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People in the News (04/10/2022): appointments, promotions, obituaries | Philanthropy news



The New York State Health Foundation has announced that DAVE A. CHOKSHI, former commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will join the foundation as a visiting fellow next month. Chokshi will provide counsel on a range of issues, including opportunities and strategies for promoting the adoption and spread of overdose prevention centers within New York State, increasing primary care access and capacity statewide and promoting racial health equity through primary care, preventing veteran suicide and meeting veterans’ health needs, and responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Barnes Foundation has announced the promotion of SHERONDA WHITAKER to deputy director for human resources and chief diversity officer. At the core of Whitaker’s new role is the design and execution of effective strategies to fulfill the institution’s commitments to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). To that end, she will collaborate with staff across every department to ensure the Barnes is a welcoming and supportive work environment for all staff and volunteers. Whitaker joined the Barnes as director of human resources in 2018 and became chief human resources and diversity officer in 2020; under her leadership, the HR department expanded to include a position dedicated to staff training, equitable and inclusive recruitment and hiring practices, and supporting the design and implementation of DEAI initiatives. 

Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit organization working to improve life for people with Type 1 diabetes, has announced the appointment of DEBORAH DUGAN as the organization’s CEO, effective April 18. The former CEO of (RED), the not-for-profit organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise awareness in the fight against AIDS, where she worked for eight years, Dugan helped (RED) raise $600 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and affect the lives of more than 110 million people. 

The California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) has announced the appointment of MARC PHILPART as its first executive director, effective April 27. Philpart will oversee the organization’s five-year initiative to raise and distribute $100 million in support of California’s growing ecosystem of locally rooted Black-led organizing efforts and ensure they obtain the sustained investments and resources they need to eradicate systemic and institutional racism. As executive director, Philpart will work with CBFF’s executive committee, community advisory committee, core funders of the initiative, and additional community leaders and experts. 

The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) has announced that ELENA MARKS, the organization’s founding president and CEO, will retire in 2022 upon selection of her successor. Since the organization was established in 2013, Marks has helped develop EHF’s staff from a small group of employees from St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities to a 30-member team with backgrounds in public health, public policy, safety-net health systems, community engagement, and communications. 

The Knowles Teacher Initiative, which works to strengthen mathematics and science teaching and learning in the United States, has announced the appointment of JEFFREY J. ROZELLE as president and CEO. In 2013, Rozelle joined Knowles as a senior program officer for teacher development. In this role, he had primary responsibility for supporting teaching fellows in their third and fourth years of the organization’s signature program. 

The News Literacy Project (NLP) has announced that ALAN C. MILLER will step down as CEO on June 30. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Miller has led the the education nonprofit since he founded it in 2008. He will be succeeded by NLP’s current president and chief operating officer, CHARLES SALTER, effective July 1. Miller will stay with NLP on a full-time basis, with the title of founder, through the next fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2023. In this capacity, Miller will continue to play a major fundraising role, serve as an advisor to Salter, and remain on NLP’s board. 

NORC at the University of Chicago has announced that TISHAUNDA MCPHERSON is joining NORC as a senior vice president and the organization’s first-ever chief diversity officer (CDO). In this role, McPherson will lead NORC’s efforts to build a more diverse, racially equitable, and inclusive workplace and research portfolio, and will serve on NORC’s executive council, the company’s senior-most decision-making body. 



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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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