Ted Turner and His Landmark $1 Billion Gift to the United Nations

Ted Turner and His Landmark $1 Billion Gift to the United Nations

When people think about leading philanthropists, many picture Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has mobilized billionaires around the world to become involved with charity through the Giving Pledge. This pledge asks that signatories give away the majority of their wealth while they are still living. While the Giving Pledge played an important role in encouraging… Continue Reading

5 Ways That Entrepreneurs Can Increase Philanthropic Giving

In September, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a report on growing concerns that the world could backslide on gains in the international development arena. The United Nations created a set of 17 goals for improving the quality of life that philanthropists have been working toward with the aim of achieving as many of… Continue Reading

Chinese and Chinese American Philanthropy on the Rise

Chinese and Chinese American Philanthropy on the Rise

According to a recent study, philanthropic gifts from Chinese Americans have collectively increased almost fivefold over the last couple years. This group now gives a total of about $500 million each year to a variety of causes with one of the most significant being higher education. This trend mirrors what is happening in China, which… Continue Reading

Interest in Journalism Philanthropy Continues to Grow in US

Interest in Journalism Philanthropy Continues to Grow in US

Recently, The Guardian announced the inception of a new American nonprofit designed to support independent journalism and bolster story-telling. Already, the organization has raised more than a million dollars in philanthropic grants to support its mission. Operating under the name theguardian.org, the organization has pledged to fund honest and independent reporting on the most pressing… Continue Reading

5 Important Lessons You Can Learn from Strategic Philanthropy

5 Important Lessons You Can Learn from Strategic Philanthropy

Donors who want to make the greatest possible impact often turn to strategic philanthropy, an approach to giving that has become increasingly complex in recent years. Strategic philanthropy, which involves a great deal of research and planning, can have a measurable impact on communities around the world. Often, strategic philanthropy is individualized. After all, this… Continue Reading

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion to Charity

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion to Charity

Recently, Bill Gates made waves in the philanthropic community with the announcement of a ten-figure charitable gift. In June, he donated $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, his personal charity. The gift was not publicly known until a Securities and Exchange Commission filing published in early August. Bloomberg… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About MasterCard’s Developments in Data Philanthropy

What You Need to Know About MasterCard’s Developments in Data Philanthropy

Technology has had a large impact on the field of philanthropy, from changing how individuals decide which causes to support to facilitating quick and easy donations with the push of a button. Some organizations are harnessing the power of technology in novel ways. MasterCard, for example, is investigating big data as a means of bridging… Continue Reading

Spotlight – One Firm’s Unique Approach to Philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy is a way for companies to give back to their communities and make an impact in fields that really matter to the employees and the larger corporate mission. However, over time, the definition of what constitutes corporate giving has become rather limited. Many companies give away money and products for the benefit of… Continue Reading

More Donors Support Efforts to End Inner-City Violence

More Donors Support Efforts to End Inner-City Violence

Many philanthropists are working around the world to end humanitarian crises, but for some donors one of the biggest crises is in their own backyard. In recent years, the volume of nonprofit work addressing gun violence in the United States has increased significantly. Currently, gun violence claims about 35,000 lives each year, but thousands more… Continue Reading

The Current State of HIV/AIDS Philanthropy That You Need to Know

The Current State of HIV/AIDS Philanthropy That You Need to Know

One of the biggest challenges facing humanity in recent decades has been the HIV/AIDS crisis. While a number of strides have been made toward ending the disease, much remains to be done in countries around the globe, even in the United States. The most recent presidential election has raised a number of concerns about the… Continue Reading