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The NCAA socked Pennsylvania State University on Monday with a $60-million fine and four-year bowl ban for its role in concealing child-sex crimes by a former Nittany Lions football coach. The penalties, which also include a sharp reduction in scholarships and the vacating of football victories from 1998 to 2011, stopped short of suspending the program. But [...]

The Skoll Foundation has announced a $2.5 million grant to mothers2mothers in Cape Town, South Africa, in support of the organization’s efforts to reduce the number of babies in developing nations born with HIV/AIDS. Announced in conjunction with the International AIDS Society’s Conference, July 22-27, the grant will be used to expand m2m’s Mentor Mothers program, which pairs an HIV-positive woman who [...]

Charitable giving by America’s biggest businesses rose slowly last year and shows little sign of gaining in 2012, according to a Chronicle study of 166 large companies. Donations grew by 4 percent in 2011, according to the 115 companies that provided two years’ worth of data. That’s far less than the 13-percent rise from 2009 to 2010, [...]

ProPublica has announced a $1.9 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand its work on data-driven news applications. Through its news applications desk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative journalism organization develops interactive, Web-based databases that tell a story using software instead of words and pictures. The grant from the [...]

The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) announced today a gift of $20 million from News Corporation for its MPTF Campaign. In making the announcement Jeffrey Katzenberg, MPTF board member and chairman of the MPTF Campaign, was joined by Michael Douglas, MPTF Foundation committee member, whose family have been long time supporters of MPTF. The [...]

With a new $50-million program, the Ford Foundation is seeking to build human-rights organizations in far corners of the world. The money will be awarded over five years to advocacy groups in non-Western countries in recognition that new voices on human rights are emerging around the globe. Full article text is available via the Chronicle [...]

A $5 million gift from two members of Princeton University’s Class of 1976 will endow the directorship of the Princeton University Art Museum. Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger of Dallas, Texas, provided the gift that will create the Nancy A. Nasher-David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Directorship. “This much-appreciated gift will strengthen the ability of one of [...]

In a party-line vote, Republican senators on Monday halted Democrat-backed legislation requiring nonprofit groups that engage in political activity to reveal their donors, Reuters and the Associated Press report. The bill, called the Disclose Act of 2012, fell nine votes shorts of the 60 required to clear a procedural hurdle and go to the Senate [...]

The Birthright Israel Foundation has announced a $13 million gift from Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, in support of programs that send young Jewish adults to Israel. The gift follows on the heels of a $20 million challenge grant made by the Adelsons earlier this year and will be added to the $72 million [...]

The philanthropic organizations and foundations that make up Washington’s massive nonprofit sector are borrowing lessons from the business plans of their for-profit counterparts as they look to fulfill social missions and achieve financial sustainability. Those dual objectives may have once seemed contradictory. Nonprofits have long been characterized as the bleeding hearts of the economy, forgoing [...]