In Major Donors on 04/20/2014 at 12:07 pm
White House Hosts ‘Next Generation’ Young and Rich – NYTimes.com.
The daylong conference was organized by Thomas Kalil, a deputy director for technology and innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the help of Nexus, a youth organization based in Washington that seeks to “catalyze” the next generation of billionaire philanthropists and other stakeholders.
Mr. Kalil moved nimbly among the affluent participants and through the ornate halls of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the summit was held. “A lot of this is not just, you know, collaborations between the administration and philanthropists,” he said, “but philanthropists finding each other, finding other philanthropists with shared interests.”
In Fundraising, Major Donors, Observations on 04/11/2014 at 8:00 pm
Will Knight challenge hurt or help nonprofit fundraisers?.
Johnson said the Knight challenge had the potential to create funding difficulties for some of the smaller organizations that might find donors tapped out, but many of the fundraisers said that the Knight challenge might become a rising tide that could lift all their boats. New donors will likely be identified, and Phil Knight himself might be signaling his future philanthropy could be on the rise.
“The philanthropy landscape is beginning to change,” Johnson said. He told the conference audience that they could not expect to continue business as usual and that if they were going to survive, they likely would need to “pay more attention to their business practices.”
Attendees, who ranged from the Oregon Humane Society to Meals On Wheels, spoke of potentially increasing collaboration with one another in the future, though that almost never extends to sharing the names of donors. Johnson said it was unlikely OHSU would share the names of any new philanthropists it uncovers as part of its fundraising campaign.
In advance of the meeting, the organization commissioned a survey of local nonprofits. When asked whether the Knight challenge would, in fact, be “a rising tide that lifts all boats,” 47 percent of fundraisers said it was unlikely and 27 percent said they were neutral. Smaller nonprofits that raised less than $500,000 in 2013 were more likely to voice concern about the Knight grant, according to the survey.
Those numbers suggest a high level of concern, according to Johnson. “Fundraisers are a pretty optimistic lot,” he said.
In India & International Philanthropy, Major Donors on 03/25/2014 at 7:38 pm
Forbes Is Now Updating Net Worths And Rankings Of More Than 1,600 Billionaires Every Trading Day.
For more than a quarter of a century, Forbes has been tracking the fortunes of the richest people on the planet, annually publishing the rankings of the 400 Richest Americans and the World’s Billionaires. In recent years, thanks to improvements in technology and the Internet, we’ve been updating those figures more frequently while also continuing to enhance and expand our wealth coverage. In 2012, we launched real-time billionaires, which tracked daily changes in the value of three top listed holdings of a handpicked group of high profile billionaires. Now we’re taking another huge leap forward, for the first time ever updating the fortunes – and ranks- of more than 1,600 billionaires on a daily basis.
In Major Donors, Observations on 03/17/2014 at 1:06 pm
Gift Hub: Assimilation and Accomodation among the Culled in Social Enterprise.
Raise a kid in front of tv. Raise a kid in the mall. Cull kids every year with objective tests until their moral imagination and irreverence is stunted and dies. Rank and measure. Cull again. Rank and measure. Then take the best culled kids and give them an education in management or investment skills leading to business success. Put the social on their owned platforms. Let them operate like Kings and Queens of Intellectual Property, owning the social. Let a few make it billionaire big, and let that validate the worldview system to which all is assimilated. Let those few then transition to philanthropy. Of course they know nothing about it, and have no frame of reference, and have no understanding of civics, and no self awarenenss of their own limitations, and no commitment to equity or social justice or working polity. They are culled of the culled via metrics! They are world beaters, and know the secret is ownership, mastery, hierarchy, and power from above within markets for what else is there? What else is there but a Market? What else have these stunted souls ever known?
In Major Donors on 03/16/2014 at 12:03 pm
Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science – NYTimes.com.
American science, long a source of national power and pride, is increasingly becoming a private enterprise.
In Washington, budget cuts have left the nation’s research complex reeling. Labs are closing. Scientists are being laid off. Projects are being put on the shelf, especially in the risky, freewheeling realm of basic research. Yet from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, science philanthropy is hot, as many of the richest Americans seek to reinvent themselves as patrons of social progress through science research.
The result is a new calculus of influence and priorities that the scientific community views with a mix of gratitude and trepidation.
In Major Donors, Observations on 03/14/2014 at 3:35 pm
Washington is home to 16 billionaires. How much are they giving away? – The Washington Post.
The Washington Post tracks the philanthropic habits of the 16 D.C.-area residents among the 1,645 billionaires on the latest Forbes list of the world’s richest people.The article lists the chief causes and biggest gifts of the region’s mega-rich—among them, the heirs to the Mars candy and Marriott hotel fortunes and the owners of the Washington Nationals and Washington Redskins—as gleaned from their companies and foundations, Internal Revenue Service filings, and media reports. The newspaper also notes which of the 16 have signed the Giving Pledge
In India & International Philanthropy, Major Donors, Observations on 02/19/2014 at 1:34 am
Majority of Wealthy Individuals See ‘Urgent’ Need for Philanthropy, Survey Finds | News | PND.
Four in five high-net-worth individuals in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States see an “urgent” or “extremely urgent” need for philanthropic giving worldwide, a report from PNB Paribas Wealth Management and Forbes Insights finds.
Based on a survey of more than four hundred high-net-worth individuals, the 2014 PNB Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index (32 pages, PDF) found that 56 percent of respondents viewed the need for philanthropy as “extremely urgent” — including 64 percent of those in the U.S. and 61 percent in the Middle East — while 23 percent viewed it as “urgent.” The survey also found that U.S. respondents considered health to be the most urgent global issue in need of funding, while respondents in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East cited the environment. When asked specifically about needs in their own countries, 67 percent of U.S. respondents and 65 percent of those in the Middle East said the need for philanthropy was “extremely urgent,” compared with 41 percent in Asia and 39 percent in Europe.
In India & International Philanthropy, Major Donors, Observations, Planning, Prospects on 02/19/2014 at 1:30 am
As Billionaires’ Wealth Skyrockets, Their Philanthropy Does Not – Businessweek.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its annual “Philanthropy 50” list this week, detailing the gifts of the most generous donors in America. These individuals are “ditching the caution that marked so much of their giving as the economy stalled and are roaring back” with $7.7 billion in contributions, 4 percent more than in 2012, the publication says.
Some $7.7 billion is nothing to scoff at. It’s also possible that the figure would be higher if anonymous donations were included. The Chronicle publishes an excellent data set, however, and a closer look at the numbers suggests there is not quite a “surge” or “boom” in the largest gifts.