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CGI Mobilizes Emergency Response to Horn of Africa
By Susan Carey Dempsey on September 22, 2011 | No Comment
CGI Mobilizes Emergency Response to Horn of Africa

The specter of growing famine on the Horn of Africa impelled a group of humanitarian organizations and corporations to hold a joint press conference at CGI this morning to announce a multi-pronged response in the …

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, …

Philanthropic Response Evolves As Japanese Crisis Deepens
By Susan Carey Dempsey on March 28, 2011 | No Comment
Philanthropic Response Evolves As Japanese Crisis Deepens

It is a sad truth that the global community has experienced so many devastating humanitarian catastrophes in recent years that it has become well understood that the best way to help immediately is to donate cash …

Aid Workers get Skype App for Refugee Hot Spots
By Susan Carey Dempsey on December 6, 2010 | No Comment
Aid Workers get Skype App for Refugee Hot Spots

It’s a problem as old, you might say, as humankind: the plight of refugees seeking sustenance, protection and guidance as they flee their homes in times of crisis. From Adam and Eve on down through …

News Briefing: Small Fund-Raisers for Victims Start to Add Up
By Kate Golden on February 12, 2010 | No Comment

Much of the money raised for Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake has not yet been spent.  [ABC News]

Thousands of tiny fundraisers to gather donations for Haiti are taking place in bars, schools, and …

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: In High Court Ruling on Haiti, Swiss Make an Awkward Break with Neutrality
By Kate Golden on February 5, 2010 | No Comment

Switzerland’s top court rules that at least $4.6 million from Swiss bank accounts previously awarded to charities must be returned to the family of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.  [Associated Press]

Sean “Diddy Combs, …

News Briefing: Pace of Giving Slows for Haiti Relief Effort
By Kate Golden on February 4, 2010 | No Comment

Bill Clinton will return to Haiti on Friday to coordinate aid efforts.  [Associated Foreign Press]

The pace of giving is slowing for the Haiti relief effort.  [Washington Post]

UK banks expand their philanthropy services.  [Reuters]

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: 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 …

onPhilanthropy’s Latest List of Orgs in Haiti
By Susan Carey Dempsey on January 18, 2010 | No Comment

We've updated our list of organizations who have long been working on the ground in Haiti. We encourage our readers to visit the NGO's websites to learn how they are coordinating their existing programs with …

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: Haiti Relief Effort Faces ‘Major Challenge’
By Kate Golden on January 14, 2010 | No Comment

Charity experts say private donations will be critical to helping Haiti.  [USA Today]

European and international relief organizations are worried that aid could be slowed by the damage to the country's airport, roads, and power supplies.  …

News Briefing: Lessons Learned When Warren Buffett Hands You $1 Billion
By Kate Golden on August 14, 2009 | No Comment

The Gates Foundation appoints Joe Cerrell to head its new office in London, as part of a recent effort to build closer ties to European governments.  [Wall Street Journal]

What Warren Buffett's children have learned from …

News Briefing: Red Cross Has Cut Deficit, Met Fundraising Goals, Official Says
By Kate Golden on July 22, 2009 | No Comment

The American Red Cross dramatically cut its deficit and exceeded fundraising goals over the past year.  [Washington Post]

The Salvation Army is struggling with dwindling donations across the country.  [Associated Press]

Autistic children find an outlet in …

News Briefing: Brooke Astor’s Charitable Giving Is Questioned by Son’s Lawyer
By Kate Golden on April 29, 2009 | No Comment

President Obama picks a former Clinton AIDS official to run the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  [Reuters]

Social networking has not yet proven itself to be as effective as more traditional methods in the …

News Briefing: Red Cross to Evacuate Wounded From Sri Lanka War
By Kate Golden on February 10, 2009 | No Comment

The Red Cross begins evacuating the wounded from Sri Lanka's northeast war zone.  [Associated Press]

Habitat for Humanity affiliates in D.C. see an increased interest in their services.  [Washington Post]

News Briefing: Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Rely on Handouts, Struggle On
By Kate Golden on November 3, 2008 | One Comment

Six months after Cyclone Nargis, many in the worst-hit Irrawaddy delta continue to rely on handouts to stay alive.  [Reuters]

In economic crisis, the divide grows between universities with huge endowments and those that depend heavily …

News Briefing: U.S. Endowments Grow Wary but See Opportunities
By Kate Golden on October 24, 2008 | No Comment

Acorn’s registration numbers were wildly exaggerated.  [New York Times]

A U.N. report finds that North Korea is facing its worst food crisis in a decade.  [New York Times]

The Washington region’s network of nonprofits is ill-prepared to …

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