Philanthropy Roundup: September 2017

CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit
Leadership in philanthropy and social justice speak onstage at the 2017 CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit.

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

Beyond Buzzwords: In Stressful Times, These Funders See Hope in Intersectionality
Inside Philanthropy
One of the largest-ever gatherings of leaders in progressive philanthropy just convened in New Orleans. Seeking innovative ways forward on equity, CHANGE Philanthropy’s 2017 Unity Summit drew over 700 attendees from across the spectrum of social justice philanthropy. Ten different funder affinity groups and support organizations pitched in to pull off the four-day event. Like “breaking down silos,” intersectionality gets a lot of buzz when funders come together, but what does it actually mean when check-writing time rolls around?

The Long Haul: Lessons From Charitable Responses to Previous Disasters
Philanthropy News Digest
While media outlets — both online and print — have been quick to offer suggestions as to how individuals should channel their charitable impulses to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and recent natural disasters, many Americans have been inspired by the stirring images of neighbors and strangers lending a hand to help each other. Check out how we can learn from previous responses to natural disasters like Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Is Your Giving Hampered By A Poverty Mentality?
Forbes – Philanthropy
You’re completely committed to supporting others with your giving, and you’re doing everything possible to ensure that every penny of your charitable assets is going directly to the nonprofits that need it. That’s how you ensure the most effective use of your philanthropy, right? Wrong. Squeezing every penny into the philanthropic pipeline isn’t the same thing as ensuring effectiveness.

Zuckerberg May Sell Up to $12.8 Billion in Facebook Stock to Fund Work in Education, Science, and Advocacy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, plan to sell 35 million to 75 million shares of Facebook stock in the next 18 months to pay for their work in education, science, and advocacy. “Over the past year and a half, Facebook’s business has performed well, and the value of our stock has grown to the point that I can fully fund our philanthropy and retain voting control of Facebook for 20 years or more,” explained Zuckerberg.

Rady Children’s to Create Unique Psychiatric Emergency Department for Kids
The San Diego Union-Tribune
More than $6 million in philanthropic donations will help Rady Children’s Hospital create what is believed to be the nation’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department. The idea, explained Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, Rady’s director of child and adolescent services, is to create a separate space for the exploding number of children who are walking through the hospital’s doors with urgent mental health needs.