Eighty-five percent of grant-makers increased staff pay in 2020 and 100% plan to do the same this year or already have, according to the Council on Foundations' annual compensation report. A separate Change Philanthropy report found people of color held 45% of board member and staff positions at foundations last year, up from 38% in 2018.
The Look Up Center has kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 to expand and improve the Newark, Ohio, facility where it offers job training, meals and other community programming. One goal of the campaign is to help the facility become more energy efficient.
Nonprofit employment declined by 0.4% or an estimated 2,499 jobs in September, compared with August, marking the first time the sector has reported a job loss since December 2020, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. It's too soon to know if September's job loss "portends a long-term trend, or whether future revisions and seasonal hiring will see the sector's recovery accelerate as we head into the fall and winter months," CCSS said.
Public-interest technology, technological solutions deployed in a manner that benefits society, could be a powerful tool for creating and maintaining social change, said Patrick J. McGovern Foundation President Vilas Dhar. The McGovern Foundation wants to build out technological solutions that support social issues, such as racial equity and education, and develop an equitable digital workforce to help maintain solutions.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum in London and other institutions are teaming up with brands to get their artwork and other forms of cultural intellectual property incorporated into products that will appeal to younger audiences and help generate revenue. The Met and Estee Lauder partnered on a makeup line featuring artwork, while interior design brand Made is offering select products created by the Natural History Museum.
Nonprofit leaders from some of the nation's largest foundations have established The Generosity Commission to combat a decline in household giving and "reignite generosity -- and engage every American in the process." The commission already has secured over $2 million in grants and will be led by representatives of the Skoll Foundation, Lever for Change, Giving Tuesday, the MacArthur Foundation, the Aspen Institute and other major foundations.
It's not uncommon for wealthy Americans to use dynasty trusts, offshore accounts and other legal financial tools to preserve assets for future generations and minimize taxes, but the practice may have a negative effect on charitable giving, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' Pandora Papers report. Many wealthy donors have charitable intentions, but they may be less incentivized to support the sector if they can use trusts and other vehicles to save on taxes, said Patrick Rooney of Indiana University.
YouTube influencer Sean "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin is bringing back an annual fundraising campaign known as Thankmas to raise money for New Story, a nonprofit that fights homelessness through 3D-printed houses and affordable lending products. McLoughlin said, "Heading into the holidays, following the aftermath of a global pandemic, I wanted to set high, yet achievable goals for my annual Thankmas event to encourage everyone to get involved with New Story to help end global homelessness."
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken the unusual step of defending the UN's honor as Ethiopia alleges seven expelled UN officials interfered with internal affairs in the country and ignores the Secretary-General's requests for evidence of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration has recalled one staff member from Ethiopia as it investigates an audio recording in which two female UN staffers say some officials sympathize with Tigray rebels fighting the Ethiopian government.
Diversity within countries and around the globe must not be seen as a hindrance to peace but a source of strength, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asserted at a UN Security Council meeting on "Diversity, State Building and the Search for Peace" as leaders from several countries cited examples of failure to address diversity and the resulting conflicts. Guterres advises that "a wide range of diverse voices at every step" is needed during negotiations on ending hostilities to ensure lasting peace.