Articles of interest in philanthropy and nonprofits published in the last 10 days:
1. MBAs lend their skills to nonprofit boards; Bloomburg Business Week, December 5, 2011
Brief Introduction: Programs like the one Bell participated in, known as Board Fellows, are becoming increasingly common on business school campuses throughout the country. The initiatives are a way to get young people—a demographic that most nonprofit boards have trouble connecting with—involved with boards at an early stage in their careers. On average, only six percent of nonprofit boards have members under the age of 35, according to a 2008 Urban Institute study of nonprofits with annual expenses between $500,000 and $5 million
2. Five fascinating philanthropists; Barrons.com, December 3, 2011
Brief Introduction: Barron's is profiling five of these innovative philanthropists, looking at the entrepreneurial spirit that propelled them to think of new solutions for social problems. None of our picks are headline-grabbing billionaires using $100 million grants to wipe out a disease, but each is deploying grants and sweat equity in such an original way that it changes the world.
3. CPS vies for Gates Foundation funding; Chicago Tribune, December 6, 2011
Brief Introduction: Chicago Public Schools have signed a charter school compact agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to increase funding for charters and improve collaboration between charter and neighborhood schools.