January 18, 2014 |
I took my second trip with Guatemala Charities Fundraisers Tours in November. Their aim is to help women's and children's charities in Guatemala, and their trips are wonderful and inexpensive. There are many opportunities to meet local people, appreciate the culture and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Visits to Antigua, Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán and its Maya villages are all highlights. Guatemala Charities Fund Raisers Tours; (949) 387-7163, firstname.lastname@example.org , http://www.sellin.com/GCFR/14S.html Mary Lou Sortais By email
January 13, 2014 |
Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings . Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, some of the victims have focused their attention on creating new charities -- not for themselves, but for others who have faced similar obstacles, out of the spotlight. Jarrod Clowery, who was pierced by shrapnel during the bombings, says that in his darkest days after the bombings, he'd go into the bathroom of his hospital room, take off his bandages, and start picking at the pieces of jeans embedded in his skin until he bled.
January 1, 2014 |
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, led a big rise in philanthropy among the wealthy in 2013 as the number of gifts of at least $1 million climbed 57%, according to a report by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The 29-year-old social media billionaire and his physician wife donated 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Chronicle report, released Wednesday, listed the Zuckerberg gift value at $992.2 million, by far the largest single gift of the year.
December 30, 2013 |
This is the season of giving, when we give to the people we love as well as to people we have never even met. And the gift you may think of as insignificant and of little consequence to a charity is often the very thing that will make all the difference to people in need. It turns out that nonprofit organizations receive most of their annual contributions during the final quarter of the year. A cynic would attribute this surge to the imperatives of the tax code, and others to some amorphous, benevolent, seasonal spirit.
December 28, 2013 |
Haley Koko shouldered an AK-47 and aimed uncertainly at the human silhouette on a paper target 25 yards away. Standing next to her, Lt. Col. Chris Robishaw, an active-duty Green Beret, leaned in to offer a word of advice about handling the Russian-designed assault rifle, raising his voice to be heard over the rapid explosions of heavy weaponry in the shooting gallery. Brass shell casings littered the floor, and an acrid whiff of gun smoke sneaked past the air filtration system. Koko, a 21-year-old bartender, fired off a few rounds - blam!
December 23, 2013 |
Ford will auction off for charity the world's first production version of the all-new Mustang in January, the automaker has announced. Just don't expect it to go for cheap. The 2015 Mustang GT will be offered without reserve on Jan. 18 at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which finances research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes worldwide. “JDRF is very grateful for the generous and steadfast support from Ford and its employees over the years,” said Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in a statement.