Nonprofit news roundup April 27, 2009

Donations from anonymous source flood women-led colleges

An anonymous donor, or group of donors, has given a total of almost $70 million to colleges and universities around the country that are headed by women, New York
Daily News reported April 24 (see anonymous donations story). The donations were executed on behalf of the donor by a bank executive who contacted the schools, advising them that a check would arrive along with a letter stipulating how the money should be spent.

Teach for America stymied by unions, education ‘establishment’

Young people teaching through Teach for America, which received 35,000 applications this year, up 42 percent from 2008, should be able to compete on equal terms with
any other new teaching applicants, The Wall Street Journal said in an editorial April 25 (see Teach for America editorial). But they cannot because unions and the education establishment put tenure and power above student achievement, the Journal said.

Unpaid volunteers contribute to business

Corporations, start-up companies and venture capitalists are counting on an emerging corps of Web-savvy volunteer to transform the field of customer service, The New York Times reported April 25 (see online volunteer story). Known as lead users, or super-users, these unpaid volunteers contribute innovations to product development and improvement, and are motivated mainly by a payoff in enjoyment and respect among their peers.

Head of New Hampshire funder to retire in 2010

Lewis M. Feldstein, president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation since 1986, will retire in June of 2010, The Union Leader reported April 23 (see New
Hampshire story
). Under his leadership, the foundation’s assets grew to $375 million from $25 million, and the funder awarded more than $34 million in grants and scholarships last year.

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