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    City Year Tackles the High School Dropout Crisis

    City Year corps members based in Los Angeles write about their experiences I walk through the metal gates leading to Union Avenue Elementary School. There are only a few children sitting in line, waiting for everyone else to arrive. The sun is still rising over the California mountains, but I am bright. I have already seen yellow today. There was ...
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    Landmarks, cities worldwide unplug for Earth Hour

    Landmarks, cities worldwide unplug for Earth Hour
    LONDON (AP) -- Europe's best known landmarks - including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome's Colosseum - fell dark Saturday, following Sydney's Opera House and Beijing's Forbidden City in joining a global climate change protest, as lights were switched off across the world to mark the Earth Hour event. In the United States, the lights went out at the Empire ...
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    Senate Republican Holds up Jobless Benefits

    Senate Republican Holds up Jobless Benefits
    WASHINGTON – As Congress raced to leave Washington for its Easter recess, a Republican senator blocked a stopgap bill to extend jobless benefits, saying its $9 billion cost should not be added to the national debt. As a result, some people who have been out of work for more than six months will at least temporarily lose benefits. Newly jobless people ...
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    Clinton asks groups to make Haiti self-sufficient

    Clinton asks groups to make Haiti self-sufficient
    Former President Bill Clinton is urging the aid groups serving Haiti's devastated communities to help rebuild the country's government and ultimately put themselves out of business by fostering a self-sufficient nation. Clinton, the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, spoke to representatives of the aid groups Thursday, ahead of a critical U.N. donors conference next week at which Haitian officials are ...
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    PBS, NPR stations get $10M infusion for local news

    PBS, NPR stations get $10M infusion for local news
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Public radio and TV stations across the country will receive more than $10 million over the next two years to boost local news coverage as newspapers decline. On Thursday, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced the creation of local journalism centers in five regions. NPR and PBS stations in each region will collaborate on covering key issues, including ...
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    Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected

    Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 442,000. That's below analysts' estimates of 450,000, according to Thomson Reuters. But most of the drop resulted from a change in the calculations the department makes to seasonally adjust the ...
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    eRecyclingCorps: A New Company That Recycles Old Cell Phones

    eRecyclingCorps: A New Company That Recycles Old Cell Phones
    Former CEOs from Sprint and RadioShack are setting up a new company called eRecyclingCoprs that will recycle or refurbish old cell phones: Under its plan, consumers would turn up at their network operator's store with their old phone and get credit for the value of that device to be put toward a new phone. The carrier stores, which sell about 60 ...
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    Obama's Missed Opportunity to Change Charitable Giving

    Obama's Missed Opportunity to Change Charitable Giving
    Last week the White House announced the charities that President Obama selected to receive the funds from his Nobel Peace Prize award. The President selected a variety of charities, mostly educational, as well as giving $250,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. The choices generally elicited praise, but I think the Obama White House missed a huge opportunity–you might even say ...
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    How Health Care Impacts Charities

    How Health Care Impacts Charities
    As we begin to make sense of Congress' sweeping overhaul of health care on Sunday, one thing is certain -- all Americans and businesses will be impacted by the legislation in one way or other. Even charities both large and small must prepare for the change that will come. Indeed, The Chronicle of Philanthropy explained on Monday what effect the ...
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    The Participation Problem Solver

    The Obama Administration's Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation is charged with finding, amplifying, and scaling innovative solutions to social issues. The office’s five full time staff members are innovating where they can and asking others to fill in where they can’t. Not quite a year old, the office has written its job description on the fly, figuring out ...
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    World Water Day 2010

    World Water Day 2010 from water.org on Vimeo. As you can see from this video (after the jump), some 21,000 women gathered today in Kolakkudipatti village, India, to commemorate World Water Day. They're celebrating improvements in sanitation that have taken place in their villages, rallying to ensure that those improvements continue, and calling attention to the importance of water, sanitation, and ...
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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 ...
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    Heavy Rains Swamp Camps Holding Haiti's Homeless

    Heavy Rains Swamp Camps Holding Haiti's Homeless
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of the heaviest rainfalls since Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake swamped homeless camps Friday, sweeping screaming residents into eddies of water, overflowing latrines and panicking thousands. The overnight downpour sent water coursing down the slopes of a former golf course that now serves as a temporary home for about 45,000 people. There were no reports of deaths ...
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    The U.S. Income Gap

    Though the income gap in the United States has slowly decreased over the last few decades, there still remains a significant disparity in income between genders and across races. The earnings of Black women are much closer to the US average than those of their male counterparts, and the trend is similar for those of Hispanic descent. It is also notable ...
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    Foundation linking donors to nonprofits celebrates 31 years

    Foundation linking donors to nonprofits celebrates 31 years
    As an advocate, gatekeeper and a giver, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is celebrating its 31st year helping to connect donors and local charities. The McLean-based foundation started as a way to build philanthropy efforts in Northern Virginia, foundation President Eileen M. Ellsworth said. Since it began, it has donated millions of dollars to area charities and nonprofits. Grants from ...
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    Aid groups in China say they feel threatened by new rules on overseas donations

    Aid groups in China say they feel threatened by new rules on overseas donations
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has surprised thousands of aid groups by stepping in to regulate overseas donations for the first time, complicating efforts to get money from supporters in the United States and elsewhere. Some groups warned that losing the support could force many to shut down. China's leaders have only recently realized that outside help is needed on deep social ...
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    Best Cities for Young Adults

    Are you a relatively educated, culturally with-it young person looking to live in a city with same? Well, here is your list of places to live. Above, from left to right and top to bottom, are America's best metropolitan areas for young adults, as calculated by Portfolio. They picked cities with "strong growth rates, moderate cost of living, and lots ...
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    Charity CEO Pay Questioned: Senators Want Answers Over Nonprofit Leader's $1M Compensation

    Charity CEO Pay Questioned: Senators Want Answers Over Nonprofit Leader's $1M Compensation
    WASHINGTON — A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity. The four senators said they were concerned that the chief executive of a charity that has been closing local clubs for lack of ...
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    The President Donates Noble Peace Prize Money to Charity

    The President Donates Noble Peace Prize Money to Charity
    WASHINGTON – President Obama today announced the charities that will receive a portion of the $1.4 million award that comes with the Nobel peace prize. “These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need,” said President Obama. “I’m proud to support their work.” List of Charities: $250,000 to Fisher House Fisher ...
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    Survey: Majority of Americans say that U.S. 'obliged' to help world's poor children

    Survey: Majority of Americans say that U.S. 'obliged' to help world's poor children
    When it comes to giving back, Americans have a special place in their hearts for children. A new survey out from ChildFund International (formerly known as Christian Children's Fund) and Ipsos Public Affairs has now put some numbers to how great this generosity could be. Indeed, the telephone survey, whose results were released yesterday, found that one-third (31%) of respondents think ...
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