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February 08, 2012

Stanford University Gets Record $6.2 Billion in 5-Year Campaign

Stanford University raises $6.2 billion in 5-year campaign. [Bloomberg]

February 07, 2012

News Briefing: EBay's Omidyar Works for Philanthropy

  • A South Korean software magnate starts charity to confront inequality.  [New York Times]


  • Komen Foundation takes steps to rebuild trust after last week's PR fiasco.  [Washington Post]


  • Pierre Omidyar and his wife have committed more than $1 billion to hundreds of different causes.  [USA Today]

February 06, 2012

News Briefing: After Komen Furor, Some Supporters of the Charity Say They Won’t Go Back


  • Some supporters of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure say they won't donate again.  [Associated Press]

February 03, 2012

News Briefing: Top Komen Official Resigns in Protest Over Grants Cuts

  • The Gates Foundation opens a public space in its headquarters to encourage visitors to learn more about its work.  [Associated Press]


  • A top official at Susan G. Komen for the Cure resigns in protest.  [Associated Press]


  • Johns Hopkins is sued over plans to develop land donated to them.  [Washington Post]

January 31, 2012

News Briefing: Sept. 11 Group's Salaries Decried

  • A former employee with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum receives a high severance payment.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • Madonna announces plans to build 10 new schools in Malawi.  [Reuters]


January 30, 2012

News Briefing: Drugmakers Join Gates Foundation in Fighting Tropical Diseases

  • Drugmakers join the Gates Foundation in fighting neglected tropical diseases.  [Bloomberg]



  • Hedge fund manager William Ackman donates $25 million to Signature Theatre.  [Bloomberg]

January 27, 2012

News Briefing: Warren Buffett Donates $41.6M to 8 unnamed charities

  • Warren Buffett donates $41.6M in stock to 8 unnamed charities.  [Associated Press]


  • Cal State adopts a new policy that limits executive compensation.  [Los Angeles Times]

January 26, 2012

News Briefing: Bill Gates Donates $750 Million to the Global Fund

  • Bill Gates pledges $750 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  [Associated Press]
  • Jury awards Garth Brooks $1M, agreeing with him that a local hospital did not use his donation as he intended.  [Associated Press]

January 25, 2012

News Briefing: Kodak Pulling Back on Corporate Philanthropy

  • As Kodak's philanthropy scales back during its bankruptcy filing, Rochester-area nonprofits wonder about future donations.  [Democrat and Chronicle]
  • Bill Gates defends his foundation's focus on high-tech solutions to world hunger in his fourth annual letter.  [Associated Press]

January 24, 2012

News Briefing: Million-Dollar Donations Climb in 2011

  • Boston nonprofits have boosted their voluntary contributions to city government by 24% over the past six months.  [Boston Globe]


January 20, 2012

News Briefing: David Rubenstein to Donate $7.5M to help fix the Washington Monument

  • David M. Rubenstein to donate $7.5 million to help fix the Washington Monument  [Washington Post]


  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather donates $100,000 Las Vegas breast cancer support group.  [Associated Press]

January 18, 2012

News Briefing: LL Bean to donate to National Park Foundation

  • The purchase of Convio could help propel Blackbaud into cloud-based computer services.  [New York Times]


  • L.L. Bean will give up to $1M to the National Park Foundation.  [Associated Press]


  • Aid agencies' report claims that slow response to East African hunger crisis "cost thousands of lives."  [Associated Press]

January 17, 2012

News Briefing: Blackbaud Agrees to Acquire Convio

  • The Milton Public Library receives $100,000.  [Boston Globe]



  • Southern Oregon Islamic charity activist fights impending date to report to prison.  [Associated Press]

January 13, 2012

News Briefing: Ind. U. Business School Receives $33 Million Grant

The Velvet Underground sues the Andy Warhol Foundation for trademark infringement.  [Bloomberg]

The Lilly Endowment donates $33 million to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.  [Associated Press]

New survey shows how hard it is to replicate the text donation surge that occured in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti.  [New York Times]

January 10, 2012

News Briefing: Guggenheim Foundation Proposes Helsinki as Site for New Art Museum

  • The Guggenheim Foundation proposes building a museum in Helsinki.  [Washington Post]


  • In first year of Race to the Top, Maryland meets its obligations.  [Washington Post]


  • After Beyoncé gives birth at Lenox Hill Hospital, some patients complain about security measures.  [New York Times]

January 09, 2012

News Briefing: School Cuts Also Threaten Culture Sites

  • Elton John to write a book on AIDS, proceeds to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  [BBC News]



  • Cultural institutions in Texas may be an unexpected casualty of state budget cuts.  [New York Times]

January 06, 2012

News Briefing: Gates, Elton John, Carlos Slim Boost Clinton Foundation in 2011

  • Bill Gates and Elton John are big donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation.  [Bloomberg]


  • The New York Philharmonic names its new executive director.  [New York Times]


  • Kate Middleton lends her support to Action on Addiction, which supports research, prevention, and treatment of addiction.  [Los Angeles Times]


  • Some Pennsylvania charities have opted out of taking over programs of Second Mile.  [Reuters]

January 03, 2012

News Briefing: A Collaboration That Began With a Disastrous Lunch

  • The Broad Institute is a joint venture of Harvard and M.I.T.  [New York Times]


  • Elaborate holiday displays at two homes in Queens raise funds for charities.  [New York Daily News.]

December 30, 2011

News Briefing: USC Pursues Aggressive Fundraising Effort Despite Hard Times


  • Bloomberg says money dispute will keep 9/11 museum from opening on time.  [Washington Post]

December 29, 2011

News Briefing: Woodie Guthrie Gets a Belated Honor In Oklahoma

The George Kaiser Family Foundation plans to build an exhibition and study center to honor Woody Guthrie's legacy.  [New York Times]

Many large charities see an increase in donations during holiday season.  [USA Today]

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