Monthly Archives: February 2012


Environmental Grant Makers Favor Large Nonprofits, Study Finds

Grass-roots environmental nonprofits are too often ignored by foundations, says a new report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Foundations give half of the dollars they spend on the environment to national organizations with budgets of $5-million or more, but those charities make up only 2 percent of the environmental groups in the United States, according to the watchdog.

Only 15 percent of environmental grant making helps poor communities, the study found. A smaller share…


Grant Making to Gay Causes Exceeds $750-Million

Two relative newcomers to private philanthropy—the Arcus and Gill foundations, which were started in 2000 and 1994, respectively—have given more money to gay causes than any other grant maker, according to a new report by Funders for LGBTQ issues.

Over all, 799 grant makers have contributed more than $771-million to lesbian and gay issues since 1970, the report says. The money has gone to 6,000 charities working in 117 countries.

The report both analyzes and tells the story of grant making to th…


Banks’ Philanthropy Needs Greater Oversight, Says Watchdog

The federal government should scrutinize claims banks make about their charitable giving before approving their requests to merge, a watchdog group said in a new report today.

Banks often tout the possibility of bigger philanthropy budgets and greater charitable impact when they seek to merge, said the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. But the watchdog, a left-leaning organization in Washington, says those promises may not pan out.

“A bank should not be allowed to make exaggerated …


Can Philanthropy Strengthen Occupy Wall Street?

The Occupy Wall Street protesters who staked out spots this fall in New York’s Zuccotti Park and Washington’s McPherson Square have succeeded in drawing attention to income inequality—a gap that many foundation and nonprofit leaders have sought to close for decades.

Now philanthropy is starting to grapple with whether, and how, it might strengthen the Occupy movement.

Foundation officials have organized an informal effort, Occupy Philanthropy, to share ideas on how philanthropy might support the…


MacArthur Honors 15 Nonprofits for Creativity and Effectiveness

A Mexican human-rights network is one of 15 winners of MacArthur foundation prizes.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today the winners of its annual award for “creative and effective institutions,” a counterpart to the fund’s “genius” prize for individuals.

Fifteen nonprofits received grants ranging from $350,000 to $2.5-million.

The winners—nine from the United States and six from other countries—included organizations dedicated to analyzing Russian politics, purs…