Contributions to Giving Tuesday totaled almost $2 billion, the organization reports, with a record $511 million raised online. Facebook, whose $7 million match was exhausted in less than one minute, reported raising around $120 million through its fundraisers, compared to $125 million in 2018.
The donor landscape has been evolving for years toward a model in which wealthy donors account for a growing share of annual contributions and fewer households participate in giving, writes Patrick Rooney of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Rooney discusses concepts such as universal charitable deductions that could potentially increase giving.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated a $1.1 million grant to the WorkLife Partnership to help it use more technology and expand its mission of helping workers access child care, transportation and other services. Goldman Sachs, Chipotle and other businesses are focused on helping employees create a better work-life balance.
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The United Way of Greater Houston is reviewing its grant-making process and is expected to cut support for some organizations due to financial constraints. The organization plans to focus on serving people who meet the definition of "asset limited, income constrained, and employed."
Leaders should use December to review their successes and see what they can learn from what went wrong, writes John Maxwell. "My calendar is only the starting point for me -- I look beyond just where and how I spent my time, and I call to mind the people and purpose for which that time was spent," he writes.
Blue Shield of California collaborated with the California Department of Education and nonprofit groups to launch Blue Sky, which will provide online and other mental health resources to students in middle and high school. The program will also provide one-on-one therapy for student and youth mental health first aid training.
Michelle Obama has pledged more than $500,000 derived from merchandise sales related to her book, "Becoming," to the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance fund." The fund supports small, local efforts to help girls access education in various countries.
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