October 21, 2013 |
Donations to the 400 charities in the U.S. that raise the most money are slowing in 2013 after climbing 4% the year before, according to a report released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The slowdown in post-recession philanthropy comes despite a sharp rise in giving by wealthy Americans who have more than doubled the number of gifts of $1 million or more this year, the Chronicle said. But middle-class Americans and those with fewer assets are holding back out of unease about the economy, including the chilling effect of political gridlock in Washington.
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.
October 15, 2013 |
Tiger Woods said the back problems that nagged him at the recent Presidents Cup have dissipated as he prepares for the final two events of his season. "My back feels great," he told reporters on a conference call Tuesday to promote the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a tournament Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charities. Woods, 37, fought lingering back pain while helping the U.S. team secure the Presidents Cup victory in Dublin, Ohio, nine days ago. But since then, "I took a week off, I've trained this week, I've gotten a bunch of treatment" that eased the problem, Woods said.
October 14, 2013 |
Actor Hugh Jackman brought his one-man stage show to Los Angeles' Dolby Theater on Saturday in a benefit and live auction that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The "X-Men" star performed his critically acclaimed one-man song and dance show for a packed audience of 3,200 people, sharing stories about his life and performing numbers from shows including "Les Miserables," “Carousel,” “The Boy From Oz” and “Guys and Dolls.” After a surprise 45th birthday celebration for Jackman, the audience participated in a live auction that raised $170,000 for the MPTF, a 92-year-old charity based in Woodland Hills that provides healthcare and social services for entertainment industry workers and their families.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon and Congress scrambled Wednesday to restore full military death benefits for families to quell a growing controversy as the federal government shutdown delayed assistance even to families of those who have given their lives for their country. In a surprise move, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the Pentagon had reached an agreement with Fisher House, a nonprofit charity that assists military families, to begin paying the survivor benefits, including a $100,000 death gratuity to next of kin, until the government can resume the payments.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Not long after the flag-draped coffins of four Americans killed in combat arrived Wednesday at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the Pentagon announced that a private charity would restore death benefits for the families of military members who died while on active duty. But that quick action did little to calm the families' ire and stop the finger-pointing between the Obama administration and Republicans about a government failure whose effect was deeply symbolic and immediately felt by bereft parents, grieving spouses and children left without mothers and fathers.
September 30, 2013 |
Former U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy and 2012 British Open winner Ernie Els are among the 18 golfers scheduled to play with Tiger Woods in Woods' charity tournament in Thousand Oaks in December. The Tiger Woods Foundation on Monday announced the field for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a four-round event at Sherwood Country Club scheduled for Dec. 5-8 and paying $1 million to the winner. Woods, who last week was selected PGA Tour player of the year, is a five-time winner of the World Challenge, whose proceeds benefit Woods' charitable foundation.
September 27, 2013 |
Chivas USA, the New Zealand national team and a pair of clubs from Mexico's first division are expected to compete in a planned soccer tournament, the Los Angeles Cup, next month, as part of an effort to raise funds for hurricane victims in Mexico. The tournament will kick off with an Oct. 9 doubleheader at Citrus College. New Zealand meeting Mexico's Queretaro in the first match at 7 p.m. followed by Chivas against Veracruz. On Oct. 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Chivas will play New Zealand, which is preparing for a two-leg playoff in November for a final spot in the 2014 World Cup. A portion of the tournament's ticket proceeds will go to victims of hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel.
September 27, 2013 |
Dear Liz: What are your thoughts on charitable giving? I hear about tithing (giving 10% of income) but would have real problems trying to maintain that commitment. That said, I'd like to become a regular donor to a reputable charity. Answer: Most U.S. households give to charity, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, but the average contribution rate for those who give is closer to 3% than 10%. If you want to step up your charitable giving, take the time to plan and prioritize as you would any other part of your financial life.
September 27, 2013 |
Candance Cameron Bure has once again reunited with her "Full House" father and uncle! The former child star attended an event Wednesday for the 30th anniversary of the Starlight Foundation with Bob Saget and John Stamos, who, respectively, played single dad Danny Tanner and Elvis-obsessed uncle Jesse Katsopolos on the show. Bure, 37, who played spunky eldest sister DJ Tanner on the 1990s sitcom, wore a red strapless Adrianna Papell dress that she accessorized with a silver clutch from Tess handbags.