Deep murkiness surrounds the fundraising and finances of higher ed institutions, especially those that raise money through supporting foundations. The result? Donor due diligence can be impossible.
Donors may be gone, but they can't be forgotten. We look at a case at Brown University in which a building is renamed in favor of a new and wealthier donor. Does this pass the smell test?
Is the measure of a philanthropist only what he or she donates to charity from their own personal assets? We look at that question amid claims that many celebrities don't give in a meaningful way.
There's no big scandal here, as some media reports might imply. But fundraising arrangements involving Tom Brady and a nonprofit he's backed for years raise some good questions.
A crazy case involving a wealthy family and a Massachusetts college raises a sticky question: When charities want to distance themselves from the tarnished reputations of donors, what are their options?
When we donate to an organization, it's implied that our gift will be used to advance its mission. Is it legal when nonprofits divert donated funds to other purposes?
As more big and complicated gifts flow to nonprofits, donors want more assurance that their intent is being honored. We look at a key case that shaped what rights donors have in this regard.
Individuals give more to charity than foundations by a factor of four to one. Yet individuals frequently undertake insufficient due diligence or follow-up. How can a philanthropy advisor help?
Private foundations are powerful vehicles for giving, but these entities are regulated in a range of ways that can be complicated.
Donor-advised funds are growing ever more popular. But a downside is that donors don't have full control of their money, as one couple learned the hard way.
A new charity scandal out of Nebraska reminds us that, with state watchdogs largely asleep when it comes to policing nonprofits, it's up to donors to do their own due diligence.