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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 10, 2011

News Briefing: For Federal Programs, a Taste of Market Discipline

  • President Obama will propose setting aside $100 million for a social impact bond program.  [New York Times]


  • Garth Brooks' concert series in December is expected to bring in $5 million for flood relief in Tennessee.  [Los Angeles Times]

January 27, 2011

News Briefing: Gates and Gulf Prince Pay for Afghan and Pakistan Vaccinations

Bill Gates and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi pledge $100M to deliver vaccines to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  [Reuters]

Neil Young is the 2011 recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.  [The Canadian Press]

The Lance Armstrong Foundation makes $3.1M in a stock deal.  [Austin American Statesman]

January 18, 2011

News Briefing: Nadal, Federer and Co. Headline Flood Fundraiser

  • Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal team up with other players in a special "Rally for Relief" charity match for Australian flood victims.  [Associated Press]
  • Black leaders regroup to address widening poverty among African American children.  [Washington Post]

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]

November 19, 2010

News Briefing: Paris Louvre Asks Public for Help to Buy Painting

  • Jennifer Garner helps Save the Children open six sites in West Virginia.  [Associated Press]


  • Bill Gates urges 50 state superintendents of education to restructure the nation's public education budgets.  [New York Times]


  • The Louvre museum makes an unprecedented appeal to the public to help raise the cash to buy a masterpiece.  [Reuters]

November 15, 2010

News Briefing: Celebrities Hire Philanthropy Consultants to Guide Their Giving

  • The Charles H. Revson Foundation announces a $1 million donation to WNYC to expand the scope of its local news journalism.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • Celebrities hire philanthropy consultants to guide their giving.  [Los Angeles Times]


  • The Medical College of Wisconsin receives a $1 million grant.  [Chicago Tribune]


  • Andre Agassi stays busy with charitable ventures after his tennis career.  [Washington Post]

November 08, 2010

News Briefing: Paul Newman's Legacy Lives On

  • Newman's Own announces that it has passed the $300 million mark in charitable donations since its founding in 1982.  [USA Today]



  • Internet company Causes focuses on connecting users to charities online.  [Los Angeles Times]

November 05, 2010

News Briefing: Tim McGraw Joins Campaign to Help Fight Hunger

  • As nonprofits struggle to continue to provide services, equity investing steps in.  [Forbes]


  • A retired couple gives away $11 million in lottery winnings to local charities.  [MSNBC]


  • Tim McGraw tapes public service announcements to raise awareness of hunger in America.  [Associated Press]


  • Another obstacle stalls the delivery of $1.15 billion in U.S. aid to Haiti.  [Associated Press]
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