Google.org awards $8.5 million in COVID-response grants

The grants to thirty-one organizations will support efforts to monitor and forecast disease spread, improve health equity and minimize secondary impacts of the virus, slow transmission by advancing the science of contact tracing and environmental sensing, and support healthcare workers….

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Landecker Foundation awards $13 million to Hebrew University

The grant from the Alfred Landecker Foundation in Berlin will support initiatives focused on the causes and consequences of the Holocaust and  the study of human rights, minority protection, the rule of law, and reparations for historical wrongs and injustices….

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September 2020 open thread

Our goal with hosting quarterly open threads is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section below). As always, you’re also welcome to email us at info@givewell.org or to request a call with GiveWell staff if you have feedback or questions you’d prefer to discuss privately. We’ll try to respond promptly to questions or comments.
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Nudging Charitable Giving: What (If Anything) Is Wrong With It?

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. Nudging techniques can help charities to increase donations. In this article, we first provide a systematic overview of prototypical nudges that promote charitable giving. Second, we argue that plenty of the ethical objections raised against nudges, such as the exploitation of power they involve and the arguably intrusive and deceptive nature, are not specific to nudging itself. Carefully designing nudges can help to avoid these worries. Third, given that most concerns boil down to the worry that nudges infringe on people’s autonomy, we analyze when this could nevertheless be justified. We differentiate between perfect duties, imperfect duties, and supererogatory acts and argue that nudges are (a) morally permissible (even when they violate autonomy) when it comes to perfect duties and can (b) provide the best available strategy when it comes to imperfect duties. That said, we also analyze the conditions under which nudging charitable giving is impermissible.

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Celtics, foundation commit $25 million for racial justice initiatives

The commitment will support the Boston Celtics’ and Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s efforts in six areas: equity in education, economic opportunity and empowerment, equity in health care, criminal justice and law enforcement, breaking down barriers and building bridges between communities, and voting and civic engagement….

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More Nonprofits Report Fundraising Increases Than Declines in New Survey — but There’s Trouble Ahead

Nearly 70 percent of organizations reported lower rates of giving compared with the previous year, and 54 percent said fewer new donors supported them, according to a survey conducted by Grenzebach, Glier and Associates.

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Duquesne receives $7.5 million in pledges for new medical college

John G. Rangos, Sr., John R. McGinley, Jr., and Rhodora Donahue, widow of the late John F. Donahue, each made a seven-figure pledge toward a proposed $50 million  College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is now scheduled to open in fall 2024….

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A Lost Chance to Debate Immigration (Letter to the Editor)

Charitable interests aligned with corporate corporations indifferent to the plight of the American worker are seeking to suppress discussion about the long-term sustainable level of immigration, writes the head of the Colcom Foundation.

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Jefferson, Temple receive $5 million for stroke prevention, education

The gift from Kenneth and Andréa Frazier will support a partnership between the two universities and their health systems aimed at addressing social determinants of health and racial/ethnic disparities that lead to increased risk of stroke among residents of North Philadelphia….

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Are the Wages Paid by Non-Profits Sensitive to Volunteering? Evidence From France

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. Volunteers and paid staff frequently work alongside each other in nonprofit organizations. Nevertheless, the possible impact of volunteering on the wages of the paid staff has hardly ever been investigated due to the scarcity of data suited to such research. Based on the matching of two French databases and using several indicators relating to volunteering, this article examines the relationship between volunteering and wages by carrying out investigations that differentiate between employees depending on their position in the socio-occupational hierarchy and the field of activity of their organizations. The results confirm the value of such an approach based on disaggregated data by revealing the diversity of situations. This diversity ranges from some cases where no relationship is observed between volunteering and wages to others where there is a negative relationship and even in a few cases, a positive one.

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Huntington Bank announces $20 billion plan to help Midwest communities

The bank’s new community plan reflects increased investments in small businesses, with an emphasis on those owned by minorities, women, and veterans; affordable housing and home ownership; and community lending and investment across its seven-state footprint….

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