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Affleck’s Toughest Role: Helping War-Ravaged Eastern Congo
By Tom Watson on April 16, 2011 | No Comment
Affleck’s Toughest Role: Helping War-Ravaged Eastern Congo

Celebrity philanthropy can be a mixed bag. For all the attention it can bring to a cause, sometimes the baggage simply isn’t worth it. [See Madonna, Malawi et al]. Yet when actor Ben Affleck sat …

News Briefing: Patients Meet Donors From Largest-Ever Kidney Swap
By Kate Golden on December 16, 2009 | No Comment

The NFL's charitable foundation awards a $1.8 million grant to study how to better prevent childhood obesity.  [Associated Press]

Since 2005, the Smithsonian Institution has lost $12.3 million in personal property, including 89 laptop computers.  [Washington …

News Briefing: Harvard Ignored Warnings About Investments
By Kate Golden on December 1, 2009 | No Comment

South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing.  [Associated Press]

Bill Gates calls himself an "impatient optimist" on Meet the Press.  [Seattle Post Intelligencer]

Through the first half of this decade, advisers told Lawrence Summers …

News Briefing: South Africa Is Seen to Lag in H.I.V. Fight
By Kate Golden on July 20, 2009 | No Comment

The South African government has been notably silent on the benefit of circumcision in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS.  [Associated Press]

Food stamps become easier to use at farmers' markets.  [New York Times]

News Briefing: Insider Appointed Chairwoman of Lincoln Center
By Kate Golden on June 9, 2009 | No Comment

Katherine Farley, a senior managing director at Tishman Speyer and head of Lincoln Center's redevelopment project, has been appointed the chairwoman of Lincoln Center.  [New York Times]

The Napa Valley wine auction scales down, raising about …

News Briefing: Foundation Giving in ’08 Defied Huge Asset Decline
By Kate Golden on March 31, 2009 | No Comment

Although the country's foundations lost nearly $150 billion in assets last year, foundation giving held steady.  [New York Times]

Brooke Astor's son begins trial for charges that he defrauded his mother out of millions of dollars.  …

News Briefing: Aid Groups’ Expulsion, Fears of More Misery
By Kate Golden on March 23, 2009 | No Comment

Like all arts institutions, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra was hit hard by the economic crisis.  [New York Times]

Foundations in Detroit shift their giving priorities to tend to local charities.  [New York Times]

The expulsion of …

News Briefing: From Ranks of Jobless, a Flood of Volunteers
By Kate Golden on March 16, 2009 | No Comment

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces layoffs and warns that more may follow.  [New York Times]

Sudan's president wants all international aid groups to leave his country within a year.  [Associated Press]

The newly unemployed flood nonprofit …

News Briefing: Cuomo Said to Subpoena Merkin, 15 Nonprofit Groups
By Kate Golden on January 16, 2009 | No Comment

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenas J. Ezra Merkin and 15 nonprofit entities in his Madoff investigation.  [Bloomberg]

A new study finds that college students are covering a bigger share of the costs of a …

News Briefing: Foundation Won’t Disclose Bush Library Donors
By Kate Golden on January 6, 2009 | No Comment

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation leads a group in suing the EPA.  [Washington Post]

Bush orders an immediate airlift to deliver vehicles and equipment to Darfur.  [New York Times]

The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation will not …

News Briefing: Gates Grants Aim to Help Low-Income Students Finish College
By Kate Golden on December 9, 2008 | No Comment

Clara Miller, President and Chief Executive of Nonprofit Finance Fund, urges nonprofits to tame their impulses to do more in the current economy.  [Financial Times]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces $70 million in …

News Briefing: Big Players Scale Back Charitable Donations
By Kate Golden on November 26, 2008 | No Comment

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 …

News Briefing: At Meeting, Smithsonian Practices New Openness
By Kate Golden on November 18, 2008 | No Comment

The Smithsonian Institution holds its first public board meeting as part of its new commitment to openness and accountability.  [New York Times]

The U.S. military hopes to undermine the roots of terrorism in Africa by building …

News Briefing: UN Using Food Aid as Lever to Lift African Farmers
By Kate Golden on November 10, 2008 | No Comment

Gerard Mortier, who was to become director of New York City Opera in 2009, parts way with the board.  [New York Times]

The U.N.'s World Food Program will spend $1 billion buying food for the …

News Briefing: Former Microsoft Exec is New Gates Foundation CEO
By Kate Golden on September 2, 2008 | No Comment

Jeff Raikes takes over at the Gates Foundation.  [Associated Press]

A London-based coalition launches funding scheme to address concerns about existing trade in carbon credits.  [Reuters]

North Korea needs $503 million in food aid between now and …

News Briefing: Kenya Blocks Aid Work in Restive West
By Kate Golden on July 21, 2008 | No Comment

Kenyan armed forces block aid workers from helping homeless, hungry families caught between a militia and an army crackdown.  [Associated Press]

The Film of Society Lincoln Center gets a new executive director.  [New York Times]

News Briefing: Samueli’s Guilty Plea a Ticklish Issue for Schools He Gave Millions To
By Kate Golden on July 14, 2008 | No Comment

Four aid workers in Somalia are held hostage.  [Reuters]

UCLA and UC Irvine must decide what to do about buildings named after a donor who plead guilty to a felony charge.  [Los Angeles Times]

Small businesses tie …

News Briefing: The Challenges of Running the Gates Foundation
By Kate Golden on July 1, 2008 | No Comment

Bill Gates talks with the Seattle Times about moving full time to the Gates Foundation.  [Seattle Times]
Five Italian charity workers are kidnapped by Somali gunmen.  [Reuters]
A Chinese businessman bids $2.11 million for lunch with Warren …

News Briefing: Gates Foundation Follows New Paths
By Kate Golden on June 26, 2008 | No Comment

The most generous philanthropists in Britain follow a simple formula:  make money, then give it away.  [New York Times]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate $1 million for educational aid to children impacted by the Iraq …

News Briefing: Mugabe Accuses Aid Agencies Of Working Against Him
By Kate Golden on June 16, 2008 | No Comment

The three-year renovation of the dinosaur hall at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is completed.  [New York Times]

Zimbabwean President accuses foreign aid agencies of using food as a weapon to try to remove him …


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