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Early this month, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) gave an advance look at their annual report on giving trends. Some of the highlights: First up, more than $15.5 billion in cash and products were given in 2010, according to the 184 companies (including 63 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500) that [...]

It may be years before a sense of normalcy returns to Penn State after the child sex abuse scandal that rocked the campus last week, with fund-raising, sports recruiting and the university’s credit rating likely to feel the sting. The ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services said that philanthropy toward Penn State could decline as a result [...]

Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation. Stephen P. [...]

On 11th November 2011, Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) launched an expanded project focused on the “Improvement of computer usage and public Internet access in Vietnam”, following approval by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Funded by a US$30m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project builds on the success of [...]

The Cleveland Institute of Art has received a $5 million commitment from the George Gund Foundation and the family of the late George Gund II to help fund the college’s $66 million campus modernization and unification project. The project entails renovation of the historic Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts on Euclid Avenue, which was completed [...]

Social media has become practically a necessity in the nonprofit world, for everything from outreach to fundraising. So what nonprofit issues are having the most success there? Craig Newmark’s Craigconnect has released some fascinating infographics recently on nonprofits and social media, including a study on the top 50 nonprofits and how they use social media effectively. [...]

New York philanthropists Robert and Renee Belfer have been identified as the donors behind a previously anonymous $100-million gift to Weill Cornell Medical College, The Wall Street Journal writes. Mr. Belfer, a former Enron director who now runs an investment firm, and his wife made the contribution in April 2007 as part of the New York [...]

The George Kaiser Family Foundation announced a $22 million grant Tuesday to the Community Action Project of Tulsa County.   The funding will be used to match state pilot program support of CAP programming and provide new classrooms at a number of the agency’s early childhood centers, including four new classrooms at the McClure Early [...]

The wealth gap between younger and older Americans has stretched to the widest on record, worsened by a prolonged economic downturn that has wiped out job opportunities for young adults and saddled them with housing and college debt. The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 [...]

In a YouTube video clip, a middle-aged man with brown hair demonstrates how he can recline on his sofa watching a baseball game and at the same time participate in an upcoming charity walk to raise funds for N Street Village, a women’s homeless shelter. He’s virtual walking, he explains. It’s a mechanism that mortgage giant [...]