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February 07, 2011

News Briefing: Knight Foundation Spreads Random Acts of Culture

  • The Knight Foundation spreads random acts of culture.  [New York Times]


  • Slate lists the largest American charitable contributions in 2010.  [Slate]


  • Private philanthropists push for change in Catholic schools.  [New York Times]

January 05, 2011

News Briefing: Corcoran Hires consultant to Help Re-Imagine Museum

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee files for bankruptcy.  [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

The Corcoran Gallery of Art turns to consultants to help re-imagine the museum and art school.  [Washington Post]

September 30, 2010

News Briefing: Gates, Buffett Say China Charity Meeting a Success

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates pronounce their dinner with some of China's wealthiest individuals an unqualified success.  [New York Times]

  • Families of the victims and survivors of the shootings at Virginia Tech have launched a nonprofit organization using money from a settlement with the state.  [The Roanoke Times]

  • A nonprofit evangelical group founded and run by Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status.  [Associated Press]

August 05, 2010

News Briefing: Gates, Buffett Tap Billionaires for Charity

  • Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.  [Washington Post]
  • Jewish donors give Catholic schools a lift.  [Boston Globe]

July 20, 2010

News Briefing: From One Benefactor, Diverse Seeds in Theology

  • The Amanda Foundation, a 34-year-old animal rescue organization,  has seen private donations drop 70 percent this year.  [Associated Press]

  • Alonzo McDonald and his McDonald Agape Foundation give between half a million and a million dollars a year to divinity schools.  [New York Times]

  • Bill Clinton and Bill Gates urge AIDS activists on Monday to squeeze value out of every cent of funds to fight HIV.  [Reuters]

  • The Yale Repertory Theater receives a $950,000 gift from the Robina Foundation.  [New York Times]

June 17, 2010

News Briefing: The $600 Billion Challenge

  • founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne donate $100 million to a new children's hospital at the University of California, San Francisco.  [Wall Street Journal]

  • Tiziana Dearing, the president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, steps down to lead a new antipoverty organization called Boston Rising.  [Boston Globe]

  • James N. Wood, President and CEO of the Getty Trust in Los Angeles, passes away.  [New York Times]

  • Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett ask the nation's billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net work to charity.  [Fortune]

March 25, 2010

News Briefing: Catholic Charity and Sprint Tangle Over Texting

  • Francisco Ayala, a one-time priest who later became an evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist, receives the 2010 Templeton Prize.  [Associated Press]
  • Catholic Relief Services' text messaging donation program is shut down by Sprint.  [New York Times]

March 08, 2010

News Briefing: Donations from Americans for Haiti top $1 Billion

  • The former chief operating officer of Catholic Charities has called on the organization to reverse its recent decision to change health benefits for employees' spouses.  [Washington Post]
  • According to Charles Bronfman, the new crop of philanthropists is focusing on smaller start-up organizations and looking for ways to leverage their gifts.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • Experts who track charitable giving say donations from Americans for earthquake relief in Haiti have passed the $1 billion mark.  [Associated Press]
  • Giving by U.S. companies endured the worst recession in decades with mixed results as some pared back philanthropy in the face of tough times, others increased budgets, and most predicted a steady 2010.  [Reuters]

March 02, 2010

News Briefing: Same-Sex Marriage Leads Catholic Charities to Adjust Benefits

  • Employees at Catholic Charities are told that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex parters of its workers.  [Washington Post]

  • Museums saw a spike in attendance last year, despite struggling financially, according to the latest data from the American Association of Museums.  [Wall Street Journal]

  • A court ruling in the Bernard Madoff case may mean that Carl Shapiro, a Boston philanthropist who reaped $1 billion in profits, may have to return a portion of that money, some of which he had already pledged to nonprofits.  [Boston Globe]

October 21, 2009

News Briefing: Gates Foundation Grants Support Unusual Research

  • The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington files for federal bankruptcy on the eve of a civil trial against the diocese and a former priest.  [Associated Press]
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce new grants of $100,000 each for 76 unconventional approaches to world problems.  [Associated Press]
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