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Art Donors Give to Smaller Nonprofits

Los Angeles art adviser and collector Elaine Gans was uncertain, at first, where to donate a large painting by San Francisco Bay Area artist Tom Holland. It was “one of his most important pieces,” Ms. Gans says.

If she gave it to an art museum, the painting risked being put in storage and forgotten, Ms. Gans says. A museum also might not have accepted it, she adds. So, earlier this year, she donated the painting to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Should Every City Have a "Chief Philanthropy Officer"?

In Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry is hiring for a novel new position within his administration—a chief philanthropy officer for the city.

The idea is not an entirely novel one; the state of Michigan created an Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) in 2003 in what the state called a “first in the nation” cabinet-level position. And in Newark, New Jersey, a city famous for its connection with big givers like Mark Zuckerberg, then-Mayor Cory Booker appointed a philanthropic liaison in 2007.

Hub funders launch contest for low-income housing ideas

A private Boston-based funders’ collaborative hopes to find innovative solutions to the state’s affordable housing crisis for extremely low-income families by hosting a competition to solicit new strategies.

Home Funders will launch its competition at the State House on Thursday, offering three awards of $10,000 to $25,000 for creative, feasible and sustainable ideas.

On Gratitude, For Thanksgiving, by Gioia Perugini

What can I do to help? It’s a familiar refrain, sometimes expressed to a neighbor going through a difficult time, or to a colleague at work, or in the face of a natural disaster. It’s a question we hear all the time when advising clients on their philanthropy. Whether the topic is hunger or climate change, donors want to know how to translate a pressing but broad concern into specific, effective giving.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests More Than $1.5 Million to Support Collaborations Working for Age-Friendly Policies

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process.  The investments represent collaborative work among more than 200 organizations.  

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