Archive for April, 2011

Two and a Half Mensch?

The Hollywood Reporter: Charlie Sheen to “donate proceeds from merchandise sales at his San Francisco show to benefit a man who was beaten outside a Giants baseball game.”

The only dubious aspect of this project: One has to wonder just what kind of “merchandise” is sold at a Charlie Sheen show.

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April 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM Leave a comment

Jumo Update

From Forbes’s Shades of Green blog: Chris Hughes On What’s Next For Nonprofit Social Site Jumo

April 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM Leave a comment

Pot of Gold

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is so flush with cash, they’re funding toilet research as part of the sixth round of its grand challenges project. The Washington Examiner has the poop on this and other unusual new initiatives:

The foundation on Thursday announced 88 new $100,000, five-year grants for unusual research, including a number in a new category for the program: sanitation. It’s a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention — financially or otherwise — from charitable foundations, said one of the recipients of the grants just announced.

Hopefully this isn’t just money being thrown down the drain.

April 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM Leave a comment

More Billionaire Giving Pledgers

Steven Bertoni at Forbes‘s Money Talks blog passes on a press release announcing ten new signatories to Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge. The group includes John Paul DeJoria, the Paul Mitchell co-founder and Patron tequila magnate, as well as Harold Hamm, who started pumping gas and now owns a huge oil trucking concern.

April 28, 2011 at 7:08 PM Leave a comment

Start Thinking with Portals, 20 Million Dollars

The Seattle Times reports that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is going to invest $20 million in “game-based learning, social-networking and other approaches to capture the imagination of bored or unmotivated students.”

We at Giving Click hate to date ourselves, but when we were students we managed to squander the educational opportunity school afforded for a lot less money.

April 27, 2011 at 7:11 PM Leave a comment

Empire State to Ease Nonprofit Regulations

From Reuters: “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced plans on Tuesday to reform cumbersome laws and regulations burdening the state’s charities in a bid to ease what he called a looming funding crisis.”

Schneiderman is pushing the proposal as an ameliorative measure in anticipation of “the effects of cuts at every level of government.” Anticipating that demand on nonprofits will rise, the AG is claiming the lowering charities’ overhead will leave them more funds for operations.

April 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM Leave a comment

Trends across the Pond

The UK’s Telegraph reviews the top ten emerging trends in British philanthropy on the occasion of the public opening of the home of William Morris, “Britain’s greatest philanthropist.”

The article notes among other things that “giving while living” is growing more popular, as is donating more and leaving less to the children.

April 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM Leave a comment

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