Here are some charity news stories from the past week.
- Giving USA 2008, researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, reports that Charitable Giving Topped $306 Billion in 2007. However, there are signs that charitable donations will decline in 2008.
- Today is Bill Gates last day at Microsoft as a full time employee. He will be dedicating his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One of his first stops this summer is China, where the foundation is launching a new program to help the country cut tobacco use.
- Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston , MA spoke at a conference hosted by New England Blacks in Philanthropy urging leaders to raise more money to educate Boston’s youth.
- Charities have raised at least $16.3-million to help the victims of the floods in the Midwest of which $13 million has gone to the American Red Cross.
- Beware of scams: A 13-year old girl is expected to face charges for scamming hundreds of dollars from business people with a fake charity story.
- President Bush is working to help religious charities get government grants through the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.