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December 12, 2018
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Richard Branson: Philanthropists can do more together
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Richard Branson: Philanthropists can do more together
Philanthropists can drive change more effectively when they work together via coalitions such as the Audacious Project, writes Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. It's difficult for small organizations to approach donors individually, he writes, explaining how the project has raised $250 million for health care and other solutions to major global problems.
Devex (free registration) (12/10) 
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House tax bill would repeal Johnson amendment
A revised version of a tax bill put forth by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been released. The roughly $80 billion proposal includes several health care tax changes and seeks to repeal the Johnson amendment, which bars nonprofits from engaging in political activities.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (12/10),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/10),  Politico (12/10) 
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Commentary questions whether new Fla. foundation will help community
The Live Well Foundation of Lake County will be funded by $128 million from the sale of 50% of South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Fla., to the nonprofit hospital network Orlando Health. Lauren Ritchie examines whether the foundation, which is anticipated to grant up to $6 million annually to nonprofits, will choose recipients that benefit the community or whether it will function as "simply a lackey" for Orlando Health's interests.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/12),  Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/3) 
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Boards in Action
Minneapolis Institute of Art's head going to National Gallery of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art Director Kaywin Feldman will exit her role to become the first female director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. While serving the institute, Feldman incorporated new technology, created a department for contemporary art and helped attract a diverse audience.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (12/11),  Minnesota Public Radio (12/11) 
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Strategic Leadership
Pursue an idea even if the solution is obvious
Pursue worthwhile ideas that have the potential to be effective in some way, even the ideas that seem obvious, suggests Andrew Forman. It may not seem obvious to everyone, as was the case with Steve Jobs in the beginning, so understand that obviousness is one of the five steps in the creative process, experts at the University of Minnesota point out.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/7) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Donors may respond better to solicitations focused on self-interest
The warmth people feel when they make charitable donations may be more influential than the idea of making a difference in someone else's life, according to this Quartz analysis of a white paper from researchers in Alaska. The report also found that women are more likely to donate, but men often make bigger gifts.
Quartz (12/6) 
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$1.1M grant to U. of Calif. to boost college success models
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million grant to the University of California at Irvine to study how colleges measure student success and the value of a liberal arts education. The Next-Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project will involve about 20 institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, to evaluate the data and develop models.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/10) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Student's nonprofit gives children free 3D-printed prostheses
Connor Hart, a college freshman in Ohio, created the nonprofit Hands of Hope when he was in high school to provide free 3D-printed prostheses to children. Cedarville University now has an on-campus chapter, and Hart is developing a training program to teach students to create custom prostheses.
WKEF-TV (Miamisburg, Ohio) (12/10) 
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