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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 24, 2011

News Briefing: Cargill Foundation to Get Big-Bucks Boost

  • The financial services industry sends signs they are feeling better about their ability to give back.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • Report shows that arts groups lost considerable ground in the recession.  [Washington Post]


  • The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation will become one of the nation's largest philanthropies.  [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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 07, 2011

News Briefing: Giant's Rule is Blamed for Less-Full Red Kettles

  • Billionaire Eli Broad unveils the designs for his LA museum.  [NPR]


  • Limited collection time at Giant fuels drop in donations, says Salvation Army.  [Washington Post]

January 04, 2011

News Briefing: Charity Begins At The ATM: UK Seeks More Donations

  • Comcast pledges to establish partnerships between news nonprofits and at least five of the 10 NBC television stations that are owned by NBC Universal.  [New York Times]
  • Charities are unlikely to fill the Washington state budget gap.  [Associated Press]
  • Britain's government considers plans to request a donation to charities each time a customer uses an ATM.  [Associated Press]

December 29, 2010

News Briefing: Charity begins at the ATM: UK seeks more donations

People will be asked to give to charity every time they use a cash dispenser or pay with a bank card under government plans to increase philanthropy in Britain. [The Washington Post]

Charities Optimistic After Year of Lackluster Giving [NPR]

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]

July 28, 2010

News Briefing: Founding a Charity at 6, and Walking Across the Country for It at 12

  • Twelve-year old Zachary Bonner is walking from Florida to California to raise money for homeless children.  [New York Times]

  • Maurice Sendak, author of the children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" donates $1 million  to the Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services, where is life partner worked for 30 years.  [Wall Street Journal]

  • Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin perform together at a charity concert in Philadelphia.  [Reuters

June 15, 2010

News Briefing: Gulf Disaster Spurs Little Charity

  • Fifth-grader Olivia Bouler has raised more than $70,000 for the National Audubon Society in the wake of the Gulf disaster.  [USA Today]

  • The Capital Area Food Bank is on pace to deliver 27 million pounds of food this year.  [Washington Post]

  • Candidates in some top political races are raising big sums of money using software that taps donors' social networks.  [Associated Press]

  • A report says only $4 million has been raised to help victims since the deadly oil rig explosion.  [Crain's]

June 11, 2010

News Briefing: Plenty of Gulf Volunteers, Not Enough Work to Do

  • The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has brought out thousands of people who want to help.  [Associated Press]

  • Warren Buffett's annual charity auction hits $1,500,100 with twelve hours to go.  [Dow Jones]

  • Senator Tom Harkin will hold a series of hearings to examine the surge in federally funded grants and loans flowing to for-profit colleges in the U.S.  [Washington Post]
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