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Davos, PokemonGo And A New Era Of Augmented Awareness

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:07:00 -0500

This past week, the World Economic Forum played host not just to the bevy of leaders, thinkers and shapers, but a new approach to driving awareness and impact courtesy of one of 2016’s breakout technologies: Augmented Reality. Niantic Labs, creator of the wildly successful Pokemon Go, announced this week that it [...]


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6 CSR Trends To Watch In 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:38:00 -0500

In the past decade, we’ve witnessed a stunning transition as corporate social responsibility (CSR) evolved from a nice-to-have silo to a fundamental strategic priority for businesses large and small. More recently, we’ve watched as companies went beyond their own walls, using their influence to advocate for global solutions around issues [...]


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Faith Leaders Are Pushing For Changes That Will Alter Our Eating Habits

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Religion is inspiring many of it's followers to align their food with their faith...


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Can We Recruit Meryl Streep and Her Supporters to Actually Do Something on Disability Employment?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:27:00 -0500

Giving a speech and tweeting on disability rights and employment is one thing; actually doing something is another.


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Senate Democrats Can't Rattle Betsy DeVos On Education Issues

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:38:00 -0500

The Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee came prepared to pepper Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos with questions about her wealth and her views on guns, climate change and sexual assault. She was tanned, rested and ready with answers.


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Tech Giants Have Raised $27M To Build More Ethical AI

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:02:00 -0500

Silicon Valley's biggest innovators are fundraising to ensure the multibillion-dollar industry's algorithms will reflect the human equation.


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Investing For Impact: Recasting A Traditional Portfolio For Purpose & Profit

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:24:00 -0500

Guest postby Liesel Pritzker Simmons Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a single-family office she formed with her husband, Ian Simmons. Liesel oversees a portfolio structured to generate financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. She is a member of the Pritzker family, entrepreneurs and philanthropists [...]


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Betsy DeVos Is Public Enemy No. 1 With Teachers' Unions

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:27:00 -0500

Has school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos done enough homework to satisfy the members of the Senate committee who will vote on her nomination by President-Elect Trump to the head the Department of Education?


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Choosing Social Causes That Make Sense For Your Company

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:53:00 -0500

Business leaders know that their companies need to give back through volunteering and giving, and they do. But they’re not always sure where their companies should give back.


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How One Retired Indian Army Officer Found Honor In Entrepreneurship

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:27:00 -0500

Indian Border Security Force soldier patrol. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images As the first ray of sun came in, Bhanwarlal opened his eyes, his room still dark and cool from the night before. He fought the urge to jump out of bed and begin his rigorous workout. Instead, he sat silently beneath the [...]


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Inequality, Inequality, Inequality: The Billionaire Philanthropists As Rich As Half The World

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0500

A look at how the eight men held up as beacons of inequality include some of the world's leading philanthropists. Are we better or worse for them?


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China Vs. Japan On Giving Foreign Aid: 3 Things Other Countries Should Know

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Japan's prime minister became the first foreign head of state to visit the Philippines last week under PresidentRodrigo Duterte, and he extended a development aid package hours after arrival. Duterte, in office in Manila since June, has turned the Philippines into something of an economic assistance battleground between Japan and [...]


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Philanthropy's 'Starfish Problem': The Husband Who Didn't Know Best

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:32:00 -0500

Why philanthropists need to move beyond the feel-good of helping individuals and start asking questions and thinking strategically.


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Pastor Calls For Church Transparency With IRS Form 990

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:16:00 -0500

Reverend Jones has not attracted a lot of attention with his "Form 990 for churches petition" as far as I can tell. Religious leaders might want to take note and ponder whether the exemptions and privileges that they cling to so fiercely might be counter-productive to their mission.


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Richard Sherman Has Opportunity To Become NFL's Next Jim Brown

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:54:00 -0500

The Seattle Seahawks and Atlantic Falcons kickoff today at 4:35 P.M. in their NFL Divisional Playoff game. Although the Falcons are favored in this game by 4 1/2 points, America, as a nation, has more to gain from a Seattle Seahawks victory than it does from a win by the [...]


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Figure Skating In Harlem Gives Opportunities To Underserved Communities And Those Of Color

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:10:00 -0500

For two decades, New York’s Figure Skating In Harlem has helped the underserved and communities of color get involved in the elite sport of figure skating. Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen has helped mentor many of the students along the way.Now FSIH is expanding to include Detroit. Here, we catch [...]


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The 18 Biggest Charitable Donations Of 2016

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:00 -0500

Looking back on the philanthropic efforts of well-heeled donors over the past twelve months, it turns out that 2016 was a big year for charity. The number big gifts last year far outshone those of 2015.


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The 10 Largest Private Donations Of 2016The 10 Largest Donations Of 2016Nicolas BerggruenPhil and Penny KnightPhil and Penny KnightHoward and Lottie MarcusMichael Bloomberg PhilanthropiesMichael Bloomberg PhilanthropiesSteven & Alexandra Cohen FoundationSean Parker FoundationLarry EllisonCharles Munger

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:00 -0500

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, these were the 10 largest donations made in 2016 by individuals or their foundations.

Donation: $500 million

Recipient: Berggruen Institute, to endow the public-policythink tank

Donation: $500 million

Recipient: University of Oregon, to establish a new centerfor scientific research

Donation: $400 million

Recipient: Stanford University, to establish the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Donation: $400 million

Recipient: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for endowment and water research

Donation: $360 million

Recipient: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CDC Foundation,International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, The Johns HopkinsBloomberg School of Public Health, World Health Organization, and VitalStrategies, for global anti-tobacco efforts


Donation: $300 million

Recipient: The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Schoolof Public Health, to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Donation: $275 million

Recipient: Cohen Veterans Network to provide mental-healthservices to former service members and their families

Donation: $250 million

Recipient: To establish the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Donation: $200 million

Recipient: University of Southern California, to establish the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

Donation: $200 million

Recipient: University of California at Santa Barbara, for new student housing


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Charles Taylor Wins $1M First Inaugural Berggruen Nobel Prize

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:02:00 -0500

2013-01-29 Zurich, Switzerland -- 21st Century Council -- Copyright © 2013 Daniel Zihlmann Photographer. All rights reserved. -- Mandatory Credit DANIELZIHLMANN.COM -- I was able to sit with Nicolas Berggruen recently to discuss the first winner of his inaugural prize. We also covered challenges facing humanity, coming up with non-western candidates, [...]


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IRS Denies Exempt Status To Scholarship Fund Targeted To Founder's Child

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:18:00 -0500

I’m surprised the IRS caught this apparent scam, especially considering its new fly-through procedures. The husband and wife who formed the organization cleverly set it up to appear objective -- that scholarship recipients would be National Merit Finalists going to a particular college.


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Taking Risks On The Security Business In India

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:49:00 -0500

Burdened by generations of drought and poverty in her small village, Jyotika was in 7th grade when her family pulled her out of school and she begrudgingly got used to caring for the home. At 24, she married Vijay, a college graduate and they moved to a tiny hut on [...]


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Retired Cartographer And Naval Officer Shares Lifetime Of Knowledge That Can't Be Learned In A Book

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:06:00 -0500

The homeschooling community in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area not only appreciated the wealth of knowledge the 60-plus aged cartographer, Naval officer and world traveler had to offer, they embraced it.


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IRS Cracking Down On Easement Donation Syndications

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:13:00 -0500

Given the high value of the castles in the air that some appraisers can conjure, you can see that ultimately the owners of property have much more in the way of potential tax benefit than they can use themselves. That's where syndication comes in.


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UNICEF USAVoice: How Children Worldwide Fared In 2016: UNICEF's Year In Photos

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:02:00 -0500

2016 was a year in which some of the world's most vulnerable children were tested by disasters both natural and human-made. Yet alongside the struggle came acts of kindness, acts of hope. The children and their families continually inspired us. UNICEF's year in photos.


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Let's Make 2017 The Year Of Ethics And Morality

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:30:00 -0500

Call it action-reaction, but if 2016 was the year of the unrighteous, 2017 will be the year of ethics and morality. This is not wishful thinking. Eminent scientists, economists, writers, and even business people want to bridge the gap between spirituality and rationality.


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The IRS Leaves A Lump Of Coal For Syndicated Conservation Easements In Notice 2017-10

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:56:00 -0500

'Tis the season for tax shelters, fa la la la la . . . Yes, we're here at the end of the year, where successful entrepreneurs and investors and business owners all call up their tax attorneys and CPAs looking for a big deduction, even if manufactured out of the thin [...]



Tax Court Sustains IRS Strict Interpretation Of Charitable Acknowledgement Rules

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 18:33:00 -0500

The problem with valuing conservation and facade easements is that they involve subtracting the value of something real and existing now from the value of something hypothetical, which can turn into something of a fantasy.


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Here's A Fabulous 2016 Charitable Donation Idea: Saving Journalism

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:06:00 -0500

It's a tough time for the news business, from crumbling business models to self-inflicted wounds from the last presidential campaign. If you are looking for an important cause for your charitable giving, look no further than some dynamic efforts in non-profit, independent journalism.


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