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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 08, 2011

News Briefing: CARE, in Return to Roots, Will Offer Virtual Packages

  • CARE will offer donors the option of buying virtual care packages.  [New York Times]


  • Nicolas Sarkozy's museum plan sparks debate on French culture.  [New York Times]

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 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 03, 2010

News Briefing: Nonprofits Fear Losing Tax Benefit

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



November 29, 2010

News Briefing: To Help Donors Choose, Web Site Alters How It Sizes Up Charities

  • As the number of millionaires rises in the Asia-Pacific region, so too does the demand for philanthropy-related advisory services.  [New York Times]


  • Charity Navigator embarks on an overhaul to offer a wider array of information to donors who are deciding which organizations they might help.  [New York Times]


  • Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake join other celebrities in a charity campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice.  [Associated Press]


  • High-tech campaigns sweep the nonprofit world.  [Denver Post]


  • U.S. nonprofit organizations are seeing a slight increase in donations.  [Associated Press]

November 05, 2010

News Briefing: Tim McGraw Joins Campaign to Help Fight Hunger

  • As nonprofits struggle to continue to provide services, equity investing steps in.  [Forbes]


  • A retired couple gives away $11 million in lottery winnings to local charities.  [MSNBC]


  • Tim McGraw tapes public service announcements to raise awareness of hunger in America.  [Associated Press]


  • Another obstacle stalls the delivery of $1.15 billion in U.S. aid to Haiti.  [Associated Press]

November 01, 2010

News Briefing: Nonprofits Rush to Solicit Donations via Text, but the System Is Flawed

The OpenCourseWare Consortium, a worldwide organization of about 250 academic institutions around the world, makes lecture notes and course assignments available to anyone with an Internet connection.  [New York Times]

Many nonprofits cannot afford the kind of promotional campaign needed to publicize mobile giving efforts.  [New York Times]

A growing number of successful Indian entrepreneurs enter the charitable giving realm.  [Washington Post]

Nine scientists receive $1 million each from the Gates Foundation to research novel solutions to global health problems.  [Associated Press]

October 11, 2010

  • The Gates Foundation plans to award as much as $20 million to kick off a program promoting the use of technology to boost college readiness.  [Bloomberg]


  • A refugee-advocacy group says that more than 70 percent of camps in Haiti, home to an estimated 1.3 million earthquake victims, lack proper international management nearly nine months after the disaster.  [Associated Press]


  • The William J. Clinton Foundation is donating half a million dollars to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization founded by Sean Penn.  [Associated Press]

October 07, 2010

News Briefing: Bill Clinton Lobbies for Earthquake Aid to Haiti

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria does not reach its goal of $20 billion.  [New York Times]

  • Massachusetts Attorney General recommends approval of the proposed sale of Caritas Christi Health Care to a New York private equity firm.  [Boston Globe]
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