Category: News & Notes

Canada’s largest healthcare gift

$130 million, “largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health-care initiative,” pledged by family of telecom titan Ted Rogers for cardiac care. “[Three] institutions came together to announce the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.… MORE >>

Peer pressure

Friday’s distraction: Take a look at the Red Cross survey showing how your friends’ charitable impulses (or lack thereof) affect your own. “A new American Red Cross survey has found that among social media users, personal appeals from friends are most likely to get them to donate to charity, rather than trending topics and gimmicks.… MORE >>

A “game changer” indeed

John and Tashia Morgridge were already supporters of alma mater, the Univ of Wisconsin, but now they’ve pledged largest gift in school history: $100 million. “The donation of $100 million to support development of UW-Madison faculty was big, blazon-it-on-the-Camp-Randall-scoreboard news.… MORE >>

FL woman upset by direct mail

Ironically, group that sent mail to “Friends of the Retarded” is dedicated to helping disabled, and had old address for nonprofit of that name. “As the mother of a woman with Down syndrome, Tonya Morrison is extremely protective of her daughter.… MORE >>

SF CFO pleads guilty

Former CFO of San Francisco nonprofit organization Marine Trade pleads guilty to embezzling, to the tune of nearly $1 million over 4 years. “The former chief financial officer of a San Francisco-based nonprofit trade organization, Robert Bradley Strahan, pleaded guilty Nov.… MORE >>

More good art news

Former Univision chief A. Jerrold Perenchio is donating $500 million dollars’ worth of art to LA County Museum, including a Picasso, Degas, and Monet. “A billionaire former television executive donated artwork worth an estimated $500-million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art according to The Wall Street Journal.… MORE >>

Estes Park, CO’s philanthropy party

Mayor of Estes Park, CO, declared November 13 “National Philanthropy Day,” and announced a party at the local YMCA to “celebrate the giving spirit” of the area.… MORE >>

Another sad embezzlement tale

“A few dollars at a time”: Employee “slowly” stole about $5,000 from disabled at the MT nonprofit where she worked part-time as a secretary. “A 49-year-old woman accused of slowly stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 physically or mentally disabled clients at a Billings nonprofit where she worked pleaded guilty Friday to a felony.… MORE >>

When winners are losers

World Series win for San Francisco Giants meant thousands in damages to nonprofit’s HQ, which was in the “revelry” zone and suffered vandalism. “Smack in the middle of San Francisco’s Mission district where thousands of Giants fans took to the streets following a World Series victory Wednesday night, vandals among the celebrants attacked a nonprofit neighborhood center.… MORE >>

Nonprofit embezzler to serve 20 months

Bookkeeper for ME nonprofit Coastal Enterprises will serve 20 months in prison after being found guilty of embezzling $365,000 over four years. “A Brunswick woman who embezzled more than $365,000 from a Wiscasset nonprofit has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, according to a statement issued Tuesday by U.S.… MORE >>
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