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  • Atheist Bill Gates to give more during economic crisis

    01/27/2009 9:56:10 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 1,222+ views
    Examiner ^ | 1/27/09 | Trina Hoaks
    Many statistics and people say that atheists aren’t charitable people. However, they seem to miss that the nation’s largest charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded by an atheist – Bill Gates. It was reported by the Associated Press today that several charitable groups have committed to continue charitable giving during this time of economic crisis. Among those committing to do so is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What’s more is they have gone a step further.
  • Shriners Hit By Economic Meltdown

    01/21/2009 7:46:35 PM PST · by mnehring · 21 replies · 654+ views
    Out of all of the financial woes stemming from the current economic slump, this one hits me the hardest: Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston will suspend operations to cope with a $3 billion shortfall in the Shriners International endowment fund, the organization’s president said Tuesday. In 2008, the Galveston hospital had a $33 million operating budget, according to information provided by the hospital. The hospital, which specializes in treating burned children, has been closed since Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island Sept. 13. The hospital treats about 250 acutely burned children each year and keeps treating them until they are 18. In...
  • Nonprofit Bailout included in Stimulus Package

    01/16/2009 11:39:42 AM PST · by vadum · 81 replies · 2,946+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | January 16, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Left-of-center nonprofits are getting the bailout they wanted from the U.S. government, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. The news comes a month after Independent Sector president Diana Aviv demanded it. Our lawmakers are intent on pissing away billions of dollars on utterly useless giveaways to their supporters in the liberal nonprofit establishment. The money will have virtually no positive impact on the economy, except perhaps that it might bolster employment at nonprofit groups. One of the more egregious line items is the $1 billion allocation for community development block grants (CDBG). These are slush funds that liberal groups like La...
  • Madoff Crony Abruptly Resigns From Broward Arts Center

    01/09/2009 6:51:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 1,121+ views
    New Times Broward-Palm Beach ^ | Jan. 8 2009 | Bob Norman
    Michael Bienes, the fabulously wealthy Fort Lauderdale benefactor, abruptly resigned from the Performing Arts Center Authority board Wednesday with a one-sentence letter, according to a center spokeswoman. "We received the letter yesterday which said he was resigning, effective immediately," said Broward Center of The Arts spokeswoman Jan Goodheart. There's very clearly trouble in paradise -- and rumors are swirling among the county's elite that Bienes, who has poured more than $30 million into various Broward County causes and has his name emblazoned on the Broward County Library and Holy Cross Hospital, is dropping out of public life altogether. His leaving...
  • The Philanthropy Shakedown: Give to 'minority-led' charities, or else

    12/30/2008 5:47:13 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 743+ views
    In 2006, Publix Supermarket Charities donated almost $30 million to causes that included Habitat for Humanity, the March of Dimes and United Way. But Al Pińa isn't satisfied. Mr. Pińa, the chairman of the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition, believes Publix isn't giving enough to people of color who donate to other people of color. Welcome to the latest trend in racial extortion. According to a study that Mr. Pińa commissioned from the California-based activist group Greenlining, Publix gave only 2.81% of its grants in 2006 to "minority-led organizations." Minority-led is defined as groups whose staff and board of directors...
  • Maimonides: Patron Saint of Venture Capitalism

    12/29/2008 8:34:57 PM PST · by lpmorrow · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Democracy Project blog ^ | 12-28-08 | Laurie Morrow
    Suppose you were standing on the stairs outside the New York Public Library, beside Leo Astor or Leo Lenox, who gaze with serene, marbled regard across the exuberant pandemonium of Midtown Manhattan. Suppose, also, you were to ask the panoply of patrons passing by to name the fictional character who best captures the essence of capitalism. Chances are, the names you’d hear most often would be of miserly or unscrupulous figures—Dickens’ unredeemed Ebenezer Scrooge, for example, or Gordon (“Greed is Good!”) Gecko, from the movie Wall Street. Even in December, no one heading up to the Main Reading Room is...
  • Who Gives The Most? Americans, by a long shot. But why?

    12/29/2008 7:46:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 826+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 26, 2008 | Elisabeth Eaves
    Americans give more to charity, per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than the citizens of other nations. But why? It would be nice to believe that as a group they are just more generous. Of course, it's more complicated than that. For instance in the U.S., which is notably religious among wealthy Western nations, about a third of all charitable giving goes to houses of worship. Some of that money, in turn, goes to projects that have an obvious benefit to the needy, like soup kitchens. But some does not, rather going toward paying the church...
  • The survey says ... liberals are stingier

    12/23/2008 5:28:09 AM PST · by rhema · 55 replies · 877+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/23/2008 | Nicholas Kristof
    This holiday season is a time to examine who's been naughty and who's been nice, but I'm unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy. Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet, when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates. Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, "Who Really Cares," cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an...
  • Studies show conservatives give more than leftists to charities

    12/22/2008 12:53:49 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 9 replies · 782+ views
    Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 12/22/2008 | Publicola
    Liberals love to spend other people’s money to make themselves look, and feel, compassionate. But it is conservatives who actually donate more of their own funds than leftists to charitable causes. According to a study cited this weekend in The New York Times by uber-leftist hagiographer Nicholas Kristof, households headed by conservativs give 30 percent more to charity than households led by liberals. The study was by Arthur Brooks, called, “Who Really Cares?” Another study was even more astounding — Google found an even greater disparity: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals. What’s more,...
  • Bleeding Heart Tightwads

    12/21/2008 1:55:26 PM PST · by Ge0ffrey · 25 replies · 942+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 20, 2008 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    This holiday season is a time to examine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but I’m unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy. Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates. Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an...
  • Freakonomics: What Should South Asians Do With Their Wealth?

    11/25/2008 1:00:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 731+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2008 | Sudhir Venkatesh
    I have been posting on this site about the trials and tribulations of young donors. I’m in the middle of chronicling the life of Michael, an heir to a trust, who must soon begin giving away $78 million (U.S.). More on his philanthropic journey in the next post. Another group is stumbling into the American philanthropic scene. Young South Asians living in the U.S. (Pakistanis, Indians, and Bangladeshis are the majority). Some moved to America after college, and others (like me) were raised here. They are coming into significant personal wealth. I recently brokered a discussion of six prospective donors....
  • Bob Beckel on Hannity; I give more in underwear than Biden

    11/01/2008 7:06:26 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 15 replies · 1,018+ views
    Hannity and Colmes | 11/01/2008 | hannitycolmes
    I just saw on Hannity and Colmes where Hannity states how little Joe Biden gave to cherity. Democrat Bob Beckel stated he didn't know Biden gave so little and that he gave that much in used underwear the last 3 years!
  • Oprah Ranked Most Generous Celebrity (Rush Limbaugh #10)

    09/15/2008 3:15:20 PM PDT · by iowamark · 54 replies · 5,414+ views ^ | 09/15/2008 | Eva Lam
    Oprah Winfrey has been proclaimed the world's biggest giver -- again. For the seoncd year running, the day-time host topped a list of the 30 most generous celebrities for giving $50.2 million US last year through the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah's Angel Network, which fund education, health care and advocacy for women and children. The list, now in its second year, was compiled by The Giving Back Fund, a charity that aims to encourage philanthropy. Claiming the No. 2 spot was trumpeter Herb Alpert, who gave $13 million for education, including music lessons, through the Herb Alpert Foundation. Three...
  • Liberals are meaner, cheaper, more willing to steal than Conservatives

    08/16/2008 8:07:30 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 154+ views ^ | 08/16/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Peter Schweizer, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, has a new book out that is sure to drive the loony left, well, even loonier. In the new book Makers and Takers, Schweizer tells us "why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic" than lefties in America. This from his website: Seventy-one percent of conservatives say you have an obligation to care for a seriously injured spouse or parent versus less than half (46 percent) of liberals. Conservatives have a better work ethic and are much less...
  • Sir John Templeton Dies (Philanthropist and investment guru was 95)

    07/09/2008 8:45:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 149+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | July 9, 2008 | Charles Enman
    Sir John Templeton agreed with the proverb that it's "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." "There's a lot of truth in that," the billionaire philanthropist once said. "When people trust in something other than God, it's difficult to be truly spiritual. ... Don't fall in love with money." Sir John, a pioneering mutual fund manager, global investor and founder of the Templeton Prize, died Tuesday of pneumonia in the Bahamas, a spokeswoman at his foundation said. He was 95. Sir John was born...
  • John Templeton Has Died

    07/08/2008 11:05:21 AM PDT · by Kozman · 50 replies · 103+ views
    Billionaire, former mutual fund manager, Sir John M. Templeton has died. Templeton ran some of the most successful mutual funds during the initial boom years for mutual funds. In 1939, when World War II began in Europe and the stock market was at record lows, Templeton borrowed $10,000 and bought 100 shares each in 104 companies that were selling at $1 a share or less, including 34 in bankruptcy. A few years later, he made large profits on 100 of the companies; four turned out to be worthless. Templeton renounced his American citizenship in the 1960's and moved to the...
  • Jolie-Pitt Foundation Donates $1 Mil to Iraqi Kids

    06/25/2008 6:49:15 PM PDT · by winstonwolf33 · 35 replies · 134+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/08 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's love for children is by no means limited to their own: The couple has donated $1 million to help kids affected by the war in Iraq, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict announced Wednesday. The organization will distribute the donation, made through the couple's Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to four organizations working on behalf of children who have lost parents, homes and schools in Iraq. Children in the U.S. who have lost parents in the conflict will also benefit. "These educational support programs for children of conflict are the best way to...
  • America's generosity goes unmatched

    05/30/2008 10:04:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 213+ views
    The Abilene Reporter News ^ | May 30, 2008 | Star Parker
    Americans are hearing so much these days about how bad we are that we're starting to believe it. In a recent Gallup Poll, 68 percent said they are "dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today," and 55 percent said they think that the rest of the world views us unfavorably. However, as I page through a publication called the Index of Global Philanthropy, which is produced annually by the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute in Washington, it becomes obvious that these American feelings of self-deprecation are misguided. This is the just released...
  • America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Added to ‘Top-Rated’ Charities

    05/29/2008 4:31:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 74+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 29, 2008 – After stringent review by one of the country’s premier charity watchdogs, a Massachusetts-based troop-support group has been added to a list of top-rated charities. The American Institute of Philanthropy has reviewed Homes for Our Troops’ finances and included the group in their “Top-Rated Veterans & Military Charities” listing. Homes for Our Troops is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad. “Homes for Our Troops is proud to be included in [American Institute of Philanthropy’s] list of top...
  • (LDS) Church's Wheelchair Initiative Turns a New Corner

    05/17/2008 9:42:15 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 199+ views ^ | 3/20/2008
    Chris Jardine gingerly reached out with his fingerless hands to touch the new wheelchair he was just given. He lifted his body into the new chair, but after a moment he pulled himself out and went back into his old wheelchair. “I want to wait and get up Christmas morning and have this be my Christmas gift,” Jardine said in his 10-by-10 room located in an old hospital in Mahaica, Guyana. Jardine was in dire need of a new wheelchair. His old one had loose and broken wheels, making transportation especially dangerous and difficult. The new chair would be more...