Takeaways From the Pandemic, Future of Grant Making, Nonprofit Financial Outlook

What We’re Reading Elsewhere

Here are a number of the articles that attracted our consideration previously week. We present these summaries day-after-day in our free Philanthropy Today publication. (Sign up now.)

Minnesota’s Bush Foundation will make investments $100 million in efforts to shut the wealth hole between whites, on the one hand, and Black folks and Native Americans, on the opposite. By making grants so folks can begin a enterprise, purchase a house, or attend faculty, the muse hopes to construct wealth in communities dwelling with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and land confiscation. On common, the online price of Blacks and Native Americans quantities to pennies on the greenback of the online price of white folks. The basis is in search of organizations to distribute the grants, which is able to go to folks in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and 23 Native nations. It is committing one other $50 million to a broader vary of racial or minority teams to deal with systemic points that feed the wealth hole. (Pioneer Press)

Food banks, which have confronted the Herculean activity of feeding the surge of individuals in want throughout the pandemic, warn the starvation disaster will persist longer than the scourge of Covid. Amid difficult new security protocols and logistical issues, meals banks handed out about 50 p.c extra meals in 2020 than in 2019. Feeding America’s 200 meals banks gave away 6.1 billion kilos of meals from April by December final 12 months, in contrast with Four billion in the identical interval in 2019. Along with sending meals, many meals banks made grants to smaller distributors, similar to meals pantries and soup kitchens, for brand new fridges and the ensuing increased utility payments, for instance. The Greater Chicago Food Depository stored its community of 700 websites working this manner, however the group’s director worries that donors will drift away as soon as the speedy disaster appears to have handed. (New York Times)

Forty p.c of American voters assume billionaire philanthropists are doing extra good than hurt. That’s the important thing discovering from a brand new Vox poll released today. “But at the same time, when asked if the better solution to inequality is more philanthropy or higher taxes, 52 percent chose taxes and only 38 percent favored charity,” Vox famous. The optimistic emotions about massive philanthropists differ. Bill Gates has 55 p.c approval whereas Mark Zuckerberg has 31 p.c approval, the ballot discovered. Part of that seems to be the function Gates performed in public well being whereas Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan drew extra headlines for his or her donations to safe American elections. (Vox)

The federal and native governments have began leaning exhausting on nonprofits to assist take care of a surge of migrants heading into the nation from the southern border. Amid the pandemic, officers want locations for a report variety of unaccompanied kids and a rising wave of households. The federal authorities is giving $110 million to nonprofits for Covid-19 testing for migrants, at the same time as some migrants sleep underneath a bridge whereas shelters are attempting to develop their area and officers plan for his or her transport elsewhere within the United States. In McAllen, Tex., Catholic Charities runs a testing web site, rents resort rooms for individuals who should be quarantined, and provides a relaxation cease for migrant households throughout from the bus station. In San Diego, Calif., a shelter run by the Jewish Family Service has acquired greater than 2,000 folks this month, greater than 4 instances as many as stayed there in February. (Wall Street Journal — subscription — and San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Biden administration has recruited scores of group teams for its efforts to influence folks to get vaccinated towards the coronavirus. The 275 organizations, chosen principally for his or her experience or their entry to teams with lagging vaccination charges, embrace Planned Parenthood, the American Farm Bureau, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and teams working with veterans and Blacks, Latinos, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders. (HuffPost)

New Grant Opportunities

Your Chronicle subscription contains free entry to GrantStation’s database of grant alternatives. Among the newest listings:

Landscape conservation. The Network for Landscape Conservation helps efforts to advance Indigenous management in panorama conservation. One- or two-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 might be offered. The proposal deadline is April 23.

Pet shelters. The Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant program, administered by American Humane, gives assist for shelter growth or enchancment. Grants should be used to extend or enhance the standard of care given to animals. Examples of supported initiatives embrace animal setting enrichment, tools for veterinary care or for spay or neuter procedures, kennel or cattery renovation, capital campaigns, and tools that improves the welfare of animals within the shelter. Grants vary as much as $4,000. The software deadline is April 30.


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