Why some companies are donating their profits | "Hamilton" star raises nearly $2M for epilepsy research | CityArchRiver updates mission, rebrands under new name
May 23, 2017
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Walton Family Foundation's grants close to $455M in 2016
The Walton Family Foundation distributed $454.4 million in grants last year, supporting causes around Arkansas, environmental projects, K-12 education and arts and science projects. Board leader Carrie Walton touted the family's involvement with the organization, its successful restructuring and its focus on "reaching scale."
Arkansas Business (5/22) 
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Why some companies are donating their profits
More companies are following in the footsteps of Newman's Own by joining the trend of pledging to donate their profits to charitable causes. Oregon eyewear firm Fetch, New York City cocktail bar Coup, Finnegan's in Minneapolis and Virginia's Impact Makers investment firm have all launched donation programs in support of different causes, ranging from animal rescue and urban farming to child poverty and solving hunger.
Fast Company online (5/19) 
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"Hamilton" star raises nearly $2M for epilepsy research
Miguel Cervantes, who plays Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production of the "Hamilton," has been working all year to raise awareness of epilepsy and funds for research, and his performance at a Chicago gala helped raise almost $2 million for the nonprofit group Cure. Cervantes sang an original song about his own family's experience with epilepsy, and proceeds from iTunes downloads of the song will also go to Cure.
Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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CityArchRiver updates mission, rebrands under new name
CityArchRiver, the St. Louis nonprofit leading a $380 million project to renovate the Gateway Arch park, has rebranded as the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. It expects to complete the project this year and will then focus on upkeep and the site's future projects.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (5/22) 
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Boards in Action
NAACP votes to dismiss president, vows reform
The NAACP has voted to remove its president, Cornell William Brooks, replacing him with chairman of the board Leon Russell and vice chairman Derrick Johnson on an interim basis. The organization also plans a "systemwide refresh" that will increase its focus on civil rights issues under the Trump administration.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/19) 
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MA in Public Policy & Administration
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Strategic Leadership
Being yourself is your great leadership asset
Leaders should worry about who they are rather than seeking to impersonate others, Jesse Sostrin writes. He offers instructions on how to uncover your authenticity, such as mapping out what's preventing you from being yourself and the patterns behind such behaviors.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (5/16) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Va. foundation introduces $1.5M mental health program
The Virginia Health Care Foundation has unveiled a new $1.5 million mental health initiative dubbed Beyond Blue. The program will advance the nonprofit's work helping the state's low-income and disadvantaged communities to access mental health care.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (5/22) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Couple uses GA aircraft to donate medical flights
Pilot Doug Pralle and his wife Robyn of Hampton, Iowa, provide free flights aboard their Cessna to those who must travel to receive medical treatment. The couple's nonprofit organization, Compassion Flights, receives donations from the community to cover the cost of trips.
Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) (5/21) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
Webinar 201: Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: Building a Culture of Philanthropy in your Board
A great fundraising strategy only works in a culture that supports it. Join us on June 13 to gain new insights on how to improve your organization's culture of philanthropy -- one that results in all board members playing effective fundraising roles, in a better understanding of fundraising costs, and in more realistic yet more aggressive fundraising goals. Register today!
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Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness
BoardSource, along with our colleagues at GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, have developed a new framework for evaluating fundraising effectiveness -- one that provides a balanced approach that emphasizes how important it is to invest in strong and sustainable fundraising programs. Learn more about this new framework.
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