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…

Independent Publisher McSweeney’s to Go Nonprofit

McSweeney’s, the independent book and magazine publisher led by author Dave Eggers, announced plans Thursday to shift from a commercial to a nonprofit operation, The New York Times reports. Mr. Eggers said the switch will allow the imprint, launched 16 years ago as an outlet for quirky, commercially risky material, to be more ambitious in areas like poetry and foreign translations that are largely neglected by traditional publishers.

“Our goal is to exist and keep on publishing in whatever way i…

Medical Charity at Ebola Forefront Says It’s at Its Limit

Doctors Without Borders, the global aid group that has taken the lead in fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, says it is stretched to the limit and needs other organizations to ratchet up work against the deadly virus, Reuters reports. The charity, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, operates six centers with a combined 600 beds in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia and has some 3,000 workers on the ground, up from about 650 in early August.

“Now we have reached our ceiling,” said Bric…

Aid Groups Say Public Slow to Open Wallets for Ebola Fight

Giving to tackle the Ebola epidemic is running well short of that for other major disasters, with philanthropic and governmental organizations pinning the lag on public fear and confusion over the disease and a lack of visceral media images of suffering, writes The Washington Post. Virtually all of the $2.9-million the American Red Cross has received to fight Ebola has come from one donor, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies s…

Mass. AG’s Suit Meshed With Aims of Backer’s Nonprofit

A lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley over federal mortgage agencies’ refusal to sell foreclosed homes to nonprofits that want to return them to the original owners appears to be in sync with the interests of an organization run by the co-chair of her campaign-finance committee, according to The Boston Globe.

The only nonprofit in the country that operates as described in the June suit against Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is Boston Community Capital, the Globe writes. Th…