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November 29, 2011

News Briefing: Wyclef Jean Works to Make Foundation 'Squeaky Clean'

  • Wyclef Jean defends his charity and its relief efforts.  [USA Today]


November 23, 2011

News Briefing: SKS Founder and Chairman Vikram Akula Steps Down


  • The number of religious advocacy groups has increased fivefold since 1970.  [Washington Post]

November 22, 2011

News Briefing: Carl Pope Steps Down as Leader of Sierra Club


  • Food banks seek healthy food donations this holiday season.  [Associated Press]

November 18, 2011

News Briefing: Romney Tax Return Offers a Glimpse

  • A group of donors to the Second Mile say they were assured the allegations against Sandusky were unfounded.  [The Philadelphia Inquirer]


  • The Romney Foundation tax return offers a glimpse at the presidential candidate's charities of choice.  [New York Times]


  • U.S. and U.N. food agencies downgrade famine rating in three areas of Somalia to emergency status.  [Associated Press]

November 17, 2011

News Briefing: Pa. Gov Puts $3M Sandusky Charity Grant on Hold

  • A $3 million state grant earmarked for Second Mile has been put on hold.  [Associated Press]


  • Bloomberg gave more than $553 million of his fortune to charity in 2010.  [New York Daily News]


  • The Second Mile evaluates its future amidst the scandal that has ensnared Sandusky.  [The Altoona Mirror]

November 16, 2011

News Briefing: Bell Ringers Go Digital This Season

  • The Salvation Army shifts into digital donations.  [New York Times]


  • The Walton Family Foundation donates $25 million to KIPP Foundation.  [The Denver Post]

November 14, 2011

News Briefing: Board of Charity Founded by Sandusky: 'Shocked'

  • Board members of the children's charity founded by Jerry Sandusky are "shocked."  [Wall Street Journal]


  • Oxfam pulls out of South Sudan's border region as violence escalates.  [New York Times]

November 07, 2011

News Briefing: eBay Launches Celebrity, Charity Destination

  • Michigan charities urge donors to give before the Michigan charitable tax credits end in 2011.  [Detroit News]


  • eBay launches a celebrity auction site to benefit charities.  [Associated Press]

November 04, 2011

News Briefing: Alicia Keys Raises Money at 8th Annual Black Ball Event

  • The Gund Foundation and members of the Gund family give $5 million to the Cleveland Institute of Art.  [Plain Dealer]


  • Alicia Keys raises money at her charity's annual event in New York.  [Associated Press]


  • The estate of William S. Dietrich II grants $25 million to Thiel College in western Pennsylvania.  [Associated Press]

November 03, 2011

News Briefing: Cain to Review Links to a Nonprofit

  • Kim Kardashian's wedding gifts will go to the Dream Foundation.  [ABC News]


  • Lady Gaga launches her anti-bullying nonprofit.  [BBC]


  • An outside lawyer will review Cain's link to the nonprofit Prosperity USA.  [New York Times]
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