Our work is grounded in data and information gathered from reliable, global resources. Below you’ll find our curated collection of articles about our clients’ fundraising efforts, as well as other philanthropy-related news and updates.

In addition to these articles, our consultants are offering their expertise through our thought leadership article and webinar series, “Pivot Forward,” which examines how philanthropy adjusted to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

News, forecasts and insights

News

U of M sets record academic fundraising year, promotes lead fundraiser (Memphis Business Journal, July 21, 2021)
Penn State receives $27.1 million pledge for College of Nursing (Philanthropy News Digest, July 19, 2021)
Missouri State University Foundation sets new fundraising record, despite pandemic (Springfield News-Leader, July 12, 2021)
Board Approves $70 Million for Arts, Education Complex at Oregon State (Construction Equipment Guide, June 29, 2021)
Saunders Family’s $10M Gift Creates Inaugural Endowed University Professorships (UVA Today, June 29, 2021)
UCLA receives $1.45 million bequest for research related to artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz (UCLA Newsroom, June 23, 2021)
Cranwell family gifts $7 million to Virginia Tech to support international students (The Roanoke Times, June 23, 2021)
SPIE, Vanderbilt University establish $1M optical engineering faculty fellowship (Laser Focus World, June 22, 2021)
National Air and Space Museum Receives $1 Million Gift From Flexjet (The Southern Maryland Chronicle, June 22, 2021)
2 UC Berkeley professors donate $1M to create first chair for tech clinic (The Daily Californian, June 21, 2021)
Gift to Carolina Performing Arts ensures continued access to innovative, creative arts programming (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 17, 2021)
Broward College and Florida International receive $70 million in donations from billionaire Mackenzie Scott (Sun Sentinel, June 16, 2021)
Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, gives millions to 2 Chicago colleges (WGN News, June 15, 2021)
June Sees Historic Gifts At Duke, Cornell, Western Michigan And University of Utah (Forbes, June 13, 2021)
Trio of gifts, $75 million, accelerates transformation of computing and data science at Berkeley (Berkeley News, June 7, 2021)
Venture capitalists donate $5M to diversify STEM at UC Berkeley (May 31, 2021)
University of Nebraska Foundation celebrates 85 years of generosity (May 29, 2021)
Asian American Foundation raises nearly $1.1 billion (Philanthropy News Digest, May 24, 2021)
CMU Receives $150M Grant For ‘Cutting-Edge’ Science & Robotics Facilities (90.5 WESA, May 20, 2021)
Dartmouth College gets $20 million gift for STEM diversity (New Hampshire Union Leader, May 18, 2021)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Announces $2 Billion Fundraising Campaign to Defy Cancer (Business Wire, May 17, 2021)
Bloomberg is giving Johns Hopkins $150 million to diversify science PhD programs (Washington Post, May 11, 2021)
Dana-Farber receives $50 million gift to study pancreatic cancer (Boston Globe, May 11, 2021)
$50 million scholarship fund positions U of M’s Carlson School to fuel future workforce (University of Minnesota, May 11, 2021)
Rush University System for Health and BMO Financial Group Announce $10 Million Donation to Create the Rush BMO Institute for Health Equity (Newswise, May 10, 2021)
Johns Hopkins Aims for 1,000 Donor for Fifth Annual OneHopkins Giving Day (Hub, May 7, 2021)
Historic collection from the Klondike Gold Rush gifted to UBC in $2.5M donation (UBC News, May 5, 2021)
Gift from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support UCLA neurology research (UCLA Newsroom, May 5, 2021)
Historic collection from the Klondike Gold Rush gifted to UBC in $2.5M donation (The University of British Columbia, May 5, 2021)
Stop & Shop Raises Record-Breaking $3.1 Million During Its Annual ‘Help Cure Childhood Cancer’ Campaign (Street Insider, May 5, 2021)
UCLA receives $2 million to support biomedical library (UCLA Newsroom, May 4, 2021)
$5-million donation to MUHC Foundation will benefit nurses, research (Montreal Gazette, May 3, 2021)
Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital raised record-setting $6.2 million in 2020 (Fox 43, May 3, 2021)
Former faculty member, wife give $1.2M for human rights program (Nebraska Today, April 25, 2021)
Johns Hopkins launches new institute focused on creating clean, renewable energy technologies (Hub, April 22, 2021)
$6 Million Gift to Duke Supports Athletics During COVID and Improves Equity (Duke Athletics, April 22, 2021)
McMaster research gift to help improve at-risk seniors’ lives (Global News, April 20, 2021)
Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity continues to grow with $1 million donation from alumnus (Daily Collegian, April 19, 2021)
$2.7 million raised for UW through Day of the Badger (The Daily Cardinal, April 13, 2021)
Art Institute names Denise Gardner new board chair, believed to be first Black woman chair at major art museum (Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2021)
Johns Hopkins Medicine Establishes Center Thanks to Gift from Merkin Family Foundation to Seek Better Understanding, Treatment of Damaging Nerve Disorder (Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom, April 7, 2021)
UCI’s Brilliant Future campaign surpasses $1 billion in gifts (UCI News, April 6, 2021)
With $16 Million Gift, Columbia Establishes Treatment Center and Clinical Trials Network for Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases (Columbia News, March 30, 2021)
Merkin Family Foundation Announces Gift Establishing The Merkin Peripheral Neuropathy And Nerve Regeneration Center At Johns Hopkins Medicine (PR Newswire, March 30, 2021)
Children’s Cancer Research Fund awards $10.5M to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 11 other research organizations (Becker’s Hospital Review, March 17, 2021)
Despite virtual THON, campaign challenges, EMS shatters fundraising goal (Penn State News, March 16, 2021)
Giving Day brings Cornellians together, shatters records (Cornell Chronicle, March 16, 2021)
McGill24 raises over $3.8 million for causes across the university in sixth annual day of giving (McGill Newsroom, March 11, 2021)
Atkinsons’ $30M gift to name multidisciplinary building (Cornell Chronicle, March 8, 2021)
UNC announces $3 million gift from Roy and Wanda Williams (Greensboro News & Record, March 8, 2021)
Penn State Law receives $1 million donation for gender, economic equity lab (The Collegian, March 4, 2021)
Yale creating carbon capture research center with $100M donation from FedEx (The New Haven Register, March 3, 2021)
Bloomberg Giving $150 Million To Harvard To Establish A Center For Cities (Forbes, March 2, 2021)
UC Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic receives $250,000 donation (The Daily Californian, March 1, 2021)
U of M gets $5M donation for new center to address racial inequality in healthcare (Bring Me the News, February 28, 2021)
$20 million in new giving marks growing support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Brown (Brown University, February 26, 2021)
$25 million gift to UChicago will support work on global health and social development (UChicago News, February 18, 2021)
Honouring Leadership Excellence in Montreal with a $1 Million Donation (Digital Journal, February 18, 2021)
After seeing campus needs at School of Science and Math reunion, donor makes record gift (The News & Observer, February 17, 2021)
$2 Million Gift To Benefit Library During Renovation (UVA Today, February 16, 2021)
Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie donate $80 million to improve the health of mothers and babies (Stanford Medicine News Center, February 16, 2021)
Outdoor hockey players in Alberta break records, raise $1.8M for cancer research (Kamloops This Week, February 15, 2021)
UCLA Health receives $29 million gift to establish center in precision genomic medicine (UCLA Newsroom, February 11, 2021)
Dartmouth undertaking $75 million on Hopkins Center renovation with Norwegian design firm (Valley News, February 10, 2021)
University of Maryland School of Nursing receives record $13.8 million gift; deanship named for donors (The Baltimore Sun, February 10, 2021)
$10 million gift from Helen Diller Foundation marks new name for Berkeley institute at 10 years (Berkeley News, February 9, 2021)
Dana-Farber and Deerfield Join Forces Again in $130 Million Collab (BioSpace, February 8, 2021)
U of O’s Refugee Hub receives $250,000 donation from Giustra Foundation (Fulcrum, February 7, 2021)
OSU receives $50 million lead gift to complete Reser Stadium, enable year-round university programs (Oregon State News, February 4, 2021)
$6.8M gift to UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing funds simulation center, scholarships to educate nurses (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News, February 2, 2021)
$6.3 Million Gift from Alumnus David S. Pottruck to Penn Athletics (University of Pennsylvania News, February 2, 2021)
Gensler Family Endows a $10 million Gift to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell (Boston Real Estate Times, February 1, 2021)
University of Hawaii Agricultural Program Receives $2 Million Pledge (The College Post, February 1, 2021)
New Online MPH Program Receives Significant Gift (Yale School of Medicine, February 1, 2021)

Forecasts

How Philanthropy Can Make the Quantum Leaps Society Is Counting On (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 26, 2021)
Nonprofit Mailers To Appeal Postal Rate Hike (The Nonprofit Times, July 21, 2021)
Nonprofit Jobs Jump, But Health Care In Reverse (The Nonprofit Times, July 13, 2021)
Whose Dollars Are These Anyway? Foundations Rethink Their Model (Next City, July 12, 2021)
Half of Nonprofits Won’t Require Employees to Be Vaccinated as They Return to Work, Poll Finds (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 29, 2021)
Study Points to Continued Growth in Giving in 2021 (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 22, 2021)
Study: First Quarter 2021 Fundraising Beat 2020 (The Nonprofit Times, June 22, 2021)
Value of Charitable Deduction for All Americans Still Unclear (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 19, 2021)
What the donor-advised fund payout rate means for philanthropy and how it fits into the bigger charitable giving picture (PhilanTopic, June 8, 2021)
Biden Budget May Spur More Charitable Giving, Experts Say (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 1, 2021)
Does MacKenzie Scott’s Giving Approach Signal a New Era? (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 1, 2021)
Court Decision Might Make Fundraising Law Moot (The Nonprofit Times, May 24, 2021)
An economist illuminates our giving habits—during the pandemic and beyond (uchicago new, May 19, 2021)
Emerging From Crisis: How a Tumultuous Year Is Shaping Grant Making (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 19, 2021)
The Emerging Philanthropic Reform Movement (inequality.org, May 12, 2021)
They Came Through in a Crisis. Will 2020’s New Donors Keep Giving? (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 5, 2021)
How Philanthropy is Evolving (Thrive Global, May 3, 2021)
Donor Privacy Case Before the Supreme Court Is a Threat to Nonprofit Transparency (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 28, 2021)
A Philanthropic Drive to Aid Black Women Is Gaining Momentum (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 26, 2021)
Nonprofit sector regained jobs in March but faces long recovery (Philanthropy News Digest, April 21, 2021)
Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Case Involving Donor Privacy (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 22, 2021)
Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Fundraising if It’s Used Effectively and Ethically (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 19, 2021)
Why philanthropy needs to prepare itself for a world powered by AI (World Economic Forum, April 14, 2021)
Crowdfunding donors younger, less religious, study finds (Philanthropy News Digest, April 12, 2021)
Museums celebrate Covid funding boost (Museums Association, April 8, 2021)
Philanthropy Needs to Prepare Itself for a World Powered by Artificial Intelligence (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 30, 2021)
Nonprofits Can Play A Role In The Future Of Education (Forbes, March 26, 2021)
Collaborative Household Philanthropy Decisions Drop 11.4% (The Nonprofit Times, March 22, 2021)
The Pandemic May Have Permanently Altered Campuses. Here’s How. (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2021)
24 Hours in Higher Ed, One Year into the Pandemic (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2021)
Researchers Project Fundraising Gains For 2021/2022 (The Nonprofit Times, March 2, 2021)
Report: 28% of NPO Leaders Concerned About Finances (The Nonprofit Times, March 2, 2021)
College fundraisers optimistic about FY21, survey finds (PhilanTopic, February 26, 2021)
The Next Generation is Reshaping Philanthropy (Thrive Global, February 15, 2021)
More Millennials Than Boomers Plan to Give $500 or More This Year (Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 11, 2021)
In Challenging Times, Channeling Negative Emotions into Impactful Giving (Charity Navigator, February 8, 2021)
Fundraiser confidence grew toward year-end, survey finds (Philanthropy News Digest, February 9, 2021)
Fundraisers Were More Confident at Year End but Worried About 2021 (Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 5, 2021)

Insights

Philanthropy Can Help Bridge the Gap Between the Idea of Disability Rights and the Reality (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 27, 2021)
Trust in nonprofits, philanthropy to ‘do what is right’ declining (Philanthropy News Digest, July 21, 2021)
How Nonprofit Leaders Can Get To Know Their Target Audience Better (Forbes, July 12, 2021)
Disclosing Salaries Is Good for the Fundraising Profession and Society as a Whole (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 12, 2021)
New Study Shows That Majority of Donor-Advised Funds Are Sending Little or No Money to Charity Every Year (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 1, 2021)
Trouble in Paradigm: Foundations’ Bargain with the Devil (Nonprofit Quarterly, June 30, 2021
Inside the Numbers of One State’s Plan to Consolidate Its Public System of Higher Ed (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 2021)
The responsibility of nonprofits to take care of staff, now and in the future (PhilanTopic, June 24, 2021)
Nonprofits Must Speak Up Now to Protect COVID-19 Recovery Funds (Nonprofit Quarterly, June 23, 2021)
How Much Can We Really Learn About Philanthropy From ‘Giving USA’ and Other Data Sources? (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 21, 2021)
Giving In 2020 Hit Record $471 Billion, Up 5.1% (The Nonprofit Times, June 15, 2021)
Embracing Feminism Can Change Philanthropy and Create a More Equitable World (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 9, 2021)
Crypto, Meet Donor-Advised Funds: a New Way of Giving (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 8, 2021)
Calculating the Cost of Losing High-Performing Fundraisers (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 7, 2021)
What Governmental Changes Mean For Nonprofits (Forbes, June 1, 2021)
Matching Gifts Program At Least Triples Revenue (The Nonprofit Times, May 24, 2021)
What Happens When a Nonprofit Stops Measuring Fundraisers’ Success Based on Money? Oregon Food Bank Is Trying to Find Out. (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 19, 2021)
Most wealthy U.S. households continued to give in 2020, study finds (Philanthropy News Digest, May 17, 2021)
Agility key to nonprofit resilience during pandemic, survey finds (Philanthropy News Digest, May 14, 2021)
90% of Wealthy Households Gave to Charity Last Year, Study Finds (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 13, 2021)
New Report Says Charities Lost $300 Billion in 5 Years in Part Because Donors Stashed Money in Advised Funds (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 4, 2021)
Public 4-year schools and community colleges are becoming less affordable: report (Higher Ed Dive, May 3, 2021)
How to Use a News Story to Support Your Major Gift Ask (Nonprofit Pro, May 3, 2021)
Report calls for shift to more equitable evaluation practices (Philanthropy News Digest, May 3, 2021)
Supreme Court Hears Donor Privacy, Disclosure Arguments (The Nonprofit Times, April 26, 2021)
HOW PHILANTHROPY CAN RECOVER RIGHT FROM COVID-19 (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, April 22, 2021)
Nonprofits Have an Unexpected New Source of Funding: State Marijuana Revenue (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 21, 2021
Pandemic, Protests, Presidency Drove Online Donations (The Nonprofit Times, April 21, 2021)
Nonprofit Jobs Jumping, Up 8.9% (The Nonprofit Times, April 19, 2021)
The Future Of Work: Staying Nimble Can Help Your Nonprofit Grow (Forbes, April 19, 2021)
Efforts to Increase Diversity in Fundraising (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 6, 2021)
Diversity Is Not Enough in Fundraising Offices (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 6, 2021)
The Importance of Fundraising Strategy (National Association of Independent Schools, April 1, 2021)
The Art of Philanthropy, The Philanthropy of Art (Center for Effective Philanthropy, April 1, 2021)
Facebook-Generated Fundraising Hits $5 Billion Since Inception (The Nonprofit Times, March 29, 2021)
What One Grant Maker Learned in This Pandemic Year: Keep Asking Questions (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 22, 2021)
With William Ackman’s $1 Billion Gift, 2021 Is Getting Off to a Good Start for Philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 16, 2021)
Dollars & Donors: Study Shows Everything Up In 2020 (The Nonprofit Times, March 15, 2021)
Covid Fatigue at Nonprofits (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 9, 2021)
Giving while female: Women are more likely to donate to charities than men of equal means (Salon, March 8, 2021)
Five Powerful Female Philanthropists Share Their Advice To Millennial Women Who Want To Make An Impact (Forbes, March 8, 2021)
Nonprofits Welcome Billions in Pandemic Giving but Wonder if Support Will Last (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 3, 2021)
Grants from Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds Soar as COVID-19 Inspires Wave of Giving (Cision, March 2, 2021)
Invest In Relationships To Navigate The Uncertainty To Come (Forbes, February 25, 2021)
How to Build Nonprofit Resilience: Three Strategies to Strengthen Organizations (The Bridgespan Group, February 17, 2021)
Lessons for nonprofits from COVID-19 (IDR, February 16, 2021)
Year-End Fundraising Results Were Mixed. Digital Outreach Was Critical. (Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 9, 2021)
Untapped Philanthropy: What does the future of family philanthropy look like in America? (Fluxx, February 9, 2021)
Giving to Higher Education Was Flat in 2020 Fiscal Year, New Report Says (Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 9, 2021)
65 Percent of Colleges Raised Less in 2020 Than 2019, Survey Finds (Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 8, 2021)
Resolutions That Can Help Boost Your Philanthropic Efforts (Thrive Global, February 3, 2021)