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March 08, 2011

News Briefing: CARE, in Return to Roots, Will Offer Virtual Packages

  • CARE will offer donors the option of buying virtual care packages.  [New York Times]


  • Nicolas Sarkozy's museum plan sparks debate on French culture.  [New York Times]

March 03, 2011

News Briefing: Wife’s Charity Offers Corporate Tie to a Governor

Charities like the Jindal Foundation offer ties to politicians.  [New York Times]

The LeBron James Family Foundation begins spreading 'Decision' wealth.  [Associated Press]

Billionaire Carlos Slim opens a new art museum in Mexico City.  [CBS News]

March 01, 2011

News Briefing: Retailer Links with Musicians for Green Causes

  • The Art Institute of Chicago has received a $10 million gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation.  [New York Times]


  • Patagonia launches a new music initiative, where fans can get exclusive tracks and the profits go to green causes.  [Associated Press]


  • Nelly Furtado will donate the $1 million she was paid to perform for members of Gadhafi's clan.  [Associated Press]

February 23, 2011

News Briefing: Long After Giving His Money Away, a Donor Takes the Pledge

  • Charles Feeney becomes the 59th signatory to the Giving Pledge.  [New York Times]


February 07, 2011

News Briefing: Knight Foundation Spreads Random Acts of Culture

  • The Knight Foundation spreads random acts of culture.  [New York Times]


  • Slate lists the largest American charitable contributions in 2010.  [Slate]


  • Private philanthropists push for change in Catholic schools.  [New York Times]

January 21, 2011

News Briefing: Charter Schools Expand with Public, Private money

  • The charter school movement expands with the support of the Obama administration, wealthy donors, and a highly publicized documentary.  [Washington Post]


January 05, 2011

News Briefing: Corcoran Hires consultant to Help Re-Imagine Museum

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee files for bankruptcy.  [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

The Corcoran Gallery of Art turns to consultants to help re-imagine the museum and art school.  [Washington Post]

November 04, 2010

News Briefing: Gates Foundation donates $50 million to Smithsonian

  • The Gates Foundation donates $50 million to the Smithsonian.  [Washington Post]


  • The Seattle Symphony Orchestra names Simon Woods as its new executive director.  [Seattle Times]


  • The U.N. says North Korea's food problems remain pressing.  [Reuters]

November 02, 2010

News Briefing: Cultural Boards Get Younger Look

  • A study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy says that only 11 percent of American foundations devoted at least half their grants to programs that benefit vulnerable students.  [Associated Press]


  • The Supreme Court will decide whether patents on inventions that arise from federally-funded research must go to the university where the inventor worked.  [Associated Press]



  • Newark's Cory Booker has raised $240 million for parks, schools, and police since taking office in 2006.  [Bloomberg]

October 15, 2010

News Briefing: Rome Trial of Ex-Getty Curator Ends

  • The case against Marion True, the former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, ends after a cour rules that the statute of limitations had expired.  [New York Times]
  • A rare sheet of stamps featuring Audrey Hepburn is expected to fetch six figures at a charity auction in Berlin.  [Associated Press]
  • The nation's largest for-profit college says it will tighten admission practices.  [Associated Press]
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