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Support Chicago Artists: Return to the Art Institute of Chicago

It’s taken way longer than any of us anticipated, but the world is returning to normal.  As of June 8, about 42 percent of Americans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus that unended all of our lives. The economy is reopening, restaurants are welcoming back diners, and Americans are desperate to gather with friends and family, many for the first time in over a year.  And finally, we can go back to museums again. I realize that not all of us were desperate to return to the institutions that house our country’s greatest treasures, but I urge all the Chicagoans reading this to take a moment to consider taking a day to simply enjoy the art that has been out…

Celebrating America’s Museums with Bank of America

Museums across the world — along with artists everywhere — have had a rough 12 months, from the Louvre in Paris to the Hamburger Kunstalle in Hamburg to the Washington National Gallery.  In the US, many states have reopened their economies and then closed them again several times over the last year. Many Americans continued to gather in large groups, especially on beaches or other outdoor places.  But for the most part, America’s museums have been permanently closed since the pandemic began in March 2020. They’ve turned to social media outreach and building their digital collections, even as they were forced to layoff staff and bar all physical visitors.  As America vaccinates its population and reopens its economy, we should all…

Help the Windy City by Donating to These Charities

Help the Windy City by Donating to These Charities The coronavirus pandemic has stress-tested many of the nation’s most essential — and vulnerable — workers, from health care professionals to workers in many different Chicago industries. If you’re quarantined at home like most of us, and looking for a way to help, then look no further. You can still make a difference without leaving your home by supporting the Chicago organizations that need donations. If you’re willing to donate your time or expertise, that’s here as well. Since Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order in March 2020, many nonprofits have struggled to maintain the same level of donations and operations as before the pandemic. Many of the biggest nonprofits in…

Millennials At Vanguard of Philanthropic Change

Millennials At Vanguard of Philanthropic Change The world is changing fast, and it feels more difficult than ever just to keep up. Although the pandemic has accelerated many of the cultural and technological changes that most of us struggle to keep up with, the bigger drivers of change were already there. We often think of swift change as the arena of tech moguls and financial gurus, but the reality is that philanthropy is being transformed, primarily by young people. At least that’s the conclusion from a new report from Fidelity Charitable, which surveyed more than 3,000 charitable individuals to March 2020. The organization also followed up with those donors again in January 2021 to check for changes in donor attitudes…

The Rise of Giving Circles: Philanthropy is for everyone

Americans are changing the way they give back. For decades, philanthropy has increased among the wealthy, while decreasing among all other Americans. Research published in Nonprofit Quarterly in 2019 shows that the percentage of giving by millionaires increased more than 20 percent from 1993 to 2016. In 1993, millionaires represented 10.3 percent of all donations. By 2016, that rose to 31.7 percent. At the same time, small donors are harder and harder to come by. In the US, the general share of households donating to charitable organizations, both religious and secular, fell more than 10 percent in six years — from 66.2 percent in 2000 to 53.9 percent in 2016. But that trend could be changing. Across many different agendas, ideologies…

Do Good, Feel Good – Thomas Kane

We all know the expression ‘Sharing is Caring’ because it provides a wholesome outlook on dividing your goodies. Sharing spreads joy and nothing is more contagious than pure happiness. Sharing the things that make you feel good will give an opportunity to those around you to feel your warmth. We love people that give because they provide an unselfish act that triggers a chain of good deeds. One small charitable deed can be multiplied by everyone involved. One small deed can change the world. Choosing to donate to a charitable organization makes the less fortunate feel like they are valued and appreciated even when the troubles of the world have forgotten about them. Doing good and feeling good go hand…

Pay It Forward by Giving Back – Thomas Kane

They say that everyone is fighting a battle that they don’t talk about. Some battles are harder to fight without basic needs like food, shelter and essential human needs. A deed motivated by compassion and kindness is more meaningful than a sense of duty and obligation. A little heart and soul go a long way. The term ‘giving back’ implies that an act and service were given to you and now you want to return the favor. “Giving back” is when you give something for the sole purpose of significantly changing someone’s life without expecting anything in return. No recognition. No gift. No benefits. That’s what it should be about. “Giving back” is often directly linked to monetary values, but…

Interview With Thomas Kane (Chicago) – by News For Public

Written by HarryPatel March 30, 2020 In your view, what are some of the technologies that have fostered innovation and growth with respect to the non-profit industry? Tom Kane: Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a real increase in technology solutions that help nonprofits and community organizations leverage data and efficiency and manage teams, all at the same time. Just like in the private sector, nonprofits and charity organizations have started to streamline their operations through software solutions, using data to create more efficient processes and free up time.  What that means is, simply, many organizations have traded their spreadsheet-based systems for more intelligent and user-friendly technology in order to raise funding, among other areas. How do you think technology…