Changing Our World

The expertise to do it right.
The passion to see it through.

Buzz is Changing Our World's news and commentary blog, covering the latest stories and updates in the world of philanthropy.

 Subscribe to BUZZ

Subscribe by Email

Other blogs from
Changing Our World

FLiP is dedicated to creating a community and a network where other future leaders can meet, learn, exchange ideas, and contribute to each other’s success.
Visit FLiP Online »

onLine examines all things related to philanthropy and "being online": online marketing, online fundraising, Web 2.0 technologies, new tools, new issues, and new strategies to help nonprofits find their audience,
Visit onLine »

March 07, 2011

News Briefing: 2 Charities Set to End a Merger, Papers Say

  • Smile Train and Operation Smile prepare to end their merger plans.  [New York Times]


  • Blue Cross CEO receives $8.6M in exit deal.  [Boston Globe]

November 29, 2010

News Briefing: To Help Donors Choose, Web Site Alters How It Sizes Up Charities

  • As the number of millionaires rises in the Asia-Pacific region, so too does the demand for philanthropy-related advisory services.  [New York Times]


  • Charity Navigator embarks on an overhaul to offer a wider array of information to donors who are deciding which organizations they might help.  [New York Times]


  • Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake join other celebrities in a charity campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice.  [Associated Press]


  • High-tech campaigns sweep the nonprofit world.  [Denver Post]


  • U.S. nonprofit organizations are seeing a slight increase in donations.  [Associated Press]

August 30, 2010

News Briefing: Group Is Accused on Tax Exemption

  • The Americans for Prosperity Foundation is charged with running advertisements that are "political in nature."  [New York Times]

  • A U.S. aid worker kidnapped four months ago in Sudan has been freed by authorities.  [Associated Press]

  • The humanitarian leader Abdul Sattar Edhi has been helping the destitute and sick for more than 60 years.  [Associated Press]

  • Billionaire fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller plans to shut down his hedge fund and spend more time on philanthropy.  [Bloomberg]

July 16, 2010

News Briefing: 2 New York Institutions Want to Keep Ponzi Gifts

  • Animal shelters in the Gulf area are filling up as owners uncertain of their economic future give up their pets.  [Associated Press]

  • Two high-profile New York City institutions - the Asia Society and the Spence School - have not returned donations made by Hassan Nemazee, who admitted to running a Ponzi scheme.  [New York Times]

  • A significant part of past donations for the annual AIDS Walk in San Francisco has gone to an international AIDS charity.  [New York Times]

  • The National Endowment for the Arts announces $3 million in grants to city governments and other organizations around the country for urban design projects.  [New York Times]

June 18, 2010

News Briefing: Nonprofit Advocate Carves Out a For-Profit Niche

  • Richard Berman has founded six nonprofit organizations that his critics say are just moneymakers for his communications firm.  [New York Times]

  • A nonprofit gym in Boston helps women in a low-income neighborhood lose weight and get in shape.  [NPR]

  • Six years into an effort to build a local audience, the Brooklyn Museum sees its attendance drop 23% from the year before.  [New York Times]

  • Sharon Rice, the former Executive Director of the Medical Association of Atlanta, pleads guilty to one count of wire fraud after stealing nearly $300,000 from the non-profit organization.  [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

April 15, 2010

News Briefing: LI Breast Cancer "Charity" Was A Scam

  • USA Today publishes a special section on philanthropy.  [USA Today]
  • A family in Great Neck, New York is accused of setting up a fake breast cancer charity and soliciting over $500,000 from unsuspecting donors.  [Newsday]

March 12, 2010

News Briefing: Obama Names Charities Receiving His Nobel Prize Money

  • President Obama releases the names of the charities that will receive his $1.4 million in Nobel Peace Prize money.  [New York Times]
  • A group of Republican senators questions high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity.  [Associated Press]
  • Disney's "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" reaches its goal to inspire 1 million people in 2010 to give back to their communities.  [USA Today]

March 01, 2010

News Briefing: States Move to Revoke Charities’ Tax Exemptions

  • Michael Hintze, founder of hedge-fund manager CQS, is one of the public faces of philanthropy in the U.K.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • Faced with steep declines in tax revenue, an increasing number of states and localities are considering eliminating various tax exemptions for nonprofit groups.  [New York Times]
  • Chileans accelerate their rescue, aid, and security efforts in damaged regions Sunday.  [Washington Post]

November 24, 2009

News Briefing: Russian Leader Expresses Support for Nonprofits

  • The American Red Cross embarks on a holiday fundraising campaign, complete with an online gift catalog and advertising.  [New York Times]
  • Andrew Cuomo files papers to shut down the United Homeless Organization, alleging it is a sham run by people who keep most of the cash donated to them.  [NBC News]
  • Russian President Dmitri Medvedev calls for tax incentives and other measures to assist Russia's nonprofit groups.  [New York Times]
  • Young heirs seek moral balance between inherited windfalls and social responsibilities.  [Washington Post]

October 19, 2009

News Briefing: Accountants Sue Charity for Wrongful Dismissal

  • Two accountants sue Feed The Children for wrongful dismissal after they notified the charity's board that the organization owed $1.1 million in taxes.  [Associated Press]
  • Barbra Streisand auctions more than 400 of her dresses and suits, books, and other collectibles for charity.  [Associated Press]
  • The nonprofit salary of a well-connected D.C. lobbyist is questioned.  [Washington Post]
Our specialty area »    Catholic & Independent Schools, Corporate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Human Services,International Development & Global Health, Philanthropies, Research & Policy