Category: People & Projects

David Weekley awarded 2015 Simon Prize

The winner of the 2015 Simon Prize for Philanthropic Enterprise is TX homebuilder David Weekley, who has given both money and time to charitable causes for decades.… MORE >>

Choosing the future

Concerned that inner-city young women were in need of better mentors, Oyinka Coakley started Fort Lauderdale nonprofit My Future My Choice. “On the second Saturday of each month, teenager Najai Harris goes to her mentoring session at the ‘My future My choice’ mentoring group.… MORE >>

Third grader grows his nonprofit

NC third grader William Winslow was concerned about hunger, so he started a nonprofit, The Food Drive Kid; his current campaign is receiving national attention. “A local third grader is receiving national recognition for his efforts to fight hunger.… MORE >>

Billionaire philanthropist Taubman dies

Billionaire mall developer Alfred Taubman died last week; he gave away millions in his lifetime, including a recent $100m to alma mater University of Michigan. “A.… MORE >>

Watered down

Hollywood loves to pat itself on the back, as Variety’s recent crop of philanthropy honorees well illustrates, with awards going to Lena Dunham and Kim Kardashian.… MORE >>

Acting fast to stave off speech loss

TX’s Parkinson’s Voice Project is a nonprofit that trains speech therapists how to help people suffering from disease-related speech loss. “At first Cid, who is director of the Homeland Security Institute at Rose State College in Oklahoma, thought the idea of speech therapy was “ridiculous.” His first therapist, he said, was ill-equipped to deal with his Parkinson’s-related issues.… MORE >>

Petty crime

Since 2005, chef has run The Chow Train, a food truck that feeds the homeless; last week, San Antonio police slammed her with $2000 fine and claimed permit violation.… MORE >>

On the Steve Nash Foundation

Here’s a little piece about NBA star Steve Nash’s foundation, which has awarded more than $800,000 since 2001 to nonprofits that “focus on child health and education”.… MORE >>

Surprised by family tradition

New England billionaire Robert Kraft is continuing the work of his late wife, philanthropist Myra, by personally calling and visiting nonprofits with surprise donations. “Once or twice a month, similar scenes are unfolding at Boston-area nonprofits, many of them small enough that a six-figure contribution is akin to hitting the lottery.… MORE >>

“I make my money in CA and spend it in MT”

Mike Goguen has spent $11m on helicopters to aid MT sheriff department’s search and rescue efforts, as well as being avid donor to parks and recreation.… MORE >>

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