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April 01, 2011

News Briefing: Shakira Helps Rebuild Haiti School

  • Hundreds of British arts groups have their public funding slashed.  [Associated Press]



  • Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby wants to create a Maine Woods National Park.  [Associated Press]

March 29, 2011

News Briefing: Online Mapping Shows Potential to Transform Relief Efforts


  • Online mapping shows the potential to transform relief efforts.  [New York Times]

March 21, 2011

News Briefing: Help From the U.S. for Afflicted Sister Cities in Japan

  • After the earthquake in Japan, American sister cities rally for relief efforts.  [New York Times]


  • At M.I.T., an emphasis on elimintating gender discrimination brings unexpected consequences.  [New York Times]


  • The Smithsonian keeps a meteorite that crashed throught the roof of a Virginia medical office.  [Associated Press]

March 15, 2011

News Briefing: U.S. Public Was More Generous after Haiti Quake


  • The U.S. public was more generous after the Haiti earthquake.  [USA Today]

January 13, 2011

News Briefing: A Year After Haiti Quake, Partners in Health Asks How Far It Can Go

  • Having expanded at unparalleled speed after the Haiti earthquake, Partners in Health does some soul searching.  [Boston Globe]


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America seeks donations through a nationwide advertising campaign.  [New York Times]

January 11, 2011

News Briefing: After Massive Aid, Haitians Feel Stuck in Poverty

  • Haitians weary at the lack of visible progress in rebuilding their country.  [Washington Post]


  • The CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation resigns.  [Boston Globe


October 25, 2010

News Briefing: Charities Gain Traction in Marathons

  • As charities gain traction in marathons, many nonprofits benefit.  [New York Times]
  • Lisa Philp of J.P. Morgan Private Bank helps donors find ways to ensure their gifts have the most impact.  [New York Times]
  • Aid workers hope the cholera outbreak in Haiti can be contained.  [CNN]
  • Amid China's economic boom, philanthropy lags.  [Time]

October 11, 2010

  • The Gates Foundation plans to award as much as $20 million to kick off a program promoting the use of technology to boost college readiness.  [Bloomberg]


  • A refugee-advocacy group says that more than 70 percent of camps in Haiti, home to an estimated 1.3 million earthquake victims, lack proper international management nearly nine months after the disaster.  [Associated Press]


  • The William J. Clinton Foundation is donating half a million dollars to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization founded by Sean Penn.  [Associated Press]

October 07, 2010

News Briefing: Bill Clinton Lobbies for Earthquake Aid to Haiti

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria does not reach its goal of $20 billion.  [New York Times]

  • Massachusetts Attorney General recommends approval of the proposed sale of Caritas Christi Health Care to a New York private equity firm.  [Boston Globe]

September 22, 2010

News Briefing: Bill Clinton: Economy, Disasters Imperil Millions

  • Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, is working with the Nduna Foundation and Humanity United to put Zimbabwe back on its feet.  [New York Times]

  • Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, is pledging $55 million to promote government transparency and mobile technology in developing countries.  [San Jose Mercury News]

  • Clinton announces new financial commitments to help Haiti and Pakistan, as well as Louisiana's gulf coast on the first day of the Clinton Global Initiative.  [Associated Press]

  • Oprah donates $6 million to charter school programs across the country.  [USA Today]
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