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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 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Target Launches $1 Million Contest for Charities

    Target Launches $1 Million Contest for Charities
    MINNEAPOLIS-Target, which gives $3 million a week to support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism nationwide, today invites the online community and its more than 725,000 fans on Facebook® to participate in Super Love Sender, a two-week-long giving campaign on its Facebook Page (facebook.com/Target). The campaign, which runs from January 31 through February 14, 2010, combines football and love just ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 almost 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    More States Require 'Green' Cleaning Products

    More States Require 'Green' Cleaning Products
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- More states are requiring schools and government buildings to use environmentally friendly cleaning products, raising debate about their costs and benefits. After a burst of legislation last year, 10 states including Connecticut, Illinois and New York require or encourage "green" floor waxes, window cleaners and other products in schools, according to Green Seal Inc., a nonprofit that ...
    Published over 8 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 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Wired to Give: Web Tools, Social Media Broaden Philanthropic Reach

    Wired to Give: Web Tools, Social Media Broaden Philanthropic Reach
    TORONTO — Faisal Sethi had long been attuned to social issues, causes and environmental initiatives, but lamented not being more actively involved. Now he is spearheading a web-based effort to support noteworthy organizations and causes, and inviting others sharing the sentiment to do the same. But those looking to jump on board might be surprised that giving back won't require them ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Michigan Receives $223.9M for Neighborhood Revitalization

    Michigan Receives $223.9M for Neighborhood Revitalization
    DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government awarded Michigan $223.9 million on Thursday to help tear down blighted buildings and revitalize neighborhoods in a dozen cities including Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the money as part of $2 billion in Recovery Act funding to states, local governments and nonprofit housing developers. Michigan's proposal ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Donating talent, time to help nonprofits

    Donating talent, time to help nonprofits
    When Barry Benson started as executive director at Literacy Chicago in 2008, the adult-literacy-training organization was strapped for cash. Benson, who had a background in fundraising, knew he would need the help of volunteers because he couldn't afford more staff. He slashed $180,000 from the nonprofit's roughly $600,000 annual budget by moving to a smaller office, then turned to EPIC (short ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nonprofit scrutiny

    Nonprofit scrutiny
    We are all responsible for deciding which charities we will, and will not, support. But we also need some government help that we aren't getting. McClatchy Newspapers recently reported that a small number of nonprofit organization executives in other areas of the state are paying themselves ridiculously high salaries. And the government agencies that should be catching these parasites aren't doing ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    United Nations appeals for nearly $1.5 billion for Haiti

    United Nations appeals for nearly $1.5 billion for Haiti
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations launched a new appeal Thursday for nearly $1.5 billion to help the 3 million Haitians affected by last month's devastating earthquake, its largest appeal ever for a natural disaster. The appeal, covering needs in 2010, is more than double the U.N.'s initial request on Jan. 15 for $562 million to help quake victims ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chicago nursing home wants nonprofit to take over

    Chicago nursing home wants nonprofit to take over
    CHICAGO — The owners of a troubled Chicago nursing home say they want to sell or lease the building to a nonprofit that could run it as a mental illness treatment center — a move quickly criticized by advocates of supportive housing. A nonprofit organization could develop a "state-of-the-art" facility for the treatment of mental illness, Somerset Place administrator Nathan Langsner ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Utah arts get a jump-start

    Utah arts get a jump-start
    For a nonprofit arts organization only 10 years old, Spy Hop is precocious, if not downright robust, for its age. Rick Wray, executive director who co-founded the multimedia education center for youth, holds court over 17 full-time employees. An estimated $1.4 million annual operating budget sustains programs ranging from a multimedia apprenticeship to youth radio and documentary film projects. In these ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Business Coaching to Urge Nonprofit Organizations to Radically Rethink How they do Business

    Business Coaching to Urge Nonprofit Organizations to Radically Rethink How they do Business
    As the demand for the services offered by non-profits is increasing, the recession is placing severe pressure points on their ability to serve their communities. Brad Sugars, ActionCOACH founder and Chairman And now with the year winding down and moving us closer into the Holidays –the biggest, most critical time for fundraising, nonprofit groups are finding that the money just isn't ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Verizon Foundation Awarded More Than $67.5 million in Community Grants in 2009 to Support Nonprofit Work

    Verizon Foundation Awarded More Than $67.5 million in Community Grants in 2009 to Support Nonprofit Work
    The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has awarded more than $67.5 million this year to more than 17,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. The majority of giving went to organizations that support education, literacy, domestic violence prevention and Internet safety. This year's grants bring to more than $345 million the total funds the Verizon Foundation has awarded since ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Setback Becomes Springboard for Nonprofit Career

    Setback Becomes Springboard for Nonprofit Career
    On Aug. 24, 2005, Kirt Barden was a veteran corporate manager with a thriving new business. On Aug. 25, Hurricane Katrina blew it all away. Barden, 57, lost 80 percent of his personal assets in the storm, but what he gained was much greater. In the days and months that followed, Barden witnessed a great outpouring of charity and was inspired ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Philanthropy with a Business Model

    Philanthropy with a Business Model
    For social entrepreneur Pamela Hawley, the "season of giving" is about nine months too short. Hawley has been a philanthropist since she was 12, when she got her first startling look at poverty and hunger during a family trip to Mexico. Since then, she has been a volunteer around the world--from soup kitchens and crisis hotlines in the United States to ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2