Category Archives: News-updates

Causes Favored By Wealthy Gain Most in Giving Rebound

Gains in giving that have brought U.S. donations nearly back to pre-recession levels have skewed toward major education, medical, and arts institutions, reflecting the charitable impulses of upper-income donors, Bloomberg writes. Big charities that serve the needy such as the United Way and the Salvation Army are losing ground to donor-advised funds, a form of giving increasingly favored by the wealthy.

Donations of $80-million or more were a key factor in driving total giving to $335.2-billion …

Agency That Pioneered PR for Causes Changing Hands

Fenton, one of the first communications agencies devoted primarily to shaping campaigns for charities, foundations, and activists, is getting new ownership and leadership, reports The New York Times. Founder and CEO David Fenton sold the New York-based firm to the owners of Collegium, a network of cause-marketing agencies.

Launched in 1982, Mr. Fenton’s firm pioneered the now-thriving field of social-change communications, serving clients such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Ford Foundati…

Boston St. Patrick’s Parade Nonprofit Votes to Allow Gay Group

The nonprofit veterans organization that runs South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade took a step Monday toward ending a longstanding ban on allowing gay organizations to march, The Boston Globe reports. The vote by the Allied War Veterans Council to include Outvets, a group honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans, marks a potentially significant development in what has become an annual dispute over the parade’s inclusiveness.

The council won a Supreme Court ruling in the 1990s…

Ex-Gates Foundation Official Shah Steps Down as USAID Leader

Rajiv Shah, who held a series of high-level posts with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before joining the Obama administration, announced his resignation Wednesday as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, reports The New York Times.

Dr. Shah, a physician, will leave the main federal agency for foreign development and humanitarian assistance in early 2015 after five years in office. Before joining the administration in 2009 as an undersecretary at the Department of Agricultur…

Richmond Hospital Gets $28-Million for Kids’ Heart Care

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University received a $28-million donation Tuesday to establish a center for pediatric heart surgery, the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes.

The gift from the Children’s Hospital Foundation will allow VCU to recruit cardiologists, anesthetists, and other specialists in pediatric heart care for the new program. The university will commit an additional $14-million for equipment and operating costs at the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Cen…

Tech Mogul Parker Donates $25-Million for Allergy Research

Billionaire technology investor Sean Parker is giving Stanford University $25-million to establish an institute to seek allergy cures, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The former Facebook president and co-founder of music-sharing service Napster suffers from food allergies and asthma and said he has been hospitalized 14 times in the past four years for severe reactions.

The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research will aim to find cures for allergy sufferers that can be effected in one or …

Tenn. Prep School Receives $19-Million From Anonymous Grad

The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., has received a $19-million gift from an anonymous alumnus, which officials of the private boys’ academy said will be used to bolster the school’s endowment, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Interest from the 900-student school’s investments supports tuition assistance and professional development for teachers as well as regular operations and programs. “[The] donor’s gift reflects their belief in our mission, their pride in the school, and trus…

Spelman College Suspends Cosby Chair Amid Assault Claims

Spelman College is indefinitely suspending a professorship endowed in part by a $20-million donation from Bill and Camille Cosby, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. The all-women Atlanta college is the latest in a series of institutions of higher learning to distance themselves from Mr. Cosby amid allegations by more than two dozen women that he sexually assaulted them, which the actor and comedian has denied.

The couple’s 1987 gift, the largest ever to a historically black college, helped…

SUNY Nonprofit Wing to Pay $3.75-Million in Fraud Settlement

A nonprofit arm of the State University of New York system has agreed to pay $3.75-million to settle charges that it doctored audits of the state’s Medicaid program, The Post-Standard of Syracuse and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle report. Federal prosecutors said the SUNY Research Foundation, which the state contracted in 2007-8 to review data on Medicaid recipients, falsified findings to hide the number of ineligible people getting benefits and protect the state’s $22-billion in Medicaid fu…

Pa. Sportscaster Withdraws Guilty Plea in Charity-Fraud Case

Don Tollefson, a longtime fixture on Philadelphia television who pleaded guilty in September to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who purchased travel packages ostensibly to benefit charities, has changed his plea and will stand trial next month, representing himself, the Allentown Morning Call writes.

The former sportscaster was due to be sentenced Monday but instead changed his plea on felony-theft charges to not guilty, asserting that the case against him should be a civil…