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October 08, 2010

  • Billie Jean King and Elton John bring theier annual HIV/AIDS charity event to Washington.  [Washington Post]

 

  • Melissa Gilbert joins the newly re-branded The Partnership at Drugfree.org as a celebrity spokeswoman.  [Associated Press]

July 16, 2010

News Briefing: 2 New York Institutions Want to Keep Ponzi Gifts

  • Animal shelters in the Gulf area are filling up as owners uncertain of their economic future give up their pets.  [Associated Press]

  • Two high-profile New York City institutions - the Asia Society and the Spence School - have not returned donations made by Hassan Nemazee, who admitted to running a Ponzi scheme.  [New York Times]

  • A significant part of past donations for the annual AIDS Walk in San Francisco has gone to an international AIDS charity.  [New York Times]

  • The National Endowment for the Arts announces $3 million in grants to city governments and other organizations around the country for urban design projects.  [New York Times]

May 10, 2010

News Briefing: At Front Lines, AIDS War Is Falling Apart

  • In  Uganda, where fewer than 10,000 were on AIDS drugs a decade ago, nearly 200,000 now are, largely a result of American generosity.  [New York Times]

  • A philanthropy class at the University of Maryland teaches students how to give money away wisely. [Washington Post]

  • Cerberus Capital Management, the private-equity firm proposing to purchase Boston's six Catholic hospitals, intends to maintain the hospitals' religious identity, but has also negotiated an escape clause that would allow the firm to end the religious affiliation in exchange for a $25 million donation to charity.  [Boston Globe]

  • Emily Fisher Landau, a New York philanthropist, pledges 367 works of art to the Whitney Museum of American Art.  [New York Times]

December 16, 2009

News Briefing: Patients Meet Donors From Largest-Ever Kidney Swap

  • The NFL's charitable foundation awards a $1.8 million grant to study how to better prevent childhood obesity.  [Associated Press]
  • Since 2005, the Smithsonian Institution has lost $12.3 million in personal property, including 89 laptop computers.  [Washington Post]
  • Thirteen patients with healthy new kidneys from what's believed to be the world's largest kidney exchange meet the donors who made it happen.  [Associated Press]
  • The U.S. commits $2.7 billion on Wednesday to help fight HIV infection in Kenya.  [Reuters]

December 01, 2009

News Briefing: Harvard Ignored Warnings About Investments

  • South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing.  [Associated Press]
  • Through the first half of this decade, advisers told Lawrence Summers that Harvard was being too aggressive with billions of dollars in cash.  [Boston Globe]

November 06, 2009

News Briefing: Denver Public TV Plans Nonprofit News Operation

  • A Denver public television station plans a nonprofit investigative news operation with a Web site and on-air program.  [Associated Press]
  • Dr. Grant Colfax, director of H.I.V. prevention and research in the Public Health Department in San Francisco, is concerned about the city's disparities in viral load and in care.  [New York Times]

September 23, 2009

News Briefing: Travelers’ Fee Can Help Fight Diseases

  • Elaine Ullian, the Chief Executive of Boston Medical Center, was paid $3.5 million, on top of her salary, last year.  [Boston Globe]
  • A United Nations program that has raised $1.2 billion over the past three years for the treatment of HIV/Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis goes global.  [New York Times]

July 20, 2009

News Briefing: South Africa Is Seen to Lag in H.I.V. Fight

  • The South African government has been notably silent on the benefit of circumcision in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS.  [Associated Press]
  • Food stamps become easier to use at farmers' markets.  [New York Times]

July 06, 2009

News Briefing: From Haiti, a Surprise: Good News About AIDS

  • Haiti's success in the face of chronic political and social turmoil with the AIDS epidemic came because organizations cooperated and tailored programs to the country's specific challenges.  [Associated Press]
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges governments to increase development aid for the poorest countries.  [Associated Press]

May 01, 2009

News Briefing: Michelle Obama Encourages Spouses to Volunteer

  • Michelle Obama hopes to turn an annual White House picnic for members of Congress into a community service event for lawmakers and their families.  [Associated Press]
  • Los Angeles residents Bruce and Martha Karsh pledge $3 million to help charter school firm KIPP LA reach its goal of expanding.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • A vast majority of the World Bank's projects to combat AIDS failed to perform satisfactorily over the past decade, according to a new internal evaluation.  [New York Times]
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