Friday, December 09, 2005 "Kidney patients' welfare is top priority, say NKF donors
By Julia Ng, Channel NewsAsia

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�NKF says $206m reserves can last some six years
�Health Minister says no one above scrutiny in NKF saga
�NCSS applauds NKF's pro-active stance in financial, operations disclosure

SINGAPORE : The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has recently opened its accounts for all to see.

On Thursday, it revealed that its reserves will only last about six years.

It is doing this in the hope of mending public confidence. " - Class picks recipients of $10,000 - Class picks recipients of $10,000: "Class picks recipients of $10,000
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Economics students at University of Mary Washington get firsthand lesson in philanthropy.
Date published: 12/9/2005
An economics class at the University of Mary Washington has awarded $5,000 grants to two nonprofit groups.
The Fredericksburg Regional Boys & Girls Club and Rappahannock Refuge Inc./Hope House, a women's shelter, each accepted a $5,000 check yesterday from university students.
The undergraduates were enrolled in a new course at UMW, the Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector. " - Alberta - Guide-dog charity hopes for funding - Alberta - Guide-dog charity hopes for funding: "Staff at a cash-strapped charity that trains guide dogs for the blind and disabled say they have a meeting scheduled for Monday morning with Alberta Gaming officials to discuss emergency funding.
'It sounds very good. They're bringing some application forms and we're just going to talk and see what we might qualify for,' said Elisa Irlam, founder and director of training at the Western Guide and Assistance Dog Society.
The society has 20 dogs-in-training, a new litter on the way and a waiting list of 15 clients. But all that is in jeopardy if the group can't scrape up enough cash to remain in operation. "

The Reporter - News-"Nonprofits to hear results of study

The Reporter - News: "Nonprofits to hear results of study

The Coalition of Solano County Non-Profits will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in Suisun City to hear the findings of a study titled 'Managing Through Challenges: A Profile of San Francisco Bay Area Non-Profits.
The meeting will be at the Joe Nelson Community Center where Denise L. Gammal and Hokyu-Hwang will present the Stanford study.
Leaders of Solano County's nonprofit organizations first met in April in a public forum to discuss the challenges they face in providing services to their clients.
Out of this forum grew the coalition, dedicated to educating the community about the trials and tribulations of meeting the needs of the community's children, adults, and elderly in hopes of establishing a broad base of community support for their programs across governmental entities, businesses, educational institutions and community-based organizations.
This groundbreaking study from Stanford on nonprofits declares that 'location does matter.' This study found that the other Bay Area counties' nonprofits are better-funded and spend more per capita compared to Solano County nonprofits. "

Atlanta Daily World

Atlanta Daily World: "This issue marks our second annual look at philanthropy within Atlanta's African American community. Atlanta's response and welcome for the evacuees from the Gulf Coast fleeing the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita show that we are a community that cares. Last year, we looked at managers of corporate philanthropy and the examination of African American giving and volunteerism conducted by the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation."

El Paso Times - Living

El Paso Times - Living: "Seniors have incentives to help charities

Times staff report
Friday, December 9, 2005

Over the past 12 months, we have endured the deadliest international disaster, and the most destructive U.S. disasters in a century with the Asian tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Despite this unprecedented despair and devastation, we have also seen the generosity of the American people soar to new levels.

Now, just three months after the hurricanes, nearly half of all U.S. charities (and most El Paso nonprofits) are facing decreases in their fund-raising, according to a survey released by the Association of Fundraising Professionals."

Thursday, December 08, 2005 | Public Square: 'We're not tapped out' | Public Square: 'We're not tapped out': "ublic Square: 'We're not tapped out'
Public Square participants optimistic on area residents' ability to help those in need


Dec 7, 2005

Nonprofit leaders and community volunteers say Richmonders can give more"

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

UW-Madison course enhances nonprofits (Dec 7, 2005)

UW-Madison course enhances nonprofits (Dec 7, 2005): "UW-Madison course enhances nonprofits

December 7, 2005

by Jonathan Zarov

As exam time rolls around, UW-Madison students in the e-Projects in Community Service (ePICS) course won't be studying textbooks or writing take-home finals.

They'll be presenting their semester's work to real-world clients, twelve nonprofit organizations for whom students have designed Web sites, built Web-based information systems, created logos, developed marketing materials and produced videos."

STLtoday - Your Journal - Collinsville Herald

STLtoday - Your Journal - Collinsville Herald: "Charitable giving can be confusing for many
Mike Terry
Of the Suburban Journals
Collinsville Herald

As the saying goes, it is better to give than to receive.

But during the holidays, the spirit of generosity can quickly turn into a feeling of confusion when confronted with all the options available in giving to the less fortunate.

It often seems like everywhere one looks, there are canned food drives being held and bell-ringers standing outside busy shopping sites. There are churches collecting money, clothes, jackets and toys for children. There are organizations trying to raise funds to help pay for heating bills, or to provide Christmas dinner to families in need." Building the Sept. 11 memorial will require a gigantic fundraising effort Building the Sept. 11 memorial will require a gigantic fundraising effort: "Building the Sept. 11 memorial will require a gigantic fundraising effort

Associated Press Writer

December 7, 2005, 11:17 AM EST

NEW YORK -- In three months, workers will begin to lay the foundations for two huge, reflecting pools to mark the World Trade Center tower footprints, surrounded by names of the nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims and framed by an outdoor plaza and a glade of oak trees.

Under a timetable set by Gov. George E. Pataki, the World Trade Center memorial and a memorial museum are scheduled to open by 2009, the eighth anniversary of the attacks. "

Nonprofit fund-raisers cozy up to the affluent to fuel good works

Nonprofit fund-raisers cozy up to the affluent to fuel good works: "Nonprofit fund-raisers cozy up to the affluent to fuel good works
Cox News Service
Wednesday, December 07, 2005

ATLANTA — The plastic surgeon from Chattanooga is coming to Atlanta with connections, deep pockets and a history of giving.

Barron Segar can't wait.

As director of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF — the United Nation's Children's Fund — Segar has courted the surgeon since she gave $5,000 for tsunami relief a year ago. He has invited her to mingle with Ted Turner at a Buckhead party in four days.

'She wants to introduce us to someone whose family is one of the top five shareholders in Coca-Cola,' he tells two board members one recent Friday.

Eyes widen.

As the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's main fund-raiser in the Southeast for about 250 donors who each gave at least $5,000, Segar inhabits a realm of catered parties and cultivated friendships. A day with him pulls back the curtain on a world most people rarely see, in which nonprofit fund-raisers cozy up to the affluent in search of contributions to fuel their good works.

The world hums with activity this month more than any other, as donors open their checkbooks in the holiday spirit — and to beat a Dec. 31 deadline to claim a tax deduction.

Segar pursues his quarry with abundant charm.

He tries to write several letters a day — handwritten, never typed — and updates a database with information about donors — their children's names, for example. He writes reports on how contributions are spent, choosing large print and color copies for elderly donors.

'It's all about relationships,' he says.

Typically, he spends a year courting potential donors before that magic moment when they write a check.

This year, he's wooing more donors than ever. Nationally, more than 1,400 first-time donors gave the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at least $5,000 after th"

Don't Be Miserly [ Commentary] December 7, 2005

Don't Be Miserly [ Commentary] December 7, 2005: "Don't Be Miserly

By Selena Maranjian (TMF Selena)
December 7, 2005

The Catalogue of Philanthropy has released the latest version of its 'Generosity Index,' which rates each state according to how giving its citizens are, taking into account not only how much they contribute, but also what they have. It used data on average adjusted gross incomes and the value of itemized charitable donations reported to the Internal Revenue Service on 2003 tax returns." - WTVQ 36 - Lexington, Kentucky - WTVQ 36 - Lexington, Kentucky: "Gingerbread Houses for the Homeless
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Some build real houses for the homeless, but a lexington group builds gingerbread houses to help the homeless.

On Tuesday morning the Volunteers of America of Kentucky held its18th annual gingerbread house contest and auction to benefit volunteers of america.

The organization takes the money raised and helps homeless families return to self sufficiency."

Red Cross Volunteer Is Arrested in Theft of Debit Cards for Aid - New York Times

Red Cross Volunteer Is Arrested in Theft of Debit Cards for Aid - New York Times: "A Red Cross volunteer in Texas and his sister were arrested on Tuesday on charges of stealing more than 100 debit cards from the charity to obtain goods fraudulently, a plot that may have cost the Red Cross more than $230,000 donated for Hurricane Katrina victims."

Philanthropic pressure - Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Philanthropic pressure - Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: "Philanthropic pressure

Nonprofits feel pinch as hurricane causes vie for funds.
By Gary Perilloux , Staff writer


Nonprofits, like any other business, struggle with budgets and meeting financial obligations, situations made worse when unforeseen events make it difficult to meet the bottom line.

Unforeseen events such as this year's hurricanes mean demands for services from evacuees requires charities to determine strategies that will keep the funds coming in. But the wallets of charitable givers are only so wide."

Journal Gazette | 12/06/2005 | Office giving can build or erode morale

Journal Gazette | 12/06/2005 | Office giving can build or erode morale: "Office giving can build or erode morale

By Amy Joyce

Washington Post

It’s that time of year again. The United Way campaign. The holiday season when the office spends a day volunteering at the nearby food bank. The announcement of how much the company gave to charity this year.

All of this corporate giving has a big effect on workers. It changes morale, for the better and, in some cases, worse. It can create a culture employees are proud of. And some people even say a company’s good works are a reason to stay with a job and an organization." | [PCUSANEWS] Hurricane tax-relief package includes windfall for | [PCUSANEWS] Hurricane tax-relief package includes windfall for: "After 9/11, 65 percent of our members were raising the same or more,
and the following year, the numbers went up again,' said Paulette V. Maehara,
president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 'There wasn't the
sky-is-falling impact that a lot of people thought there would be, and there
won't be now, either, unless the economy does a nosedive.'"

Down to your last resort? Donate your time share: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Down to your last resort? Donate your time share: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "
Down to your last resort? Donate your time share
Wednesday December 7, 6:00 am ET
Dana Dratch

Stuck with a time share unit you can't use, can't rent, can't exchange -- heck, when you've tried to sell it, it seems like you can't even give it away?

Well you can -- give it away, that is -- and actually that might be your best choice, not your last resort.

Many disenchanted time share owners have rid themselves of mounting maintenance fees and taxes by simply walking away -- ceasing to make the payments and prompting foreclosure. But if you're adamant about getting rid of your unit, there's a better way to give it away: Donate it to charity."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Local Salvation Army kettles are a little bare this Christmas

Goldsboro News-Argus | News: Local Salvation Army kettles are a little bare this Christmas: "Local Salvation Army kettles are a little bare this Christmas

The Salvation Army's kettle campaign is in trouble.

'Our kettles are running behind last year,' said Maj. Andrew Wiley, local Salvation Army commander.

This year's kettle campaign goal is $70,000. But the Salvation Army has barely topped $12,000, Wiley said. More than $80,000 was raised last year, he added.

'A lot of it, I think, is the impact of so much with hurricanes and other disasters around the country,' he said. 'It's just made for a difficult fundraising.'

Wiley said the Salvation Army's letter campaign to donors is also falling behind this year. 'I really feel like it's the impact of so much charitable giving early on that people are just maybe given out or are not thinking about the needs at home right now. But the needs are just as real at home.'"

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day: "IVD 2005 Update
Dear Reader,

We are receiving news of more activities and events being planned for the International Volunteer Day next week. Ranging from the Federated States of Micronesia to Uruguay, local and international volunteer organizations together with UN agencies, government officials and community groups, will celebrate volunteers' work by recognizing their contribution towards building a better world. Here are some of the activities planned -- showing how volunteers are recognized and appreciated.

We have recently revamped the World Volunteer Web and as part of the process, we have redesigned the IVD Campaign website and introduced a weblog (or blog) exclusively for you to share your IVD announcements and experiences with everyone. You can also comment on what others are posting and thus use the blog to discuss IVD ideas and experiences.

We bring here a selection of recent postings to the IVD 2005 blog. You can read all the postings on the IVD site."

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Red Cross mulls 'neutral' emblem

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Red Cross mulls 'neutral' emblem: "Red Cross mulls 'neutral' emblem
By Imogen Foulkes
BBC News, Geneva

ICRC's Francois Bugnon with the Red Crystal emblem. File photo
Israel says it is ready to use the new symbol outside its borders

In Geneva diplomats from the 192 countries which have signed the Geneva conventions are meeting to discuss a third emblem for the international Red Cross.

Red Cross officials hope approval of a third emblem will finally put an end to decades of controversy over the issue.

At the moment, the only two emblems recognised under the Geneva conventions are the red cross and the red crescent; relief workers and ambulances bearing these symbols are protected under international law.

In war zones or disaster regions, they must be granted free access to people in need of help."

Black-Oriented Museums Are Lacking Black Donors

Black-Oriented Museums Are Lacking Black Donors: "Black-Oriented Museums Are Lacking Black Donors
Few Athletes and Celebrities Have Given

By Darryl Fears
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 6, 2005; Page A01

LOUISVILLE -- The glamour, the popping camera lights of the paparazzi, and an impressive lineup of movie stars such as Jim Carrey, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Chris Tucker gave a glitzy Hollywood feel to the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in this horse-racing town.

Lonnie Ali, the boxing champ's wife, could barely hold back tears as she stood in the shadow of the $75 million center, with its soaring butterfly roof and its dozens of exhibits, replete with LeRoy Nieman paintings of 'the Greatest' in his glory days."

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Student volunteering slow during holidays - Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Student volunteering slow during holidays - Tuesday, December 6, 2005: "Student volunteering slow during holidays

By Anthony D. Ávila
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Print this

Some still find time to mentor, help needy

Though the holidays are often seen as a time of giving, many students are too occupied with final exams and leaving town to lend a helping hand.

Hanees Haniffa, the director of Project Volunteer, said there aren't many volunteer events organized at the end of the year because students are too focused on cramming for finals to take a break to volunteer."

Seniorscopie : Actualités : Seniors Weekly International Survey

Seniorscopie : Actualités : Seniors Weekly International Survey: "United States
Seniors offer their experience to non–profit organizations

Mis en ligne le 05/12/2005

Nonprofit organizations often lack the technical expertise and staff resources to meet their goals. That is why SeniorNet announced the creation of its Retired Technology Volunteers (RTV) program. Through this program‚ the leading provider of technology education for older adults wants to help non–profit organizations to recruit skilled adults over 50."

Scripps Howard News Service Year-end charitable gifts

Scripps Howard News Service: "Year-end charitable gifts

Scripps Howard News Service

During December, many worthwhile charities solicit gifts with the incentive that the gift will be a charitable deduction. Fortunately, many taxpayers also view the month of December as a good time to make gifts for charitable purposes, and also to insure that they will receive the benefit of a charitable dietician for their current year's income tax.

The Internal Revenue Service cooperates in these matters by making ample information available to taxpayers who wish to make charitable gifts, and also make sure that they have created a deductible item for their income taxes.

Contribution of money or property to qualified organizations are permitted if the taxpayer itemizes deductions. The general rule is that up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income may be deducted, but there are limitations on some gifts. Also, this year there is a liberalization of the amount to be deducted because of the special legislation relating to hurricane Katrina."

delawareonline � The News Journal � Oprah's faithful seek Nobel Prize

delawareonline � The News Journal � Oprah's faithful seek Nobel Prize: "Oprah's faithful seek Nobel Prize
Religion meets pop culture as fans, including a New Castle woman, circulate a Nobel Peace Prize petition
AP file
Oprah Winfrey's sphere of influence extends far beyond her role as talk-show host.
The News Journal/CARLA VARISCO
Karole Brownson of New Castle is one of the many Oprah Winfrey fans hoping to see the philanthropic star win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Oprah Winfrey, Founder's Award recipient, stands with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2005 International Emmy Awards.

The Oprahfication of media

Here are several ways, not including her longstanding talk show, that Oprah Winfrey has influenced popular culture:

Monday, December 05, 2005

43rd International Conference on Fundraising - Getting to the Conference

Click here to view a message from AFP President & CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE!"

43rd International Conference on Fundraising - Getting to the Conference: "


Register Now! The deadline for the discount registration rate has been extended to November 3, 2005!
A champion can be defined many ways: an ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person, one who does battle for another's rights or honor, or one who has the attributes of a winner. They are champions for caring neighborhoods, for youth, for families in need. They are champions for their religious communities; defenders of a cause and advocates for the needy. Without a doubt, fundraisers and philanthropists are champions in every sense.

What can participants expect at the AFP conference?

* More than 125 sessions in 13 different specialty tracks
* Plenary sessions featuring world renowned speakers and philanthropy leaders
* Distinguished Speakers Series featuring experts in nonprofit and business management, leadership and philanthropy
* 'Hall of Champions', the Exposition on Fundraising and Philanthropy
* 'Breakfast of Champions' - a panel of leaders from global corporations and foundations
* AFP Awards for Philanthropy

Click here to view a message from AFP President & CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE!"

Red Cross Bolstering Minority Outreach

Red Cross Bolstering Minority Outreach: "Red Cross Bolstering Minority Outreach
Recruitment a Priority After Storms Expose Sensitivity Gaps

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 5, 2005; Page A01

The American Red Cross has launched an aggressive effort to reach out to racial and ethnic minorities and add more of them to the charity's vast network of volunteers, in response to criticism that it treated them callously during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort."

Kidney charity gets an ‘F’ for its former management’s style

Kidney charity gets an ‘F’ for its former management’s style: "Kidney charity gets an ‘F’ for its former management’s style

THE NATIONAL Kidney Foundation (NKF) gets a distinction for fund-raising, an “A” for patient care, but an “F” for corporate governance.

That is the report card that Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan gave to the charity when it was run by the former team lead by T.T. Durai.

In his first public comments since the new NKF board released its progress report on Wednesday, Khaw had some strong words about the previous one-man show organisational style"

Institute for Volunteering Research

Interesting UK site re volunteering

Institute for Volunteering Research: "Welcome to the Institute Photo of a volunteer instructing someone at a computer
The Institute for Volunteering Research aims to develop knowledge and understanding of volunteering in a way that is relevant to practitioners and policy makers. This site provides an overview of the work of the Institute as well as detailed summaries of research that it has undertaken."

IOL: Clooney donates casino cash to charity

IOL: Clooney donates casino cash to charity: "Clooney donates casino cash to charity

05/12/2005 - 13:37:42 Movie star George Clooney has promised to give a quarter of the profits from his glitzy Las Vegas casino The Ramblas to charity.

Movie star George Clooney has promised to give a quarter of the profits from his glitzy Las Vegas casino The Ramblas to charity.

Compassionate Clooney struggles with his conscience knowing there is so much poverty in the world while he is raking in cash, and is determined to redress the balance."

The Daily Inter Lake=Nonprofits as an economic force

The Daily Inter Lake: "Nonprofits as an economic force
Posted: Sunday, Dec 04, 2005 - 12:04:24 pm PST
The Daily Inter Lake

Study outlines impact on Montana economy
In this season of charitable giving, Brian Magee hopes to highlight the contributions Montana's nonprofit organizations make to the state's economy and quality of life.

Magee is executive director of the Montana Nonprofit Association, which recently completed a detailed study of the scale and effect of the state's nonprofit sector.

Historically, nonprofits have never been tracked as a separate segment of the economy, such as agriculture or construction. Consequently, it's been difficult to pinpoint their overall significance.

'Nonprofits have always been the 'invisible' sector,' Magee said. 'They've generally been buried in other categories.'"

Be generous, but don't be gullible

Be generous, but don't be gullible: "Be generous, but don't be gullible
The state's annual profile of charities reveals a few that are, ahem, mostly playing 'Survivor'
Monday, December 05, 2005

O regon's annual report on charitable giving exposes a new low, and it's very low indeed.

We're talking zero.

For the first time, one of the nonprofits profiled by the state attorney general's office spent nothing -- nada, zero -- providing services. According to its own report submitted to the state of Oregon last year, Cancer Fund of America Support Services spent a year being kind, solicitous and compassionate mostly to itself.

The attorney general's office profiles charities, not because they're good or bad, but based on the number of public inquiries they generate. Those that do telemarketing generate the most questions, which is why the Dearborn, Mich.-based cancer charity is featured. Of the nearly $1.6 million it spent in 2003, the bulk -- about $1.3 million -- went to fund-raising. The $110,511 it spent on services mostly paid for printing and posting a cancer-prevention flier. Subtract that and the cost of the actual services the group delivered plummeted to zero."

ABC 7 News - Christian Group Dropping Wells Fargo

ABC 7 News - Christian Group Dropping Wells Fargo: "Christian Group Dropping Wells Fargo
RSS Feeds From ABC 7 UPDATED - Sunday December 04, 2005 12:03am
DENVER (AP) - The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family says it is withdrawing its funds from Wells Fargo because of the bank's support of gay organizations.'Focus on the Family has elected to end its banking relationship with Wells Fargo, motivated primarily by the bank's ongoing efforts to advance the radical homosexual agenda,' says a statement on the Focus Web site dated Thursday and attributed to Focus President and CEO Jim Daly.

'Our decision is not personal, but principled, and we trust our constituents and others will respect it,' it says."

United Press International - NewsTrack - 83 percent of Americans donate to charity

United Press International - NewsTrack - 83 percent of Americans donate to charity: "83 percent of Americans donate to charity

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults have contributed to a charity in the past 12 months, many to help natural disaster victims.

Eighty-one percent say they give to charities to help others less fortunate or to make a difference, and 75 percent think it's the right thing to do, the Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Personal Finance poll of 2,086 adults found."

BostonWorks - Jobs, Events, and Information from The Boston Globe

BostonWorks - Jobs, Events, and Information from The Boston Globe: "According to BostonCares associate director Rick Wallwork, employers are turning their annual end-of-the-year meetings and employee parties into volunteer work. Many nonprofit organizations are already having to turn away companies looking to donate their time this season, Wallwork said."

Journal and Courier Online - Editorial

Journal and Courier Online - Editorial: "Nursing along a tapped out giving spirit

It's the time of year for giving. So many worthy causes, so stretched already.

In addition to the annual mad dash to the malls and shopping centers, the holiday season involves the equally important tradition of giving to charities and other benevolent organizations.

Total annual charitable giving in the United States is around $250 billion, a figure that remains relatively constant from year to year, according to Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. About half of this giving is done in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Making Plans For The New Year -

Making Plans For The New Year - "Point Of View
Making Plans For The New Year
Arlene Harris and Dana L. Mark, 12.05.05, 6:00 AM ET

NEW YORK - Just as the last of the Thanksgiving turkey is being consumed, but well before the New Year's revelry begins, thoughts should turn toward year-end tax planning, especially gifts to the children all snug in their beds.

First, however, although widely publicized, the charitable giving provisions of the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act bear emphasizing. A contribution of cash to a public charity (not a donor-advised fund, supporting organization or private foundation) made between Aug. 28 and Dec. 31, 2005, will not be subject to the 50% limitation of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income. Such a contribution will also not be subject to the 3% limitation on miscellaneous itemized deduction" > News > Metro -- Bishop replaces charity board > News > Metro -- Bishop replaces charity board: "Episcopalian services agency undergoing huge restructuring
By Jeff McDonald

December 5, 2005

Eight months into his new job, Bishop James Mathes has moved deliberately to rebuild Episcopal Community Services, the decades-old charitable arm of the Episcopal Diocese that serves some of the neediest San Diegans.

In August, Mathes announced the departure of Amanda Rutherford May, the controversial ECS chief executive. May left the troubled social services agency last month after 11 years in charge."

A Flurry of Philanthropy: Coaches Take a Shot at Curing Cancer - Maroon News - News

A Flurry of Philanthropy: Coaches Take a Shot at Curing Cancer - Maroon News - News: "A Flurry of Philanthropy: Coaches Take a Shot at Curing Cancer
By Jeff Tufts
Published: Friday, December 2, 2005
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Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun, the basketball coaches at Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut, respectively, are well known for having recently won a national championship. A less well-known fact about them is that both of them have had cancer. For the seventh consecutive year, the Colgate University men's basketball team is trying to strike back."

IRS Announces 2006 Standard Mileage Rates

IRS Announces 2006 Standard Mileage Rates: "RS Announces 2006 Standard Mileage Rates

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2006 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2006, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

44.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;
18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, other than activities related to Hurricane Katrina relief."

Foundation losing a top health exec

Foundation losing a top health exec: "Foundation losing a top health exec
Gayle leaving Gates philanthropy for CARE


Dr. Helene Gayle, who in 2001 left the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to direct AIDS programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced Friday she will be returning to Atlanta to take the helm of the international anti-poverty organization CARE.

'This was a very hard decision for me,' said Gayle. She acknowledged to colleagues that the choice had left her with a 'jumble of emotions,' but she said it was a rare opportunity to get even more involved in the issues she cares about most."

100,000 visitors expected at North East CDC's largest volunteer fair

100,000 visitors expected at North East CDC's largest volunteer fair: "Some 100,000 visitors are expected at North East CDC's largest volunteer fair that will run till the end of the month.

Mayor for North East CDC Zainul Abidin Rasheed officially launched the event on Saturday evening with the light up of the tallest man-made Christmas tree in the district.

The fair hopes to bring festive cheer and remind Singaporeans of the need to give back to the community."