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October 28, 2011

News Briefing: Record $20 Million Gift to Help Finish the High Line Park

  • Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg donated $20 million to the High Line.  [New York Times]


  • Sixty-nine billionaires have signed the Giving Pledge, representing more than $150 billion in philanthropy.  [Wall Street Journal]

October 26, 2011

News Briefing: City Center to Reopen After $56 Million Spruce-Up

  • New York City Center has undergone a $56 million renovation.  [Associated Press]


  • The National Civil Rights Museum launches the public phase of its $40 million campaign.  [Associated Press]


  • Wal-Mart gives $5 million to help build the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.  [Associated Press]

October 19, 2011

News Briefing: Madoff Trustee Seeks $5.2M From Jewish Association

  • Church and nonprofit leaders criticize proposals to change the structure of tax breaks for charitable donations.  [Dow Jones]


  • Bill and Melinda Gates host an invitation only Malaria Forum.  [Seattle Times]


  • Irving Picard sues the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, seeking return of $5.2 million in bogus profits Madoff paid out before his fraud collapsed.  [Wall Street Journal]

October 17, 2011

News Briefing: A Billionaire With Distinct Ideas of Philanthropy, and Presidential Politics

  • Ted and Doris Lee donate $15 million to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  [Las Vegas Sun]


  • Al Qaeda appears to distribute humanitarian aid in Somalia.  [New York Times]


  • John M. Huntsman Sr. focuses the bulk of his philanthropy on fighting cancer.  [New York Times]

October 14, 2011

News Briefing: Wal-Mart Names Leader for Corporate Foundation

  • A former senior executive of the Gates Foundation is appointed head of the Wal-Mart Foundation.  [New York Times]


October 13, 2011

News Briefing: A Quest for Hybrid Companies That Profit, but Can Tap Charity

  • St. Patrick's cathedral embarks on a five-year, $175 million renovation.  [New York Times]


  • Companies in more than a dozen states and two Indian tribes are part social benefit and part low-profit enterprises.  [New York Times]

October 11, 2011

News Briefing: A Metropolitan Opera High Note, as Donations Hit $182 Million

  • Metropolitan Opera raises $182 million in its most recent fiscal year.  [New York Times]



  • A new study shows that foundation giving for the arts has fallen out of balance with the nation's increasingly diverse demographics.  [Assocated Press]

October 06, 2011

News Briefing: Offbeat Corporate Giving: A Park Inspired by Peanuts

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross delivers aid in Gadhafi's hometown.  [Associated Press]


  • Planters develops and funds a park in the public housing development Lillian Wald Houses in Manhattan.  [New York Times]


  • The National Cathedral will need 'tens of millions of dollars' to repair extensive damage sustained during the August 23 earthquake.  [washington Post]

October 05, 2011

News Briefing: Starbucks Starts Fund to Spur U.S. Job Creation

  • Two MacArthur "Genius" recipients pause to reflect about the award.  [New York Times]


  • A New York charity hosts a treasure hunt in the American Museum of Natural History.  [Associated Press]


  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz launches a nationwide fund designed to stimulate U.S. job creation.  [Reuters]

October 04, 2011

News Briefing: Ex-Aide Earns $350,000 at Mayor’s Charity

  • Allison Jaffin, who works at Mayor Bloomberg's charity, testifies in court.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • The Hassenfeld family gives a $50M gift to the NYU Medical Center to create a pediatric facility.  [Wall Street Journal]
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