AARP CEO named to The NonProfit Times ‘Power & Influence Top 50’ List

For the fifth consecutive year, The NonProfit Times (NPT) is honoring CEO Jo Ann Jenkins as one of their “Power & Influence Top 50.” The annual list honors non-profit executives and strategists who have distinguished themselves as “initiators of concepts that will have legs and are already having impact.” According to NPT, “the 2017 honorees were selected from a group of about 300 top executives. A committee of NPT staff, contributors and a few executives plugged in to executive movement were involved …

Be Generous, but Give What You Can Afford

African Americans/blacks have a history of giving. More than two-thirds give to churches and organized charities. We also give to family members who need help paying bills, college students who need tuition assistance and others. We are responsive to our churches and Greek-letter organizations that make appeals. >> AARP Financial Freedom: News, Tips, and Resources for Your Financial Health I applaud the giving tradition and am, indeed, part of it. Yet it is important that our gifts are part of …

Edgar Bronfman Sr.: Fighter for Jewish Causes

After Edgar Bronfman Sr. took over the reins of Seagram in the early 1970s, he expanded the liquor company founded by his father Samuel into a sprawling global comglomerate, taking over juice-maker Tropicana and expanding into the oil and chemical businesses as well. But while Bronfman, who died on Dec. 21 at age 84 in Manhattan, was successful enough in those ventures to become a billionaire, he had a vastly more profound and far-reaching impact with his work as a …

How to Be a Charitable Cheapskate

It’s the kind of news story that makes national headlines every year or two: A person of seemingly modest means secretly amasses a small (or not so small) fortune while leading a frugal lifestyle, only to reveal that wealth by giving it all away to charity. The latest jaw-dropper came from 98-year-old Jack MacDonald of Washington state. He died in September and left a surprise fortune of $187.5 million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of …

George Aratani: A WWII Internee Turned History Buff

George Aratani was as personally well-known as the  imported products sold by the companies he founded – most notably, the Mikasa line of dinnerware, and Kenwood home audio equipment. Nevertheless, Aratani helped ensure that Americans knew the larger the story of the injustice inflicted on him and 122,000 Japanese Americans at the outbreak of World War II, when they were forced to leave their homes and live behind fences and under armed guard in internment camps, often losing their property and businesses …

Larry Selman: He Showed Us the Power of a Dollar

Larry Selman had a lot of strikes against him from the start. Weighing just three pounds at birth, doctors thought he wouldn’t survive. In high school, he was identified as being developmentally handicapped and dropped out after a teacher told him that he wasn’t capable of earning a diploma. The best job he could get was working as a laborer for the city parks department. After the death of his parents and a benevolent uncle who’d helped him financially, he …