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  It’s known as the “miracle in the desert.” In 1954, Reverend Jim Dingman and his wife, Vera, established Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, Arizona. Their mission was simple but lofty—“to provide a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents and help them establish long-term relationships...

  Why More Foundations Are Focusing on Local Communities Philanthropists and large foundations are naturally excited by the prospect of solving huge global problems.  They’re looking to implement solutions at scale, and they want to see a significant return on their investment. These requirements often spur major foundations to go abroad to fund...

  Despite enduring a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic in 2020—or perhaps because of it—Americans generously opened up their wallets to give a record amount to U.S. charities last year. According to Giving USA’s annual report on philanthropy, individuals, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $471.44 billion to U.S. nonprofits in 2020, the highest on...

Nearly 20 years ago, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a dire warning about the poor quality of life endured by many Native Americans, especially those living on federally-designated reservations. Titled “A Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country,” the report laid out the many ways that...

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) began taking shape in the 1970s when the concept of a “social contract” between companies and society was introduced. The movement accelerated in the 1980s when consumers started demanding that companies do something about the environmental impact of their business operations. Today, CSR is a widely embraced practice....