There are often noticeable trends within a foundation. For instance, during the beginning of a quarter, a number of these organizations can be relatively quiet with their giving, as front end workers are still taking on administrative tasks after the last giving cycle. However, some choose to announce grants during this time and save the last few weeks of a quarter recording and taking notes.
No matter the exact patterns these types of groups follow, there are often specific times during the year when they are very active in their communities, with announcements of donations and volunteering projects.
This is certainly the case with the the various nonprofit organizations tied to late heiress Doris Duke. Administrators at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), as well as the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) have been very busy this September.
DDCF gives $4.5 million in grants
Leaders at the DDCF recently announced they would be extending $4.5 million in grants to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, which benefits students at universities across the United States. Specifically, this money will go toward the individuals at the University of Florida, Northern Arizona University and the University of Washington.
The scholarships will be used to pay for the education of those who are conducting research in a number of areas that will benefit the environment, from conservation biology to wildlife conservation.
"The ultimate objective of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is to foster an increase in the number of undergraduate students from groups currently underrepresented in the conservation workforce who choose to pursue studies and a career in conservation," noted DDCF Program Director Andrew Bowman.
DDFIA spreads knowledge with new art exhibit
The other foundation associated with the legacy of Doris Duke decided to help spur education in another way. The DDFIA recently funded a new art exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, according to The Durham News.
"Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art" recently made its debut, and features items like textiles, jewelry, furniture and ceramics from a number of nations with Islamic roots such as Morocco, Egypt, India and Turkey, the news outlet detailed. Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth told the newspaper that it is great honor to be able to share this collection with interested individuals, as it was previously available to the public in Hawaii.
Foundations and organizations that provide annual funding might benefit from nonprofit accounting software, which can help board members audit funds and make sure the correct amounts are being distributed to various programs each year.