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Dent Made

As New England Patriot faithful, we at Giving Click are loath to reminisce about Super Bowl XX. However, we will note that its MVP, defensive end Richard Dent, recently held a fund-raiser for his Make a Dent Foundation, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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May 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM Leave a comment

Young Philanthropists Encouraged

Encouraging other young people to do the same, the Denver Post‘s Bruce DeBoskey celebrates 24-year-old Denver native Jessica Posner and her efforts on behalf of one community in Africa.

With limited resources, [Shining Hope for Communities (shininghopeforcommunities.org)] opened the area’s first free school for girls and, in just a few years, has created a gardening program; a library; an Internet-ready computer center; ecologically friendly latrines that convert waste to methane gas, which can be used for cooking and electricity; income-generating projects for women living with HIV/AIDS; and Kibera’s first accessible community health center, staffed by a full-time nurse.

Older generations handing off family philanthropic efforts to a younger generation is an issue often discussed. Here, DeBoskey encourages young people to enlist their elders in their infant charitable efforts.

May 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM Leave a comment

Strings Attached

NPR looks into grants to colleges that seem to come with strings attached. Unlike this previous case involving football, the NPR piece questions whether faculty hiring decisions are being ceded to wealthy donors.

UPDATE: This article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy notes that Florida State is denying that hiring decisions were affected by donations.

May 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM Leave a comment

Still Better Than Billy Beer

The New York Post claims that President Obama’s half-brother runs an “off-the-books” foundation “that claims to support poor Kenyans — but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money.”

Alton Ray Baysden, a former State Department employee at whose Virginia home the charity was founded in 2008, admitted the organization has not even applied for tax-exempt status.

“We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise to do this,” he told The Post. “We are informally scouting for an executive director, someone who knows how to register the charity.”

May 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM Leave a comment

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.

April 28, 2011 at 7:25 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

News You Can Use

The Nonprofit Quarterly‘s Rick Cohen offers this: How to be a charter school that pays no rent in New York City. The key seems to be, make sure you’re part of a national charter school chain.

As an independent charter school – unaffiliated with one of the charter “chains” – Growing Up Green has had a much harder time finding free space than its chain counterparts. In New York City, 67 percent of chain charters receive free space in public school buildings, compared with 51 percent of independent schools, according to the New York Times.

More at the link.

April 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM Leave a comment

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