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Philanthropy World Rallies Behind Yunus Over Ouster at Grameen
By Tom Watson on March 3, 2011 | One Comment
Philanthropy World Rallies Behind Yunus Over Ouster at Grameen

The philanthropy and microfinance sector is nearly united in opposing an attempt by the government of Bangladesh to oust Professor Muhammad Yunus as managing director of Grameen Bank, the social enterprise for which he won …

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: Confusion on Where Money Lent via Kiva Goes
By Kate Golden on November 9, 2009 | No Comment

Kiva overhauls its explanation of how it works after a blog post questions its claims of direct loans.  [New York Times]

The Wall Street Journal offers a special Philanthropy report. 

Venture Philanthropy Partners announces a …

Christmas, Yet to Come
By Tom Watson on December 23, 2008 | No Comment

ChristmasFuture.org didn’t make my list in CauseWired and I’m sorry about that because I love the message of this year-old site that aims to change the nature of Yuletide giving. Here’s how this Canadian nonprofit …

Cause UnWired
By Tom Watson on December 23, 2008 | No Comment

Today’s New York Times has a wonderful column about peer-to-peer philanthropy: an effort in Ohio to provide targeted aid in response to requests from needy folks needing a little assistance over the holidays in very …

Telling the Story with Short-Form Video
By Tom Watson on October 18, 2008 | One Comment

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I’m incredibly impressed by this accessible video produced by Lend4Health, a new peer-to-peer microlending startup aimed at helping struggling families provide live-changing treatment for children with autism. Why? Flat out: it tells a story. I’m …

News Briefing: Research on Worst Skin Cancer Struggling
By Kate Golden on April 8, 2008 | One Comment

The McCune Foundation’s wealth, tied to stock in National City, plummets, hampering its ability to help nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area.  [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

Traditional microlenders voice disapproval of market-oriented model of microfinance, with its emphasis on …

More Wired Microfinance
By Tom Watson on December 31, 2007 | No Comment

The Bergen Record has a big piece on online microfinance today, with a strong focus on Kiva. Nothing new there – Kiva’s press has been brilliant for a year and I’ve contributed to that trend …

News Briefing: Foes of Randolph College Art Sale Go to Court
By Kate Golden on October 24, 2007 | No Comment

Fisk University and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum argue over terms of the artist’s gift to the school.  [Associated Press]

A group of students, alumnae, art donors, and former employees of Randolph College file motions to keep …

You Know Microfinance Has Arrived…
By Tom Watson on May 15, 2007 | No Comment
You Know Microfinance Has Arrived…

…When it hits Doonesbury. This Sunday’s strip featured a reference to Muhammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and a (humorous) discussion of microfinance by Gary Trudeau’s corps of soldiers stationed in Iraq. Amazing (though the …

News Briefing: Gates Foundation is Learning, Growing, and Changing
By Kate Golden on May 1, 2007 | No Comment

Melinda Gates shares lessons, mistakes at the Council on Foundation’s annual conference.  [Associated Press]

The National Park Foundation will take over efforts to raise $30 million for the Flight 93 memorial.  [Associated Press]

Nonprofits adopt business methods …

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