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The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced a three-year, $950,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct a study of city government responses to the Great Recession. To be led by Michael Pagano, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, in partnership with the National League of Cities Center for Research [...]

Thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States misreport how they solicit billions of dollars in donations. Forty-one percent of all 37,987 charities and other nonprofit groups that collected at least $1 million according to their most recent report to the Internal Revenue Service made what experts agree is a ridiculous claim: They raised significant [...]

Saundra Baker was 25 when she met her husband to be, William Lane. He was 50. She was standing in line for last-minute “rush’’ tickets at Boston’s Metropolitan Theater, and ready to give up. “I was just starting to go when a gentleman came up and offered me a spare ticket,’’ said Mrs. Lane, 73, [...]

The Walmart Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to Goodwill to launch a program that will help military veterans find employment and ensure long-term financial stability for their families. Even as the nation’s unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent — and more than 20 percent for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 — the military [...]

Pretty much every charity in Silicon Valley wants to “friend” Facebook and its workers as the company gets ready to go public on Friday. As Facebook’s executives and employees await a life-changing windfall from its initial public stock offering, expected to set the company’s worth at a record-breaking $100-billion, the company itself is coming under [...]

From the rubble, literally, of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, plans to build the first professional soccer stadium in the country are taking shape. The appropriately named Phoenix Stadium is set to rise in Cité Soleil, an area designated by the United Nations as a red zone — an impoverished town in [...]

Washington University in St. Louis has announced an $8.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent malnutrition in infants and children. Through the Breast Milk, Gut Microbiome and Immunity Project, an international team of scientists led by Jeffrey I. Gordon, the Dr. Robert J. [...]

Major-college athletics departments increased the amount of money they generate by nearly $190 million in 2011, but they increased their spending by more than $267 million, a USA TODAY Sports analysis finds. In addition, only 22 out of 227 public schools in NCAA Division I generate enough money to pay for athletics. And the gap [...]

The Marcus Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to Piedmont Heart Institute to establish the nation’s first heart valve reference center. The Marcus Heart Valve Center at Piedmont Hospital will provide a single resource for patients with congenital or acquired heart valve problems. It also will be a resource for physicians to learn about [...]

Nonprofits are making greater use of social media, with Facebook reaching “saturation levels,” a new report says. Ninety-eight percent of over 3,500 nonprofits responding to an email survey used Facebook in 2012, with 8,317 members on average, up 30 percent from a year earlier, says the 4th Annual Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report from NTEN, [...]