"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

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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Philanthropic ‘Frenemies’ Compete in Charitable Giving

Challenged Athletes Foundation

The saying goes, “a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.” This is especially true in the world of philanthropy, where being the biggest donor means that everybody wins. There is currently some friendly competition happening between mega-donors Daniel Loeb and Bill Ackman, two hedge funders that the media has playfully dubbed “frenemies” on more than [...]

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Eva Longoria Lends a Helping Hand in Spain

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria was vacationing this weekend in the Spanish resort city of Marbella with relatives, but that didn’t stop her from exercising her philanthropic spirit and organizing two events for the Global Gift Foundation, which held a charity golf tournament Saturday at the La Quinta club. After some relaxation with her mother and sister, Eva [...]

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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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