Category: News & Notes

Six root canals in one hour

A free dental clinic held in MN drew 2,000 people; dental professionals performed an estimated $850,000 in work within 2-day period.
“The line started forming Thursday afternoon outside the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.… MORE >>

When is a yacht not a yacht?

Millionaire upgrades his boat for $34 million and wonders if the money he pumps into local economy is a form of philanthropy, and more direct to boot.… MORE >>

An appreciation of William Schambra

On the occasion of “Bradley Week” and the annual Bradley Prizes and Symposium, Adam Keiper offers a great tribute to William Schambra over at NRO.
“What a remarkable dozen years of writing, speaking, and conferences on important subjects that we too often take for granted!… MORE >>

A neighborhood “cornerstone”

Davenport, IA, nonprofit receives bank’s donation of foreclosure– a historic 1860′s house built by Civil War vet– in the hopes they can put it to community use.… MORE >>

Rubenstein pledges $12m for restoration

D.C. philanthropist and history lover David Rubenstein just pledged over $12 million to renovate Arlington National Cemetery’s landmark mansion.
“National Park Service officials plan to use a $12.35 million donation not simply to renovate and update Arlington House, the Custis-Lee mansion that is the centerpiece of Arlington National Cemetery, but bring the story of the historic plantation home to a future generations.… MORE >>

“What they have done is robbed children”

In Atlanta, thieves robbed nonprofit and made off with $15,000 of donated school supplies –including clothing– intended for needy students.
“A nonprofit organization is out more than $15,000 after thieves broke in and stole boxes of back-to-school supplies.… MORE >>

MI philanthropist Wege dies

Steelcase office furniture heir and CEO Peter Wege died, age 94; gave millions in lifetime to hometown (and company headquarters) of Grand Rapids.
“Peter Wege, the son of the founder of Grand Rapids-based Steelcase Inc., used his office furniture fortune on philanthropy throughout Grand Rapids for decades, a civic altruism that continues even after his death July 7 at age 94.… MORE >>

Dick Scaife dies

Pittsburgh philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife died July 4, the day after his 82nd birthday; gave millions to conservative causes over lifetime.
“US billionaire publisher and influential conservative Richard Mellon Scaife has died aged 82.… MORE >>

First anniversary of Yarnell Hill Fire

Devastating Yarnell fire spurred AZ’s largest charitable effort, raising record $13 million; one year later, $12 million has been distributed.
“Donations started pouring in even before the devastating Yarnell Hill Fire was put out.… MORE >>

A “scandal-plagued” program

IL state senator wants to know: Were $55 million in funds directed to Governor Quinn’s moribund anti-violence program, Neighborhood Recovery Initiative?
“Republican lawmaker wants Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program.… MORE >>

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