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People in the News (10/10/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries | Philanthropy news

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has announced the appointment of EV BOSQUE to the newly created position of chief financial officer. A CPA with nearly thirty years’ experience as a finance executive, most recently as CFO for EMI Industries, Bosque will be responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of the foundation through the direction of its financial, fund accounting, and investment activities.

The Christensen Fund has announced the appointment of CASEY BOX as director of global strategy, effective October 18 and SHAWN WATTS as director of U.S. strategy, effective January 5, 2022. Box served for eight years as executive director of Land is Life, where he worked to advance Indigenous peoples’ rights; in his new role, he will focus on supporting international organizations, leaders, and movements in recognizing the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. Watts, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a district court judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, previously served as director of the Tribal Law & Government Center, Tribal Judicial Support Clinic, and Mediation Clinic at the Kansas University School of Law.

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of CATHERINE CHINEDUM ANIAGOLU-OKOYE as regional director for West Africa. She succeeds the late INNOCENT CHUKWUMA, who served in that role from 2013 to 2021 and helped the foundation establish partnerships with donors, civil society, and public- and private-sector leaders in the region, and DABESAKI MAC-IKEMENJIMA, who served as interim regional director from January to September while continuing in his primary role as program officer. Aniagolu-Okoye most recently served as the country director of Technoserve; prior to that, she served as the country director for WaterAid in Nigeria, where she provided grants to civil society organizations advocating for improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services and strengthening civil society networks.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced the election of J. TOMILSON HILL as board chair, succeeding WILLIAM L. MACK, who has served for sixteen years in that position. Hill joined the board in 2019 and is a founding member of the Guggenheim International Director’s Council; in 2019, he and his wife, Janine, opened the New York City-based Hill Art Foundation, a public exhibition and education space. The foundation also elected poet, playwright, essayist, and New York University professor of creative writing CLAUDIA RANKINE to its board.

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, has named TOM EGAN as its executive director, effective October 18. Egan brings more than twenty years of nonprofit executive experience to the role, most recently as president and CEO of the Foundation for Senior Living. He previously held leadership positions with Catholic Charities Communities Services and Esperanca.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of ROSA MARIA CASTAÑEDA as the inaugural director of its Racial Justice Initiative, a ten-year, $150 million commitment announced last year. Castañeda currently is a senior program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she leads a body of work in the foundation’s Center for Economic Opportunity and, prior to that, worked at research and policy analysis organizations including the Urban Institute, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. In her new role, which Castañeda will take up in late November, she will develop and manage the grantmaking strategy for the initiative under the leadership of chief of equity and culture Charmaine Mercer.

The Rippel Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of two executive vice presidents: ALAN LIEBER and REBECCA PAYNE. Lieber is former president of Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System; he was instrumental in establishing numerous regional and national clinical centers of excellence and helped launch and served on the boards of two accountable care organizations. Payne has spent the last twenty years in leadership roles in federal government, including with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; she most recently spearheaded an effort among twenty-six agencies and civil society partners to develop a vision and strategy for the equitable long-term recovery and resilience of social, behavioral, and community health. has announced that ANNE SCHROEER has joined the environmental organization as fundraising director. In her new role, she will oversee global fundraising and help diversify funding into more countries to advance the organization’s mission of stopping all new coal, oil, and gas projects and building a renewable energy future for all. Schroeer previously led Oceana’ global campaign to curb plastics and, prior to that, was responsible for Oceana’s fundraising from foundations and major donors in Europe.

Fidelity Charitable has announced the appointment of JACOB PRUITT as president, effective October 18. Pruitt previously served as vice president and head of T. Rowe Price Charitable, where he led the firm’s charitable giving strategy and donor-advised fund program. He succeeds PAMELA NORLEY, who is retiring after five years leading Fidelity Charitable and more than twenty years in various leadership roles across Fidelity Investments.

The Marshall Project has announced that founder NEIL BARSKY is stepping down as the nonprofit news organization’s board chair after seven years. He will remain an advisor to the organization he founded in 2015 to “elevate the criminal justice issue to one of national urgency, and to help spark a national conversation about reform.” Heising-Simons Foundation co-founder and chair LIZ SIMONS will succeed Barsky as board chair. The Marshall Project also announced the election of three new board members: MICHELE ROBERTS, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association; CARTER STEWART, executive vice president for programs at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Tow Foundation president EMILY TOW.

The National Gallery of Art has announced the election of former PepsiCo chair and CEO INDRA K. NOOYI to its board; the retirement of SHARON PERCY ROCKEFELLER, a policy maker and former president and CEO of WETA, as board chair; and philanthropist and Carlyle Group co-founder DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN as its new board chair. Rockefeller, who has served as chair since 2013, will become trustee emeritus.

The Urban Institute has named MYRA JONES-TAYLOR as its first chief policy impact officer, effective April 2022. In this newly created position, she will lead the institution’s policy impact strategy, working with experts and analysts to help maximize the impact of their research and evidence-based recommendations, while helping tell the story of how their work changes lives and strengthens communities. Currently the chief policy officer at ZERO TO THREE, Jones-Taylor leads the organization’s federal and state policy and advocacy work; she previously served as Connecticut’s founding commissioner of early childhood.

The USC Shoah Foundation  ̶ The Institute for Visual History and Education has announced that executive director STEPHEN D. SMITH will step down at the end of 2021 after twelve years at the helm. While Smith will take a position in the private sector, he will continue to serve the foundation as executive director emeritus and pursue research and publish within Holocaust and genocide studies at USC as a visiting professor of religion. During his tenure, Smith led the effort to bring ten different genocide experiences into the Visual History Archive — the world’s largest collection of testimonies from the Holocaust — restoring dignity to those communities by putting a permanent spotlight on their stories. KORI STREET will serve as Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi interim executive director chair.

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One-third of donors directed half their giving to disaster relief | Philanthropy news

Last year, 37 percent of American donors gave half or more of their charitable contributions to disaster relief efforts, and 64 percent gave to a charity they had never supported before, a survey commissioned by Vanguard Charitable finds.

Conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Vanguard Charitable, the survey of more than 1,300 American donors found that the top reasons American donors gave to disaster relief included wanting to assist those impacted by humanitarian crises (46 percent), feeling overwhelmed by a situation and wanting to help (33 percent), seeing charitable giving as the only way they could provide support (30 percent), and having a personal connection to the disaster/crisis (30 percent). The survey found that donors who contributed to disaster relief efforts gave more overall, meaning that disaster relief giving did not take away from, or occur in place of, ongoing giving. 

“From COVID-19 to a devastating humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, we’ve seen donors respond to disaster relief needs in inspiring and meaningful ways,” said Vanguard Charitable president Rebecca Moffett. “In fact, this data reflects that disaster relief support is an integral part of the giving landscape, often increasing total generosity as donors look to give when and where support is needed most. And because the money in donor-advised funds has already been set aside for charitable purposes, donations from DAFs tend to be more responsive in moments of crisis, and more resilient during moments of economic uncertainty.”

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Trust in nonprofits fell slightly last year, survey finds | Philanthropy news

While there is room for U.S. institutions across the board to increase public trust, a majority of respondents believe nonprofits will do what is right for society, a survey conducted by Independent Sector finds. 

Conducted in February in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, the third-annual Trust in Civil Society survey found that 56 percent of Americans said they trust nonprofits, down 3 percentage points from the 2020 benchmark study (59 percent). Trust in philanthropy edged down from 36 percent to 34 percent during the same period. According to the survey, financial well-being and education are major drivers of trust, and trust of nonprofits among women fell during the pandemic.

Given the findings, Independent Sector recommended that nonprofits work to make greater progress to support and strengthen the country, for example by leveraging trust in the social sector to strengthen U.S. democracy, deepening engagement with communities and institutions, and upholding public expectations of government accountability.

“Increasing public trust of institutions and the social sector is a pressing issue for the U.S. We all benefit from strong public trust,” said Independent Sector president and CEO Daniel J. Cardinali. “Trust is the priceless currency for nonprofits, philanthropies, business charity programs, and all of us to build a healthy, equitable society. We see what happens when trust breaks. Our 2022 Independent Sector Trust in Civil Society report elevates important data and recommendations for conversations about how the social sector can engage more deeply and do better so everyone in our country thrives.” 

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Digital, other channels of giving are expanding, study finds | Philanthropy news

Emerging trends in the United Kingdom and Brazil reveal an expansion of digital and other types of channels for giving, including online giving, crowdfunding, charity rounding up, and social impact publishing, a new research series from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

The research series, Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving, builds on the school’s Global Philanthropy Environment Index and Global Philanthropy Tracker and will be released in phases over the next five months. The first two studies examine philanthropic engagement in Brazil and the UK prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with profiles of China, India, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea to follow.

Based on an analysis of three case studies in Brazil, the first profile found that prominent emerging ways of giving include charity rounding up, crowdfunding, and social impact publishing, which involves the production of inspiring, revenue-producing editorial content. Donations collected through rounding up for charity via Arredondar increased from BRL1,091 in 2013 (equivalent to $590 in 2021, adjusted for inflation) to more than BRL1.6 million in 2020 (equivalent to $330,186 in 2021, adjusted for inflation). In addition, the study found that the most successful initiatives prioritized transparency and accountability in giving.

Based on an online survey of nearly 3,000 individuals in the UK, the profile found that prominent expanded methods of giving include online giving and crowdfunding. Among donors interviewed between May and July 2021, 60 percent reported that gifts they had made in the past year had been made online, with the most common way being through a third-party app. In addition, researchers found that 63 percent of people who used social media to request donations also made requests in person.

“The results of the first two country profiles suggest an evolution in giving practices and highlight a significant expansion of digital giving practices and peer-to-peer giving,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “While these findings are the first in a series, the documented growth in digital giving and shifting donor expectations in the UK and in Brazil reinforce existing evidence that digital practices can help democratize the practice of philanthropy. Digital innovation makes philanthropy accessible and fosters greater transparency and accountability for how gifts lead to impact.”

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