Category: People & Projects

Future Rickenbacker museum

Columbus, OH seeks to preserve boyhood home of the legendary, the original, World War I “flying ace,” Eddie Rickenbacker. “The city is transferring ownership of a house and garage near Eddie Rickenbacker’s boyhood home to a nonprofit group that still plans on converting the Rickenbacker house into a museum.” — Mark Ferenchik, the Columbus DispatchMORE >>

The People’s Operator

Founder of Wikipedia is venturing into a charitable cell phone company; the People’s Operator will allow users to donate 10% of their bill to charity. “As the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales knows something about launching projects that impact millions of people.… MORE >>

(Re-)buried treasure

Nonprofit “sound activists” are working to preserve a huge chunk of Detroit’s music history–rescuing the Graystone jazz museum’s collection for the second time. “Passionate music lovers are working to save a piece of Detroit’s jazz history for the second time.… MORE >>

An interview with Donald Rumsfeld, philanthropist

Philanthropy interview with Donald Rumsfeld reminds us that alongside political career, he has long history of philanthropy, from Searle to his own family foundation. “Donald Rumsfeld was an influential member of Congress, served as a White House chief of staff, and aided four Presidents.… MORE >>

Café Momentum opens in Dallas

If you read Martin Morse Wooster’s piece this week, you might enjoy the story of Café Momentum, new Dallas restaurant helping juvenile offenders. “When three young men talk about the past, they call themselves names: the black sheep.… MORE >>

IN students work to restore national park

Student volunteers from Indiana’s universities, along with $1 million donation from BP, will help restore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore over the summer. “Restoration and remediation efforts at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore have gotten a boost from student volunteers at several of the state’s universities and a $1 million donation.… MORE >>

West, to Alaska

Washington Post can’t fathom why philanthropist (and wife of David Rubenstein) Alice Rogoff left DC for Alaska, where she is now publisher of state’s largest newspaper.… MORE >>

Neither a bird, nor a plane

A California-based nonprofit is investing $1 million to bring drone technology and training to Detroit airport, which means revivification for area’s tech schools. “A California-based nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to bring a high-tech learning lab to the Coleman A.… MORE >>

Billionaire extraordinaire

There’s billionaires, and then there’s billionaires: Saudi prince Alwaleed just pledged $32-billion fortune to charity, with a strategic distribution plan in place. “Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has vowed to give away his $32 billion fortune to charity.… MORE >>

On Donna Karan’s recent announcement

WaPo columnist Robin Givhan talked to NPR about fashion designer Donna Karan’s recent announcement that she’s stepping down from business for philanthropy. “[Donna] Karan has announced she’s stepping away from her labels, Donna Karan New York and DKNY.… MORE >>

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