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March 22, 2011

News Briefing: Will India’s Rich Share Their Wealth?

  • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett meet with Indian business leaders to discuss philanthropy.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has been slow in paying for the upkeep of the more than 1000 horses under its care.  [New York Times]

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]

March 04, 2011

News Briefing: Microcredit Pioneer Ousted, Head of Bangladeshi Bank Says

  • The Gates Foundation invests $10 million in vaccines developer Liquidia Technologies.  [Bloomberg]


  • Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus said to be ousted from the bank he founded.  [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]

February 28, 2011

News Briefing: Gates Foundation Works to Boost Food Production

  • The Gates Foundation forges a new effort to support agricultural research projects in Africa and Asia.  [Reuters]
  • More than 90 chief executives meet in New York for International Corporate Philanthropy Day.  [Reuters]

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 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 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]

February 01, 2011

News Briefing: Folk, Native American Arts Could Gain Millions from M.A.C. Foundation

  • Feed The Children's fired president dismisses his wrongful-termination lawsuit.  [The Oklahoman]



  • The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, with potentially $4 billion in assets, is gearing up a hefty grant to help raise the profile of folk and Native American art forms.  [Los Angeles Times]

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]
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