Newsletter: Volume 5, No. 7

BULLETIN Volume 5, No. 7
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Dear reader,

The Philanthropy Journal is polishing up the final details of our new web site, which we will launch any day now. Look for it. This week, we report on investment strategies by health-care organizations, a new ethics code for nonprofits, a study on Indiana nonprofits and the move by a top Knight Foundation executive to a new foundation. We also report on plans for a theater endowment drive, an initiative to develop African American philanthropy, a fund drive to provide emergency assistance and a new philanthropic consulting firm. An opinion column says boards and funders should give charities the support and time they need to be effective and innovative. Check out our announcements about people, grants and events, and submit your news to us at . And please share the Philanthropy Journal with a friend or colleague by forwarding the Bulletin to them.

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In U.S./world news this week:

More aggressive strategies Bucking the sliding economy, investments by nonprofit hospitals and health-care organizations with $78.4 billion in assets outperformed major equity indexes in 2002, a new study says.

Ethics code offered Independent Sector, a national membership and advocacy group for nonprofits, has written a statement of values and code of ethics to be used as a guideline for U.S. nonprofits.

Indiana nonprofits studied Half the nonprofits in Indiana have no paid staff and half have revenues of $40,000 or less, a new report says.

Knight exec leaving Penelope McPhee, vice president and chief program officer at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, will take over in April as president of the Atlanta-based Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

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Bush gives and takes (News roundup) PipeVine report due soon; CEO draws fire for changes.

Time to take time (Opinion/Todd Cohen on change) Instead of demanding instant change, and focusing on high-profile programs and trendy causes, boards and funders should provide the money and know-how charities need, and the time, to be effective and innovative.

People, groups in the news Grants in the news Events calendar

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In North Carolina news this week:

PlayMakers aims to expand PlayMakers Repertory Company, a professional theater that is a program of the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is creating an advisory group and planning an endowment drive.

Black donors in focus Encouraging and developing African American philanthropy is the focus of a $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., to the Winston-Salem Foundation.< BR>

Grant for arts Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Co. is giving a three-year, $150,000 challenge grant to the Durham Arts Council, the nonprofit’s largest corporate gift ever.

Educator to retire Over 20 years ago, Leon Silber left a government job and poured all of his retirement savings into founding the Achievement School, but soon he will leave it all behind.

Strategic firm formed Three philanthropy veterans have formed Philanthropic Advisory Group to provide strategic and fundraising consulting for nonprofits and foundations, focusing on organizational effectiveness and the creation of partnerships.

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Camp challenge To help the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman complete its $24.4 million capital campaign, The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich., has awarded a $1 million challenge grant.

Urban Ministry drive Greensboro Urban Ministry has kicked off its annual drive for emergency assistance with a goal of $65,000, up from $59,000 it raised last year from individuals and businesses.

Big Brother windfall With a hand from one of its volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services in Winston-Salem has received $15,000 from the New York-based Citigroup Foundation, the largest one-time gift ever for the nonprofit.

People and groups in the news Grants and gifts in the news Events calendar

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That’s our report for this week.

Take care,

Todd Cohen Editor and publisher

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