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News Briefing: Iron Checkbook Shapes Cultural Los Angeles
By Kate Golden on February 10, 2010 | No Comment

The Philadelphia Orchestra suffered unexpectedly weak ticket sales this fall, another blow in a spiraling financial crisis.  [New York Times]

Eli Broad, billionaire philanthropist,is known to pull his support, resign from a board, or, in some …

News Briefing: Haiti Disaster Puts Red Cross CEO to the Test
By Kate Golden on February 9, 2010 | No Comment

Gail McGovern, Red Cross CEO, inherited the agency in a time of turmoil, but watchdogs say she has been a stabilizing force.  [Washington Post]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of top 50 philanthropists shows that total …

News Briefing: Arts Organizations Face Big Slump After Much Growth
By Kate Golden on January 20, 2010 | No Comment

Relief workers say help is not reaching many of the 2 million residents in Port-au-Prince who need aid.  [CNN]

Many U.S. arts organizations are struggling with greater competition for audiences and charity dollars.  [Associated Press]

A push …

News Briefing: Tensions Mount in Devastated Capital
By Kate Golden on January 15, 2010 | No Comment

The American Red Cross has raised more than $5 million through its text messaging campaign.  [New York Times]

Hollywood celebrities lead a rally for disaster relief donations.  [Reuters]

Two American nonprofits challenge the patent of Plumpy'nut, a …

News Briefing: Getty Museum Director to Leave Post This Month
By Kate Golden on January 8, 2010 | No Comment

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's endowment fund changes its operating procedures in the wake of Madoff's Ponzi scheme.  [Washington Post]

Michael Brand, director of the J.Paul Getty Museum, will step down from his post at …

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: Site Diverts Shopping Money to Charities
By Kate Golden on December 14, 2009 | No Comment

BRAC USA launches a Web site that lets people donate to charity the money they would have spent on a present.  [New York Times]

A year after Madoff's scheme collapsed, investigators are still struggling to measure …

News Briefing: Civil Liberties Group Loses $20 Million Donor
By Kate Golden on December 9, 2009 | No Comment

A longtime anonymous donor to the A.C.L.U. has withdrawn his annual gift of more than $20 million, creating a 25% hole in its annual operating budget.  [New York Times]

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation announces a new …

News Briefing: $500 Million and Apology From Goldman
By Kate Golden on November 18, 2009 | No Comment

Goldman Sachs is working with Warren Buffett to help 10,000 small businesses with business and management education, mentoring, and access to capital.  [New York Times]

The City of Santa Monica is competing with Beverly Hills to …

News Briefing: $10 million Gift Energizes Charter Chain
By Kate Golden on November 13, 2009 | No Comment

KIPP, Houston's largest charter school chain, receives $10 million from the Gates Foundation.  [Houston Chronicle]

The Barnes Foundation breaks ground in Philadelphia.  [Associated Press]

A copy of the 2008 tax filing for the Goldman Sachs Foundation provides …

News Briefing: Move to Protect Mrs. Astor May Cost an Inheritance
By Kate Golden on October 12, 2009 | No Comment

Their father's conviction may lead Alexander and Philip Marshall, Brooke Astor's grandsons, to lose about $10 million each.  [New York Times]

The Whitney Museum of American Art forges ahead with plans to build a second museum …

News Briefing: Amount Embezzled From Acorn Is Disputed
By Kate Golden on October 7, 2009 | No Comment

The Artistic Director of Symphony Space steps down.  [New York Times]

Producers of "American Idol" say the show's charity effort will return next year.  [Associated Press]

An internal review at Acorn, reveals that its founder's …

News Briefing: Author Hopes ‘Genius Grant’ Will Shine on Haiti
By Kate Golden on September 25, 2009 | No Comment

Acorn files a lawsuit against a conservative activist.  [New York Times]

Even small nonprofits, like Family Service of Greater Boston, ventured into the world of high finance.  [New York Times]

Oral Roberts University is finally debt-free after …

News Briefing: $150 Million Gift to Children’s Aims to Revolutionize Surgery
By Kate Golden on September 16, 2009 | No Comment

Children's National Medical Center recieves $150 million from the government of Abu Dhabi.  [Washington Post]

The New York public broadcast WNET.org's subsidiary Educational Broadcasting Corp. is under federal investigation over how it handled grants.  [New York …

News Briefing: Sept. 11 Steel Forms Heart of Far-Flung Memorials
By Kate Golden on September 8, 2009 | No Comment

The steel from the World Trade Center is being granted to groups around the country who would like to build their own memorials.  [New York Times]

Penn State University asks merit scholar parents to donate the …

News Briefing: A Mayor Prizing Loyalty Pays Costly Tribute to His Top Aide
By Kate Golden on September 2, 2009 | No Comment

Bloomberg quietly donates $1 million to Franklin & Marshall to name a building in honor of his most trusted deputy.  [New York Times]

WGBH, producer of Frontline, Nova, and Antiques Roadshow, must trim about $7 …

News Briefing: San Francisco Art Community Fears loss of Gap Founder’s Collection
By Kate Golden on August 10, 2009 | No Comment

Merce Cunningham's dance foundation names the four individuals he had selected as trustees of his life's work.  [New York Times]

A lobbying firm sent letters in June falsely purporting to be from nonprofit groups.  [New York …

News Briefing: A Boon to 2-Year Colleges, Affirming Their Value
By Kate Golden on July 15, 2009 | No Comment

Bill Clinton is scheduled to join a conversation of philanthropists on rural America's future at the Clinton Presidential Center.  [Arkansas Democrat Gazette ]

The Obama administration proposes providing $12 billion to community colleges.  [New York Times]

The …

News Briefing: Obama Enlists Major Powers to Aid Poor Farmers
By Kate Golden on July 9, 2009 | No Comment

The NEA announces recipients of a competitive round for nonprofit groups.  [Washington Post]

President Obama enlists the world's leading powers to contribute $15 billion to help millions of the world's poorest farmers grow enough food to …

News Briefing: Kennedy Center Spreads Program for Arts Groups
By Kate Golden on July 1, 2009 | No Comment

Warren Buffett's son, Howard, takes on a little-known role in fighting world hunger.  [Wall Street Journal]

College endowments with less than $1 billion generally help up better than the larger ones.  [Wall Street Journal]

The Kennedy Center …

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