Social Impact & Philanthropy

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Cultivating Change LLC curated articles focusing on philanthropic topics and trends. CultivatingChange.com

New IRS Guidelines Don't Require All Nonprofits to Report the Names of Donors

The U.S. Treasury Department announced late Monday that it will no longer require nonprofit organizations to disclose the names and addresses of …

Nonprofits

Warren Buffett just gave $3.4 billion to charity

Warren Buffett has donated another huge slice of his sprawling wealth.<p>The legendary investor gave away $3.4 billion Monday in his annual gift of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) shares, according to a company statement.<p>As in the past, the stock went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as four …

Jeff Bezos

Bill Gates and a group of investors are backing a $30 million 'venture philanthropy' fund to tackle Alzheimer's

Beyond solving the biggest problems with renewable energy, reinventing the toilet, and eradicating malaria, the itinerant philanthropist and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has a new mission: helping Alzheimer's patients get diagnosed earlier.<p>Last November, Gates made an initial $50 million …

Alzheimer's Disease

People with less money may be more likely to share their wealth than the rich, according to a new study

People who earn more money may be less likely to share their wealth than those who earn less. That's according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London, published in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology.<p>Researchers conducted a social experiment where people were recruited to …

Research

The Gates Foundation Spent Millions to Improve Teacher Effectiveness. Years Later, It Hasn't Helped

A Gates initiative to improve teacher effectiveness has largely failed.<p>The initiative, which began in 2009, was rolled out in three school districts …

Education

San Francisco's homelessness crisis is so dire, there's now a 911 alternative to get people on the street instant help — here's how it works

San Francisco is dealing with the harsh reality of a homelessness crisis that's gone from bad to worse. In 2017, more than one in 100 homeless Americans lived on the city's streets.<p>Tired of feeling helpless, Jacob Savage and Neil Shah created an app called Concrn that lets people send an alert …

San Francisco

Here are three ways blockchain can change refugees' lives

Blockchain has the potential to disrupt a large number of industries and change the lives of many. Its technology could help millions of refugees, by …

Blockchain

Macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries

• R. Rowthorn<p>, The fiscal impact of immigration on the advanced economies.Oxford Rev. Econ. Pol. 24, 560–580 (2008).<p>C. Dustmann,<br>• T. Frattini<p>, The fiscal …

Using Design Thinking to Help Nonprofits Fundraise

Far too many great ideas for solving pressing social problems are not being applied at the scale they deserve, because thousands of nonprofit organizations are teetering on the brink of collapse. Of the 300,000 nonprofits in the United States, two-thirds have an annual budget of $500,000 or below, …

Giving it Away: The Other Buffett Family Business – Barron’s

Philanthropist Susie Buffett has funded educational, social justice and poverty alleviation initiatives<p>Source: www.barrons.com

If You Haven't Fixed Your Nonprofit Website To Comply With GDPR, Here's How

<i>You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes or Google Play.</i><p>On May 25, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. These rules effectively apply to almost every website operated in the world—including your nonprofit or social venture. If you haven’t …

Privacy

New York files suit against President Trump, alleging his charity engaged in ‘illegal conduct’

New York’s attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity and saying that Trump had repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to …

Donald Trump

New York City to Offer Half-Fare Subway Rides to Poorest Residents

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ended months of resistance and agreed to fund half-priced MetroCards for buses and the subway for the city’s poorest …

DAFs vs. Private Foundations: How the Wealthy Engage in Philanthropy

DAFs now significantly outnumber private foundations in the U.S., and the gap is widening.

Bill Gates is giving this one free book to college graduates

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is one of the world's most influential tastemakers when it comes to summer reading. This year he's offering a top choice from his annual summer reading list as a free gift to US college graduates.<p>Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and …

How Companies, Governments, and Nonprofits Can Create Social Change Together

Profit and purpose are converging. Over 80% of millennials report that making a positive difference in the world is more important to them than professional recognition. They no longer believe the primary purpose of business should be to make profit, but rather to create social value. On the …

The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite

Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate ladder if you golfed at the right club.<p>Then we smashed all that. We replaced a system based on birth …

Once-Thriving City Nonprofit Sputters Under Mayor’s Wife, Chirlane McCray

In the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York became a fund-raising juggernaut: The city-run nonprofit, which channels donations to city programs or causes, raised tens of millions of dollars from private sources.<p>But under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the fund …

Bill de Blasio

Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund acting scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to fund a new scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an acting student. Funded through the Andrew

Jessica Lang Dance Announces $500,000 Gift From Ann And Weston Hicks

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) announced today a significant donation of $500,000 from Ann and Weston Hicks. The Hicks' leadership gift is the largest …

TI Foundation gives $4.6 million for STEM training

The <b>Texas Instruments Foundation</b> is investing $4.6 million to enrich the science, technology, engineering and math curricula at 16 schools that feed …

Why Ashton Kutcher Donated $4 Million in Cryptocurrency to Charity

Ashton Kutcher, an actor and tech investor, had a pretty non-traditional gift for TV host Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.<p>Kutcher and his team donated $4 …

The economics of homelessness in Seattle and King County

Can a rising tide lift all boats? Here is a quick primer on the state of play in one fast-growth market.<p><b>Affluent coastal cities,</b> such as Seattle in …

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million

Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side was a whopper — the largest single gift from an individual to the social service group in its 125-year history.<p>It was not donated by some billionaire …

Great Depression

Inside a Powerful Silicon Valley Charity, a Toxic Culture Festered

As Silicon Valley technology executives have amassed enormous fortunes in recent years, one relatively obscure group — the Silicon Valley Community Foundation — has emerged as the local charity of choice.<p>Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has donated stock worth more than $1.8 billion to …

Big Think

Want to be a better philanthropist? Think like a poker player!<p>When some charities are 100 times more effective than others, world champion poker …

How the next generation is creating social change through philanthropy

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This 3D-printed house aims to end homelessness. Could it work?

A printing company and a nonprofit think they’ve found a solution to global poverty: 3D-printed houses. But activists warn the solution might not be as simple as it sounds.<p>New Story, a charity dedicated to providing shelter for impoverished and distressed communities, and printing company ICON …

Los Angeles’s New Plan to House the Homeless

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, to name …

California