"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

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Former Employee Embezzles $17,000 from Non-Profit

Embezzle

The New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Grower’s Association (NHSWGA) is a non-profit that supports that state’s sheep and wool industry, recently pressed charges against one of their own members for embezzlement. Merrilyn Patch stole around $17,000 from the NHSWGA, and in December of 2014, the group went to the police for help in figuring out […]

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How Does Google Support Philanthropy?

Digital Philanthropy

Ever wonder what Google does with all of their money, beyond paying someone to design interesting versions of their logo for special events? And beyond paying their employees and funding new projects and the other things that huge tech companies do, of course? Well they donate a lot of it to charities, often choosing to […]

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New “Bipartisan” Education Site Seems to Lack Bipartisanship

Nonprofit

Campbell Brown, former CNN host, is starting a new non-profit education site called The Seventy Four which, while focusing on news, will not shy away from advocacy. The site’s goal is to provide an add-free, donation-funded portal for education news, but it will likely come under criticism early on. Teachers unions have argued that much […]

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Ridgewood Foundation Raises Private Funds for Education Excellence

Philanthropic People

The Ridgewood Foundation was founded in 1989 by community leaders who wanted to help raise funds to promote educational opportunities for students in New Jersey. In particular, the Foundation focuses on STEM education and helping get students the technology they need to be successful in today’s world. Foundation leadership, including J.C. Flowers Managing Director John […]

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New Drug Program Makes Waves in Massachusetts

Non-profit

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative in Gloucester, Massachusetts, is making waves not only there, but in Boston and elsewhere. The small seaside town of 29,000 has been dealing with drug problems for a while now, and the police are finding that arresting users over and over again, or coercing them into treatment plans, […]

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Walmart Accused of Using Charities to Buy Support

Charity

Community groups and organizers have accused Walmart of using charitable donations to try and buy support for the company. They claim that the Walmart Foundation has been increasing the value of their donations in areas in which they wish to build stores, and targeting charitable organizations that will improve public perception of the company and […]

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Become an Everyday Philanthropist

Philanthropist

You work hard and you play hard. But some sense of satisfaction seems to be missing from you life. What could it be? Perhaps you need to consider the art of philanthropy. Giving to others in need, an institution you support, or a cause that concerns you is at the heart of philanthropy. And here’s […]

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REDF Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter the Workforce

Charity

For formerly incarcerated Americans, returning to “normal” life outside of prison can be a tremendously difficult experience. Ex-cons need time to adjust back into their personal lives, not to mention combat the judgment that comes from potential employers when trying to re-enter the workforce. Reports Trymaine Lee for The Huffington Post, “Of the 7 million […]

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Investment Company Factors in Charity Efforts

Charity

Large companies donating money to charitable causes is nothing new, nor are charitable organizations operated or at least started by the wealthy. Groups like the Rockefeller Foundation do a great deal of good, but other companies, from Coca-Cola to Walmart, all donate money as well. A new company, Swell Investing, has decided to take that […]

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A Call for Oversight of Charities

Oversight

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times called for oversight of charitable organizations in the United States. Not more oversight, but any. The piece, written by David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, came after the federal government alleged that four cancer charities had defrauded donors of millions of dollars. The piece […]

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