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It was the selfie heard ’round the world, and now it’s paying dividends. When Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres pushed “Tweet” on a photo sporting 12 of Hollywood’s biggest stars (11.5 if you’re counting full faces – sorry, Jared Leto), she intended to break Twitter’s all-time retweet record. Little did DeGeneres know, it would also lead [...]

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems, the school announced Monday. Georgetown alumna Olga Maria Beeck and her husband, investor Alberto Beeck of Key Biscayne, Fla., made the gift and helped develop the [...]

A holiday gift from Facebook just landed on the doorsteps of some of America’s biggest charities to help boost their year-end fundraising. Nineteen nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, Livestrong Foundation, and Unicef, now have the ability to receive donations through their Facebook page with a donation feature that Facebook made available to them on [...]

Last week, Tuesday, December 3, otherwise dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” rallied constituents via social media-driven initiatives to give and volunteer. In its second year, Giving Tuesday saw notable growth in giving with over 10,000 nonprofit participants and $21 million in online donations. Additionally, promotions by nonprofit and government representatives and celebrities catapulted the day to a [...]

In just its second year, Giving Tuesday delivered—and it delivered big. More than 10,000 nonprofit organizations galvanized throughout the country to persuade their supporters to give time or money on December 3. Last year, only 2,500 nonprofits participated. The increase in participants helped double online donations from $12-million to $21-million, according to data from Blackbaud [...]

Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article on how alumni offices are using LinkedIn. As the online networking site gains popularity (259 million members and counting), alumni relations programs are using the free tool to enhance their engagement efforts. With LinkedIn, programs can update alumni employment and contact info or see high-level statistics […]

The digital age has been reshaping the way Target Corp. makes money. Now it’s affecting how Target gives it away. Target is once again donating $5 million to schools nationwide this year as part of its annual “Give With Target” campaign. But this time, Target will distribute the money to schools that receive the most [...]

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) launched a Football Weekend Giveaway with a stellar grand prize: club seat tickets for the Iowa vs. Wisconsin football game, entrance to the UIAA Tailgate Party, a two-night stay at the Iowa House Hotel, and $100 gift certificate to a downtown Iowa City restaurant. In addition, UIAA members have an […]

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a four-year, $4.9 million grant to Mills College to fund the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics, which is led by Mills College Professor of Education Joseph Kahne. The grant supports Kahne’s new media research efforts with partner institutions including Harvard University, the University of [...]

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association has a lot to be proud of. Earlier this month, the association partnered with its development colleagues to launch UMassGives, an online fundraising campaign that raised over $80,000 in just 36 hours. The alumni association staff played a key role in recruiting alumni to be online ambassadors, or […]