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    How to Evaluate a Charity

    How to Evaluate a Charity
    I once frequented a pet-supply store where, on the counter next to the cash register, there was a forlorn-looking canister labeled, “Donation for homeless cat and dog.” While I don’t deny that animal rescues are deserving charities, I couldn’t help but think that a random dirty jar on a countertop is not a very effective way to solicit cash. In the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Sacramento Association for the Retarded nonprofit's demise leaves trail of questions

    Sacramento Association for the Retarded nonprofit's demise leaves trail of questions
    First of two parts A venerable local nonprofit, known for years as the Sacramento Association for the Retarded, quietly and without warning closed its doors this summer. The organization heads to bankruptcy court next week. While the closure shocked some advocates, warning signs were visible for years to anyone watching closely. Beginning in 1950, SAR had been a local beacon for ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Salvation Army Receives Forged Holiday Check

    Salvation Army Receives Forged Holiday Check
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Salvation Army thought it had received a grand gift ahead of Christmas - a $25,000 check. But the donation turned out to be an expensive hoax that may force the charity to cut back on winter assistance for the needy. Investigators said Wednesday that more than a dozen Charleston-area charities received fake checks before Christmas purporting ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Copycat Charity Called Sneaky

    Copycat Charity Called Sneaky
    Sacramento County households have been receiving yellow postcards in the mail soliciting donations of clothes and other household items for charity. The cards closely resemble those previously used by a local nonprofit most people knew as SAR -- or the Sacramento Association for the Retarded. The cards, however, are careful near-duplicates meant to steer donations to a local thrift store ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    CA Court Hears Hare Krishna Donations Case

    CA Court Hears Hare Krishna Donations Case
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A decades-long dispute between Hare Krishnas and the Los Angeles International Airport over soliciting donations appears to be nearing a resolution, as the California Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether the airport is a public place. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California argues that the airport is much like a public park, and should ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    GM's Money Trees

    GM's Money Trees
    I am standing in the shadow of General Motors' $1 tree. It's a native guaricica, with pale white bark and a spreading crown that looms about 40 feet above my head. Hanging from its trunk is a small plaque that identifies it as tree No. 129. I've come here, to the verdant chaos of Brazil's Atlantic forest, to understand the far-reaching ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    US nonprofits sue over patent to feed hungry

    US nonprofits sue over patent to feed hungry
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A pair of American nonprofits want to ramp up production in the next year of a high-protein peanut butter-like paste that could feed some of the more than 1 billion people around the world who don't have enough to eat. But Breedlove Foods Inc. and the Mama Cares Foundation believe one thing stands in their way: ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Thousands Feared Dead after Powerful Haiti quake

    Thousands Feared Dead after Powerful Haiti quake
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands - perhaps more than 100,000 - may have perished but there was no firm count. Death was everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Across US, Outpouring of Grief and Help for Haiti

    Across US, Outpouring of Grief and Help for Haiti
    MIAMI (AP) -- Hans Mardy has dialed the numbers hundreds of times, praying someone - his father, his sister, one of four brothers - will pick up the phone. He waits, passport in pocket, ready to board the next flight to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. He writes frantic text messages. "Are you alive? What happened? Give me a sign of life." No ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Haitian Earthquake Relief Organizations

    Haitian Earthquake Relief Organizations
    A fatal earthquake struck the impoverished capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. The exact number of fatalities is unknown but the State Department is estimating that at least 1.8 million people live within the area where the 7.0 Richter scale earthquake was at it's highest intensity. NonProfitPeople.com is compiling a list of relief efforts' details and links for ways to be involved ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Haiti Text Donations to Red Cross Pass $5M

    Haiti Text Donations to Red Cross Pass $5M
    NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. cell phone users have contributed more than $5 million in $10 increments to the Red Cross for Haiti disaster relief, by far the largest outpouring of support via mobile devices in history. The response to the devastating earthquake produced the highest amount of mobile donations "that we have ever seen," said Jenifer Snyder, executive director of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    More FEMA Follies

    More than two years after Hurricane Katrina evacuees moved into emergency trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the government admitted that the air inside many of the trailers contained dangerous levels of poisonous formaldehyde. A 79-page report, issued in July by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, documents a series of poor decisions at FEMA, including a ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Nonprofit Sues Davidson, N.C. Estate for Payment of $5 Million Pledge

    Nonprofit Sues Davidson, N.C. Estate for Payment of $5 Million Pledge
    A nonprofit foundation to support Jewish educational programs seeks nearly $5 million from the estate of Bill Davidson, the late founder of Guardian Industries Corp. and Detroit Pistons owner, in a lawsuit at Oakland County Probate Court. New York-based Areivim Philanthropic Group Inc., founded and chaired by philanthropist and past hedge fund operator Michael Steinhardt, has filed a civil action against ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Harvard University Audited as Part of IRS Probe of Nonprofits

    Harvard University Audited as Part of IRS Probe of Nonprofits
    Harvard University is one of 40 colleges that will be audited this year as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s review of the tax-exempt status of some nonprofit organizations, the school said in bond offering documents. The audit “is just now beginning,” the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university said in documents detailing plans to sell $400 million of tax-exempt securities this week. The ...
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    Green Dot Charter Schools Founder Repays Group $50,866

    Green Dot Charter Schools Founder Repays Group $50,866
    LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles charter school founder has repaid his organization more than $50,000 after an internal review found that expenses he had charged were undocumented or unjustified. The Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that Steve Barr's repayment was disclosed in a tax return filed this year by Green Dot Public Schools. Green Dot chairman Shane Martin ...
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    House Boosts College Aid for Students in Need

    House Boosts College Aid for Students in Need
    WASHINGTON — Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House on Sunday also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that affects millions of students and moves President Barack Obama closer to winning yet another of his top domestic policies. The bill rewrites a four-decades-old student loan program, eliminating its reliance on private lenders and uses the savings ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Nonprofit pushes education leadership jobs

    Nonprofit pushes education leadership jobs
    Graduate students working toward degrees in business, law or public policy might find an unusual recruiter at their next job fair. Here's the pitch: Forget about that cushy firm job. Why not work for a public school or an education nonprofit? You don't have to be a teacher or a principal. You could be a business manager or a chief executive. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    For too many nonprofits, charity starts at the top

    For too many nonprofits, charity starts at the top
    In Cornelius, a nonprofit set up to help people in debt paid its chief executive more than $5 million - nearly everything it had. In Anson County, a charity that worked to keep troubled children in school paid its leader about $300,000 a year, roughly twice as much as the county superintendent of schools. In Spartanburg, a nonprofit religious broadcaster paid ...
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    Investigate before you donate: Scammers just waiting to take advantage of hurried, end-of-year contributions

    The odds are good that in your e-mail inbox sits a solicitation from some unknown charity reminding you that there's still time to make a tax-deductible donation this year. Or perhaps you want to begin the New Year with a giving heart and an open checkbook. Experts say you shouldn't be so eager to give that you give unwisely. Scam artists ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Woman Pleads Guilty in PA Exchange Scandal

    Woman Pleads Guilty in PA Exchange Scandal
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A woman accused of placing foreign exchange students in filthy homes in northeastern Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment in a case that revealed weak federal oversight of companies that bring thousands of students a year to the United States. Edna Burgette, 69, pleaded guilty in Lackawanna County Court to three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This