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September 12, 2007

News Briefing: Author, WHO Doctor Win Heinz Award

  • The Heinz Family Foundation presents its annual Heinz Awards; Dave Eggers is one of the recipients.  [Associated Press]
  • Judge orders the co-founder of a defunct Islamic charity to be held until a hearing next week.  [Associated Press]
  • News of the planned sale of the Sisters of Bethany convent in Santa Barbara has brought promises of assistance and media attention.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • A new study from the American Library Association finds that the majority of the nation's public libraries has no immediate plans to add computers, despite the increasing need for them.  [Associated Press]

August 29, 2007

News Briefing: Neighbors Sue to Keep Barnes From Moving

  • Angelina Jolie travels to Syria and Iraq to highlight the plight of conflict refugees stranded in the desert.  [Associated Press]
  • Israel's national museum launches a database to allow Holocaust survivors and their heirs to identify and reclaim artwork looted by the Nazis.  [Associated Press]
  • A group of Barnes Foundation neighbors file a lawsuit to halt its move to Philadelphia.  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

August 17, 2007

News Briefing: Charity Trial Witness Falters

  • A government witness in the trial against the Holy Land Foundation falters on the stand.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • Darfur refugees hopeful that a hybrid U.N.-African Union force could be on its way to Darfur before the end of the year.  [Reuters]
  • Governor Corzine's foundation donated $4.2 million last year, including large grants to the World Trade Center Memorial Fund and to an evangelical ministry.  [Newsday]

August 13, 2007

News Briefing: Nonprofts Increasingly Funding Private Drug Development

  • New York City's new formula for allocating money to cultural organizations means more money for some groups.  [New York Times]
  • The Israel Museum in Jerusalem embarks on an $80 million expansion and renovation effort; $60 million to come from private donors, families, and foundations.  [New York Times]
  • Some study abroad providers offer incentives to universities whose students enroll in their programs.  [New York Times]
  • Boston-area pharmaceutical companies increasingly rely on charitable foundations and nonprofits to fund early-stage drug development.  [Boston Globe]

July 31, 2007

News Briefing: Kenyan Farmers’ Fate Caught Up in U.S. Aid Rules

  • Report from Oxfam International says poverty, hunger, and public health continue to worsen in Iraq.  [New York Times]
  • Entrepreneur philanthropists are changing the face of charitable giving in the U.S.  [Fortune Small Business]
  • Many museums search for new leaders and face difficulty filling post. [New York Times]
  • Long-term projects to help Africa's rural poor feed themselves are chronically underfinanced, charities say.  [New York Times]

July 25, 2007

News Briefing: Tax Exempts Owe $1 Billion in Taxes

  • Tax-exempt groups owed close to $1 billion in unpaid taxes as of last year, according to a new congressional study.  [Associated Press]
  • Trial begins for the Holy Land Foundation, a charity the US government believes funded Hamas.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • A confidential report claims that the Smithsonian's retail division is in "substantial turmoil."  [Washington Post]

July 17, 2007

News Briefing: As Muslim Group Goes on Trial, Other Charities Watch Warily

  • The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., goes on trial; prosecutors charge that it was a supporter of Hamas.  [New York Times]
  • The cost of the sex abuse scandal for the Catholic Church surpasses the $2 billion mark.  [Associated Press]
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation is accused of driving up the value of Warhol paintings by denying the authenticity of works that puport to be by the famous artist.  [New York Times]
  • A Maryland animal shelter gets a surprise $1 million donation.  [Washington Post]

October 04, 2006

Judge: Patriot Act Challenge Can Proceed

Associated Press:  Nearly three years after hearing arguments in the case, a federal judge has ruled that an American Civil Liberties Union challenge to the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act may proceed.

August 29, 2006

Rumsfeld to Spend Time with Salt Lake Based Nonprofit

Salt Lake Tribune:  Donald Rumsfeld will spend part of today with the volunteers of Operation Give, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit that can trace its history to one little stuffed monkey and one Iraqi child.

August 24, 2006

Airplane Terrorism Case Prompts Questions About the Work of Islamic Charities in Britain

New York Times:  Once again, with another alleged terror plot that has a possible connection to a charity, the question is being asked here, with more urgency: To what extent do Muslim charities — on the surface noble and selfless — mask movements and money for terrorists and extremist groups?

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