Red Cross Responds to Reports of Mismanagement After Hurricanes

In an interview with Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour, Suzy DeFrancis, chief public-affairs officer for the American Red Cross, responded to an investigation highlighting mismanagement following Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012.

Ms. DeFrancis said that the investigation, published by ProPublica and NPR and based on internal documents and communications, failed to show “any of the good work” done by the Red Cross in the wake of the two devastating storms. The organization distributed 17.5 million mea…

Donors Are 80% More Likely to Donate if Entire Gift Goes to a Cause

Donors are much more likely to give if they believe their money will not be spent on organizational overhead costs, and they are even more likely to donate if a matching gift is involved, according to two experiments, Science reports.

Uri Gneezy, an economist at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, recently ran experiments examining how individuals responded to various types of donation information. In one experiment, when donors were told that overhead was c…

At Brookings Institution, Donors Can Influence Research Agenda

Private donors may be influencing the research agenda at Brookings Institution, a respected, influential Washington think tank, the Washington Post reports.

During the last decade, a new business model has taken root. Scholars are playing a bigger role in securing funding for their work, thus giving private donors more sway in what studies are conducted. Previously, the organization was funded with no-strings-attached grants from large foundations and philanthropists. Now lobbyists are encouragi…

Millennials Launch Startups to Address Civic Problems

Millennials, those born in the early 1980s up to the early 2000s, are increasingly looking to start or join for-profit businesses with strong social missions, the National Journal reports. These companies are tackling issues ranging from education to transportation in a new way, and they are finding support from sources like the charitable arm of Blackstone Group.

One San Francisco incubator, Tummi, founded by Clara Brenner and Julie Lein, is dedicated to supporting start-ups that blend for-prof…

Proposed Kansas Constitutional Amendment Would Allow For Charitable Raffles

A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in Kansas would amend the state constitution to allow churches, schools, and other nonprofits to hold charitable raffles, the Kansas City Star reports.

Gov. Sam Brownback previously vetoed related legislation. Some nonprofits have staged raffles despite the existing state law. Supporters say such raffles are one way to increase revenue, even if they represent a small percentage of overall budgets. The Kansas Department of Revenue would be responsible for regulating…

Ticket Subscription Service Stokes Arts Attendance in Amsterdam

An experimental ticket subscription service is creating low-cost access to cultural events and funneling new audience members to cash-strapped arts organizations in Amsterdam, The New York Times reports.

Nearly 3,000 people have signed up for We Are Public, paying about $19 a month for access to 30 performances and other events. Fifty percent of the fees go directly to partner cultural groups.

It’s growth comes in the same year the Dutch government cut the nation’s arts budget by a quarter, …

Medical Charities Scramble to Line Up Ebola Volunteers

Aid groups on the front lines of the Ebola fight in West Africa continue to struggle to attract health-care workers in numbers to go to virus-riven regions in West Africa, writes The Boston Globe. With Ebola work requiring extensive pre-travel training, a minimum six-week assignment, and the increasing likelihood of a 21-day quarantine upon return, many would-be volunteers are unable to commit to months away from their jobs and families, charity officials said.

The World Health Organization esti…

Opinion: Beware ‘Free Market’ Entry Into Disaster Response

A former resident of a Queens neighborhood ravaged by Superstorm Sandy questions the efficacy of “free-market-based” disaster relief in an opinion column for Al Jazeera America. Writer Josmar Trujillo said the post-Sandy work of the Robin Hood Foundation, the anti-poverty nonprofit led by hedge-fund mogul Paul Tudor Jones that aims to apply business practices to charity projects, raises concerns about accountability in raising and allocating millions of dollars in relief donations.

Mr. Trujillo …

Commercial Ariz. College Considers Switch to Nonprofit

Citing prospective tax benefits and the increasingly negative image of for-profit colleges, Grand Canyon University in Arizona is weighing whether to return to its former nonprofit status, The Arizona Republic and The Wall Street Journal report. The Phoenix-based Christian school, which enrolls some 68,000 mostly online students but has a growing physical campus, was purchased by investors in 2004 after falling into financial straits and became a publicly traded firm four years later.

Grand Cany…

New Hirshhorn Museum Chief Plans Bolder Programming

In her first interview since taking office last month as director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Melissa Chiu tells The New York Times she hopes to make the contemporary-art museum more of a showcase for experimental and international works. Ms. Chiu, an Australian who formerly led the Asia Society, replaced Richard Koshalek, who resigned last year amid the collapse of his signature project to build a $15.5-million inflatable structure in the museum’s inner courtyard…