Komen Chief Says Cancer Charity Is Targeting Younger Donors

Judith A. Salerno, chief executive of Susan G. Komen, tells The Wall Street Journal that the organization is focused on attracting a new generation of supporters as the breast-cancer movement reaches what she calls its “middle age.”

“There’s so much we need to do in bringing the younger generation in,” said Dr. Salerno, an internal-medicine physician who took the reins at Komen last year. “What that fundraising looks like isn’t completely worked out in our mind, but we are doing a lot of resea…

Shift From Outdoor Pursuits Fuels Debate Within Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts’ international convention in Salt Lake City last week saw Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. debating its place in a changing world and reaffirming a commitment to outdoor activities that many scouting enthusiasts said had waned in recent years, writes The New York Times.

Grass-roots scouting activists have pushed back against a decade of changes by the venerable youth organization as it sought to stem a membership decline and remain relevant for 21st-century girls. Much of the criticism …

Detroit Museum Defends Executive Salaries Amid Outcry

The Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday defended double-digit pay hikes awarded to its top two officials in 2012, a year in which the museum campaigned for a property-tax increase to shore up its shaky finances, the Detroit Free Press and MLive write. Media reports on the raises fueled ire among elected officials in suburban counties where voters approved the tax increase.

Graham Beal, the institute’s director, got a 13-percent raise in 2012, boosting his annual salary to $514,000, while the pay…

‘Dark Money’ Nonprofits Increase Spending on Midterm Campaigns

Nonprofit advocacy groups have poured more than $100-million into campaign spending during the 2014 election cycle, outstripping their efforts in past midterm elections and foreshadowing a greater role in the 2016 presidential race, the Los Angeles Times writes. So-called dark-money organizations, which are not required to disclose donors, are responsible for more than half of all spending by independent groups in the most competitive Senate races, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a …

San Francisco Charity Reinstates Head Following Flap Over Blog

The CEO of a San Francisco social-services nonprofit who was placed on paid leave after asking employees to look at a personal blog featuring his idiosyncratic theories on religion and sexuality has returned to work, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The board of the Felton Institute, which oversees the Family Service Agency of San Francisco, said in a statement that Robert Bennett “demonstrated poor judgment” but had acted with “the best of intentions” in inviting staffers to visit his blog,…

U. of Hawaii Alumnus Pledges $69-Million to Business School

A Hawaii real-estate mogul has committed $69-million to the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business, bringing his total giving to the institution to $100-million, KITV in Honolulu and Pacific Business News report. The school was named for Jay Shidler, a 1968 university graduate, after his initial $25-million gift in 2006.

Mr. Shidler is the founder of the Honolulu-based Shidler Group, which owns commercial properties across North America. He is reputed to be the richest person in Hawa…

U.N. Makes Urgent Call for Donations to Ebola Trust Fund

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued an urgent appeal for contributions to a U.N. fund established last month to tackle the Ebola epidemic, the BBC reports. The fund, with a $1-billion target, has received pledges of $20-million from donor governments, of which only $100,000 has been paid, by Colombia.

Donors have given almost $400-million to aid charities and other U.N. agencies, but the trust fund was set up specifically to offer “flexibility in responding to a crisis which ever…

Gates Foundation Solicits Australian Firm for Ebola Treatment

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has asked an Australian maker of therapeutic blood-plasma products to try and develop a plasma-based treatment for Ebola sufferers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company, CSL, formed a team to assess the feasibility of such a product after receiving the foundation’s “highly unusual” request a few weeks ago, CEO Paul Perreault said.

Mr. Perreault said the firm is exploring a plan to collect and purify antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered f…

Booming Silicon Valley Foundation Extends Giving Reach

The San Francisco Chronicle looks at the history and growth of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest philanthropic entity of its kind in the country. Among other things, the article includes a profile of foundation CEO Emmett D. Carson and details its increasingly regional approach and work with growing immigrant communities in Northern California.

The foundation has received some of the biggest donations of recent years, including a nearly $1-billion stock gift from Facebook co-f…

Dreamforce Becomes Marc Benioff’s Philanthropic Bully Pulpit

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has flamboyantly placed philanthropy front and center at the business-software firm’s annual Dreamforce gathering, focusing events and his keynote speech on giving and causes, Fortune writes.

At this year’s Dreamforce, held this week in San Francisco, Mr. Benioff did not announce a new product until two-thirds of the way through his speech. As in past years, he highlighted the company’s support for causes like the San Francisco Unified School District and asked nonpro…