Philanthropy Roundup: May 2018

Social determinant of health and wellbeing
Mobility is a critical social determinant of health and wellbeing, both for individuals communities, where good transportation options are inseparable from economic growth and development.

If you’re a philanthropist, your schedule might make it hard to keep up with the latest news, topics and emerging trends in the world of giving back.

That’s why we’re making it easier for you to stay current.

Our “Philanthropy Roundup” posts highlight stories – at the local and national level – that are valuable to our readers and will keep you up to date in the world of philanthropy. Check out the articles below.

Philanthropy Roundup

Are Donor Advised Funds Right for Your Charitable Giving?
Washington Top News
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a powerful and popular tool to simplify the management of your charitable giving. According to a 2017 report, donor-advised funds reached a record $23 billion in contributions in 2016. DAFs offer many of the benefits of a private foundation, including an immediate tax deduction for the full amount of your charitable donation and the option to invest the principal free of taxes and distribute funds to charities that you and your successors care about most over time.

USD Professor Shows Students How to be Successful & Caring
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Director for the University of San Diego Center for Peace and Commerce, professor Amit Kakkad works to make sure his students understand there are ways to be successful and to do good for others. He uses business principles to solve social problems in his teaching. Part of educating future leaders includes the center’s Social Innovation Showcase, a social venture pitch competition for teams and students who present their ideas to a panel of judges, with an opportunity to win seed funding for their ideas.

How to Become a Philanthropic Business Leader for Your Community
When you think of business philanthropists who are making a difference in their communities, who are the ones that come to mind? More than likely, you’ll think of Bill and Melinda Gates or Michael Bloomberg. A persistent fallacy about philanthropists, however, is that the vast majority of them are wealthy global business leaders who made billions and decided along the way to give to charity. If you think a little more about philanthropy, you may find you would like to think of yourself in a similar vein as the people that spring to your mind.

Better Rural Mobility Through Technology: The Role for Philanthropy
Inside Philanthropy
Mobility—the power to move and travel—is a critical social determinant of health and wellbeing, both for individuals, whose quality of life and ability to age in place may hang in the balance, and for communities, where good transportation options are inseparable from economic growth and development. With so much at stake, it is unfortunate that few funders consider the state of mobility in the places where they invest. Rural America is closer than you probably think, yet good transportation options can be inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply unavailable.

Carrying on the Fight: What’s the State of LGBTQ Funding?
Inside Philanthropy
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision for marriage equality, advocates worried about a fall-off of funding as foundations and major donor shifted their attention to other areas. But there’s no evidence that LGBTQ funding by U.S. foundations declined overall after 2015—quite the opposite. In its 2016 tracking report, released earlier this spring, Funders for LGBTQ Issues documents a relatively steady increase in annual foundation dollars dedicated to the cause since around 2010, including after 2015.