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The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?
By Tom Watson on August 3, 2011 | No Comment
The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?

While the much-criticized “deal” to forestall the United States’ defaulting on its bonded debt obligations did avoid a take-down of the charitable deduction in the tax code, nonprofits and those who support them can hardly …

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: 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: Mayo Clinic’s Philanthropy Campaign Raises $1.35 Billion
By Kate Golden on January 27, 2010 | No Comment

Mayo Clinic raises $1.35 billion despite a weak economy.  [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

The Gates Foundation plans to raise its health funding aimed to reduce maternal mortality in Malawi.  [Reuters]

News Briefing: Using a Pfizer Grant, Courses Aim to Avoid Bias
By Kate Golden on January 11, 2010 | No Comment

Stanford University announces plans to develop new continuing education programs through a grant from Pfizer – but Pfizer will have no say on the programs themselves.  [New York Times]

Elaine Wynn, wife of Wynn Resorts' founder …

News Briefing: For Shanghai Fair, Famous Fund-Raiser Delivers
By Kate Golden on January 4, 2010 | No Comment

Hillary Clinton raises $54 million in nine months for the U.S. pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010.  [New York Times]

Some medical marijuana millionaires turn to philanthropy.  [New York Times]

Ruth Lilly, a philanthropist who gave away …

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: Grassley Asks Medical Nonprofits About Financial Support
By Kate Golden on December 8, 2009 | No Comment

Only 41 cents of every dollar raised by professional charity solicitors in Massachusetts last year went to charitites.  [Boston Globe]

Vittana, a nonprofit organization, is building a student loan business for microfinance institutions that cater to …

News Briefing: Foundation Tied to Iran Has Donated to Columbia
By Kate Golden on November 25, 2009 | No Comment

The Alavi Foundation is accused of illegally providing money and services to Iran.  [New York Times]

The Global Fund distributes a $180 million grant to Zimbabwe's public health system.  [Associated Foreign Press]

Forbes lists America's 200 largest …

News Briefing: Billionaire Aids Charity That Aided Him
By Kate Golden on October 26, 2009 | No Comment

Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, gives $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.  [New York Times]

Paul and Diane Manning donate $5 million to fund diabetes research at the University of Virginia Health …

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: Gates Foundation Helps Bring Banking to the Poor
By Kate Golden on September 21, 2009 | No Comment

A national health bill includes a proposal to "improve the community service, transparency, and billing practices of nonprofit hospitals."  [Chicago Tribune]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces an effort to bring banking, including savings accounts, …

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

News Briefing: NYC Trial Over Socialite Astor’s Will Nears End
By Kate Golden on September 14, 2009 | No Comment

The trial of Brooke Astor's son is nearing its end.  [Associated Press]

Two men look to establish 9/11 as a day of service to others.  [Washington Post]

Nonprofit organizations say they are upset that Congress …

News Briefing: Colleges See Rise in Aid Appeals
By Kate Golden on September 4, 2009 | No Comment

Recession-fueled pleas from students deluge college financial aid offices.  [Baltimore Sun]

Massachusetts officials unveil plans to tighten their oversight of pay and other practices at nonprofit health care companies.  [Boston Globe]

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: Free Clinics Hit With More Patients, Less Funding
By Kate Golden on July 21, 2009 | No Comment

DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's recent proposal to sharply cut earmarks is bad news for many area nonprofits.  [Washington Post]

Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based Christian relief organization, spent $1.2 million in donations on a …

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: Kidnappers Want $2 Million For Darfur Aid Workers
By Kate Golden on July 14, 2009 | No Comment

Kidnappers of two female aid workers in Sudan's Darfur region have demanded $2 million for their release.  [Reuters]

State Farm, Bank of America, Pepsi and other sponsors increase the money they plan to give to charities …

News Briefing: Swine Flu Halts Muscular Dystrophy Camps
By Kate Golden on June 26, 2009 | No Comment

In a growing national movement, students enrolled in newly created philanthropy courses are steering thousands of dollars to local charities.  [Boston Globe]

Thousands of Jerry's Kids will not attend camps this summer after officials halted the …


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