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News Briefing: Gates Foundation Grants Support Unusual Research
By Kate Golden on October 21, 2009 | No Comment

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington files for federal bankruptcy on the eve of a civil trial against the diocese and a former priest.  [Associated Press]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce new grants of $100,000 …

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: Colleges Trying to Firm Up Shaky Freshman Enrollment
By Kate Golden on August 13, 2009 | No Comment

The recession has complicated the task of filling freshman university classes across the country.  [Washington Post]

Throughout the U.S., congregations of all sizes and deominations are struggling with issues of faith and finance as the recession …

News Briefing: Insider Appointed Chairwoman of Lincoln Center
By Kate Golden on June 9, 2009 | No Comment

Katherine Farley, a senior managing director at Tishman Speyer and head of Lincoln Center's redevelopment project, has been appointed the chairwoman of Lincoln Center.  [New York Times]

The Napa Valley wine auction scales down, raising about …

News Briefing: In Hard Times, a Harlem Church Still Raises Funds
By Kate Golden on June 5, 2009 | No Comment

The Brooklyn Museum's former payroll manager was arrested for stealing more than $600,000 from bogus paychecks.  [New York Daily News]

In challenging times, a church in Harlem still raises funds.  [New York Times]

News Briefing: Holy Land Foundation Organizers to Learn Fate Today
By Kate Golden on May 27, 2009 | No Comment

Five former Holy Land Foundation organizers will learn their fates today as a federal judge is expected to hand down their sentences in the largest terrorism financing case in US history.  [Dallas Morning News]

Hal Smith …

News Briefing: Community Organizing Never Looked So Good
By Kate Golden on April 13, 2009 | No Comment

Our Lady of Sorrows, one of the smaller parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark, exceeds its fundraising goal for the fifth straight year.  [New York Times]

Community organizing is now seen by many young people as …

News Briefing: Brooklyn Academy Thinks Big, Despite All
By Kate Golden on January 20, 2009 | No Comment

The Brooklyn Academy of Music embarks on a $300 million campaign.  [New York Times]

For Caroline Kennedy, the lure of public duty calls.  [New York Times]

The Louvre starts an American style endowment, the first of its …

News Briefing: Anti-Smoking Advocate Is Named to Health Post
By Kate Golden on January 13, 2009 | No Comment

The ACLU claims Roman Catholic bishops are wrongly imposing their religious beliefs on victims of human trafficking.  [Associated Press]

The overlap of names on Bill Clinton's foundation donor list and business interests raises questions about ethical …

News Briefing: Foundation Won’t Disclose Bush Library Donors
By Kate Golden on January 6, 2009 | No Comment

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation leads a group in suing the EPA.  [Washington Post]

Bush orders an immediate airlift to deliver vehicles and equipment to Darfur.  [New York Times]

The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation will not …

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: Nonprofit Diabetes Group Is Subject of Investigation
By Kate Golden on February 28, 2008 | No Comment

Thomas Krens, the director of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, resigns after nearly twenty years.  [New York Times]

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is the subject of an investigation after an internal audit uncovers missing money.  …

News Briefing: Leona Helmsley Tops Slate’s Largest Gifts List
By Kate Golden on February 11, 2008 | No Comment

Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of, explains how Google decided what causes to focus its giving on.  [Slate Magazine]

Three armed men in ski masks steal $163.2 million worth of artwork from a Zurich museum in …

News Briefing: Bottom Line for (Red)
By Kate Golden on February 6, 2008 | No Comment

Some Polytechnic University alumni and trustees challenge N.Y.U.’s plan to merge with the school.  [New York Times]

The Red campaign takes the merger of marketing and philanthropy to new levels; detractors criticize lack of transparency.  [New …

News Briefing: Unintended Victims of Gates Foundation Generosity
By Kate Golden on December 18, 2007 | No Comment

Gates Foundation’s efforts to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria in Africa have had mixed influences on key measures of societal health.  [Los Angeles Times]

Corporate neighbors respond to the $30 million capital campaign undertaken by St. …

News Briefing: Gold Krugerrand Lands in Salvation Army Kettle
By Kate Golden on December 14, 2007 | One Comment

Senator Dianne Feinstein announces an agreement that would give the Smithsonian an additional $15 million if the museum raises $30 million in private funds.  [Washington Post]

A one-ounce South African Krugerrand – worth about $800 -  …

News Briefing: China’s Rich Give Back as Philanthropy Surges
By Kate Golden on December 5, 2007 | No Comment

Charity gift cards are more popular than ever.  [New York Times]

Philanthropic donations in China are surging, and should continue to do so, analysts say.  [Reuters]

Senator Grassley’s inquiry into the finances of six televangelists raises questions.  …

News Briefing: Archdiocese of Boston to Shut Two Schools
By Kate Golden on November 27, 2007 | No Comment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards $100 million to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide; Rotary will match the grant.  [Los Angeles Times]

The Board of troubled Atlanta charity hospital Grady Memorial votes to …

News Briefing: How a ‘Fundraiser’ Ate Up Nearly All of a $50,000 Grant
By Kate Golden on November 9, 2007 | No Comment

Oral Roberts and his son, Richard, are accused of misspending millions.  [Associated Press]

Some express discomfort over Senator Grassley’s investigation into six evangelical ministries.  [Associated Press]

A DC school misuses $50,000 grant.  [Washington Post]

News Briefing: Senator Questioning Ministries on Spending
By Kate Golden on November 7, 2007 | No Comment

Senator Grassley investigates six prominent evangelistic ministries, which do not have to file Form 990s.  [New York Times]

The One Laptop per Child Foundation says production of a new laptop computer for children in developing countries …


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