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June 30, 2011

News Briefing: Charity, With Entrepreneurial Spin

  • A new report shows an increase in giving in India in recent years compared to 2006.  [Wall Street Journal]



June 29, 2011

News Briefing: The Dark Side of Celebrity Charities

  • The Walton Family Foundation made a $150 million investment in education in 2010.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • New York State sues the Coalition Against Breast Cancer.  [Reuters]
  • Lady Gaga is sued for $5M over Japan charity wristbands.  [Washington Post]
  • Celebrities setting up charities learn that it isn't always easy doing good.  [Rolling Stone]

June 28, 2011

News Briefing: Charity Goes Mobile to Appeal to Young


  • Do Something uses mobile technology to enlist teenagers in service projects.  [New York Times]


June 27, 2011

News Briefing: Green Jobs Attract Graduates

  • New York's attorney general has asked nonprofit leaders to devise recommendations for overhauling regulatory requirements.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • The General Motors Foundation donates $2.5M to the College for Creative Studies.  [Associated Press]


  • Illinois has borrowed more than $1M from money that taxpayers designated on their tax returns for charitable use.  [Associated Press]


  • A new wave of graduates preferes jobs that promote environmental sustainability.  [New York Times]

June 24, 2011

News Briefing: Walmart Gives $25 Million to Students; Draws Criticism

  • Greater Cleveland charities profit from more than $2 million in unclaimed funds from two class-action lawsuits.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]


  • Wal-Mart gives $25 million to help students during school summer break.  [Reuters]


  • The treasurer of a phony nonprofit pleads guilty to theft, corruption, and other counts.  [The Roanoke Times]

June 23, 2011

News Briefing: Recluse Left Bulk of Wealth for Art Charity and to Her Nurse

  • Hugette Clark leaves bulk of wealth into a foundation that will be established to promote the arts.  [New York Times]


June 22, 2011

News Briefing: Money-Short Philadelphia Orchestra Reveals $11 Million in New Gifts

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra announces $11 million in new gifts.  [Associated Press]


  • Thomas N. Armstrong, former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, dies at 78.  [New York Times]

June 21, 2011

News Briefing: Stradivarius Violin Sold for $16M for Japan relief.

  • The Nippon Foundation sells a Stradivarius violin for $16 million to raise money for tsunami relief.  [Associated Press]


  • The Hershey School seeks to develop the world's largest chocolate factory for redevelopment into condos.  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

June 20, 2011

News Briefing: Charitable Giving Rose Last Year for First Time Since 2007

  • Charitable giving rises for the first time since 2007.  [New York Times]


  • The Wall Street Journal gives tips on how to teach charity to young people.  [Wall Street Journal]

June 17, 2011

News Briefing: A Billionaire’s Eye for Art Shapes Her Singular Museum

  • Alice Walton hopes her Crystal Bridges Museum turns Bentonville into an international destination for art lovers.  [New York Times]


  • Janet Jackson performs at the Louvre in a charity benefit.  [Associated Press]


  • A review of New York City Opera's financial records reveal longstanding gaps between its income and expenses.  [New York Times]
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