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December 30, 2011

News Briefing: USC Pursues Aggressive Fundraising Effort Despite Hard Times


  • Bloomberg says money dispute will keep 9/11 museum from opening on time.  [Washington Post]

December 29, 2011

News Briefing: Woodie Guthrie Gets a Belated Honor In Oklahoma

The George Kaiser Family Foundation plans to build an exhibition and study center to honor Woody Guthrie's legacy.  [New York Times]

Many large charities see an increase in donations during holiday season.  [USA Today]

December 14, 2011

News Briefing: Google Joins Fight Against Slavery

  • New York nonprofits giving home care to the disabled collect millions from the state.  [New York Times]


  • Google provides $11.5 million to 10 organizations working to end slavery and human trafficking.  [CNN}


  • Research suggests that tithing benefits the giver too.  [USA Today]

December 12, 2011

News Briefing: A Lesson in Philanthropy

  • The Learning by Giving Foundation challenges students to address social change and have lasting effect.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • An ex-library employee is accused of stealing $800,000 from the Saugus Public Library.  [Boston Globe]

December 08, 2011

News Briefing: Resisting Renaming of Miami Museum

  • Four Board members resign over plans to rename the Miami Art Museum after a private donor.  [New York Times]


  • Some charities skip disaster pictures in ads encouraging gifts this Christmas season.  [New York Times]


  • Four individuals associated with Parent Workshop, a nonprofit established by state senator Shirley Huntley, are charged with theft.  [New York Times]

December 07, 2011

News Briefing: Chicago Public Schools makes deal with Gates Foundation

  • Christopher Stone, a well-known expert on criminal justice, is expected to be the next leader of the Soros Foundations.  [New York Times]

  • Chicago Public Schools joins the Gates Foundation-backed "Charter-District Collaboration Compacts." [Chicago Sun-Times]

December 05, 2011

News Briefing: Homeowners Offer Houses to Charities Instead of Cash


  • Clayton Spencer, Vice President of Harvard, has been named the eigth president of Bates College.  [New York Times]


  • The Amy Winehouse Foundation makes donation at children's hospice.  [Associated Press]

December 01, 2011

News Briefing: Late Reds Owner's Foundation Gives Zoo Record Gift

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden receives a $5 million gift from late Reds owner Marge Schott.  [Associated Press]


  • The U.S. loosens some restrictions on international financial assistance and development programs in Myanmar.  [New York Times]
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