Category: People & Projects

From 21-mile walk to a new car

After Detroit Free Press wrote about working man who walks 21 miles to work each way, people pitched in to buy him a car— and ended up raising $80K.… MORE >>

One mission: “Get veterans housed”

Stars and Stripes profiles Veterans Matter, a nonprofit that helps vets find housing, pay rent, and navigate a thicket of federal programs. “[Dave Hammond] moved into his one-bedroom unit in October with the help of Veterans Matter, a nonprofit established in Toledo in 2012.… MORE >>

The one Super Bowl party “about charity”

Antidote to “huge, gluttonous” Super Bowl: Washington Nats manager Matt Williams hosted Big Game Big Give on eve of game, raised $1m for charity. “‘Transformers’ star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million.… MORE >>

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Mellon Foundation gave $840K to Yale press for new online portal to make archival art and documents more readily accessible for everyone. “From an academic standpoint, researchers may attempt to access important archival material, but they must pay an exorbitant amount to do so.… MORE >>

Cleanliness preserves dignity

CA nonprofit Project WeHOPE proposes “Dignity on Wheels” service to bring shower and laundry facilities to Palo Alto homeless. “People who are homeless in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto could soon have free showers and laundry services through a new initiative that would bring the facilities to them.… MORE >>

From 3.5 million cases to 126

After 30 years of sustained effort, President Jimmy Carter’s humanitarian work finds world on cusp of eradicating Guinea worm disease. “For the past 30 years, Jimmy Carter has waged war on the Guinea worm, a parasite that infects people who drink water contaminated with its larvae.… MORE >>

Time to reveal

Law professor has given $1m to Ottawa’s community foundation in past 15 years; he’s now shedding anonymity in the hopes of inspiring others. “Over the past 15 years, David Sweanor has quietly donated more than $1 million to the Community Foundation of Ottawa.… MORE >>

Quietly philanthropic

Profile of novelist James Patterson waits until end to tell you about his philanthropy, which includes $1m to independent bookstores and $26m to alma maters. “Patterson intends to arrange his estate so that about half of his wealth goes to charity, and he hopes that his son, Jack, might someday like to take charge of the giving.… MORE >>

“Flood the world with service”

Former NFL running back T. J. Duckett fell into depression when football career ended, but philanthropy and volunteerism gave him a lifeline. “After living the dream for a decade, T.J.… MORE >>

Wanted: “Wacky and intractable” problems

Washington Post profiles Facebook cofounder and his wife, whose philanthropy focuses on “anything that could seriously derail humanity’s progress”. “Tuna and Moskovitz were in their mid-20s in 2010 when they became the youngest couple ever to sign on to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren E.… MORE >>

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