After uproar, hotelier in Florida cancels fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley
ORLANDO, Fla. — Loews Hotels on Saturday canceled a planned fundraiser at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, who spearheaded the objections to President-elect Biden’s win in Congress on Jan. 6. Hawley, R-Mo., was also shown in a photo raising his fist in solidarity with pro-Trump protesters on Capitol Hill prior to the violent assault on the Capitol building. “We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” Loews said in a statement on Twitter. “In light of those events and for the safety of our gues...
Editorial: MacKenzie Scott sets example of peak philanthropy
Even in this season of giving, the announcement that MacKenzie Scott is giving $4.16 billion to hundreds of American organizations sent a powerful message. In a tsunami of philanthropy, she leapt toward fulfillment of her May 2019 pledge to donate the majority of her wealth to help others. In the process, she exemplified for the nation’s hundreds of other billionaires how to give back after getting much. The jaw-dropping sum is only part of what makes Scott’s act so impressive. It is a fortune by itself, one large enough to better the lives of an immense number of people. But the range of orga...
The Seattle Times
Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer steps away from Wisconsin protest-shooting criminal case
KENOSHA, Wis. — An attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse indicated Thursday that he’d pull back from the teen’s criminal defense, hours after prosecutors in Wisconsin sought to block him from participating and alleged in a court filing that his involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.” Los Angeles civil lawyer John M. Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the teen fatally shot two men and wounded a third during summer protests in Kenosha. He also has been an en...
UW study shows how nonprofits are suffering and sustaining during the pandemic
The number of people seeking help from health and human services nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic have gone up between 10% and 28%, while those same agencies have seen their funding and workforce cut in half, according to survey responses from hundreds of organizations and documented in a new study by the University of Washington. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge, so does the demand for help from these nonprofits, which are struggling to respond and, despite federal and state aid, have spent down their reserves. While 56% of responding agencies have successfully access...
The Seattle Times
New Washington business coalition sets $2 billion goal for racial equity initiative
As the uprising spurred by George Floyd’s killing continues to reverberate, a new coalition of Washington business and philanthropy leaders says it aims to spend $2 billion over the next five years to advance racial equity.Nearly 60 executives have so far joined the group, Washington Employers for Racial Equity, including the CEOs of some of the state’s most prominent organizations, such as Microsoft, Nordstrom, Boeing, Costco, Windermere Services Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank Blethen is also a member.)The coalition, announced Tuesday, aros...
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On Philanthropy: Lack of accountability and transparency put philanthropy at an inflection point
An inflection point is a time of significant change; a turning point.Right now, the very way philanthropy works in the U.S. is being critically examined by a growing chorus of experts and scholars who are challenging some of the basic assumptions that underlie giving. The tax code, lack of accountability and transparency, scant government oversight, the outsized opportunity to influence public policy, media adulation of megadonors and more are causing many to question whether a major restructuring of the philanthropic sector is warranted. Here are two striking examples:Religious institutions d...
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Using Private Foundations to Build a Family Culture of Philanthropy
Charitable Giving Series: Part IV of VI on Using Private Foundations to Build a Family Culture of Philanthropy By Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy and Bob Schneider, CFP®, RICP®, Senior Vice President, Wealth AdvisorQ3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThis is part four of our six-part series on charitable giving. In this article, we focus on why people use private foundations to execute their charitable mission.In our last article, we learned why Dean and Jessica Howard would want to use donor advised funds, which let them maximize the impact o...
St. Louis County detectives shaken by death of 5-year-old blind boy raise money for funeral
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Jamarion Delancy was blind, developmentally disabled and needed braces to walk. Last week, the 5-year-old boy was beaten to death while his mother was away giving birth to her third child.Detectives were so shaken by the crime that they’ve taken the unusual step to raise money for his funeral.The St. Louis County Police Association has organized a fundraiser for the family of Jamarion Delancy. The mother’s boyfriend is charged in the death and jailed in lieu of a quarter-million dollar bond.Jamarion had special needs, was blind and had limited mobility requiring him to ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kimberly Guilfoyle's sex talk with Trump Jr. made donors uncomfortable, report says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The autopsies have begun on Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, and a lengthy report by Politico this weekend spotlighted Kimberly Guilfoyle’s role as a fund-raiser, which insiders told the publication was lacking in both discipline and professionalism.The former Fox News host and one-time first lady of San Francisco is Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and a senior campaign adviser, who was tasked with being one of the president’s top fundraisers. Under Guilfoyle’s leadership, Trump’s finance team “couldn’t compete with Biden’s small-dollar fundraising machine,” Politico reported...
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On Philanthropy: Start planning your year-end giving now
In 2019, U.S. giving to charity totaled nearly $450 billion. Historically, nearly one-third of that amount takes place in December, with 12% of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year!December and last-minute giving is often rushed, not well-planned, nor strategic. In order to maximize the impact of your giving, whether personal or in your business, start planning your approach to year-end donations now. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your donations have a lasting and significant impact.—Engage your family members in conversations about what issues and cause...
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