"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

Robin Williams: Amazing Actor and Generous Philanthropist

Robin Williams

Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors in history, passed away on Monday, August 11th, in an apparent suicide. Along with being considered one of the greatest comedians and actors of all time, Williams is also remembered through his extensive charity work. One such example was through a series of TV specials that was a [...]

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Earns Top Cancer Hospital Prize with the Help of Vital Philanthropy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

News recently broke that for the first time in seven years, MD Anderson Cancer Center was bumped to the runner-up spot in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best hospitals. According to The Clinical Cancer Letter, “MD Anderson Cancer Center’s uninterrupted seven-year stretch as the top cancer hospital in the U.S. News [...]

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Simon Cowell Criticized for Donating to Israeli Army

Simon Cowell

This week all over social media, pro-Palestinian activists have criticized Simon Cowell after learning of his donation of $150,000 to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) last year. “Cowell is a figure who is never reluctant to court controversy but the ‘judge with attitude’ has now taken a bit part in a conflict [...]

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Justin Bieber Wins Champ Of Charity Award

Justin Bieber

Although bad boy Justin Bieber is mostly known his rebellious reputation, it looks like this young celebrity has one of the biggest hearts around. The pop star was honored earlier this week with the Champ of Charity Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards at the Wiltern Theater Los Angeles. What was even more surprising [...]

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Dallas Nonprofit Sends Supplies for Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


MediSend International, a Dallas-based nonprofit that distributes medical supplies, is now focusing its attention on West Africa, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. The company is concerned for those fighting the outbreak and is trying to make sure they are able to replenish essential supplies they may have exhausted already. Nick Hallack, CEO of MediSend [...]

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Stand Up To Cancer Partners with MasterCard for Charity

Stand Up to Cancer

Earlier this month, MasterCard Priceless Causes teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to present “The Priceless Table at Times Square,” a limited time, participatory event for charity. From July 16th through August 2nd, MasterCard cardholders were able to reserve a seat at The Priceless Table, a pop-up restaurant overlooking New York City’s iconic [...]

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Philanthropic People: Entertainment Industry Foundation

Entertainment Industry Foundation

We often profile celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles, Shakira, and Ryan Gosling, who have spearheaded many philanthropic projects to raise funds for charities they care about it. One organization that seeks to unite high profile entertainers and celebrities is called the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a blanket organization for Hollywood’s biggest givers. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) [...]

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Inside Philanthropy Challenges Big Donors for Big Results

Inside Philanthropy

In the world of not-for-profit fundraising, smaller startups and nonprofit organizations often minimize the pool of donors that they reach out to, simply because donations from more prominent donors seem unattainable. As Forbes contributor Tom Watson explains, “At the top end, philanthropy is a disproportionate business. The largest funders, the big foundations, the massive fortunes [...]

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Oxford Student Choir Sings Shakira for Charity

Oxford Student Choir Sings Shakira for Charity

This week an all-male singing group named “Out of the Blue,” made up of students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, released a new single for charity. The group did a cover of Shakira hits, including Hips Don’t Lie, Whenever Wherever and Waka Waka. The group, which is raising money for the Helen and Douglas [...]

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Philanthropy’s Most Formidable Females

Melinda Gates

Inside Philanthropy recently released its list of the 15 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy, a roster of some of the most formidable female leaders in America. You already know that women are just as innovative and influential in the realm of philanthropy as their male counterparts, right? Even still, it’s always great to be [...]

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