Category: People & Projects

They could always hire him

Philanthropy-adviser-to-the-stars concerned that Scarlett Johansson brouhaha will make it more difficult for celebrities to support causes and hawk products. “A-list stars and billionaire philanthropists are less likely to get involved with charities because of the row that resulted in Scarlett Johansson cutting her ties with Oxfam last week, according to an expert on celebrity philanthropy.Trevor Neilson, co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group, has worked with stars including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Madonna.… MORE >>

Cheapskate Super Bowl

2014 Super Bowl is one for the record books off the field, too: Seahawks and Broncos worth $1b but among stingiest NFL teams when it comes to charity.… MORE >>

Super Bowl philanthropy

Three NFL-franchise owners are donating $1 million each to benefit local kids, as New York prepares to host the Super Bowl this Sunday. “Three prominent philanthropic families are stepping forward with $1 million each to ensure the legacy of Sunday’s Super Bowl is remembered for years to come in youth centers and playgrounds across the region.… MORE >>

Everyone a philanthropist

Warner Bros.’ Impact program makes philanthropy a company-wide dialogue, with a focus on strategic giving instead of one-time donations. “When it comes to corporate social responsibility, Warner Bros.… MORE >>

The Chinese Donald Trump

Here’s a New Republic profile of China’s Chen Guangbiao, whose recent whirlwind US trip demonstrated his penchant for “turning philanthropy into theater”. “In China, Chen Guangbiao is old news.… MORE >>

Tough economy

Financial problems force South Dakota CARES to close after 74 years of helping disabled; nonprofit was founded in 1939 to help polio victims. “After nearly 74 years of helping families cope with disabilities, financial difficulties are shutting down the nonprofit South Dakota CARES, originally known as the South Dakota Society for Crippled Children.… MORE >>

McCormick museum tree contest

IL’s McCormick museum sponsors tree-decorating contest for nonprofits; winner Save A Vet received donation of $2,500 from McCormick Foundation. “Of the seven Christmas trees displayed at Wheaton’s Robert R.… MORE >>

What could go wrong?

Little Baby Face Foundation is NY nonprofit that gives free plastic surgery to bullied teens–but the jury’s out on whether it’s a good idea. “A nonprofit in New York has an admirable mission: to provide free plastic surgery for low-income children who have facial deformities.… MORE >>

Philanthrolocalist Taylor Swift

If you were wondering why Taylor Swift was named “Tennessean of the Year,” it’s in no small part due to her local philanthropy. “Swift has become a worldwide ambassador for Tennessee’s capital city, an example to millions of young (and not-so-young) people of how to turn damaged feelings into healing creativity, and a financial booster to some of the city’s most important institutions.… MORE >>

130 years of helping Detroit kids

Founded by nuns in 1883, Detroit charity Vista Maria is “oldest continuously operating nonprofit in Michigan,” and annually serves 1,000 at-risk kids. “Vista Maria concentrates on shaping youth’s lives, and Jayelo Harvey is a shining example of the nonprofit’s efforts.… MORE >>
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