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July 22, 2012 | Laura Hautala
Donating your car can benefit a charity -- and your tax return. To maximize the benefit for the charity and for yourself, keep these things in mind: 1 - Make sure you're donating to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization if you want a tax deduction. You can look up the charity by searching its name on the Exempt Organizations Select Check at irs.gov or by calling (877) 829-5500. You can look up the group's tax filing at guidestar.org. 2 - You get the tax benefit only if you itemize expenses on your return.
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NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Charitable donations hit a notable high-water mark in California last year. According to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office, a little more than half of the dollars collected by commercial fundraisers in 2011 actually found its way to the charity that hired them. That's the first time since the state began reporting these figures in 1997 that less than half of the contributions were lost to fundraiser overhead and profits. But that's the average, not the rule, when it comes to commercial fundraisers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday A report in the Daily says the FBI is looking into Madonna's charity Success for Kids. ( The Daily ) Larry King is spending his retirement interviewing people on other TV shows. ( Los Angeles Times ) It's safe to say that Tokyo Disney has not been the happiest place on Earth since the earthquake in Japan. ( Los Angeles Times ) Weeknights at the movie theater are starting to mean 3-D concert events.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mark Zuckerberg this month is donating nearly $1 billion worth of Facebook stock to a Silicon Valley charity as part of a pledge he's taken to devote half of his wealth to philanthropy. In total, Zuckerberg is donating 18 million shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which gives grants to other nonprofit organizations in the region that work in areas ranging from education to the environment. Based on the current price of Facebook's stock, the donation is worth about $985 million.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Shoppers who want to find good stuff and do good deeds at the same time can head to Fred Segal Santa Monica tonight for "An Evening of Gratitude. " The event, which will feature Gratitude Designs by Tara Dixon, will benefit the Flawless Foundation , which creates and supports programs that advocate for better care for children with mental illness and neuro-developmental challenges. Michael and Susan Schofield, the parents of Jani, a child featured in a 2009 story in The Times, will be on hand to talk about their experience.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
The road to hell is typically paved with good intentions. For Greg Mortenson, it was laid down with two New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of public appearances and the idea that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be saved if you built enough schools in them. Hidden beneath those efforts appear to have been “significant lapses in judgment” involving charity money. Those lapses have led the Montana state attorney general to toss Mortenson out of his own charity, the Central Asia Institute, and now to force him to pay back $1 million, according to the results of an investigation announced Thursday.   “The story of Central Asia Institute and Greg Mortenson evokes notions of the best of our aspirations to do good and the generosity of the American public,” Montana Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014
The Northern California couple who found rare gold coins in eight tin cans buried on their property said they will donate some of the proceeds to charity. John and Mary came upon the $28,000 in U.S. gold coins last year on their daily walk. When they realized what they had found, they dug a hole in their wood pile, placed the 1,400 coins in bags and boxes in an old ice chest and buried them again. The pair had walked the path on their gold country property for years before they spotted the edge of a rusty can peeking out of the moss last February.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Second Mile, a charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, announced Monday that it will postpone its plan to shut down until lawsuits against the charity are resolved. The Second Mile had petitioned a judge to allow it to shut down and shift its programs and millions of dollars in assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc. "Our goal is to ensure that the at-risk children who benefit from the Second Mile programs continue to receive the support they need while also being mindful of Jerry Sandusky's victims and the horrible abuse they suffered," said David Woodle, the charity's chief executive.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By John Verive
Angel City Brewery continues to showcase local artists at its Arts District brewery, and this weekend it will be holding an open house for the new "Over a Barrel" exhibit benefitting the Free Arts charity. The open house runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and six local Downtown artists, Andre Miripolsky , Scott Forrest , Jaime Colindres , A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad , and J.W. Pippen , will have works displayed at the brewery's on-site gallery. Each artist will also produce an original work using an Angel City oak barrel top as a canvas, and the finished pieces will be auctioned off on Saturday to benefit the Free Arts For Abused Children charity . The charity was founded in 1977, and in 2012 alone nearly 30,000 kids received free art instruction, workshops and supplies from the charity, whose mission is to "inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
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