Tag: Philanthropy

Trump Pays $2 Million to 8 Charities for Misuse of Foundation

President Trump has paid $2 million to eight charities as part of a settlement in which the president admitted he misused funds raised by the Donald J. Trump Foundation to promote his presidential bid and pay off business debts, the New York State attorney general said on Tuesday. The foundation’s giving patterns and management came […]

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Pete Frates, Who Promoted the Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 34

Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose participation in the social media phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise more than $100 million toward fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig’s disease, died on Monday at his home in Beverly, Mass. He was 34. His death was announced […]

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Hundreds Will Spend the Night in Sleeping Bags on Times Square

In Britain, men and women who have nowhere to live except sidewalks and parks are known as rough sleepers. In the United States, those in similar circumstances are called street homeless. Whatever the term, there are people everywhere living under such conditions, creating what Josh Littlejohn described as a crisis that all countries have an […]

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Planning to Donate? Know What Your Dollar Buys

When we buy stuff, we want to know we’re getting the most for our money. So why don’t we demand the same thing with our charitable donations? If we can buy twice as much good for the same money — or three times as much, or a thousand — why don’t we? “There’s a very […]

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A Welcome Funding Source for College Athletics: Women Investing in Women’s Sports

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — When Yale recruited Carol Roberts in 1977 to play field hockey and softball, the locker room for those sports was still about a half-mile from the women’s playing fields. As Ms. Roberts recalled, both teams shared one portable toilet. “Like from a construction site,” she said with a laugh. When a […]

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Why You Should Give Your Money Away Today

Since Giving Tuesday was introduced in 2012, it has inspired more than $1 billion in donations. Last year, estimated giving topped $300 million. These numbers sound big — and they are. But they obscure the fact that relatively few individuals and families make charitable contributions: For example, in a typical year 45 percent of Americans […]

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Forget the Scarf. These Gifts Change Lives.

’Tis the season for giving, when those of us in the rich world hand each other overpriced scarves that no one much wants. So every fall I offer an alternative holiday gift guide with suggestions for “gifts with meaning” that save or change lives. This year’s recommendations come with something extra: A reader has pledged […]

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Thrifts for Gifts? Why Not?

LONDON — Jasmine Hemsley is a modern-day hunter, looking for treasures wearable, and often secondhand. Even, she insists, for gifts. Ms. Hemsley — an author and cook with more than 97,000 followers on Instagram — talked recently about her love of an India-inspired ayurvedic lifestyle that is the basis of her 2017 book “East by […]

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Charity: An Image Boost Built on Deception

Jeffrey Epstein’s foundation looked for all the world like a charitable powerhouse: On its websites and in its press releases, the foundation was described as a patron of hospitals, universities and film festivals, run by a global philanthropist. The organization — known by various names, but usually called the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation — […]

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Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, the M.V.P.s of Social Change

OAKLAND, Calif. — November begins the peak season for charitable giving in the United States. Over the next several months, donors and foundations will allocate billions of dollars to progressive causes. And this year, the stakes are higher than ever: The future of the climate, of abortion rights and of our democracy are on the […]

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Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to 2 Groups Criticized by L.G.B.T.Q. Advocates

Chick-fil-A said on Monday that it had stopped making charitable donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, groups that have been widely criticized by advocates for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights. The fast-food chain, a longtime target of L.G.B.T.Q. rights groups because of its stance on gay marriage, has met […]

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Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities

A state judge ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to a collection of nonprofit groups on Wednesday as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, of financial mismanagement. Once billed as the charitable arm of the president’s financial empire, the Trump Foundation closed […]

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How to Talk About the Family Money

Sibling relationships can be a delicate dance, and when money gets tossed into the equation, they can get prickly. For Thomas Lloyd, 43, and his brother Stacy B. Lloyd IV, 42, it has been a journey that began with long-ago favoritism by their grandmother Rachel Mellon of Upperville, Va., (known as Bunny) who was married […]

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Dede Wilsey Asks the New Rich, ‘Why Don’t You Give Back?’

Sitting in the elegant sunroom of her Pacific Heights mansion with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco socialite and philanthropist Dede Wilsey might seem an unlikely person to criticize the world of extraordinary wealth. “No civilization has survived where there is only rich and poor,” Ms. Wilsey said. She is being […]

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Has a U.S. College Given Russia Too Friendly a Platform?

WASHINGTON — In 2017, a year before Maria Butina was arrested on charges of acting as a foreign agent, she had breakfast with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak, at his residence in Washington. At a time of worsening relations, as evidence of Russian meddling in United States elections swelled, Ms. Butina, […]

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We’re Less and Less a Christian Nation, and I Blame Some Blowhards

Perhaps for the first time since the United States was established, a majority of young adults here do not identify as Christian. Only 49 percent of millennials consider themselves Christian, compared with 84 percent of Americans in their mid-70s or older, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. We don’t have good […]

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Bill Traylor’s Outsider Art Veers Into the Mainstream

The actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus remembers her father, William Louis-Dreyfus, swearing on the phone in the 1990s as he almost got outbid on a painting by Bill Traylor, the Alabama artist born into slavery who took up drawing around age 85. “He amassed quite a number of them,” she said of the works, which the artist […]

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Paul Polak, Entrepreneur for Those Living on $2 a Day, Dies at 86

Dr. Paul Polak, a former psychiatrist who became an entrepreneur and an inventor with a focus on helping the world’s poorest people create profitable small businesses, died on Oct. 10 in Denver. He was 86. His daughter Kathryn Polak said the cause was heart failure. Dr. Polak lived in Golden, Colo. In an era when […]

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Trump Takes Incoherence and Inhumanity and Calls It Foreign Policy

It was just five years ago that an American president, faced with a crisis on Syria’s border, acted decisively and honorably. Barack Obama responded with airstrikes and a rescue operation in 2014 when the Islamic State started a genocide against members of the Yazidi sect, slaughtering men and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. […]

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Shaquille O’Neal Donates New Home to Family of 12-Year-Old Boy Paralyzed in Shooting

In August, 12-year-old Isaiah Payton fell victim to a senseless act of violence. But while a stray bullet has changed his life forever, aid has come from an unlikely source: former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. WXIA-TV reports that Isaiah sustained his injuries while he and a classmate, Damean Spear, were leaving a high school football […]

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