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Wooing a new generation of museum patrons
From The New York Times
Several hundred millennials mingled under the soaring atrium of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue one recent frigid February night. Weaving around them were black-clad servers bearing silver trays piled high with doughnuts, while a pixieish D.J. spun Daft Punk remixes. The occasion was the museum’s annual Young Collectors Party, and the increasingly tipsy crowd thronged in a space usually filled with visitors eager to see the 73-year-old institution’s priceless artworks. But on this night, the galleries displaying an exhibition of Italian Futurism were mostly cordoned off. Instead, youthful, glamorous and moneyed New Yorkers were the main attraction.
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Foundation assets reach highest level since downturn
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
A strong stock market helped boost the assets last year of the Gates, Hewlett, and other big foundations to their highest levels since the Great Recession gutted endowments six years ago, according to a new Chronicle survey. Yet grant makers still aren’t as well off as they were before the downturn, and that continues to put a damper on their giving. What it’s not doing, though: crimping ambitious new grant-making efforts to deal with vexing problems.
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In a marathon for the ages, a rush of volunteers
From The Boston Globe
Krista Myer, a 43-year-old marathoner from Columbia, Mo., had accepted that she would never be able to meet the Boston Marathon’s rigorous qualifying times. But after last year’s bombings, she wanted to be part of the race in whatever way she could. So she applied to be a volunteer, writing to race organizers that she would “do absolutely anything that you need.” “It doesn’t matter where you put me,” she wrote. Myer knew the odds were long, and didn’t get her hopes up. Still, when the rejection letter came came late last month, it stung.
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TED $1 million prize for Global Witness to attack corporate secrecy
From Nonprofit Quarterly
The nonprofit Global Witness, supported significantly by George Soros, has long been a leading entity in campaigning against corruption through “anonymous shell companies, which are open to abuse by drug lords, sanctions-busters, kleptocrats and their cronies.” Global Witness became this year’s recipient of a $1 million annual prize from TED, the nonprofit group known for its sponsorship of elite talks meant to discuss stimulating and important ideas. Global Witness helps reveal who is behind these anonymous Potemkin companies that shield the identities of people like Yanukovych.
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Redskins owner announces foundation to help Native American tribes
From USA Today
Dan Snyder isn't backing down from continuing to use his team's embattled nickname. Now the Washington Redskins' owner is trying to change perception by making a public overture towards American Indians. In a letter posted March 24 on the team's website, Snyder announced the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which will aim "to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country."
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Widow to repay embezzled funds to church charity
From The Wall Street Journal
An international charity charged with missionary work of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to new financial controls after discovering that a now-deceased officer embezzled some $1.77 million, according to the office of New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Mr. Schneiderman's office is expected to announce that Kathleen A. Schroeck, the widow of Raymond F. Schroeck, has agreed to repay nearly $1 million in assets to the New York office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, where Mr. Schroeck served as chief financial officer.
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Meyer Foundation taps Nicky Goren to replace Julie Rogers
From Washington Business Journal
Nicky Goren, head of the Washington Area Women's Foundation, will become the new president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, one of Washington D.C.'s largest and most important philanthropic organizations. She will replace Julie Rogers, who announced her retirement last June after 28 years at the helm of the Meyer Foundation. Goren's appointment takes effect July 1.
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Wooing a new generation of museum patrons
From The New York Times
Several hundred millennials mingled under the soaring atrium of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue one recent frigid February night. Weaving around them were black-clad servers bearing silver trays piled high with doughnuts, while a pixieish D.J. spun Daft Punk remixes.

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Troubling numbers in volunteering rates
From The Nonprofit Times
Statistics released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing volunteering at a 10-year low have some in the industry scratching their heads or backing away from the numbers, including a sponsor of the survey.

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For nonprofits, a bigger share of the economy
From The New York Times
The overall economy has been expanding slowly, but at least one sector is vibrant: nonprofits, which have been growing at a breakneck pace. From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half of 1 percent.

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Online giving course adds actor Patrick Dempsey
From The Associated Press via The State
When the second edition of an online course on effective giving starts next month, students will have a chance to learn from actor Patrick Dempsey, billionaire Warren Buffett and other prominent philanthropists. Students in the free class that's scheduled to start on April 2 also will be able to help decide how to give away at least $100,000 of Buffett's sister Doris' money. The Learning By Giving Foundation announced that Dempsey had agreed to join the Buffetts, baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and other philanthropists in sharing lessons they learned from their own charitable efforts.
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