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March 09, 2011

News Briefing: Google grants $2.5 million to Nelson Mandela Foundation and Desmond Tutu Peace Center

  • Google gives $2.5 million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center to preserve and get online historical documents relating to South America's movement from apartheid to democracy.  [Los Angeles Times]


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield voted to suspend their five-figure annual directors' payments.  [Boston Globe]


  • An NPR executive is captured on hidden camera disparaging tea party members.  [Washington Post]

December 20, 2010

News Briefing: Social Networks Meant for Social Good, but at a Price

  • To many in the nonprofit world, the value of social networking sites for charity remains to be seen.  [New York Times]
  • New York-based charity: water has built the largest Twitter following among U.S. nonprofits, according to a recent study.  [Bloomberg]
  • A nonprofit subsidiary of UMass Memorial Medical Center used flirtatious models to enlist potential bone marrow donors.  [New York Times]

December 17, 2010

News Briefing: PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel's Unorthodox Take on Philanthropy

  • Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, discusses Silicon Valley philanthropy.  [Wall Street Journal]


  • A Texas couple and head of an Oregon charity secretly sent millions of dollars to an Iranian bank.  [Associated Press]

December 09, 2010

News Briefing: 16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes

  • The U.S. Agency for International Development suspends the Academy for Educational Development from receiving new government contracts because of an ongoing investigation.  [Washington Post]
  • Another 17 wealthy individuals pledge to give away most of their money.  [Wall Street Journal]
  • The Food Bank Council of Michigan receives $800,000 from the Walmart Foundation.  [Chicago Tribune]
  • The donations ban on the iPhone charity apps is irritating nonprofits.  [New York Times]

December 07, 2010

News Briefing: Global Fund Suspends Malaria, TB Grants in Mali

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria suspends grants in Mali.  [Associated Press]


  • Bill and Melinda Gates top a Barron's list of the world's 25 best philanthropists.  [Bloomberg]


  • Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel convenes an unusual philanthropic summit - one where wealthy tech figures will be introduced to nonprofits exploring futuristic ideas.  [San Jose Mercury News]


  • Taking longer than some thought it would, Alicia Keys' "digital death" campaign for Keep a Child Alive raises $1 million.  [ABC News]

December 03, 2010

News Briefing: Nonprofits Fear Losing Tax Benefit

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



December 02, 2010

News Briefing: A Facebook Founder Begins a Social Network Focused on Charities

  • Robert Ross, head of the California Endowment, is trying to use his organization's financial and political capital to drive change in 14 of California's poorest neighborhoods.  [Los Angeles Times]


  • One of Facebook's founders unveils Jumo, which aims to connect people with nonprofits and charitable organizations.  [New York Times]


  • According to a study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), 37 percent of charities reported a decline in giving in the first nine months of 2010.  [Seattle Times]

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 08, 2010

News Briefing: Paul Newman's Legacy Lives On

  • Newman's Own announces that it has passed the $300 million mark in charitable donations since its founding in 1982.  [USA Today]



  • Internet company Causes focuses on connecting users to charities online.  [Los Angeles Times]

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]

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