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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Volunteerism Up In 2009: 63 Million Americans Volunteered At Least Once

    Volunteerism Up In 2009: 63 Million Americans Volunteered At Least Once
    WASHINGTON — A million and a half more Americans volunteered to help with such activities as raising money, collecting food and tutoring children during the span of a year ending in September 2009, a period marked by job losses and a lousy economy. About 63.4 million people ages 16 and older volunteered at least once between September 2008 and September 2009, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Recession may be behind rising ranks of volunteers

    Recession may be behind rising ranks of volunteers
    More Americans, especially women, are giving their time and energy to good causes, a new government report says. From September 2008 to September 2009, 63.4 million Americans, 26.8% of the population, volunteered with organizations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of the growth can be attributed to more female volunteers, says Stephanie Boraas, a BLS economist. About 1.2 million ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Haiti Gov't Gets 1 Cent Of Every US Dollar

    Haiti Gov't Gets 1 Cent Of Every US Dollar
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Less than a penny of each dollar the U.S. is spending on earthquake relief in Haiti is going in the form of cash to the Haitian government, according to an Associated Press review of relief efforts. Two weeks after President Obama announced an initial $100 million for Haiti earthquake relief, U.S. government spending on the disaster has nearly ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Express Scripts to Spin-off Rx Outreach to Create Nonprofit Offering Prescription Medicines

    Express Scripts to Spin-off Rx Outreach to Create Nonprofit Offering Prescription Medicines
    New organization to address growing needs of low-income Americans ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Express Scripts, Inc., one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in North America, today announced it will create a new independent, nonprofit charitable organization to improve access to prescription medicines for low-income, uninsured Americans and working families. Express Scripts will donate Rx Outreach, a for-profit ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Young Entrepreneur, 11, Recycles Sweaters to Make Scarves

    Young Entrepreneur, 11, Recycles Sweaters to Make Scarves
    Winston-Salem, NC - Every Wednesday night after she and her parents have supper at her grandparents' house, Logan Prysiaszniuk heads downstairs to her workshop. Logan, 11, works alongside her mother, Kristina Prysiaszniuk, and her grandmother, Faye Kapp, to make colorful scarves from recycled sweaters. The basement workshop is the manufacturing center for Logi B. Designs, the company that Logan started last ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Former Maine Artist Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

    Former Maine Artist Wins MacArthur Genius Grant
    Portland, ME - Rackstraw Downes, a New York painter with deep Maine roots, is among the recipients of this year's prestigious MacArthur Fellowships. The awards, announced Monday, come with $500,000 prizes over the next five years and carry no obligations, said the John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation, which administers the fellowships. They are designed to give recipients freedom to reflect, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Three Artists Win 500k "Genius" Awards

    Three Artists Win 500k "Genius" Awards
    Chicago, IL - The MacArthur Foundation bestowed its fellowship — popularly dubbed the "Genius Award" — to 24 lucky winners yesterday, and three visual artists were among the honorees: Mark Bradford, Camille Utterback, and Rackstraw Downes. The winners will receive $500,000 over five years in acknowledgment of the "exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work" that they have ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Vibrant Haitian Art Vanishes in the Dust

    Men walk past a mural of voodoo representations of death in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. CAROLYN COLE / MCT Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The vibrant murals that once adorned the walls of the Cathedrale of Sainte Trinite - created in the 1950s by some of the giants of Haitian art - are now largely dust, part of the gray ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    List of 2009 MacArthur Foundation Grant Recipients

    The following 24 fellows each will receive $500,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Lynsey Addario, 35, photojournalist, Istanbul, Turkey. Creating a visual record of major conflicts and humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. Maneesh Agrawala, 37, computer vision technologist, Berkeley, Calif. Designing visual interfaces that enhance ability to synthesize and comprehend complex, ...
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    New Yorkers Rackstraw Downes, Deborah Eisenberg, Theodore Zoli Get MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

    New Yorkers Rackstraw Downes, Deborah Eisenberg, Theodore Zoli Get MacArthur 'Genius Grants'
    A painter, a bridge builder and a short-story writer are three New Yorkers with a new title - "genius." Artist Rackstraw Downes, author Deborah Eisenberg and structural engineer Theodore Zoli are among 24 people tapped to receive $500,000 MacArthur Fellow grants. "I still can't quite believe it," said Eisenberg. "It didn't sound like a prank, but it's so impossible that you ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Amid Flood of Donor-Fund Assets for Haiti, a Plea to Stay the Course

    Amid Flood of Donor-Fund Assets for Haiti, a Plea to Stay the Course
    Wealthy individuals have been directing their donor-advised funds to contribute to Haiti relief efforts, and advisers are meeting with clients to help them set up long-term plans to aid the stricken nation. Through Friday, the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, which runs the largest donor-advised fund, had received orders to disburse $8.8 million from donor-advised funds to organizations providing relief for Haiti. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    IRS Reminds Nonprofits to File Form 990 On Time

    IRS Reminds Nonprofits to File Form 990 On Time
    WASHINGTON-The Internal Revenue Service today reminded tax-exempt organizations to make sure they file their annual information form on time. In 2010 the tax-exempt status of any non-profit that has not filed the required form in the last three years will be revoked. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires that non-profit organizations that do not file a required information form for ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    U.S. Arts Industry Faces Big Slump, More Competition for Money

    U.S. Arts Industry Faces Big Slump, More Competition for Money
    WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. arts organizations grew by thousands over the last decade, but many are now struggling with greater competition for audiences and charity dollars, according to a national study of the industry's health. The first National Arts Index released Wednesday by the group Americans for the Arts shows the nation's arts businesses fell into their biggest slump ...
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    White House Announces Open Submissions for Presidential Medal

    White House Announces Open Submissions for Presidential Medal
    The White House announced today that the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal will be open for public nominations. The 40 year old award recognizes Americans who have "performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens." Past winners include Colin Powell, Bob Dole and Rosa Parks, as well as everyday heroes like Oseola McCarty, a washerwoman who left her ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Bill Gates Launches Blog and Twitter Account

    Bill Gates Launches Blog and Twitter Account
    A day after he entered the world of Twitter, Bill Gates is weighing in with his first personal blog. The Gates Notes, which just launched, is an online forum where several times a week the Microsoft co-founder plans to shares his thoughts on the Gates Foundation and his personal interests in energy and the environment. A good chunk of the blog ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1