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Deb Wetherby, a San Francisco fee-based certified financial planner, has taken a closer look at the $500,000 in investments one of her clients had in a donor-advised fund invested in large- and small-cap U.S. stocks. The client felt that some of the companies did not reflect her values. So Wetherby found a fund run by [...]

Employment in the voluntary sector has fallen by nearly 9% over the past year according to Skills – Third Sector’s analysis of the Labour Force Survey. Data recently released for the third quarter of 2011 shows the UK voluntary sector employs 723,000 people. This equates to a fall of 70,000 (8.7% of the workforce) over [...]

Food drives are a popular activity for companies and community groups that take part in service projects. But they are often costly and inefficient for food banks, which often have to provide materials, plan pick-ups, and process the donations. The Food Bank for New York City has found a way around that problem by moving [...]

International aid charities have spent about two-thirds of the money they raised after the deadly earthquake that rattled Haiti nearly two years ago. While some organizations still have a lot of cash on hand, others have been forced to scale back their work, particularly their plans to build permanent housing for homeless Haitians. Over all, [...]

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has committed a challenge grant of $10 million to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Miami Science Museum).  The support will foster science education and help strengthen Miami’s rapidly emerging downtown cultural center. Knight Foundation’s grant must be matched with an additional $20 million in [...]

Wikipedia has raised $20 million in its annual plea for donations to help expand and improve the Internet’s leading encyclopedia. More than 1 million people throughout the world contributed the money during a 46-day fundraising drive, which concluded Sunday. The amount pledged to the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that oversees the volunteer-driven Wikipedia, is [...]

Bill Gates and Elton John were behind some of the biggest contributions to the William J. Clinton Foundation in the past decade. Since its start in 2001, the former U.S. president’s nonprofit has received more than $25 million each from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Unitaid, which fights the [...]

Universities received eight of the 12 largest gifts to nonprofit organizations in the United States in 2011. The donations, part of a surge in megagifts this year, include $350-million for Cornell University from Charles F. Feeney; $265-million for Carnegie Mellon University and $125-million for the University of Pittsburgh from the late William S. Dietrich II; [...]

A group of Chinese philanthropists including Alibaba CEO Jack Ma have donated $500,000 to a conservation sanctuary in Kenya in an effort to save a quickly dwindling population of the endangered hirola, an African antelope. The donation is the first of a series of contributions by the newly formed China Global Conservation Fund. Members of [...]

Northwestern University researcher Fay Lomax Cook believes that if we’re going to have a national conversation about income inequality, we need to know much more about the 1 percent. To that end, Cook and two colleagues have compiled a study that offers a rare glimpse into what the Chicago area’s really-well-to-do think about philanthropy and [...]