Volunteers distributing food in Valley Stream, New York.
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Food pantries, the providers of services to the homeless and similar organizations now face enormous challenges.
The Ford Foundation, under Darren Walker’s leadership, is joining with other foundations to give more money away.
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It's too soon to say what will happen with philanthropy in 2020, but looking at 2019 may offer some clues.
Spanx founder Sara Blakely has signed the Giving Pledge.
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A careful review of more than 200 letters written by the wealthy people who signed the Giving Pledge over its first decade suggests a big contradiction.
Joan Kroc gave much to charity during her life and in her will after inheriting the McDonald’s fortune.
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Far fewer Americans include plans for bequests to nonprofits in their wills than give to charity on a regular basis. The pandemic could be a good reason to change that.
Are they spending as much on the needs of others as the rest of us?
Reliable data on charitable giving is hard to come by. But based on the information available, very rich people are at least as generous as everyone else.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma, left, is funding African entrepreneurs through his foundation.
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The response by Chinese donors to this pandemic so far illustrates how the country's philanthropy is beginning to go global.
Octavia Spencer, left, stars in this rags-to-riches tale, along with Blair Underwood.
The founder of a black hair-care empire supported the NAACP and the Tuskegee Institute, helped preserve Frederick Douglass's home. She also tried to used her prominence to stop lynching.
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary.
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Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
The foundation Bill and Melinda Gates run has more assets than any other.
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The dean of the only school of philanthropy sees some good in the attention charity-related scandals are generating.
Nonprofit leaders aren’t particularly diverse.
Leaders like Ford Foundation President Darren Walker are the exception.
Organized religion is faring better than it may appear.
Fewer people belong to a congregation or identify as Protestant or Catholic. And yet, most congregations say their membership is growing or stable.
Rewarding charities that scrimp is less strategic than it sounds.
Trying too hard to keep spending low can make organizations struggle and take a toll on their staff.
Even if the thought counts, the effort might not be worth it.
Like any personal touch, there's a chance this common fundraising step makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside. But a five-year research project found that it doesn't make donors more generous.
Kids in South Sudan await a daily meal from World Vision.
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Not everyone's a fan of this fundraising approach. But it does bring the needs of children in developing communities to the attention of many Americans.
Employee satisfaction rises when it’s OK to be your true self at work.
Salaries are not the only factor making it hard to keep talented people on board.
The former site of a Panama City plumbing business remained a pile of debris months after Hurricane Michael.
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The gravity and force of this Category 5 hurricane that lashed the Florida Panhandle and other Southern states may never have fully registered on the public’s radar.
More and more fundraising happens online.
Because large organizations have bigger budgets, they can more easily afford to excel at online fundraising through social media.
Two of the top donors who made constructing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture possible were black.
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Billionaire Robert F. Smith made a big splash when he told Morehouse grads he would pay off their student debt. Yet his generosity adheres to a long African American tradition.
Cub Scouts outings aren’t possible without dedicated volunteers.
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Scholars researched whether bestowing awards on volunteers who pitch in with the Boy Scouts made a difference. The answer seems to depend on whether the recognition is expected or not.