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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 10, 2011

News Briefing: For Federal Programs, a Taste of Market Discipline

  • President Obama will propose setting aside $100 million for a social impact bond program.  [New York Times]


  • Garth Brooks' concert series in December is expected to bring in $5 million for flood relief in Tennessee.  [Los Angeles Times]

December 03, 2010

News Briefing: Nonprofits Fear Losing Tax Benefit

  • Suicide prevention groups are increasingly focusing their attentions online.  [Associated Press]



November 02, 2010

News Briefing: Cultural Boards Get Younger Look

  • A study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy says that only 11 percent of American foundations devoted at least half their grants to programs that benefit vulnerable students.  [Associated Press]


  • The Supreme Court will decide whether patents on inventions that arise from federally-funded research must go to the university where the inventor worked.  [Associated Press]



  • Newark's Cory Booker has raised $240 million for parks, schools, and police since taking office in 2006.  [Bloomberg]

August 18, 2010

News Briefing: U.N. Sounds Alarm on Aid for Pakistan

  • So far, about 40 billionaires have accepted the Giving Pledge challenge - with some notable exceptions.  [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Aid organizations and the U.N. express alarm that the response for aid in Pakistan has been slow.  [New York Times]
  • Pakistani officials acknowledge that the country's security could be gravely affected if more international aid does not arrive soon.  [Washington Post]
  • The Obama administration offers $250 million in federal grants to build health clinics and bolster services at existing clinics for low-income patients.  [Washington Post]

July 26, 2010

News Briefing: $470 Million City Error Puts Charities in Chaos

  • A mistake in how the city planned to distribute $470 million for programs for children - ranging from family counseling to AIDS education - has left charities across the city in chaos.  [New York Times]

  • A life-size statue of Elvis Presley is among a trove of Rod Blagojevich's belongings in an Illinois storage facility that the warehouse owner says he will sell at auction if the former governor doesn't settle his debt.  [Chicago Tribune]

  • The nation marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  [Washington Post]

July 07, 2010

News Briefing: At Harvard Law, Kagan was Fundraiser in Chief

  • Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan raised hundreds of millions of dollars from Harvard Law School from wealthy donors while she was its dean.  [Associated Press]
  • The Lloyd & Laura Blankfein Foundation donated $1.7 million in 30 donations in its fiscal year.  [Bloomberg]

July 06, 2010

News Briefing: Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank

  • Some groups in the U.S. use tax-exempt donations to help Jews establish permanence in the Israeli-occupied territories.  [New York Times]

  • Warren Buffett makes his annual gift to the Gates Foundation.  [Bloomberg]

  • BP says it has yet to decide how to handle claims filed by religious groups and other charitable organizations that are endangered because people can no longer afford to contribute.  [Associated Press]

  • Companies find ways to bypass the ban on earmarks.  [New York Times]

June 28, 2010

News Briefing: Panera Co. to Open More Pay-What-You-Wish Eateries

  • Prince Harry spends three days in New York, visiting West Point, promoting his charity, and throwing the first pitch at the Mets game.  [Associated Press]

  • Panera plans to expand its new nonprofit model around the country.  [Associated Press]

  • Lawmakers fund charities with earmarks.  [USA Today]

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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