Monthly Archives: July 2012
July 30, 2012, 5:27 pm
The database, which is still in beta form, enables users to identify which organizations are supporting areas like technology, school choice, teacher quality, and charter schools. It also helps users identify which policies and research are shaping those fields and others.
New Leaders for New Schools, for example, is listed among the nonprofits behind efforts to improve the quality of superintendents and principals. The Bill & Melinda Gates, Open Society, and Annie E. Casey foundations are among the largest funds supporting work in that field.
Caprice Young, vice president for education at the Arnold foundation, says she hopes the database can serve as a tool nonprofits use to identify potential donors.
For now, …
July 26, 2012, 9:00 am
Few nonprofits pay much attention to the videos, Facebook pages, and tweets of their foundation backers, according to a new study by the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
The study surveyed more than 6,000 grantees that receive money from a set of 34 large foundations. Social-media use among those grant makers was widespread: About 68 percent post videos, 59 percent use Facebook, 56 percent are registered on Twitter, and 29 percent write blogs.
But only 16 percent of nonprofits surveyed said they use social media created by their foundation supporters. Nearly a third said they were unaware whether the foundations that finance them use social-media tools.
Grantees find social media to be “less helpful for learning about the foundation” than individual contact with foundation staff members, group meetings, and foundations’ published guidelines and Web sites, the report found.
July 24, 2012, 6:14 pm
Nonprofits that work to improve the lives of American Indians in the Pacific Northwest are having more success raising money from foundations, according to a new study of 76 philanthropies. That growth comes even as giving to Native American organizations elsewhere appears to be shrinking.
Grant makers in the study gave $19-million to benefit Indian organizations and communities in the Pacific Northwest in 2010, 16 percent more than in 2008. The gains came despite a 24-percent overall decline in giving by those same foundations during that period.
Two foundations propelled most of the growth: the Rasmuson Foundation, in Alaska, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in Michigan.
The study, conducted by Philanthropy Northwest, a membership group, found that the median grant to Indian causes in that region was $9,000.
By contrast, a 2011 analysis of more than 1,000 of the country’s …
July 20, 2012, 7:01 pm
As foundations adjust their approaches to dealing with the tough economy and changing needs, they often face a big challenge in how to tell grantees that money is about to disappear.
The situation can be even tougher when a grant maker takes a new approach to dealing with some of society’s most vulnerable, as the Annie E. Casey Foundation has learned the hard way in recent weeks.
Casey announced last month that it was getting out of the business of providing direct support to foster-care families to free up $20-million a year for grants to organizations that care for such youngsters and handle other social-service needs.
That news stunned Mark Floegel, a Vermont foster parent, who with his wife has cared for half a dozen children over the years through the foundation’s program. The family is now in the process of adopting a 16-year-old foster daughter, but Mr. Floegel felt…
July 18, 2012, 2:24 pm
With a new $50-million program, the Ford Foundation is seeking to build human-rights organizations in far corners of the world.
The money will be awarded over five years to advocacy groups in non-Western countries in recognition that new voices on human rights are emerging around the globe.
“What today’s grants recognize is how powerful the idea of human rights has become in every corner of the world and how much growth there has been in recent years among rights organizations in the [Global] South,” Luis A. Ubiñas, Ford’s president, said in a statement. “We need to bring those southern-hemisphere voices into the global human-rights dialogue.”
The first seven winners were announced today in celebration of the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the South African leader. They will receive $1-million each.
Winners include the Asia Forum for Human Rights and Development, in…
July 11, 2012, 5:16 pm
Ten months after appointing a new president to conduct a review of its final years, the Atlantic Philanthropies is giving nonprofits some additional clues about what to expect between now and the time its last grants are announced in 2016.
In a letter Tuesday to grantees, Christopher G. Oechsli, Atlantic’s leader, says that “not all program work will continue to 2016.”
The foundation’s giving in Australia concludes this year, while grant making in South Africa and Vietnam will finish in 2013. Atlantic’s support of efforts to help elderly people in the United States and Ireland now has a narrower focus, he said.
What’s more, Mr. Oechsli told The Chronicle that while the foundation is considering grants to key civil-liberties organizations, it has wound down support of efforts to protect the rights of people who suffered after September 11.
In an e-mail, Mr. Oechsli said it…
July 11, 2012, 4:14 pm
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 15 other foundations, governments, and United Nations agencies announced today they would increase their support of family-planning programs by $2.6-billion in an effort to help an additional 120 million women gain access to contraception.
The Gates fund, whose co-founder, Melinda Gates, has made family planning her philanthropic priority, plans to double its annual giving for such programs to $140-million per year over the next eight years, to a total of $1.12-billion.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is committing $50-million to the effort.
This is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s second big financial commitment to family planning. In February, after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure temporarily cut its support to Planned Parenthood, the mayor pledged to match up to $250,000 in gifts to the group.