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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 10, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
A UCLA School of Medicine professor of cardiothoracic surgery is being sued by the state attorney general for allegedly using money from a research charity he founded to fund his personal business ventures and medical research activities. California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Dr. Gerald D. Buckberg and five officers of the nonprofit L.B. Research & Education Foundation, citing California law that bars a charity's director, officer or board member from benefiting from the organization's income or assets.
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.
October 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
October 18, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
National No Beard Day seems as good a time as any to remind the follicularly inclined that the month of November -- a.k.a. Movember -- is almost upon us. What's Movember? We're glad you asked. It's an annual charity mustache grow (in Australia, where the effort began a decade ago, that glorious growth of lip spinach is colloquially referred to as a "mo") in which men start the month completely cleanshaven and spend the next 30 days growing a 'stache (and just a 'stache) from scratch.
May 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Second Mile -- the charity founded by a former Penn State football coach who has been charged with sexually abusing children -- is seeking to transfer its program to a Texas-based ministry because it's having difficulty operating and raising funds. The organization, founded by former coach Jerry Sandusky, announced on Friday that it wants to transfer its programs and about $2 million in cash and other assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc., a Houston nonprofit. Like the Second Mile, Arrow helps at-risk children and their families.
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