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Ring Out the Old
By Elva Lima on January 20, 2012 | No Comment
Ring Out the Old

A couple of weeks ago, Americans across the country rang in the New Year with excitement and hopes for the future. New Year’s Day is a time to make resolutions, think about ways to …

Taking on the iPhone: 5,000 Sign Petition Protesting App Ban
By Tom Watson on December 13, 2010 | No Comment
Taking on the iPhone: 5,000 Sign Petition Protesting App Ban

When is an extra click and a “walled garden” software market bad for philanthropy? When it closes off easy access to mobile giving, according to online nonprofit activists. The last week has seen an interesting …

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 …

Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues
By Tom Watson on April 26, 2010 | One Comment
Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues

Facebook isn’t the kind of company to stand still – and sometimes its changes (especially to privacy settings and navigation) can drive its power users crazy. That includes nonprofits, which have raced to embrace the …

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: 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 …

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: 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: From Haiti, a Surprise: Good News About AIDS
By Kate Golden on July 6, 2009 | No Comment

Haiti's success in the face of chronic political and social turmoil with the AIDS epidemic came because organizations cooperated and tailored programs to the country's specific challenges.  [Associated Press]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges governments to …

News Briefing: Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
By Kate Golden on June 29, 2009 | No Comment

Texas adopts a law that bars trustees from moving a trust or foundation out of Texas without court approval.  [New York Times]

Scientists turn to private foundations to fund more speculative research.  [New York Times]

Microsoft veterans …

News Briefing: Leaders of Muslim Charity Are Sentenced
By Kate Golden on May 28, 2009 | No Comment

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital wins the Target Corporation's "Bullseye Gives" contest on facebook.  [New York Times]

The Gates Foundation's new CEO has spent nine months studying the foundation's operations, traveling around the world, and figuring …

News Briefing: Recession Fails to Halt Spring Charity Benefits
By Kate Golden on May 11, 2009 | No Comment

Opportunities grow for nonprofit groups to win money through online contests.  [New York Times]

Despite the economy, many nonprofits move ahead with charity benefits, but look to save money on expenses.  [New York Times]

Public television stations …

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: New Foundation Takes Aim at Urgent Threats
By Kate Golden on April 15, 2009 | No Comment

Jeff Skoll, the first president of eBay, donates $100 million to start a new foundation to address urgent threats like water shortages, pandemics, and the Middle East conflict.  [New York Times]

The nonprofit Center for Responsive …

News Briefing: Study Shows First-Time Online Donors Often Do Not Return
By Kate Golden on March 19, 2009 | No Comment

People who go online to donate to charity for the first time often do not return to the Internet to make later gifts, according to a new study.  [New York Times]

An eight-year old Girl Scout …

News Briefing: $125 Million Is Pledged to Big Medical Center
By Kate Golden on March 13, 2009 | No Comment

Charles Feeney, a leading proponent of giving away one's wealth while living, donates $125 million to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.  [New York Times]

Prince William becomes a royal patron of a …

News Briefing: Schools Think Long-Term as College Donating Falls
By Kate Golden on February 25, 2009 | No Comment

The Gates Foundation gives $100 million to the International Partnership for Microbicides to develop sexual gels that protect women from the AIDS virus.  [Bloomberg]

Charitable gifts of $1 million or more fell by 33 percent in …

News Briefing: Kennedy Center: ‘Crisis’ Counselor
By Kate Golden on February 4, 2009 | No Comment

WNET.org's "Worldfocus" causes some dissent at the company.  [New York Times]

The Obama administration is set to announce a diverse set of advisers to a revamped White House office that will steer government money to religious …

News Briefing: Nonprofit Laptop Maker Forced to Cut Staff
By Kate Golden on January 9, 2009 | No Comment

One Laptop Per Child is forced to cut its work force in half.  [Associated Press]

Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg says Madoff has done "extraordinary damage" to his philanthropic efforts.  [Los Angeles Times]

Several Division I basketball coaches …

News Briefing: A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help
By Kate Golden on January 5, 2009 | No Comment

Across New York, public employees turn down their raises and bonuses, citing the economic plight of fellow community members.  [New York Times]

An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation as Hillary Rodham …

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