The death of Steve Jobs will almost certainly be included in lists of the biggest stories of the year. It might not be surprising, then, that his thoughts on philanthropy, as reported in Walter Isaacson’s biography, became the most popular post on this blog.
Also popular were posts with practical advice for grant seekers and new grant makers, giving by foundations, and how donors measure charities.
The top five most-viewed posts on the Giveaway in 2011 were:
American foundations commit only 1 percent of their giving to Hispanic causes—a share that has not changed in the past decade, according to a new study.
Giving to Hispanics in the United States from 2007 to 2009 averaged $206-million a year, and grants for Latin America averaged about $350-million a year. Most grants awarded to Hispanics support human services and health causes.
The survey by the Foundation Center and Hispanics in Philanthropy also found that 42 percent of grant dollars that sup…
Giving to international health charities increased last year after two years of declines, according to a new study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Government and private money to those nonprofits rose by roughly 8 percent this year, the study found.
The biggest private donor to global health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gave more of its dollars to research institutions and universities than other types of health charities. (The Institute fo…
Many philanthropy experts frown on picking a charity based on how little money it spends on overhead.
But if a donor can’t rely on that simple, easy-to-obtain measure, what can a person use to sort good nonprofits from bad?
Three nonprofit experts—Jacob Harold of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang of Indiana University—offered their advice during an online discussion hosted this week by The Chronicle and The Christian Science Monitor.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is big—really, really big.
Sure, its wealth today may be a smaller share of the U.S. economy than that of the Ford Foundation at mid 20th-century, as a Gates official noted yesterday. But Gates’s $3-billion in annual giving dwarfs that of other foundations and lends it a level of influence not achieved by its philanthropic peers—or, for that matter, some governments.
Alliance magazine and the Hudson Institute hosted a panel in Washington on Tuesday to discuss…
The Open Society Foundations announced today that Christopher Stone, a Harvard professor and criminal-justice expert, has been chosen to lead the global network of philanthropies started by hedge-fund billionaire George Soros.
Mr. Stone, 55, will take over in July. He succeeds Aryeh Neier, who is retiring after 18 years as the foundation’s president.
Mr. Stone teaches at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and directs the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. His research focuses…
Charles Best, the founder and chief executive of the online education charity DonorsChoose.org, has leaned heavily on big-name online supporters like Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, to help the organization fulfill its mission.
Mr. Best and Mr. Newmark talked to The Chronicle last month about that relationship at the NextGen: Charity conference in New York.
Among the noteworthy philanthropy items we have been tracking this week:
Companies do not expect to increase their giving in 2011, according to a new survey from the Conference Board, a business membership group. That comes after a year in which giving barely budged. The 183 companies polled donated a median of 0.81 percent of their pretax income in 2010, compared with 1 percent in 2008. (Learn more about corporate-giving trends from The Chronicle‘s annual study.)
The Giveaway provides news and analysis on how people and foundations are donating their money. Its authors, Chronicle staff members Maria Di Mento and Caroline Preston, welcome your feedback and story ideas. Connect with them on Twitter at @mdimento_cop and @cpreston.