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On Charities: Is Microscopic Overhead a True Measure of Effectiveness?

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

What does it mean when a charity with few employees and modest income reports one billion dollars in revenue? What more ought a donor know about the charity beyond its numbers?

Re-Gift Without Fear

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

To re-gift or not to re-gift? If you feel that re-gifting is cheap, think again. Being thrifty is being smart. In this economy, re-gifting makes great...

A Chef's Perspective: The Dark Side of Benefit Dinners

Chef Sara Jenkins at The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As people in the food business, we get bombarded with requests to donate our time and food to benefits. Benefits for cancer, benefits for the homeless...

Greed, Money, Politics and Charity

Mark Rosenman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

The nonprofit world needs to speak clearly for the common good and to work assiduously toward it. Its organizations need to get beyond their own parochial interests and to find shared purpose across areas of concern.

Whites in Shining Armor

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Our news coverage is so focused on Whites in Shining Armor that people are often surprised to learn that locally run charities are as common outside of the Western world as they are in your own home town.

Is Main Street Ready for the Second Wave of the Recession?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The phrase "double-dip recession" means little to most of us. To people on Main Street, it hasn't been been a "dip". We took a drop to the bottom two years ago and stayed there.

Israeli Settlements Helped By U.S. Tax Law: Non-Profit Donations At Odds With U.S. Foreign Policy

New York Times | By JIM RUTENBERG, MIKE McINTIRE and ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the American government seeks to end the four-decade Jewish settlement enterprise and foster a Palestinian state in the West Bank, the American Tre...

A Little Sugar Goes a Long Way

Big Girls, Small Kitchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Big Girls, Small Kitchen

We are really excited to be collaborating with Baking For Good in support of The Valerie Fund, which provides comprehensive health care in the tri-state area for children with cancer and blood disorders.

The Gift and the Giver Part 1: Everybody Loves Bradley

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

Everyone with a brain, a newspaper, a neighbor or an Internet connection knows the economy has tanked. The ripple effect on the non-profit and philanthropic worlds is clear.

Modern Day Philanthropy: Creating a Winning Exchange

Marvin Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marvin Epstein

Charities are now more than ever forced to seek new and creative fund-raising opportunities in order to accomplish their mission.

A Powerful Voice for Nonprofits

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
2morrowknight

Voluntweetup show nonprofits how to connect with their target audience, refine their message, and to engage social media sites like Twitter and Facebook in ways that can pay huge dividends.

A Bid to Save the Earth

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

The entire auction business is green- it's built around buying and selling valuable antiquities that are recycled, reused, and/or preserved. It's all good for mankind and for sustainability.

Not For Profit: How Hamas Sabotages the Gaza Charities

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

The recent robbery of some $270,000 from a Gaza humanitarian organization is just the latest case of Hamas interfering with area NGOs. Such bullying acts make it a lot harder to get aid to those most in need.

Code Orange Philanthropy?

Rochelle Lefkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rochelle Lefkowitz

What's tough is if everything, like every visit to an airport, is always Code Orange. Constant, low level anxiety starts to feel like the Cause That Cried Wolf--hard to trust, harder to back over time.

Donations To Haiti Are Tax Deductible: Obama Signs Bill For Haiti Earthquake Contributions

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Leo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million Towards Haiti Earthquake Relief

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Leonardo DiCaprio announced that he was donating $1 million Thursday to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, the relief effort led by former Presidents Bill C...

Obamas Donate $15,000 To Haiti Earthquake Victims Via Bush-Clinton Fund

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP)- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have donated $15,000 from their personal bank account to help the victims of Hai...

Jewish Singles Gather in LA to Celebrate the Holidays in Style and Support the Elderly

Julie Spira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Julie Spira

At the trendy Opera and Crimson clubs in the heart of Hollywood, it looked like a typical hot-stylish Hollywood scene. Close to 1,000 singles dressed to impress celebrated Christmas Eve.

So Much To Be Thankful For

2morrowknight | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
2morrowknight

I love the Thanksgiving holiday. I love cooking great food, sharing tall tales with loved ones, and having nothing but big fun. I always use this day to reflect on where I am personally and professionally.

Weddings That Give Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Weddings these days are often about excess: lavish flowers, designer dresses and expensive party favors that gather dust in car trunks and closets for...

Some of Us in New Jersey Are Sick and Tired of Being Pestered to Buy Things From Kids for Fundraisers

Joe Territo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joe Territo

Do you ever feel like way too many kid-oriented groups are shaking you down for way too much money?

Madoff Scandal Still Hurting Charities On Year Later

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Nancy Falchuk will never forget the phone call. She was in Boston, it was raining and the news was bad. Hadassah, the century-old Jew...

Facebook, JP Morgan Chase To Give $5 Million Dollars To Charity Through Internet Promotion

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Facebook's user base now totals over 300 million people. The social media network thus has the potential to reach more people in a single month than l...

Christmas Gifts 2009: 13 Great Gifts

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With the holiday season upon us, gift-giving can get pretty ugly really fast. From the last-minute frantic purchasing to participating in the consume...

Something to Sleep On

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Russ Baker

It's worthwhile to have a further look at some of the players cited briefly in the Times article about the Simmons mattress company, so here is a bit more on the private equity kingpin Thomas H. Lee.