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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: 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: Russian Leader Expresses Support for Nonprofits
By Kate Golden on November 24, 2009 | No Comment

The American Red Cross embarks on a holiday fundraising campaign, complete with an online gift catalog and advertising.  [New York Times]

Andrew Cuomo files papers to shut down the United Homeless Organization, alleging it is a …

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 …

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: Animal Groups in Court Over Helmsley Fortune
By Kate Golden on August 12, 2009 | No Comment

Animal-welfare groups accuse Leona Helmsley's estate trustees of ignoring her wishes that the majority of her money should go toward dog charities.  [Associated Press]

Several states make deep cuts in college financial aid programs.  [Associated Press]

George …

News Brief: Clinton to Tackle African Trouble Spots
By Kate Golden on August 3, 2009 | No Comment

Hillary Clinton embarks on a seven-nation tour of Africa to affirm the Obama administration's commitment to tackling trouble spots across the continent.  [Associated Press]

Brooke Astor's son limited her donations to charity, trial evidence shows.  [New …

News Briefing: Plan for Dozens of Salvation Army Centers Falters
By Kate Golden on June 15, 2009 | No Comment

Joan Kroc's plan for lavish Salvation Army community centers – funded in part by her $1.8 billion – is sputtering five years after her death.  [New York Times]

University of Virginia President John Casteen says he …

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 …

News Briefing: America’s Richest Givers Hold Secret Meeting in New York
By Kate Golden on May 20, 2009 | No Comment

Muhammad Ali makes a rare appearance in Kentucky during a presentation to announce a philanthropic effort.  [Associated Press]

Some of the world's wealthiest people gathered in an unprecedented meeting to secretly discuss how to best use …

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: MacArthur Annual Grants Go to 9 Nonprofits
By Kate Golden on April 28, 2009 | One Comment

The trial of Anthony Marshall, son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor, begins in New York.  [Associated Press]

The MacArthur Foundation grants nine Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions.  [Associated Press]

The twelve colleges that have benefited from …

News Briefing: A Mayor Tries to Undo a Potential Hurdle to U.S. Aid
By Kate Golden on April 8, 2009 | No Comment

Kevin Johnson's past leadership of a nonprofit group in Sacramento proves problematic now that he is the mayor.  [New York Times]

Peter and Jennifer Bufett's NoVo Foundation gives away millions of dollars to empower women and …

News Briefing: Bill Clinton to Name Donors as Part of Obama Deal
By Kate Golden on December 1, 2008 | No Comment

Bill Clinton agrees to disclose the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of an agreement with Barack Obama that clears Hillary Clinton to become secretary of state.  [New York Times]

Companies …

News Briefing: Some Philanthropists Are No Longer Content to Work Quietly
By Kate Golden on November 7, 2008 | No Comment

A new breed of philanthropists are using their money to influence public policy.  [New York Times]

David G. Booth donates $300 million to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  [New York Times]

The Chicago Tribune …

News Briefing: Bracing for Bad Days, Operas and Orchestras Batten Down Hatches
By Kate Golden on October 28, 2008 | No Comment

A new generation develops a social conscience and sense of philanthropy.  [The Times]

Fundraising runs, walks, and bike rides are becoming an increasingly popular means of raising money for a cure.  [San Luis Obispo Tribune] …

News Briefing: Performing Arts Center to Receive $11 Million
By Kate Golden on October 27, 2008 | No Comment

Betty Wold Johnson donates $11 million to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  [New York Times]

The New York Times invites Bono to write an Op-Ed page for the paper in 2009.  [New York Times] …

News Briefing: New Effort Aims to Test Theories of Education
By Kate Golden on September 25, 2008 | No Comment

Roland Fryer, a Harvard economist, will lead a $44 million effort to scientifically test educational theories.  [New York Times]

Aid agencies issue a critical report on the Middle East Quartet.  [Reuters]

News Briefing: Red Cross Asks Congress For Millions in Storm Aid
By Kate Golden on September 16, 2008 | No Comment

G. Wayne Clough, the new chief executive of the Smithsonian, is charged with turning the institution into a tightly run organization.  [New York Times]

South Dakota businessman and renowned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donates $30 million …

News Briefing: In the Time of AIDS, A Nonstop Crusader
By Kate Golden on August 11, 2008 | No Comment

Caryl M. Stern, C.E.O. of Unicef, talks about fundraising in a difficult fiscal year.  [New York Times]

Helene Gayle, head of CARE, is part of an elite class of international decision makers who are shaping what …


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