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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reacted more quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic began than most other foundations. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Only a handful of US foundations quickly pitched in as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, early data indicates

Two scholars of philanthropy and geography who reviewed the numbers see cause for concern about the agility and priorities of grantmakers during a crisis.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, left, speaks with Michael Bloomberg, who has given the school more than $3.3 billion. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Alumni gratitude and support for causes are behind donations of $50 million or more to colleges and universities

In some cases, big donors are supporting higher education to support a philanthropic strategy that includes racial and economic justice.
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott, seen here before they divorced in 2019, were the top two U.S. charitable donors the following year. Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP via Getty Images

What the $25 billion the biggest US donors gave in 2020 says about high-dollar charity today

While support for social services and historically black colleges and universities rose sharply, these donors spent a tiny fraction of what the government distributed to people who needed help.
A volunteer looks for waterbirds at Point Reyes National Seashore in California during the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Kerry W/Flickr

Citizen scientists are filling research gaps created by the pandemic

COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave $5,000 to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matter program on Giving on Tuesday in 2018. Colin Braley/AP Images for DICK'S Sporting Goods

US nonprofits raised $2.5 billion on Giving Tuesday in 2020

Even after donors boosted their charitable giving at other times of the year, people donated 25% more than in 2019 through the annual campaign.
People in Zambia gather while awaiting food distribution in January 2020. Guillem Sartorio/AFP via Getty Images

Prejudice against people with darker skin may make donors less generous

Using a common tool for measuring subconscious stereotypes, a scholar assessed how bias against dark skin can influence an inclination to support a charity serving people in low-income countries.
A Feed Your City volunteer bundling food to be given away in Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2020. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Feed Your City Challenge/Atlanta GA

Doing good may make people look better

Two scholars have found links between generosity and physical attractiveness.

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