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December 19, 1994
In the era that I grew up (1930s and 1940s), charity was a part of everyone's life. Those that had, gave, and those that were in need, received and gave thanks. In those days my family received more than they gave and we were always thankful for the help we received. As I grew older and became more successful in life, I found out how the givers felt when they actively donated time or material things to a person, family, or charitable organization. Call it satisfying one's ego, but one feels something special when actively donating to a charity you believe is helping those in need and who are grateful for the help.
April 5, 2012 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
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.
November 29, 2012 |
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 2, 2013 |
Shoe brand Nine West has launched what it's calling the "Gangs for Good" charitable campaign. The center of the campaign is a contest that will give girls a chance to win a trip to New York City and $5,000 to the charity of their choice. All entrants have to do is create a gang with your friends -- and they don't mean "gang" in the gangster sense. Each group must consist of at least three girls, but no more than five. To enter, each group is to submit a video showing the group's acts of kindness and style to Nine West's YouTube channel, "Channel 9. " The gangs will be judged based on their style, how they dress individually and how they look as a group and also on the gang's act of kindness.
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 8, 2011 |
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.
October 18, 2013 |
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.
November 5, 2013 |
We're only five days into the charity 'stache-growing season and the Movember movement, now in its 10th year, seems to be sprouting up all over the place, from the "Today" show anchor desk to 7 For All Mankind Kind jeans to the Internet -- where Yahoo is reporting a huge spike in searches for both "Movember" and the phrase "No Shave November. " Last year a bunch of guys at the offices of L.A.-based premium denim brand 7 For All Mankind (including, we're told, the brand's president, Barry Miguel)
July 22, 2012 |
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.