July 2020

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Friends in Philanthropy: July 2020 Issue

“Every time I met with a group I came away thinking: This group does an amazing thing, but they’re not the only group out there. So what is it that they’re missing that we could help with?”

–I Am ALS founder Brian Wallach

The most effective philanthropists don’t wait around for problems to come find them. They’re alert to opportunities to make a difference, and when they see them, they seize them. Several stories in this month’s issue spotlight people doing just that, from a nonprofit startup helping cash-only restaurants survive the downturn to an attorney who responded to his ALS diagnosis by starting his own advocacy group.

He Was Struck by ALS. To Fight Back, He Built a Movement. (Wired) – Attorney Brian Wallach tapped a lifetime of connections to build the nonprofit I Am ALS—while grappling with his own mortality. (Also available as audio.)

In Burkina Faso, the Best Medicine May Be Information (Christian Science Monitor) – How Dr. Moumini Niaoné is fighting coronavirus myths in a country facing major challenges with literacy and public trust.

Here’s the Good News: Positive Trends in Philanthropy (Giving USA) – On the heels of Giving USA’s major annual philanthropy report, the CEO of a fundraising consulting firm highlights reasons for optimism.

How Can Cash-Only Restaurants Fundraise Online? A New Nonprofit Knows. (Nonprofit Quarterly) – When the founders of Send Chinatown Love realized many Chinatown restaurants lack an online presence, they stepped in to help them survive.

Is Requiring Foundations to Give More a Mistake? (Chronicle of Philanthropy) – Given the urgency of the moment, some want to force foundations to distribute more of their endowments. But the author argues philanthropy would suffer in the long run.

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