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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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