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Hold the Chocolates – Make a Difference for Mother’s Day
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 5, 2011 | No Comment
Hold the Chocolates – Make a Difference for Mother’s Day

In a room filled with designer-clad women balancing on Jimmy Choo stilettos, one man stood quietly to the side, talking about children who had no shoes. “When the tornados struck in Alabama,” explained Mark Shriver, …

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 …

Will Ed Norton Save Philanthropy? (Does Charlie Daniels Play a Mean Fiddle?)
By Tom Watson on May 19, 2010 | 4 Comments
Will Ed Norton Save Philanthropy? (Does Charlie Daniels Play a Mean Fiddle?)

With all the hoopla of a Hollywood release – but with some of the Gen X slacker style of its founder – actor Edward Norton’s Crowdrise launched this week, a much-hyped blend of social media …

‘American Idol’ Philanthropy Ratings Down
By Tom Watson on April 22, 2010 | 2 Comments
‘American Idol’ Philanthropy Ratings Down

Once a year, American Idol ventures into philanthropy with its star-studded Idol Gives Back special. This, reports Business Insider, the ratings for the mega-special were down.
“Just like every other TV show, the small screen is …

News Briefing: Bill Gates Commits $10 Billion for Vaccines Over the Next Decade
By Kate Golden on February 1, 2010 | No Comment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $10 billion to develop and deliver vaccines to children in the developing world.  [USA Today]

A federal arbitration panel rules that Louisiana would receive $474.8 million – nearly …

News Briefing: After ‘Mistakes,’ Wyclef Jean Group Gets New Accountants
By Kate Golden on January 25, 2010 | No Comment

Bill Gates remains enthusiastic after his first year of full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  [Seattle Times]

The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, led by George Clooney and Wyclef Jean, has raised more …

News Briefing: ‘Hope for Haiti’ to Dominate the Airwaves
By Kate Golden on January 22, 2010 | No Comment

Haiti's logistical hurdles are thwarting small nonprofits.  [Washington Post]

Haiti has approved plans for more than a dozen sprawling tent cities in and around Port-au-Prince.  [New York Times]

The two-hour, star-studded "Hope for Haiti Now" …

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: Accountants Sue Charity for Wrongful Dismissal
By Kate Golden on October 19, 2009 | No Comment

Two accountants sue Feed The Children for wrongful dismissal after they notified the charity's board that the organization owed $1.1 million in taxes.  [Associated Press]

Barbra Streisand auctions more than 400 of her dresses and suits, …

News Briefing: Gates Foundation CFO Announces Resignation
By Kate Golden on October 14, 2009 | No Comment

Barbra Streisand will auction hundreds of pieces of furniture, art, clothes, and other possessions this week in a Beverly Hills charity auction.  [Reuters]

The Leon Levy Foundation distributes grants to identify, preserve, and digitize archival collections …

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: Michael Jackson’s Attorneys Accuse Companies of Charity Scam
By Kate Golden on October 5, 2009 | No Comment

Attorneys for Michael Jackson sue two California charities, accusing them of scamming the singer's fans by using his name to solicit funds.  [ABC News]

President Obama tours a Maryland cancer lab to call attention to $5 …

News Briefing: Travelers’ Fee Can Help Fight Diseases
By Kate Golden on September 23, 2009 | No Comment

Elaine Ullian, the Chief Executive of Boston Medical Center, was paid $3.5 million, on top of her salary, last year.  [Boston Globe]

A United Nations program that has raised $1.2 billion over the past three years …

News Briefing: Los Angeles Charities Rarely on Hollywood’s ‘Must Do’ Lists
By Kate Golden on September 9, 2009 | No Comment

Hollywood has been playing a relatively minor role in the civic life of Los Angeles, preferring national and international charities.  [New York Times]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offers humanitarian aid to hundreds of people affected by …

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: Jay-Z to Give Sept. 11 Benefit Concert in NYC
By Kate Golden on August 31, 2009 | No Comment

Jay-Z will hold a September 11th benefit concert in New York City.  [Associated Press]

A new nonprofit group in San Jose will help to fill a void in park services that continue to be targeted for …

News Briefing: With Success of High Line, Dual Rewards for Executive
By Kate Golden on August 26, 2009 | No Comment

The president and executive director of Friends of the High Line is one of the most generously compensated leaders of the ten major park conservancies in the city.  [New York Times]

World Vision's Richard Stearns sets …

News Briefing: Shapiro Foundation Tax Filing Shows a Steep Loss
By Kate Golden on August 6, 2009 | No Comment

Barbra Streisand will auction more than 400 personal items this October to benefit her charity.  [Associated Press]

The family foundation of Carl Shapiro, one of Bernie Madoff's longtime friends, has amended its taxes to reflect more …

News Briefing: A Match Challenge Is Quickly Met
By Kate Golden on June 3, 2009 | No Comment

A $10 million challenge grant from Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller toward High Line Park is met by Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone.  [New York Times]

The International Research and Exchanges Board urges Tehran to …

News Briefing: U.N. Health Aid Plan Unites Air Travelers and Bill Clinton
By Kate Golden on May 22, 2009 | No Comment

Bill Clinton's saxophone raises $180,000 for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.  [Associated Press]

The endowment of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation was in the hands of Bernie Madoff and has evaporated.  [New York Times]

Former President Bill …


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