Category: People & Projects

Tithing just “club dues” for Huntsman

Jon Huntsman Sr. doesn’t consider his Mormon faith’s tithing to be philanthropy; it’s just “club dues,” and so his giving tally doesn’t even include it.
“ Huntsman has given away $1.5 billion — or about 80 percent of his total wealth — to various causes and charities, according to Forbes.… MORE >>

No handouts

Bill and Melinda Gates aren’t the only billionaires who won’t be leaving vast fortune to their kids; here’s a list of seven other “tech titans” following suit.… MORE >>

Swindled in the New World

Remember Chen Guangbiao, the Chinese philanthropist who threw Central Park party for needy? Now he’s claiming NY group duped him with fake honors.
“Remember the Chinese philanthropist who showed up in New York to offer a couple of hundred homeless people a lunch, which he delivered, and $300 cash payments, which he didn’t?… MORE >>

Newsman, patriot, philanthropist

He “made his region, and country, a better place”: The Pittsburgh Tribune’s… MORE >> symposium on Richard Mellon Scaife, who died last week.

Tarnished halo

UK nonprofit Halo Trust was supported by Princess Diana during her lifetime; now founder resigns after newspaper uncovers malfeasance.
“The princess would be ashamed. A British nonprofit once prominently supported by Princess Diana has forced its founder to step down after he allegedly used donations to pay his kids’ boarding school tuition.… MORE >>

New CEO of Gates Foundation

Is Gates Foundation entering a “third phase”? New CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann is the first non-Microsofter in the job, has focus on helping the poor.
“The world’s biggest philanthropy is entering a new era, a third phase of sorts, but is hardly settling into a comfortable routine of funding the same old things  or losing its upstart mindset.… MORE >>

“Oxymoronic and malevolent”?

Inside Philanthropy can’t understand why billionaires like John and Laura Arnold are so into “grassroots activism” when it comes to education.
“The foundation run by hedge fund billionaire John Arnold and his wife Laura is increasingly a pillar of the ed reform funding world.… MORE >>

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, and Cleveland Cavs forward Luol Deng marked occasion with $30k donation earmarked to help kids in his native Sudan.
“Cavaliers forward Luol Deng never forgets his roots.… MORE >>

Oklahoma’s OK

You may not know Oklahoma City ranks 7th nationally for most generous citizens: Here’s a profile of two OK foundations that focus on local giving.
“Ken Levit is the Executive Director of the Tulsa-based George Kaiser Family Foundation.… MORE >>

Be prepared

Auto giant Mazda made gift of $500,000 to Red Cross for Annual Disaster Giving Program, which is effectively savings account against future disasters.
“This week Mazda donated $500,000 to the Red Cross.… MORE >>

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