Friday, May 16, 2008

Charity News Roundup

In case you missed it, here are some of the charity headlines making news this week:

  • Many articles have focused on the disasters in Myanmar and China, including this piece in the Washington Post on charitable giving inside China, and this post from Freakonomics author Stephen J. Dubner speculating why the total giving for these disasters may fall well below that of other recent disasters.
  • The United Way of America has released details of a 10-year plan that aims to focus the charity’s efforts on reducing the high-school dropout rate, assisting working families, and increasing healthy behaviors.
  • A study has found that, all else being equal, young people are as likely to give to charity as older generations.
  • In celebrity news, actor Charlie Sheen has asked that, in lieu of gifts, guests to his upcoming wedding make a donation to the LA-based charity Chrysalis, while singer Mary J. Blige “is establishing a foundation to help women develop careers and gain self-confidence.”
  • Finally, add to the many reasons that we urge donors never to donate to charities over the phone the fact that the person to whom you are giving your credit card or bank account information just might be a convicted felon.

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