Monthly Archives: September 2012

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At Clinton Philanthropy Summit, Obama Spotlights Human Trafficking

President Obama today called human trafficking a “debasement of our common humanity” and said the United States must do more to protect the estimated 20 million people worldwide who participate in forced labor, the sex trade, domestic servitude, or other conditions against their will.

Speaking at former President Clinton’s annual philanthropy event, in New York, Mr. Obama said that human trafficking must be called by its “true name”: “modern slavery.”

“I don’t use that word lightly, ” he said. “…

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Bill Clinton Urges Donors to Think About Results From the Start

Former President Bill Clinton’s seventh annual philanthropy conclave opened in New York Sunday with its hallmark blend of high-powered talk about the world’s biggest problems and announcements of new financial commitments designed to alleviate them.

In one session, World Bank leader Jim Yong Kim, Queen Rania of Jordan, Wal-Mart chief executive Michael Duke, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed how to reduce youth unemployment in the Arab world, maintain peace in countries l…

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IKEA Foundation Expands Its Giving to American Groups

The IKEA Foundation, in the Netherlands*, is expanding its giving to American nonprofits that fight poverty in the developing world, the organization said today.

The foundation says it will provide seven grants this year totaling more than $40-million to nonprofits in Britain and the United States.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative was awarded two grants, totaling about $26-million, to combat children’s diarrhea in India and Kenya. The Earth Institute won about  $2.5-million to improve prima…

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With 11 New Members, ‘Giving Pledge’ Signers Now Numbers 92

Eleven more families have signed the “Giving Pledge,” a public commitment to donate at least half their wealth to charity, the pledge’s organizers said today. That brings to 92 the number of families who’ve joined the campaign to increase philanthropy among the super rich, started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

While the list announced today includes well-known philanthropists such as Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance Companies, it also counts people who haven’t ye…

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Nonprofits Are Dissatisfied With Foundations’ Evaluation Efforts

Nonprofits say they want more help from donors in measuring their performance, according to a new survey from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

More than 70 percent of the 177 nonprofit officials surveyed said they don’t receive assistance with evaluation from foundations. About 62 percent said they would like help with that work.

And despite many foundations’ public insistence that they want charities to measure performance, how to do so isn’t a big topic of conversation between donors and…

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Correction: Downturn Causes Drop in Multiyear Foundation Grants

Editor’s note: On Thursday afternoon, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy withdrew the study that was the basis for the following item. It said data from the Foundation Center was flawed.

Many nonprofits pinned their hopes on foundations to help them get through the worst of the downturn with multiyear grants, but now a new study finds that such contributions fell sharply from 2008 to 2010.

The study, by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, examined 900 foundations …

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Former Hewlett Foundation Head to Join Stanford Center

Philanthropy studies at the university level just got a very prominent booster as one of the nation’s most prominent foundation leaders moves to academe.

Paul Brest, the former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, who stepped down from that post last week, has been named faculty co-director of Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the university announced today.

Mr. Brest, who started out as an expert on constitutional law, and in later years has focus…