Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's new in Philanthropy

Articles of interest in philanthropy and nonprofits published in the last 10 days:

1. New Gates Foundation tourist attraction in Seattle much more than a "museum of philanthropy"; Washington Post, January 31, 2012
Brief Introduction: The center opens Saturday in Seattle, just steps from the Space Needle and Experience Music Project, two of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. While it’s not exactly a “museum of philanthropy,” it’s also not just a public promotion of the Gates Foundation’s work.

2. On mega pledges from years past, donors make big payments in 2011; Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 6, 2012
Brief Introduction: Some of America’s biggest charitable donors don’t appear on the current Philanthropy 50 even though they were still writing big checks to charity. The list doesn’t include people who are paying off pledges made in previous years, and in 2011 several of the nation’s big donors were busy making payments, not new commitments. Among those philanthropists are Warren E. Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Ted Turner.

3. Kauffman Foundation Super Bowl ad calls on entrepreneurs; CNN, February 1, 2012
Brief Introduction: Not many people know the Kauffman Foundation, but after this Sunday a lot more will have an idea. The $2 billion nonprofit that focuses on fostering U.S. entrepreneurship is running its first ever TV ad, and it's doing it during the Super Bowl.

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