Sunday, July 31, 2005

Plea for the Starving in Niger

The Church of England Newspaper reports "Christian aid agency Tearfund has expressed its hope that the British government's decision to step up its commitment in Niger will pave the way for the international community to follow suit in trying to help the country's millions of starving people. The British government announced a total contribution of £3million this week, an increase of £1 million from their initial pledge. The move represents a significant success for aid agencies that had put pressure on the Government to do more to address the severe shortage of food in the country"

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Tips for Giving

CNNMoney gives us 5 Tips:Donating to Charity.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Jerry Lewis Honored for Philanthropy

" Lewis will get it at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards for his tireless work raising millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association via his annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon," said the

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Father and Son

The Mining Gazette reports on a father and son who traveled half way across the country just to give.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Giving's Reward

CNN Money reports, "Donating your money, time or property to good causes does more than just make you feel good -- it also can mean a very nice deduction come tax time. But you need to know the rules to do it right. "

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Women In Philanthropy

PPN Online reports , "The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s 18th annual symposium will explore the latest issues and research in women’s philanthropy. Women and Philanthropy: Gaining Momentum will take place August 25-26, 2005 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where the Center is headquartered."

Monday, July 25, 2005

E-Philanthropy in Action

The Hartford Courant reports on a compelling example of E-philanthropy. "More than 500 independent artists are selling their work on eBay through Sunday to support a Paul Newman-founded camp for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses."

To see the artwork go to and enter B4K into the search field.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Nonprofits Seek Profits

Faced with Increasing Need and decreasing budgets many Nonprofits are trying their hand at for profit ventures. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that these for profit endeavors are not without their critics.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Post an Act of Giving

Click here to post an Act of Giving.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

America's Giving Mood

PR Web reports that Americans are in an increasingly Giving Mood. Charitable Giving in the United States rose 2.3 percent in 2004 to $248.5 billion.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

New Philanthropy Blog

The Blogosphere has birthed a new Philanthropy Blog Philanthropy Beat. Check it out an tell them that we sent you.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Was Andrew Carnegie the "Father of Philanthropy" or a Vicious Employer. Click here to find out more.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

More Hope in Thailand

On June 19 The Giving Blog featured Hope in Thailand a few days ago we recieved this comment from Sedda K.

I've worked with Scott on his boatbuilding project on Cape Pakarang. It's a great effort, and they could use money for boats. It costs about $3,000+ to build a boat from scratch in that area, but the boat (with the fisherman) allows an entire family to thrive on the living earned from it. The price of lumber has probably tripled since January, due to the demand. There is some government assistance available if the boat owner can produce the title from the boat he lost (like a piece of paper will survive that?)-- but even that only amounts to $650 if he gets the full amount. For a laborer that may make $5/day as a top wage -- and that's good money -- replacing what's lost can be a heartbreakingly slow process.This boatbuilding project is a really important project to the people of Phang Nga province.For more information please see, where a lot of the labor comes from, and Tsunami Boat Project, out of Colorado, which is funding boats and helped fund the boatyard construction, which provides shelter from heat and rain.If you contact them, please tell them that former volunteer Sedda sent you.The Peace Corps also has a number of Crisis Corps volunteers (returned PC members) in the Nam Kem/Kura Buri area just north of Khao Lak. They likely will know of projects that need assistance as well.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Giving Circles are Alternative Philanthropy

"Can ordinary citizens organize a community by design,"asks The Louisiana Weekly. The answer is ordinary citizens can through the creation of Giving Circles. The Giving Blog, has been posting on the growing trend of Giving Circles for the past several months. See May 27, 2005, May 21, 2005, May 20, 2005, May 19, 2005, May 18,2005 May 17, 2005, May 15, 2005 and February 17,2005.

Wealthiest Americans Lag in Giving

The Hartford Courant poses the question, "Are rich people stingier than the rest of us?"
Click here to find out.

Initiative for Global Development

Yahoo News reports that:
"Bill Gates Sr., whose son founded Microsoft, was in San Francisco Thursday to recruit Bay Area business and Philanthropic leaders to join the Initiative for Global Development, which he co-founded last year to end the world's most extreme poverty by fostering education, health and economic programs. The initiative targets places where people live on $1 or less a day."

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Row for Uganda's Children

The Duluth News Tribune reports , Irishman Ian Harvey, a former BBC reporter is training in Duluth, Minnesota these days. The 58 year old Harvey is training to spend 13 consecutive days on Lake Superior in a rowing shell. Why is he doing it? To Raise Money for Uganda's Children.

Friday, July 15, 2005

What's on Your Wrist?

Take a look at The Bracelet Blog a Blog completely devoted to Philanthropy and Issue Awareness bracelets.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Donate Your Car?

Thinking of Donating your used car to Charity rather than taking the trade-in value? If so there has been a change in the Federal Tax Law you should know about. Want to know more? Then read this Minnesota Public Radio report.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Race for Philanthropy

According to US Track and Field, at least ten percent of people entering marathons last year did so to raise money.

For more information read the July 9, 2005 New York Times article by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Lorry Lokey: Portrait of a Giver

Business Wire reports
"Business Wire CEO Lorry Lokey has given the University of Oregon two gifts totaling $6.5 million to help extend its journalism program to Portland, Ore. and renovate its music building on the main campus in Eugene, Ore. "

Monday, July 11, 2005

How to Become Rich

"It is by spending ONESELF that one becomes rich."
Sarah Bernhardt

Sunday, July 10, 2005

America Home of the Generous

Is America truly that home of the free, the brave and the Generous? RedNova News discusses the true role of Philanthropy in American Society.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

African American Philanthropists

Up to now, with the exception of a few African American celebrities, African American Philanthropy has been for the most part invisible to the larger community. Philanthropy Journal shows us the changing face of Black Philanthropy.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Band Mixes Philanthropy with Music

San Jose California based band Thrice, " gives at the office." reports that since its inception in 1998 the band has mixed Philanthropy with their music.

Changing Face of Volunteers

Volunteering is, "not just for women anymore." Click here to find out why.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

British Red Cross

Click here to learn about the British Red Cross.

American Red Cross Response to London Bombings

The American Red Cross issued this press release,
"Thursday July 7, 2005- A series of bombings in London during this morning’s rush hour has left at least 33 people dead and hundreds more dealing with injuries. London officials are treating it as a terrorist attack. "

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Gift Hub Strikes Again.

Take a look at The Gift Hub's Dialogues On Civic Philanthropy.

More on New Heros

"WASHINGTON, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobalGiving, an Internet-based service for international Philanthropy, is partnering with the Skoll Foundation, a major underwriter of The New Heroes, to allow individuals and groups to contribute directly to projects being led by the Social Entrepreneurs featured in this new PBS documentary. Hosted by Robert Redford, The New Heroes tells 12 dramatic stories of individuals around the world who are developing innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities."

Click here to read the rest of the article. Then click here to read The Giving Blog's June 29 story on the New Hero's series.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

USA Today Tackles Live 8

Click here to read USA Todays coverage of Live 8.

Live 8 "Grotesque Failure?"

Ireland on-line reports that
" Live 8 co-organizer Bob Geldof fears the historic gig to lobby world leaders to help poverty-stricken Africa has been a "grotesque failure", because he believes the G8 leaders are unwilling to support his Make Poverty History crusade."

Monday, July 04, 2005

Austin Housing Authority Scholarships

"It's scholarship time at Austin's public housing authority," reports the Austin American Statesman. The article goes on to explain that the housing authority gave $50,000 to 27 of their residents.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Women In Philanthropy

Click here to learn more about Women in Philanthropy.

Giving Back

You really must take a look at this Great New Blog, Giving Back. Russian and American teens share ideas on Philanthropy.