Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nonprofit Media Coverage Update

The Minnesota Council on Foundations provided this roundup of media coverage on the world of nonprofit and philanthropy:

5 Tips on How to Stretch Your Charitable Dollars
(The New York Times) Here are some creative strategies from The Times on making your charitable dollar go the extra mile.

Concern Worldwide US Challenged by Gates to Test “Game-changing Ideas”
(OnPhilanthropy) With this week’s announcement that Concern Worldwide US had received a five-year, $41 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the international relief and development agency will embark on a groundbreaking initiative that hopes to identify and test “game-changing ideas” to improve essential health care delivery to mothers, infants and children in Africa and South Asia.

Corporate Collaborators: Siemens Showcases the Power of Non-Traditional Partnerships
(OnPhilanthropy) Take stock of these two statistics. First, according to a recent international study, American 15-year-olds ranked 21st in science compared to their peers in other nations. Second, the U.S. Labor Department predicts that by 2014 there will be more than 2 million job openings in science, technology and engineering, while the number of Americans graduating with degrees in those subject areas will continue to plummet.

Council on Foundations Launches Organization to Administer Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
(PND) The Council on Foundations has announced the launch of the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a new organization that will administer the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation process.

Mpls. Nonprofit Gets $3M in Stimulus Funds
(The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Minneapolis nonprofit $3 million in stimulus funding to retrofit buses, trucks and other diesel vehicles with pollution-control equipment. The Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) will use the dollars as part of its Project Green Fleet program.

Opinion: The Great Philanthropy Takeover
(The Wall Street Journal) David J. Sanders reflects on rural poverty, how little foundation money goes to address this and other rural issues, and how attendess at the recent conference on rural philanthropy by the national Council on Foundations is hoping to address the needs of rural America.

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