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January 06, 2011

News Briefing: Pittsburgh Foundation Receives $50M Gift

  • The National Park Service announces 17 fee-free days in an effort to promote budget-friendly getaways.  [Washington Post]
  • The Otis Booth Foundation donates $13 million to the Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum.  [Los Angeles Times]

November 18, 2010

News Briefing: Paul Allen Grants Go Where Few Have Gone Before

  • The Gates Foundation announces a $500 million commitment over five years to programs that enable poor people in developing countries to save money.  [USA Today]


  • Paul Allen gives $9.4 million in grants to seven research teams.  [Seattle Times]


  • Drexel University announces a $45 million gift to its business school from alumnus Bennett S. LeBow.  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

July 17, 2009

News Briefing: Grant to Help Restore Bumblebee Habitat Near Farms

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service gives grant to restore bumblee habitat near farms.  [Associated Press]
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announces plans to distribute $100 million in each of the next two years to nonprofits in the U.S. and Israel.  [Baltimore Sun]
  • The Gates Foundation announces $6.5 million in grants to help public libraries in 11 states improve the quality of the free computer access they offer.  [Associated Press]

June 29, 2009

News Briefing: Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe

  • Texas adopts a law that bars trustees from moving a trust or foundation out of Texas without court approval.  [New York Times]
  • Scientists turn to private foundations to fund more speculative research.  [New York Times]
  • Microsoft veterans launch two separate Seattle nonprofits aimed at encouraging a new generation of philanthropists by using mobile phone and social networking.  [Seattle Times]
  • The government's economic stimulus package sets aside $2.5 billion for free and low-cost health clinics.  [Associated Press]

March 13, 2009

News Briefing: $125 Million Is Pledged to Big Medical Center

  • Charles Feeney, a leading proponent of giving away one's wealth while living, donates $125 million to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.  [New York Times]
  • Prince William becomes a royal patron of a charity his mother was once associated with.  [Associated Press]
  • Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, plans to contribute money and his DNA to a vast Parkinson's Study.  [New York Times]

March 10, 2009

News Briefing: Georgetown Dean to Lead Philanthropic MacArthur Foundation

  • Georgetown's Dean of the School of Foreign Service will become the new president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  [Washington Post]
  • The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation hails President Obama's decision to lift federal funding limits for embryonic stem cell research.  [Associated Foreign Press]

November 26, 2008

News Briefing: Big Players Scale Back Charitable Donations

  • Some of the country's universities try to sell pieces of their portfolios privately.  [New York Times]
  • A new study by Harvard researchers estimates that the South African government would have prevented thousands of deaths if it had provided antiretroviral drugs to AIDS patients.  [New York Times]
  • Nearly 100,000 people in eastern Congo receive aid from the U.N. Children's Fund.  [Associated Press]
  • Roger Clemens is asked to end his involvement with a charity golf tournament as his reputation continues to suffer from the Mitchell Report.  [Associated Press]
  • Even the titans of philanthropy - including the Gates Foundation, David Koch, and Sheldon Adelson - are rattled by current economic conditions.  [Wall Street Journal]
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