The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers announced today the appointment of longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. He will begin serving in this new role in mid-January 2016.
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.
The cover story, The First Woman of Women (p.96), profiles Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the wealthiest, most charitable and far-reaching private foundation in history. It has a $41.3 billion endowment and distributed $3.32 billion in total grants in 2013. But behind the big numbers lies a deeply personal story of transformation.
If you have worked with me since I entered philanthropy, you have likely heard me advocate for funders to support work happening at the intersections of sectors (e.g., where “topical areas of focus” meet, public/private partnerships, nonprofit/for-profit collaborations, etc.).
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.
The United States Congress has finally made permanent three tax incentives for charitable giving!
These incentives strengthen the charitable community’s ability to improve American lives and our communities, and ends the sector’s nearly 10-year long struggle to make these incentives a permanent part of the tax code.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) backed down from a controversial rule that would have pressured nonprofits to collect the Social Security numbers of their donors. The backlash persuaded the IRS to withdraw the proposed rule after it received nearly 38,000 comments, including a letter signed by 215 charitable organizations that warned they cannot possibly safeguard the Social Security numbers of their donors.
Take a moment to imagine yourself as the executive of a small non-profit attending an information session with a major funder who has recently launched a new strategic plan. You’re anxiously awaiting word on how your non-profit fits into this new plan, one with a racial justice lens, and you’re a bit overwhelmed by the proposition that this meeting could signal a drastic change to the partnership you’ve had with a long-standing funder and “partner.”