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US foundations are changing in response to Trump administration, CEP finds

Amanda Aguilar and Sarah Sabatke 23 June 2017

The philanthropy research and consultancy organization, Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), has released a report showing that, of the US foundation CEOs who responded to their survey, almost three quarters have changed or are planning …

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos turns to Twitter for philanthropic advice

Sarah Sabatke 22 June 2017

Jeff Bezos, tech mogul and founder of Amazon, is quickly on his way to becoming the wealthiest person in the world. With a fortune of over $84 billion, it seems natural that he would explore …

Donations to Eric Trump Foundation funnelled to Donald Trump’s business, says Forbes

Alliance magazine 22 June 2017

The Eric Trump Foundation is ‘dedicated to raising money for terminally-ill children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,’ according to its website. However, it appears that an increasing amount of that money …

Countering the demagogues

Vikki Spruill, Sara Lyons, Paula Fabiani and Keiran Goddard 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

From the shock of Brexit in the UK to the surprise election of President Trump in the US and the ensuing massive global mobilization of women’s marches in early 2017, populist movements are achieving unexpected …

Philanthropic solidarity: now more than ever

Jason Franklin 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

The last year has seen a rising wave of threats to democracy, to our environment, and to marginalized communities around the world. Here in the US, an electoral shift has given rise to a threatening …

Council on Foundations slams President Trump’s latest executive order

Alliance magazine 9 May 2017

The Council on Foundations (CoF), the US association of philanthropic organizations, have condemned President Trump’s executive order to roll back the Johnson amendment and allow religious non-profits the freedom to engage in political affairs. In a …

Ford Foundation ploughs $1 billion into mission related investments

Charles Keidan 5 April 2017

The Ford Foundation, one of world’s largest charitable foundations, has announced that it will invest up to $1 billion of its $12 billion endowment in Mission Related Investments.

Goodbye and thank you Atlantic Philanthropies

Alliance magazine 13 March 2017

The Atlantic Philanthropies will close its doors by 2020, becoming the largest foundation to invest an entire endowment and ‘voluntarily conclude operations’. The article ‘Making and Living History’, written by the foundation’s President and CEO …

How crowd philanthropy helps defy Trump’s travel ban

Halie Dalton 9 March 2017

A recent article published by The New York Times provides a look into Trump’s travel ban and how crowd funding sites help to raise money for those affected. Focusing primarily on GoFundMe, the largest crowd …

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Thumbs-up – and down – for the donor-advised fund

Alliance magazine 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund was the top fundraising American charity last year, according to the Philanthropy 400 ranking published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The significance of this, according to the Chronicle, is that Fidelity …