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The Rollins family’s ongoing generosity to Emory University continued with a recent $15 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation of Atlanta. The money will be used to build the second phase of the school’s new building program, Emory said. In recognition of the gift, the first building — a 65,000-square-foot facility completed in [...]

Harry T. Wilks has added to his extensive legacy of giving to Miami University. Wilks, a retired attorney, recently contributed a $3 million gift to Miami, bringing his financial support to the university to more than $9 million. Wilks’ total ranks him as the ninth largest individual contributor to Miami and eighth largest living alumnus. [...]

Nonprofits added jobs at an average annual rate of more than 2 percent from 2000 to 2010, while for-profit jobs were cut by 0.6 percent each year on average, according to a new study. Even during the recession years of 2008 and 2009, charities increased their employment by nearly 2 percent, while for-profit jobs declined [...]

A study released today from a foundation watchdog group says that advocacy efforts by charities can pay off, to the tune of billions of dollars to communities. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy study examined 110 charities in 13 states and found that work such as pushing for more aid to schools and housing for [...]

Despite continued economic woes, a majority of the nation’s millionaires aren’t cinching their purse strings when it comes to charitable giving. Fifty-nine percent of millionaires agree they feel they have an obligation to give back to their community, according to a survey released Jan. 17 by PNC Wealth Management . The percentage remains the same [...]

Joan Thompson has been at the helm of the Mayflower Retired & Senior Volunteer Program for more than 35 years, but even she concedes that the charity’s days may be numbered. The Massachusetts nonprofit, which connects older people to volunteer opportunities, saw a 20-percent cut in its grant from the Corporation for National and Community [...]

West Virginia University has announced a $34 million gift from alumnus Ben Statler, co-founder and CEO of the private investment firm Gulf Coast Capital Partners, and his wife, Jo, to the university’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The gift, which includes $11 million to be matched by the state’s Research Trust Fund, will support [...]

The “donate” button is so 2011. Now a charity’s supporters can do much more: They can build a virtual gingerbread house for Ronald McDonald House Charities, play with a virtual toy from their smartphones as they donate to Toys for Tots, or see how their donations are put to work at a virtual vending machine [...]

The US has been rated as the world’s most charitable country in 2011 by the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) World Giving Index, up from fifth in 2010. The Irish Republic came second, then Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The survey suggested more people were likely to perform charitable acts this year compared with 2010, [...]

The seven people who filed into the of­fices of RSF So­cial Finance, a San Francisco non­prof­it, one week­day morn­ing last year spent much of their time on a sin­gle task: fundraising. But on that win­ter day, the non­prof­it of­fi­cials, all lead­ers of char­i­ties that work in food and ag­ri­cul­ture, were gath­ered to learn what it [...]