support a change in the mandatory payouts by foundations. The Washington, D.C.-based CoF’s public policy council recently released the priorities list and the rationale […]

Kid Cancer Parents Merge Operations...

Two charities founded by parents who lost their children to cancer have joined to continue their battle against childhood cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ASLF) and I Care I Cure (ICIC) announced a merger. The two entities have partnered in the past to fund 24 cutting-edge research projects. “We are seeing more of this consolidation […]

4-Step Process For Foundation Mergers...

Due diligence, planning, integration and communication are the key steps identified in a report examining corporate philanthropy programs in the aftermath of a merger or acquisition. The Council on Foundations (CoF), a Washington, D.C-based coalition of more than 2,000 foundations, released “Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions: Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy Leaders.” “There’s no playbook when it […]

PowerUp Fund Starts Paying $60 Million...

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), Oakland, Calif., has made the first of its donations to nonprofits that aid Latino small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donations will come from HIP’s PowerUp Fund, which eventually aims to raise $60 million – one dollar for each Latinx who lives in the United States. The first wave […]

$26 Million Is an “Audacious” Pledge...

Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) will receive a $26-million commitment through The Audacious Project to inject vital resources into six communities nationwide that have historically faced neglect and disinvestment as part of its response to COVID-19. HCZ aims to raise $50 million to support implementation of COVID-19 relief efforts. The newly launched William Julius Wilson Institute […]

Environmental Information Portal GEMA Getting U.S. Arm...

Elizabeth Kucinich, a longtime social causes advocate, and her husband, former congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, are launching the United States arm of the Monaco-based Global Environment Movement Association (GEMA). The new organization offers an online platform that brings together research and information resources from across the environmental community. It will also provide guidance […]