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Friday, May 23, 2008

Charity News Roundup

In case you missed it, here are some of the charity headlines making news this week:
  • American charities have raised more than $50 million in response to the cyclone in Myanmar and earthquake in China. This amount is considerably less than the “more than $3 billion donated in the wake of the 2004 Asian tsunamis”. The Associated Press speculates that these disasters have not seen the same levels of giving as previous disasters because of “disaster fatigue,” while the Washington Post cites experts who blame factors such as “a domestic economy that has left many Americans with little disposable income, a distrust of disaster relief charities and geopolitical tensions.”
  • While some Americans affected by the mortgage crisis are turning to their churches for help, a church in New York City got some major help of its own from anonymous donor who provided $20 million to save the church from demolition.
  • A Mississippi charity that helps to offset the effect of rising food prices on the poor by rescuing surplus food not only has to deal with rising gas prices, but with thieves who stole gas out of their trucks last week.
  • Inmates at a Maryland prison are also helping to feed the poor by growing vegetables and donating them to local nonprofit groups.
  • In separate incidents, two prominent cancer charities were victims of fraud this week. In St. Louis a woman claiming to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure was actually raising money only for herself. In Illinois, a man falsely claiming to work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event made off with 100 Chipotle burritos intended to be sold to raise money for the charity.

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