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March 04, 2009

News Briefing: Sex Harassment Suit Hits Angel Food Ministries

  • A former employee of Angel Food Ministries alleges that the son of its founders made numerous physical advances toward her in a lawsuit filed last week.  [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Arts organizations are hit the hardest as companies face losses in their endowments.  [Bloomberg]
  • Gifts from seven of the ten biggest donors in 2008 were made from estates - a sign that even the richest Americans may be putting off large donations due to economic uncertainty.  [MSNBC]

November 15, 2007

News Briefing: Weinberg Foundation Expedites Aid to Maryland Charities

  • The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announces new grantmaking initiative - one that simplifies the application process and reduces wait time to charities in Maryland.  [Baltimore Sun]
  • Three former leaders of a defunct Boston-based Islamic charity go to trial for tax fraud.  [Boston Globe]

October 18, 2006

Frugal woman dies at 100, donates $35.6M

MSNBC: A 100-year-old woman who quietly amassed a vast fortune before her death last year left $35.6 million to local diabetes and cancer research. Eugenia Dodson donated two-thirds of the money to the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute, the largest gift in its 35-year history. The rest goes to the university’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“She didn’t want any recognition in her lifetime, so she directed her lawyer to keep it confidential,” said Dr. W. Jarrard Goodwin, director of the Sylvester Center. “I told her people would be grateful. She said, ’No, I don’t want anyone to know.”’

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