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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]

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 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 15, 2011

News Briefing: Gates Foundation's Director of Global Health is Retiring

  • The I.R.S. attacks abuse by charity support groups.  [New York Times]


  • The director of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will retire in June, after five years leading the foundation's largest division.  [Seattle Times]

January 31, 2011

News Briefing: Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy


  • Bill Gates expresses concern about budget cuts to programs that transfer dollars from rich nations to poor ones in his latest annual letter.  [Associated Press]


January 27, 2011

News Briefing: Gates and Gulf Prince Pay for Afghan and Pakistan Vaccinations

Bill Gates and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi pledge $100M to deliver vaccines to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  [Reuters]

Neil Young is the 2011 recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.  [The Canadian Press]

The Lance Armstrong Foundation makes $3.1M in a stock deal.  [Austin American Statesman]

December 30, 2010

News Briefing: China embraces modern philanthropy era, legislation lags

China embraces modern philanthropy era, legislation lags [Xinhua]

India's new rich prove reluctant philanthropists [AFP]

Economy dampens Connecticut nonprofits’ fund campaigns [Hartford Business Journal]

December 09, 2010

News Briefing: 16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes

  • The U.S. Agency for International Development suspends the Academy for Educational Development from receiving new government contracts because of an ongoing investigation.  [Washington Post]
  • Another 17 wealthy individuals pledge to give away most of their money.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • The Food Bank Council of Michigan receives $800,000 from the Walmart Foundation.  [Chicago Tribune]
  • The donations ban on the iPhone charity apps is irritating nonprofits.  [New York Times]

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]

November 04, 2010

News Briefing: Gates Foundation donates $50 million to Smithsonian

  • The Gates Foundation donates $50 million to the Smithsonian.  [Washington Post]


  • The Seattle Symphony Orchestra names Simon Woods as its new executive director.  [Seattle Times]


  • The U.N. says North Korea's food problems remain pressing.  [Reuters]
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