Category Archives: History

Honoring the Philanthropy of Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen

Honoring the Philanthropy of Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen

Following the death of prominent philanthropist David Rockefeller last year, the world of philanthropy recently lost another giant: Paul Allen. The cofounder of Microsoft Corporation, Allen made a name for himself as a philanthropist not afraid of taking risks. During a time when the majority of foundations and individual donors gave cautiously and backed only… Continue Reading

Millennials on Track to Become the Most Generous Generation

Millennials on Track to Become the Most Generous Generation

A great deal has been written about how millennials are changing the workplace, which makes sense considering that they will constitute the largest demographic in the American workforce within the span of a couple years. However, less has been written about the impact that this generation is having on philanthropy, a concept that has been… Continue Reading

Spotlight – Bill Gates Gives Alzheimer’s Research a Big Boost

Spotlight – Bill Gates Gives Alzheimer’s Research a Big Boost

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans in the United States, and a new case develops about every minute. However, the condition remains rather difficult to diagnose, and testing involves incredible expense. Because of this reality, Bill Gates recently announced a new investment in Diagnostics Accelerator, a venture philanthropy fund working to improve the… Continue Reading

6 Tips for Effective Family Philanthropy

6 Tips for Effective Family Philanthropy

Many families choose to engage in philanthropy together as a way to grow closer while making a meaningful impact on the world. Family philanthropy generally offers a positive experience. In order to maximize its impact, family members should agree on causes that they all care about in order to make coherent grants. Not all family… Continue Reading

Initiative Focuses on Investment in Public Spaces

Initiative Focuses on Investment in Public Spaces

Philanthropy has played a major role in reshaping public spaces across the country, ranging from parks to plazas. Expansions and improvements to these public spaces have had a positive impact on communities and larger cities, although historically not much work has been done to investigate its effects. However, a new initiative has been launched to… Continue Reading

This Tool Makes Philanthropists Think about Their Impact

This Tool Makes Philanthropists Think about Their Impact

One of the emerging trends in philanthropy is a push to hold donors more accountable for the impact that they make through their funding decisions. This trend was solidified by the introduction of Philamplify a few years ago. An initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), Philamplify provides critical feedback to select foundations… Continue Reading

The Red Cross’ New Partnership to Serve the Military More Effectively

The Red Cross’ New Partnership to Serve the Military More Effectively

Most people associate the American Red Cross with medical skills training and disaster relief, but the organization also maintains multiple programs to serve active members of the military and their families, as well as those who are transitioning back to civilian life. Recently, the organization teamed with the US Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM). According… Continue Reading

Digital Currency’s Potential to Disrupt the Charity Sector

Digital Currency’s Potential to Disrupt the Charity Sector

The conversation about cryptocurrency in the world of philanthropy has grown steadily since Pine emerged as the first major Bitcoin philanthropist. Pine has given away millions of dollars as the founder of the Pineapple Fund, which has promised to give away about $86 million worth of the cryptocurrency to a number of different causes. While… Continue Reading

The Lessons to Be Learned from the Failure of Diller Island

The Lessons to Be Learned from the Failure of Diller Island

Large philanthropic gifts can have an incredible impact on communities. The philanthropists capable of making these monumental donations usually have the best intentions, yet some argue that these gifts are one of the most important ways the affluent wield power and influence. After all, philanthropists have ultimate control over how their millions are allocated, so… Continue Reading