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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Weeding out charity facts, myths for end-of-year donations

    Weeding out charity facts, myths for end-of-year donations
    Charities say the end of each year brings in a flood of donations, as many direct their money towards causes that warrant a tax write-off. This year, organizations like the United Way of Horry County are urging residents to donate as they work towards their 2009 fundraising goal of $1.4 million. "Donations are coming in," said Julie Kopnicky of the United ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Bill Clinton Talks Childhood Obesity, Heart Health

    Bill Clinton Talks Childhood Obesity, Heart Health
    NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he will manage his stress better after undergoing a procedure to unclog a blocked artery, but emphasized that he has no intention of slowing down. It would be a mistake to stop working, Clinton said at an event focusing on childhood obesity. "I've been given this gift of life by my ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    U.S. Charity for Haiti Outpaces Giving after Tsunami

    U.S. Charity for Haiti Outpaces Giving after Tsunami
    WASHINGTON -- Donations to U.S. charities for Haiti earthquake relief are outpacing donations from the days after the Asian tsunami in 2004 but haven't kept up with the outpouring of gifts following Hurricane Katrina. A tally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows $305 million was donated to 32 U.S. charities by Thursday. In the eight days after Katrina flooded New Orleans, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    10 Most Generous Cities in the U.S. in 2009

    10 Most Generous Cities in the U.S. in 2009
    Last year was a banner year for charity when it came to online giving. Indeed, despite a difficult economy, more than $284 million was donated online by the 273 large cities ranked by Convio in 2009, up from almost $240 million raised in 2008. The 10 most generous large cities in the U.S. in 2009? Based on donations per capita processed ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NonProfit Rating Systems Give Donors the Scoop

    NonProfit Rating Systems Give Donors the Scoop
    When disaster strikes, as it has in Haiti, Americans dig into their pockets and give. While such generosity is unquestionably a good thing in a terrible time, few individuals do much research on the groups they've chosen to receive their money. The uncomfortable truth in philanthropy is that it's not easy to know whether the group you're giving to is particularly ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Oscar's Leading Ladies Give Back

    Not to be outdone by the men, Oscar's leading ladies also have heart. From climate change to AIDS awareness to hunger, here's how several of Hollywood's most celebrated actresses are making an impact: Best Actress Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Bullock has long been known for her charitable activities off-screen and has brought this same passion for making a difference to ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Nonprofit groups hang by thread waiting for state funds

    Nonprofit groups hang by thread waiting for state funds
    David Terrazino had tried everything he could think of to keep Youth Crossroads afloat, but with payday less than 24 hours away, all he could do was hope for a miracle — that the state of Illinois would actually pay its bills. The Berwyn organization, which counsels troubled young people, gets about half of its $700,000 budget from the state. But ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Good Idea: Vacant Storefronts to Get Decked Out for Charity

    Good Idea: Vacant Storefronts to Get Decked Out for Charity
    Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro have come up with a way to brighten the holidays, spruce up some unused storefronts and assist local nonprofits. The groups have arranged for a dozen organizations — such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Win Win Resolutions — to get their messages out by decorating the windows of vacant buildings ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Increased Need for College Food Banks

    Increased Need for College Food Banks
    ALLENDALE, Mich. (Detroit Free Press)--They aren't places where you'd expect to find food pantries, available to help those people stretching to make ends meet. But at Michigan State University, there has been a 25% increase since 2008 in the number of students who visit its student-run food bank. Grand Valley State University opened a food pantry in April to help students ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 8 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 over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Haitians at U.S. Colleges Worry: Stay in School?

    Haitians at U.S. Colleges Worry: Stay in School?
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Every payday, Jeff Paul sent whatever dollars he could spare to his mother and little brother back home in Haiti. They've become even more desperate since the Jan. 12 earthquake, compounded by thieves, destroyed his mother's business; they had to sleep in the streets of Port-au-Prince before a relative took them in. "There's no food, they don't ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Big firms are big catalysts for fund: BofA, Duke Energy and Wachovia-Wells Fargo each gave $250,000 to support charities

    Big firms are big catalysts for fund: BofA, Duke Energy and Wachovia-Wells Fargo each gave $250,000 to support charities
    By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Dec. 16--Charlotte's corporate community has come through again for local charities, giving $750,000 in donations to the recently created Community Catalyst Fund. Bank of America, Duke Energy and Wachovia-Wells Fargo have each given $250,000 to the fund through their foundations. All told, the three have donated about $10 million in recent weeks to ...
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    Actress and Muslim philanthropist promote women

    Actress and Muslim philanthropist promote women
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- What do actress Geena Davis, Britain's Duchess of York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists have in common? They're all committed to empowering women. At a U.N. event Monday promoting gender equality, they were joined by heads of foundations, corporate leaders, academics, diplomats, representatives of voluntary organizations and several ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1