PEAK Grantmaking Conference Accepting Session Proposals

PEAK Grantmaking is accepting proposal submissions for the PEAK2019 Annual Conference. The deadline for proposals has been extended until 11:59 PM ET, August 5, 2018.

The 14th annual conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, on March 11-13, 2019. The event attracts more than 700 grantmaking professionals every year. Attendees work with philanthropic organizations of different sizes, missions, and purposes.

According to the Peak Grantmaking website, anyone currently employed by a grantmaking organization who holds responsibility for grants management or a portion of grants management activities is eligible to submit a proposal. The conference is looking for relevant proposals for short talks/presentations, longer breakout sessions, and roundtable topic discussions.

More information about PEAK2019 proposal submissions can be found here. Visit the PEAK2019 website for more information about the conference.

2017 Social Good Summit to be held Sunday, Sept. 17

This year’s Social Good Summit will take place on Sunday, September 17 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Activists, innovators and world leaders will come together at the event to explore how the global community can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place by the year 2030.

The conference, brought by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme and the 92nd Street Y, is held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week. This year’s event will be held on one day only.

The theme for the 2017 summit is Future in Focus.

Scheduled speakers include actress, comedian and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF Whoopi Goldberg; Game of Thrones star and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Broadway actress and singer Cynthia Erivo; ElsaMarie D’Silva, the CEO and founder of Safecity; journalist and human rights activist Joumana Haddad, Girl Up Teen Advisor Angie Jiang; Rebecca Martin, the director at the Center for Global Health CDC; MSNBC news anchor Lawrence O’Donnel; Carmen Perez, the executive director of The Gathering for Justice; The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir; Kathy Calvin, the president and CEO of the UN Foundation; Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore; and many more.

This year’s summit is sponsored by American Family Insurance, Pfizer, Philips, and UBS.

For updates on the event follow @MashableEvents on Twitter.

Tickets for the 2017 Social Good Summit can be purchased here.

Everyone is invited to participate on social media using the hashtag #2030NOW. The event will also be live streamed.


Charitable appeals are more successful when tailored to fit donor’s self-image, new research shows

A recent study suggests that people who are wealthy are more likely to give to charity when a donation request appeals to their sense of independence and agency, while those who earn less money are more likely to donate when a charitable appeal emphasizes community and the pursuit of shared goals.

“Both selfishness and selflessness start with the self: How wealth shapes responses to charitable appeals,” a paper published in May by psychologists Ashley Whillans, Eugene Caruso, and Elizabeth Dunn, proposes that people tend to be more generous when a donation request resonates with their self-image — a self-image which is largely shaped by social class.

Research was conducted across three field studies where participants were randomly assigned either an “agentic” or “communal” appeal and given the opportunity to make a donation. The researchers report that when the appeal emphasized agency, wealthier individuals (those earning an income of $90,000 or above) reported greater willingness to give and donated more money. However, when the appeal stressed communion, findings showed that less wealthy individuals (those earning $40,000 or less) were more willing to give. They state that findings could not be explained by relevant demographic characteristics such as age, ethnicity, or gender. 

According to Scientific American, agentic requests may appeal to wealthier individuals because people with higher incomes tend to have a greater sense of personal control. Having money allows people to be more self-reliant and this may affect how they see themselves. In contrast, people who make less money rely more on other people in their everyday lives and tend to see themselves as connected to others.

The paper concludes that: “This work adds to a growing body of research suggesting that wealth does not inherently result in selfishness or generosity. By tailoring messages to fit with people's self-concepts, it is possible to catalyze giving across the socioeconomic spectrum.”

The full paper can be found here.

2017 Games for Change Festival will include VR for Change Summit

Games for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using digital games for social change, is expanding this year’s Games for Change Festival to include a deeper look at virtual reality and how communities and organizations are using the technology to impact real-world causes.

The VR for Change Summit “aims to expand our understanding of what is possible with virtual reality technology to create positive social change.”

Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change, told Mashable:

"We feel that Games for Change is very well-positioned to help develop this community in the same way that we have in the games community. There are a number of VR events being produced around the world right now — a lot of summits and expos and demos — but none with a specific focus about how VR can be applied to social change across different sectors."

Virtual reality, a powerful storytelling tool for teaching empathy and inclusivity, has the potential to impact nonprofits, journalism, art, education, and health.

Erik Martin, former Policy Advisor at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration, is curating the summit.

“The state of VR technologies today presents an opportunity to affect positive social change in radically new ways. The emerging landscape of VR technology, such as new headsets and mobile capabilities, as well as augmented reality, are making new kinds of media content and storytelling techniques possible to engage people with critical issues and causes. We are excited to grow the community and amplify impact with the VR for Change Summit," he said, according to

The VR for Change summit will include talks, workshops and demos. Developers, artists, storytellers, researchers, activists and policymakers will gather to discuss new initiatives, projects, and developments in the field.

According to the Games for Change website, keynotes of the summit include influential VR pioneer Nonny de la Peña; Megan Smith, the third White House Chief Technology Officer of the United States; Dr. Adam Gazzaley, co-founder and chief science advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, who will shares his vision of how emerging VR technology can be used to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement; Dawn Laguens, the EVP of the Planned Parenthood Federation, who will illustrates Planned Parenthood’s use of virtual reality and innovative apps impacting the way people access reproductive health care and empathy; Gabo Arora, the founder and president of Lightshed, who will give a historical overview of visual media and its uses for empathy and representing others’ pain.

The 14th annual Games for Change Festival will be held July 31 to Aug 2 at the New School in New York City.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit


HarperCollins donates $200,000 to literacy-related charities as part of #WhyIRead campaign

HarperCollins Publishers has launched #WhyIRead, a social media and charity campaign to highlight the importance of literacy and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the company.

HarperCollins Publishers will donate $200,000 to a collection of literacy-related charities, selected by its employees for promoting education, freedom of expression, and diversity. The donations are made possible by a grant from News Corp, the parent company of HarperCollins. The charities include: First Book, National Coalition Against Censorship, Room to Read, United Through Reading, and We Need Diverse Books.

As part of the initiative, several of the publisher’s authors, including Robyn Carr, Michael Chabon, Donna Hay, and Neil Gaiman, have been asked to share why they read and write and what books influenced them. Their answers can be found on HarperCollins' website. Readers have been asked to join the conversation by using the hashtag #WhyIRead.

“HarperCollins has had a long, storied history supporting authors and the printed word, and we’ve been passionate about supporting literacy and education since the company was founded in 1817,” HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray said in a statement, according to “The positive impact on literacy rates during the past two centuries alongside HarperCollins’ innovations and growth lets us know it’s a more-than-worthy cause to continue to support.”



Donors worldwide invited to take 2017 Global Trends in Giving Survey

Anyone who has donated to a nonprofit within the last year is invited to take the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Survey. According to the website, the data will show how donors around the world prefer to give and engage with nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide. The groundbreaking report is the only annual research project dedicated to studying how and why donors worldwide give to their favorite causes and charitable organizations. For the 2017 survey, the researchers partnered with seven organizations around the globe in order to increase the geographic range of survey respondents.

The survey, which will be published in English, Spanish and French, is being sponsored by the Public Interest Registry and researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good. Their 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report, which aimed to give a better understanding of how NGOs worldwide use online technology to engage supporters and donors, was released in January of this year.

The 2017 Global Trends in Giving Survey will be live through June 30. The sponsors have a goal of reaching 10,000 donors. The data from the survey will be released on September 4, 2017 in the inaugural edition of the Global Trends in Giving Report.  Those interested in participating can find more information at

CARE’s 2017 Walk in Her Shoes Campaign Promotes Awareness for Women and Girls Living in Poverty

Many women and girls living in the world’s poorest countries must walk an average of four miles every day to collect clean water, food, and other necessities that they and their families need in order to survive. This obligation often prevents them from getting an education, a career and income, and independence.

Participants in CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes campaign, running from now until March 14, will walk in solidarity with these women in an effort to raise awareness and funds for women in poverty across the globe. Participants in the virtual campaign, including individual fundraisers and teams, have pledged to walk 10,000 steps for seven consecutive days to raise funds for CARE programs that create new opportunities and support women and girls living in developing countries.

As of this writing, the campaign, which began on March 8, International Women’s Day, has raised $389,242. Participants in the campaign are posting their progress on social media with the hashtag #WALKINHERSHOES.

CARE is humanitarian organization dedicated to ending global poverty. According to the website, the international organization, which operates in 94 countries, delivers emergency relief and works to support more than 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects in the poorest countries in the world. CARE particularly focuses on empowering women and girls, and promoting gender equality as a means to fight poverty.

PayPal reports 11 percent growth in charitable giving in 2016

PayPal reported an 11 percent growth in charitable giving for 2016. Last year, the global payment platform processed $7.3 billion in donations.

During the holiday season alone, PayPal users contributed $971 million. From November 27 though the New Year, PayPal tracked holiday giving behavior around the world. Nearly 8 million PayPal users in 181 countries donated$971,213,604 to 282,053 charities. The largest single gift during this period was more than $230,000, while the average contribution was $93. The average contribution for the year was $89.

The top five countries that gave the most were, in order, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

According to PayPay, more donations were processed on December 31 than on any other day in the year, with contributions to charities totaling $77,896,580 that day. December 30 was the second highest day for donations at $59,625,454. #GivingTuesday, which occurred on November 29th in 2016, ranked as the third highest day, with over $48 million donated. 

Mobile giving also increased in 2016, with 21 percent of users making donations on a mobile device, a 12 percent increase from 2015.

“PayPal’s mission is all about democratizing financial services for citizens across the world. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in the power of our global payments platform to create a worldwide network that allows people to support their communities and the causes they’re most passionate about,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “We are thankful for the generosity that our PayPal users showed this past holiday season. We look forward to another year of innovation around new services and capabilities so that all of us can continue to make a positive impact in every community around the world that PayPal helps to serve.”