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April 13, 2011

News Briefing: Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to Lead Effort to Help Military Families

  • The Home Depot Foundation refocuses its giving to support veterans' organizations and rehabilitating houses.  [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Five new high schools in New Jersey have been awarded nearly $1M in grants from Mark Zuckerberg.  [Associated Press]
  • Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launch a national initiative to support service members and their families.  [The Washington Post]

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 23, 2011

News Briefing: Buffett: Failure Key to Successful Philanthropy

  • The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's board fires its veterinarian.  [New York Times]


  • Sanford and Joan Weill donate $12 million to Sonoma State University.  [New York Times]


  • Warren Buffett says failure is good in philanthropy - it means you are taking risks.  [Bloomberg News]

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 02, 2011

News Briefing: A London University Wrestles With a Qaddafi Gift

  • The London School of Economics will divert a donation it received from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for North African students.  [New York Times]


  • College graduates increasingly take public service jobs.  [New York Times]


  • Newark mayor Cory Booker has raised $43 million so far to match a $100 million challenge grant from Mark Zuckerberg.  [The Star-Ledger]

February 24, 2011

News Briefing: Opposition Arises to Charities’ Merger

  • Opposition arises to the merger of Smile Train and Operation Smile.  [New York Times]


  • Newcomb College will remain closed.  []


  • Dawn Brancheau's family creates a foundation to honor the SeaWorld trainer killed by an orca.  [Chicago Tribune]

February 16, 2011

News Briefing: Operation Smile and Smile Train Decide to Merge

  • Margaret McKenna guides the Wal-Mart Foundation.  [Boston Globe]


  • Operation Smile and Smile Train decide to merge, saying that they can help more children by working together.  [The Virginian-Pilot]


  • The University of Connecticut tries to keep its donor lists private.  [Associated Press]

January 28, 2011

News Briefing: Teach For America receives $100M to launch an endowment.


  • Jon Stewart is appointed to the board of the foundation building the September 11 museum and memorial.  [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 19, 2011

News Briefing: Amid Cuts, Public Colleges Step Up Appeals to Alumni

  • As states cut back support for higher education, public colleges and universities across the country turn up their fundraising.  [New York Times]


  • The MacArthur Foundation grants $350,000 to ARTH, a health nonprofit that works in Rajasthan with expectant mothers.  [Wall Street Journal]
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