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January 31, 2012

News Briefing: Sept. 11 Group's Salaries Decried

  • A former employee with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum receives a high severance payment.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • Madonna announces plans to build 10 new schools in Malawi.  [Reuters]


January 30, 2012

News Briefing: Drugmakers Join Gates Foundation in Fighting Tropical Diseases

  • Drugmakers join the Gates Foundation in fighting neglected tropical diseases.  [Bloomberg]



  • Hedge fund manager William Ackman donates $25 million to Signature Theatre.  [Bloomberg]

January 27, 2012

News Briefing: Warren Buffett Donates $41.6M to 8 unnamed charities

  • Warren Buffett donates $41.6M in stock to 8 unnamed charities.  [Associated Press]


  • Cal State adopts a new policy that limits executive compensation.  [Los Angeles Times]

January 26, 2012

News Briefing: Bill Gates Donates $750 Million to the Global Fund

  • Bill Gates pledges $750 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  [Associated Press]
  • Jury awards Garth Brooks $1M, agreeing with him that a local hospital did not use his donation as he intended.  [Associated Press]

January 25, 2012

News Briefing: Kodak Pulling Back on Corporate Philanthropy

  • As Kodak's philanthropy scales back during its bankruptcy filing, Rochester-area nonprofits wonder about future donations.  [Democrat and Chronicle]
  • Bill Gates defends his foundation's focus on high-tech solutions to world hunger in his fourth annual letter.  [Associated Press]

January 24, 2012

News Briefing: Million-Dollar Donations Climb in 2011

  • Boston nonprofits have boosted their voluntary contributions to city government by 24% over the past six months.  [Boston Globe]


January 20, 2012

News Briefing: David Rubenstein to Donate $7.5M to help fix the Washington Monument

  • David M. Rubenstein to donate $7.5 million to help fix the Washington Monument  [Washington Post]


  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather donates $100,000 Las Vegas breast cancer support group.  [Associated Press]

January 18, 2012

News Briefing: LL Bean to donate to National Park Foundation

  • The purchase of Convio could help propel Blackbaud into cloud-based computer services.  [New York Times]


  • L.L. Bean will give up to $1M to the National Park Foundation.  [Associated Press]


  • Aid agencies' report claims that slow response to East African hunger crisis "cost thousands of lives."  [Associated Press]

January 17, 2012

News Briefing: Blackbaud Agrees to Acquire Convio

  • The Milton Public Library receives $100,000.  [Boston Globe]



  • Southern Oregon Islamic charity activist fights impending date to report to prison.  [Associated Press]

January 13, 2012

News Briefing: Ind. U. Business School Receives $33 Million Grant

The Velvet Underground sues the Andy Warhol Foundation for trademark infringement.  [Bloomberg]

The Lilly Endowment donates $33 million to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.  [Associated Press]

New survey shows how hard it is to replicate the text donation surge that occured in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti.  [New York Times]

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