Category: News & Notes

$1.6 million to Worcester diocese

“Her bequest is a blessing for thousands of people”: Diocese of Worcester, MA, receives $1.6 million bequest from teacher’s estate.
“The Diocese of Worcester recently received a bequest of $1.6 million from the estate of Claire Berthiaume for Partners in Charity, Bishop Robert J.… MORE >>

Nonprofit desperately seeking sculpture

In WA, thieves stole 100 lb. frog sculpture off the street; was to be auctioned off in fundraiser for Bainbridge Island nonprofit.
“A Bainbridge Island non-profit is desperate for help as it hunts a thief with an eye for unique art. … MORE >>

Gates Foundation fights Ebola

Gates Foundation pledges additional $40m to help fight Ebola in West Africa; focus on medical services but also on developing vaccines and medications.
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Wednesday it would spend $40m (£25m) – on top of $10m already committed – to support the emergency response to west Africa’s Ebola outbreak – the group’s largest donation yet to a humanitarian effort.” — Associated Press, via the Guardian… MORE >>

Chick-fil-A founder dies

Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died this week, age 93; his WinShape Foundation has given millions in scholarships and support to nonprofits.
“S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family’s conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said.… MORE >>

Save the date, WA state

September 18 is southwest WA’s “Give More 24″ online drive; 90 nonprofits have registered, and two citizens are matching donations, up to $75,000.
“Every day can be a day to give to charity.… MORE >>

Honors for NY nonprofit for disabled

Albany airport to honor nonprofit NY State Industries for the Disabled, a nonprofit trying to reduce unemployment rate of 70% for handicapped.
“The jobless recovery has been tough on those looking for work.… MORE >>

Corn maze for charity

Proceeds from corn maze at Celebration Farm in Hagerstown, MD, will benefit 15 local faith-based nonprofits, for sixth year in a row.
“Celebration Farm opened the Hagerstown Corn Maze this weekend….This is the sixth year for the mazes, which raise money for local faith-based nonprofit organizations, said Clarence Horst, president of Celebration Ministries.… MORE >>

Nonprofit diverted nearly $1m

Judge rules DC nonprofit illegally diverted grant money to pay salaries for staff: The $931K was intended for a summer youth program.
“A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that a District-based nonprofit group illegally diverted nearly $1 million that was to be used for a summer youth program but was instead used to pay the group’s executive director and accountant, officials with the District attorney general’s office announced Friday.… MORE >>

$10K in unwanted donations

Guilty who took advantage of celebrity-photo hack decided to atone (and further joke) by donating to Prostate Cancer Foundation, who promptly refunded the money.
“This weekend, Reddit became the center of a storm over the stolen photographs of several well-known celebrities.… MORE >>

Overwhelmed by strain

Because of ongoing situation in West Africa, Doctors without Borders says it doesn’t have enough resources to effectively help with new Ebola outbreak in Congo.
“Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the leading organisation in fighting Ebola, said on Tuesday it could provide only limited support to tackle a new outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo as it was already overstretched by the worst ever epidemic.… MORE >>

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