Thursday, June 30, 2005


Do you want to "do good in our free society?" Beneficence might just be the Blog for you.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The New Heroes on PBS

The Buffalo News reports that The New Heroes," a new documentary series for PBS. The series that pairs former president of E-bay Jeff Skoll and actor Robert Redford “focuses on a globe-spanning group of ‘Social Entrepreneurs’ who want to use business strategies to finance nonprofit goals.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Philanthropist and Wal Mart Heir Dies report that John Walton, Philanthropist and son of Wal Mart founder Sam Walton, died Monday at the age of 58. Walton died when the plane he built and was piloting crashed in outside of Jackson, Wyoming.

Indonesia's Tsunami Recovery

"(Bloomberg) -- Indonesia's government pledged to speed up reconstruction in the resource-rich province of Aceh to stem frustration among the half a million refugees who remain homeless there six months after last year's tsunami."

Social Jedi

You owe it to yourself to check out Social Jedi another Blog about giving and making a difference.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Emerging Issues

The Council on Foundations recently launched a new Blog, "Emerging Issues: Hot topics; recent research; trends and reports on philanthropy." If you are interested in learning the latest trends in the foundation world this Blog is for you.

Professor Gives

The Washington Post reports on Richard Semmler a Washington, D.C. community college professor chooses to give away over half his income. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Live Aid at 20 reports that in 1985 Bob Geldoff's Live Aid raised $80M to help Famine Stricken Africa. Now 20 years later Africa's situation is still dire and many people are asking where the money went.
"The Band Aid Trust spent a total of $144.1 million between 1985 and 1991, when it closed its offices and stopped actively seeking Donations, according to documents provided by the trust. It still disburses leftover money to African countries: Over the past five years, it spent an additional 4 million pounds, or about $7.3 million."

For the rest of their story click here.

Friday, June 24, 2005

What is the Future of Philanthropy

Are you curious about what is the Future of Philanthropy? This website hosted by the Monitor Group, offers new and innovative ways to think of Philanthropy.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Why We Give

Psychology Today weighs in on why we give.

David Hayworth Gives Because He Remembers

"David Hayworth is driven by his past to improve others' lives through Philanthropy.
This year, it earned him the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the High Point(N.C.) Community Foundation."

Read the rest of the story here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Save the Children Help 650,000

US Newswire reports that "after six months of helping children and their families recover from one of the world's worst natural disasters, Save the Children reported today that it has assisted 650,000 individuals including more than 250,000 children impacted by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated coastal communities throughout southern Asia and parts of east Africa on Dec. 26."

Teacher Leaves $2.1M

Yahoo News reports that, "a retired public school teacher who was so frugal that he bought expired meat and secondhand clothing left $2.1 million for his alma mater, Prairie View A&M — the school's largest gift from a single donor. "

Click here for the rest of the story.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Third Grade Philanthropists reports that the Portland Foundation(Portland, Indiana) has just finished its 2005 Care & Share Philanthropy Program third graders. "The program is designed to teach students philanthropic principles and what it means to care and share within our community, according to Jackie Davis, program officer for the foundation. "

For the rest of the story click here.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Profile of a Giver, Joe Heller

Tucson's Arizona Daily Star profiles the life of life-long Volunteer Joe Heller. His latest Volunteer gig has him moonlighting as a chef's apprentice.

What We Crave

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -happiness, freedom, and peace of mind--are always attained by giving them to someone else." Peyton Conway March

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day everyone!

Philanthropy 2225

Take a look at Philanthropy 2225. It is a great Blog on giving.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The World We Want

You owe it to yourself to take a look at "The World We Want," a Blog on its way to become a book.

Hope in Thailand

(CBS) "Under the watchful eye of Scott Carter, who gave up his job as a mechanical engineer in South Carolina to come to Thailand, they are doing nothing less than rebuilding lives. As CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen reports, they're doing it one fishing boat at a time."

For the rest of the story click here

Friday, June 17, 2005

Students Raise Millions for Tsunami Relief

WESTPORT, Conn., June 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "As U.S. students head for summer break this month, they leave behind an unprecedented legacy -- they have raised record sums to help children impacted by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of December 26, which killed tens of thousands of children and left hundreds of thousands more homeless and without livelihoods."

Click here for the rest of the story.


Over one hundred years ago Elizabeth Barrett Browning recommended that we “Light tomorrow with today!”

Thanks Sisters

“I want to thank the Sisters of Charity for teaching me to read and write.”

John Patrick Shanley accepting the best drama Tony for his play “Doubt.”

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Lunch With Warren Buffet reports that for the third consecutive year Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world is acutioning off lunch with himself on Ebay. Proceeds from the auction benefits the Guild Foundation, a San Francisco homeless charity.

To read more click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Save the Children's Tsunami Recovery Efforts Recieves Grant

Yahoo Finance reports that representatives from Fireman's Fund in New England granted Save the Children (Westport, CT) $200,000 to aid in tsumani relief efforts. "Nearly six months after an earthquake and tsunami killed tens of thousands of children and left many families without homes or livelihood, Save the Children continues to work to assist the children and families in the hardest hit countries including communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. "

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pine

Consider the Record

Bluefield Daily Telegraph(W.V.) reports that "Whether it was just a couple of dollars or an entire estate, two thirds of American households reached into their pockets and their hearts to benefit charitable causes last year, according to estimates from the American Association of Fundraising Counsel Trust for Philanthropy."

Monday, June 13, 2005

Philanthropy on Rise After 5 Years reports that after nearly five years of making feeble gifts to charity, Americans' donations to educational institutions, churches, social service agencies and other non-profits rose 5 percent last year to $248.5 billion. The question is, "what does that mean for the non-profit groups that you care about?"

Texas Nonprofits

Interested in learning more about nonprofit organizations in Texas? Click on the above link to learn more.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

St. Francis

"You take nothing with you that you gained-- Only what you gave away" St. Francis of Assissi

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Reasons To Give

One woman's answer...

"I give because, I know what it is to need. I was the oldest of three and my mother was a single mother who never could quite get on her feet."

50 Years of Philanthropy

The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck,ND) reports on 50 years of philanthropy as seen through the eyes of a local family foundation.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Women In Philanthropy

The Columbia Star (Columbia, SC) reports on Women in Philanthropy a group helping to mentor new women philanthropists.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Fizz Philanthropy

Nuvo, spotlights three regional festivles that raise money by raising a glass.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Ford Heir Dies After Life of Philanthropy

Shy Ford, daughter of Edsel Ford died last week after a life of Giving.

Sun Microsystems Benifits Non-Profits

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Sun Microsystems and Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in
the field of product philanthropy, announced today a new global donation
program, to provide StarOffice(TM) suite to eligible nonprofit and
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the US and countries around the world.
StarOffice is the world's leading office productivity software suite on the
Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS) and Linux, and the leading alternative office
suite on Windows.

Monday, June 06, 2005

"To place your name by Gift or Bequest in the keeping of an active educational institution is to...make a permanent contribution to the welfare of humanity."Calvin Coolidge

What Philanthropy Can Do

T-ball player enjoys donated equipment

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Who Counts

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes up short again and again...who does actually try to do the deed; who with great enthusiasm spends himself in a worth cause; who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

Left-Handed Giving

"When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth." - Matthew 6:3

Friday, June 03, 2005

Choose Children

Choose Children

When I Grow Up...

"When I grow up, I want to become a Philanthropist!" His mother replied, "Why Johnny, that's wonderful." "Yeah," Johnny responded, "they all seem to have a lot of money."

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Power of Giving Circles Linked to Wealth of Women

The Charlotte Observers calls "Giving Circles," a force in philanthropy that grows more influential and women grow richer.

Change the World

"It's more rewarding to watch money change the world than to watch it accumulate."
--Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Ted Turner Posted by Hello

"The happiest people are those who care more about others than they do about themselves.
Ted Turner