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The Wal-Mart Foundation plans to give $19-million to nonprofits during the holidays–and it’s hoping Facebook users can help decide how to give a portion of that money. The retailer is taking nominations on Facebook until November 30 for organizations that provide people with basic needs like food or shelter. The 200-word submissions, with required photos, will then [...]

Washington University announced on Friday two gifts totaling $25 million to support the construction of a pair of new business buildings. The school received $15 million from Charles F. Knight and Joanne Knight and $10 million from George Bauer and Carol Bauer through the Bauer Foundation. The school hopes to start work on the $90 [...]

The child-molestation scandal at Pennsylvania State University isn’t just affecting the institution’s reputation, but is scaring away donors and alumni, who are either delaying contributing to Penn State or aren’t planning to give to their alma mater at all. Last month, Diane DiPiero, a freelance writer from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, received a solicitation call from [...]

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a Columbia University trustee, has pledged $30 million toward the construction of an arts building at the school’s new campus, the largest gift ever for the arts at the Ivy League institution. The donation will provide a funding source for the third building on the new campus, under construction in the West [...]

Nearly seven out of 10 Americans say it’s important to give to charity this holiday season, a 10-percentage point jump from a similar poll conducted last year by the American Red Cross. But only 57 percent actually plan to give between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the same percentage as in 2010. As donors get ready to [...]

Social justice grantmakers have been disproportionately affected by the global financial crisis and remain vulnerable to future economic shocks, a new report from the Foundation Center finds. According to Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy, unless the field sees five years of above-average investment returns, [...]

Soon, the holiday sounds of coins clinking into red kettles may disappear, replaced by the silence of a credit card swipe. The Salvation Army has begun shifting into digital donations, as fewer and fewer shoppers carry much change or bills. This year, the charity is testing the use of Square, a mobile payments start-up that [...]

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation announced a $15-million gift from the estate of a local couple, Don and Mary Williams. Mr. Williams, a retired financial adviser who provided investment help to the foundation on its inception, died in 2003. His wife died last year. Both did volunteer work in the South Puget Sound region, Ms. [...]

The portion of American families living in middle-income neighborhoods has declined significantly since 1970, according to a new study, as rising income inequality left a growing share of families in neighborhoods that are mostly low-income or mostly affluent. The study, conducted by Stanford University and released by the Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University, uses [...]

With the goal of doubling the number of students who attend KIPP public charter schools across the county, the Walton Family Foundation announced that it is investing $25.5 million in the KIPP Foundation over the next five years. The grant will help families of 59,000 students choose high-performing KIPP schools by 2015 and will also [...]