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August 26, 2011

News Briefing: Milken’s Gift Stirs Dispute at U.C.L.A. Law School

  • Lowell Milken's $10M gift to U.C.L.A. School of Law sets off an internal debate.  [NY Times]


  • The compensation of the president of the College Board has tripled since 1999.  [Bloomberg]

August 18, 2011

News Briefing: GOOD to Buy Jumo, Joining Sites that Help Nonprofits

  • Young philanthropists benefit from communities of peers. [Reuters]
  • Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.  [New York Times]

August 17, 2011

News Briefing: 2 NYers Admit Running Phony Breast Cancer Charity

  • Two New Yorkers admit to running a bogus breast cancer charity.  [Associated Press]
  • The UN World Food Program investigates allegations that food intended for famine victims has been stolen.  [New York Times]
  • Nordstrom opens a charitable concept store in Manhattan.  [New York Times]

August 16, 2011

News Briefing: 9-11 Charities' Missions Continue to Evolve Ten Years Later

  • Many 9/11 charities continue to evolve a decade later.  [USA Today]


  • A coalition of nonprofit groups seek to boycott Amazon over a sales tax fight.  [Associated Press]

August 15, 2011

News Briefing: California Scrutinizes Nonprofits, Sometimes Ending a Tax Exemption

  • A growing number of nonprofits in California are denied exemption from property taxes.  [New York Times]
  • The U.S. restores financing to international aid groups in Gaza.  [Associated Press]

August 11, 2011

News Briefing: Statue of Liberty Interior Will Close for a Year

  • The Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year for safety renovations.  [New York Times]
  • Blanca Contreras is sentenced in Ohio for her involvement in the bogus U.S. Navy Veterans Association.  [The Roanoke Times]

August 10, 2011

News Briefing: Red Cross Condemns Rising Attacks on Health Workers

  • The Red Cross condemns rising attacks on health workers in war zones.  [Associated Press]


August 09, 2011

News Briefing: Espada's Nonprofit Faces Loss of License

  • The Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore may close due to lack of funds.  [New York Times]
  • The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days.  [Associated Press]
  • Soundview Health Network in the Bronx faces the loss of its Medicaid license.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • A long-time employee pleads guilty to thefts from the Mark Twain House & Museum in Connecticut.  [Associated Press]

August 05, 2011

News Briefing: Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth

  • Bloomberg will use $30 million of his own funds in his plan to aid the city's minority youth.  [New York Times]
  • The issue of charity looms large over China, the world's second largest economy.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association stay quiet on why he is leaving the telethon.  [Associated Press]

August 04, 2011

News Briefing: Gates Foundation Gives Away $2.5 Billion in 2010

  • The Gates Foundation gave away $2.5 billion in 2010.  [Seattle Times]
  • Governor Cuomo announces the creation of a task force to investigate executive compensation at nonprofits.  [New York Times]
  • Jerry Lewis will not appear in the annual muscular dystrophy telethon this year.  [Reuters]
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