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December 07, 2010

News Briefing: Global Fund Suspends Malaria, TB Grants in Mali

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria suspends grants in Mali.  [Associated Press]


  • Bill and Melinda Gates top a Barron's list of the world's 25 best philanthropists.  [Bloomberg]


  • Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel convenes an unusual philanthropic summit - one where wealthy tech figures will be introduced to nonprofits exploring futuristic ideas.  [San Jose Mercury News]


  • Taking longer than some thought it would, Alicia Keys' "digital death" campaign for Keep a Child Alive raises $1 million.  [ABC News]

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 04, 2010

News Briefing: The Downside of Awareness Campaigns

  • Rapper T.I. raises money for his family's new Alzheimer's disease charity.  [Associated Press]

  • Some experts question the efficacy of the breast cancer awareness campaign.  [Los Angeles]

September 02, 2010

News Briefing: New Test Seen as Big Advance in Diagnosing TB

  • Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson dips into her personal funds to repay the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation about $31,000 for scholarships she awarded to four relatives and two chidlren of an aide.  [Dallas Morning News]

  • Scientists are reporting a major advance in diagnosing tuberculosis:  A new test can reveal in less than two hours whether someone has the disease.  [Associated Press]

  • Some aid groups believe that giving money to those recovering from disasters or war is often cheaper, more effective, and efficient than doling out food or other assistance.  [Associated Press]

June 24, 2009

News Briefing: An Analysis Ranks Brands of Nonprofits

  • Y.M.C.A. tops a list of the most valuable nonprofit brand, according to a new analysis.  [New York Times]
  • Nick Jonas lobbies Washington's power brokers on behalf of diabetes research.  [Associated Press]
  • The trustees of the City College of San Francisco squelch the Chancellor's plan to offer naming rights to save a canceled college class until they can discuss it in more detail.  [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gives $1.6 million to support activities in President Barack Obama's nationwide service initiative.  [Associated Press]

March 28, 2008

News Briefing: Volunteering Abroad to Climb at I.B.M.

  • Washington State University receives a $25 million grant from the Gates Foundation to study infectious diseases.  [Associated Press]
  • I.B.M. announces a new Corporate Service Corps program, which enables employees to volunteer abroad.  [New York Times]
  • The Wikipedia Foundation recieves $3 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  [Washington Post]

October 29, 2007

News Briefing: Anti - Cancer Group Holds Concert on Everest Slopes

  • A U.S. based anti-cancer group organizes rock concert on Mount Everest to raise cancer awareness.  [Reuters]
  • New Orleans charities are looking toward fire-ravaged Southern California with an urge to help.  [The Times-Picayune]

December 21, 2006

Rich Donors Help Calif. Fund Stem Cell Research

Washington Post:  Two years after California voters passed a landmark $3 billion bond measure for stem cell research, not a single bond has been sold and not a penny of bond money has been spent. The fund is caught up in court challenges.

November 29, 2006

In Diabetes Fight, Raising Cash and Keeping Trust

New York Times: SnackWell’s Sugar-Free Lemon Creme cookies have nearly as many calories as some sugar-rich cookies. Yet until recently the box featured an American Diabetes Association logo, advertising the cookie as a “proud sponsor” of the charity’s efforts on behalf of the nation’s 21 million diabetics.

October 26, 2006

Pink Promotions Worry Some in Breast Cancer Fight

Chicago Tribune:  Every October, products from tweezers to toothpaste get packaged in pink.  It's all sold with the promise of promoting breast cancer awareness or benefiting breast cancer charities. Breast cancer has become the darling disease of corporate philanthropy -- especially during national breast cancer awareness month.

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