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May 31, 2011

News Briefing: Giving to Charity by Managing Your E-Mail

  • ConAgra Foods donates $420,000 to 11 nonprofits to help combat child hunger.  [Associated Press]


  • Endowment manager Alice Handy regularly beats the S & P's 500 index for clients such as Smith, Barnard, and Middlebury.  [Bloomberg]


  • GiveBackMail promises to give 25 percent of its profit to charity if users route their e-mail through its Website.  [New York Times]

May 26, 2011

News Briefing: Children's Aid to Sell Sites for $33 Million

  • The Boys & Girls Club of America reaches out through social media.  [New York Times]


  • Children's Aid Society will seel two Greenwich Village sites for $33 million.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • A. Alfred Taubman pledges $11 million to Lawrence Technological University.  [Detroit Free Press]

May 25, 2011

News Briefing: Burdened by PBS Dues, Stations Consider Withdrawing

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria freezes payments to China in dispute over the country's management of its grants.  [New York Times]


  • Some PBS stations question whether they can continue to make the PBS business model work.  [New York Times]

May 24, 2011

News Briefing: Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates

  • The Gates Foundation seeks to overhaul the nation's education policies.  [New York Times]


  • Rubicon Property will donate a portion of its fee from every sale to charity:water.  [New York Times]

May 23, 2011

News Briefing: Two Girl Scouts Launch Palm Oil Crusade

  • New York City Opera to move out of Lincoln Center.  [New York Times]



May 20, 2011

News Briefing: Stars at Cannes Turn Out for AIDS Charity Event

  • The Intiman Theater in Seattle closes under financial strain.  [New York Times]


  • Paul and Muffy Cristen pledge $20 million to the South Dakota Community Foundation.  [Rapid City Journal]



May 19, 2011

News Briefing: MDC to Receive Millions from Gates Foundation

Miami Dade College is getting a multi-million dollar financial boost from the Gates Foundation.  [Miami Herald]

Princess Beatrice's hat is auctioned for charity, raising $30,000.  [Associated Press]

May 18, 2011

News Briefing: Campaign to Raise the Profile of Central Park’s Protector

  • Dell has pledged $5 million to the University of Texas at Austin.  [Associated Press]


  • Bard College receives $60 million from the Open Society Foundations for global initiatives.  [New York Times]


  • The Central Park Conservancy launches a new advertising campaign.  [New York Times]

May 16, 2011

News Briefing: Doris Buffett Transfers a Wealth of Knowledge to College Students

  • Doris Buffett's "Learning by Giving" philanthropy course spreads to 30 schools across the country.  [Washington Post]


  • Kenny Chesney turns his May 25th concert into a benefit show for Tuscaloosa.  [Associated Press]

May 13, 2011

News Briefing: I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics

  • The I.R.S. moves to tax gifts made to nonprofit advocacy groups that are active in politics.  [New York Times]


  • The University of Pennsylvania receives $225 million for its medical school from Raymond and Ruth Perelman.  [Associated Press]


  • Princess Beatrice's hat will be auctioned to raise money for charity.  [Associated Press]
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