"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use." -Gamaliel Bailey

Philanthropic People Blog

Ex-Eagles Take on Wounded Warriors for Charity

Wounded Warriors for Charity

The Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team took on select NFL Alumni/Media before the Philadelphia Soul’s home game against the Orlando Predators recently in honor of Military Appreciation Night. The challenge pitted men and women who lost a limb during service in Iraq or Afghanistan against a team of more than 25 former players from the [...]

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University Women’s Rowing Team Charity Branded Pornography by Facebook

University women's rowing club

Women from University of Warwick Rowing Society posed for a 2014 calendar, which was sold to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Their nude charity calendar raised £3,400, selling 1,500 copies but hoped to raise even more by posting some of the photos to Facebook and Twitter to drum up publicity. However, Facebook recently removed [...]

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$25 Million Settlement Reached in Veterans Charity Case

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Quadriga, a direct-mail fundraising company that sent solicitations on behalf of a disabled veterans charity but took in most of the money raised, will pay $9.7 million in damages, re-organize its board, and reform its practices as part of a $24.6 million settlement, according to the state attorney general’s office. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation [...]

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Africa’s Richest Man Pledges Millions to Build Health Centers in Nigeria

Aliko Dangote

Earlier this month, news broke that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has pledged to build 11 new health centers in Kano, a large state in Nigeria’s Northwestern region. This contribution is part of a long-term effort to eradicate polio from the region, while promoting wellness and improving primary health care in Kano. According to the [...]

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Forbes Asia Announces its 48 Heroes of Philanthropy

Audette Excel

Forbes Asia recently announced its annual “48 Heroes of Philanthropy,” a special report that recognizes prominent philanthropists, innovators, and humanitarians. Explains Forbes, “For the eighth straight year we spotlight notable philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region, especially those who just made news in the past year by launching new and innovative projects. The 48-member honor roll [...]

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Boston Marathon Raised Record Amount for Charity

Boston Marathon 2014

During the 2014 Boston Marathon, runners raised a record $38.4 million for local nonprofits. This is nearly double the $20 million raised in 2013, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). After the infamous bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, there was an incredible demand to participate in the annual race. [...]

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400 Paws to Focus on Animals Most in Need

400 Paws

A new non-profit charity in Florida, 400 Paws Inc., is set on granting thousands of dollars to area animal shelters and rescues. The goal of the group is to get animals healthy and into permanent homes. Kim Cheney, the president and founder, started the charity earlier this year. It’s based in Escambia County but reaches [...]

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Singer and Philanthropist Katy Perry is One of Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Celebrities’

You might be familiar with American singer Katy Perry for her mark on contemporary pop culture, but did you know that she is also a dedicated philanthropist? The young singer recently made Forbes’ list of the “Most Powerful Celebrities,” for her massive earnings as a musician, and is commended for her ongoing commitment to charity [...]

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Yoga Behind Bars is Bringing the Practice to Prisons


If you’re familiar with the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, then you can probably recall watching the character Yoga Jones, played by actress Constance Shulman, at work teaching yoga to her fellow inmates. While that scenario seems unlikely even for a fictional comedy-drama series, there are actually real-life, certified yoga instructors working [...]

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HBO Helping George R.R. Martin Raise Money for His Charities

George R. R. Martin

HBO is exercising its philanthropy bone, helping to spread the word of the latest initiative from George R.R. Martin to help support two charities near and dear to him and his wife Parris McBride. The Prizeo website now has a fundraiser running with proceeds going to support the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food [...]

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