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March 08, 2011

News Briefing: CARE, in Return to Roots, Will Offer Virtual Packages

  • CARE will offer donors the option of buying virtual care packages.  [New York Times]


  • Nicolas Sarkozy's museum plan sparks debate on French culture.  [New York Times]

August 30, 2010

News Briefing: March of Dimes Evolution in Online Fundraising

May 11, 2009

News Briefing: Recession Fails to Halt Spring Charity Benefits

  • Opportunities grow for nonprofit groups to win money through online contests.  [New York Times]
  • Despite the economy, many nonprofits move ahead with charity benefits, but look to save money on expenses.  [New York Times]
  • Public television stations are forced to be more creative when they approach corporate underwriters.  [New York Times]

January 31, 2008

News Briefing: Charities Vie for Prizes in Online Giving Experiment

  • An experimental online fundraising contest sponsored by the Case Foundation seeks to demonstrate the power of grass-roots philanthropy.  [New York Times]
  • The National Science Foundation announces a $50 million grant to a collaboration of botanists and computer scientists led by the University of Arizona.  [Associated Press]
  • The federal investigation into the smuggling of looted antiquities has expanded to include artifacts allegedly stolen from Central America.   [New York Times]
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces a $3 million grant to the Martin Luther King Memorial.  [Washington Post]

January 15, 2008

News Briefing: Bloomberg Gave Away More Money in ’07

  • Mayor Bloomberg increases his charitable giving by almost 25%, donating $205 million in 2007, up from $165 million in 2006.  [New York Times]
  • The Board of GiveWell punishes the second of its two founders for promoting the organization on the Internet under a false name.  [New York Times]
  • The Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art insists that Eli Broad's recent announcement to loan, rather than donate, his art collection has a silver lining.  [Los Angeles Times]
  • Neither Congress nor the Smithsonian's Board of Regents has moved decisively to implement changes recommended by an independent review committee.  [Washington Post]
  • The YMCA redefines itself with a strategic plan aimed at tackling America's health crisis.  [Associated Press]

November 28, 2007

News Briefing: Red Cross Fires Its President, Citing Relationship

  • Hackers obtained access to e-mail addresses and passwords of thousands of donors last month.   [New York Times]
  • Red Cross ousts its president and chief executive after learning he had an affair with a female subordinate.  [New York Times]
  • The son of philanthropist Brooke Astor pleads not guilty to charges of stealing millions from his mother's estate.  [Washington Post]

June 22, 2007

News Briefing: In Aiding Poor, Edwards Built Bridge to 2008

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation explores the possibility of philanthropy in the virtual world.  [New York Times]
  • The primary beneficiary of a nonprofit John Edwards created in 2004 appears to be himself.  [New York Times]

June 21, 2007

News Briefing: CNN to Steer Audience to Charities

  • The Freedom From Religion Foundation sues North Dakota to bar public financing of a religion-based program.  [New York Times]
  • CNN plans to direct viewers to charity and relief efforts through a new Web site.  [Associated Press]
  • Disaster groups in the DC area plan to work together more effectively in the event of a future crisis.  [Washington Post]

June 12, 2007

News Briefing: Hollywood Stars Find an Audience For Social Causes

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra uses technology to woo new audiences.  [Boston Globe]
  • Rare stamp collection auctioned for $9.1 million; proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.  [New York Times]
  • Celebrities use star power to spotlight neglected global issues.  [Washington Post]

April 11, 2007

News Briefing: Group Questions Cellphone Fund-Raising

  • The U.S. Holocaust Museum teams up with Google Earth on project to better understand the genocide in Darfur.  []
  • Columbia University will receive $400 million for student aid from longtime supporter, billionaire John Kluge.  [New York Times]
  • Consumer group questions ethics of cellphone fund-raising.  [New York Times]
  • Live Earth concerts held this summer will generate funds to combat climate change; headliners include Bon Jovi, Madonna, and the Dave Matthews Band.  [Associated Press]
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