September 20, 2013 |
When Glen James found himself in front of a room full of reporters earlier this week, he used his time in the spotlight to thank others. He thanked the people who look after him at a homeless shelter. He thanked “every pedestrian stranger” who has given him spare change when he has panhandled on Boston sidewalks. He even thanked one of the city's mayoral candidates who dropped $7 into his cup. “It's just nice to have some money in one's pockets so that as a homeless man I don't feel absolutely broke all the time,” he said in a written statement.
September 19, 2013 |
Job satisfaction is at a 20-year low in the U.S., and we're spending more and more time at work. Some researchers say there's a cheap and effective way to boost happiness and productivity. Rather than award employees bonuses, either as individuals or in teams, employers who give money to their workers to spend on charities or on their colleagues get better results, the researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS One . The researchers looked at three experiments. In one, workers at an Australian bank were given $25 or $50 to donate to the charity of their choice.
September 12, 2013 |
Prince William is bidding adieu to the Royal Air Force and active military duty. The Duke of Cambridge, 31, second in line to the British throne and father of Prince George, will conclude active duty to focus on his royal responsibilities instead. What royal responsibilities, you say? Mostly those that involve public service, giving speeches, promoting worthy causes, being a national icon, preparing to be king and all things aristocratic that don't always make as much sense to residents of a country with a history of anti-royalist dissent, according to World Now. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years The announcement comes after 7½ years of military service, which included his post as a search-and-rescue pilot.
September 11, 2013 |
And here we thought we had some hard-core Kristen Stewart fans following us on Twitter - turns out one Middle Eastern prince was willing to donate a half-million bucks to charity for a 15-minute chat with the "On the Road" actress. The story comes from mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped organize 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief and was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday to screen the documentary "12-12-12. " The concert reportedly helped raise at least $50 million in storm relief money for those affected on the East Coast, administered by the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
September 9, 2013 |
This never would have happened to any of the guys in 'N Sync. A charity soccer match was held in Glasgow, Scotland, over the weekend for recently retired Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who has leukemia. Over 60,000 people were in attendance to watch some of Europe's biggest stars compete, with one side featuring celebrities and assorted soccer players coached by Petrov, the other side being Celtic FC. Early in the second half, Petrov's Gabriel Agbonlahor knocked Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of the boy band One Direction, to the ground while attempting to take the ball from him. Despite the fact that it wasn't much of a hit, Tomlinson went down like a wounded duck and rolled around on the ground for a while before getting up and limping off the field to a smattering of applause.
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September 7, 2013 |
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has announced a settlement with a charitable organization whose executive officers she sued for improperly diverting funds intended to support programs serving veterans and active-duty service members. The settlement requires that all directors and officers of the Help Hospitalized Veterans charity named as defendants to resign and pay $2.5 million in restitution. The principal officers were accused of spending most of the organization's donations on fundraising and what the state called “excessive compensation" for its executives.
September 2, 2013 |
An E-Z-Go golf cart, a Yamaha grand piano, some Lladro figurines. It's the stuff of two long and remarkable lives - the lives of Bob and Dolores Hope. He lived to be 100, she 102, and together they hosted more than six decades' worth of presidents and stars at their Toluca Lake and Palm Springs homes. On Sept. 20 and 21, Julien's Auctions will sell more than 600 items from the Hopes' two homes, a collection including antiques, memorabilia and personal property from his show business career and their political and philanthropic work and golf avocations.
September 2, 2013 |
Jewish Americans give to charity at higher rates than other Americans, but they donate more often to organizations that are not Jewish than to Jewish groups, a new study focusing on the Jewish community has found. The study, conducted by the philanthropic research group Jumpstart, provides new grist for Jewish charities trying to hang on to donors and recruit new ones. The biggest predictor of whether a Jewish person gave to charity, the study showed, was how connected they were to the Jewish community.
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August 30, 2013 |
It started as a social club, a way for a bunch of Westside workaholics to carve out time for fun while doing a few good deeds on the side. As comfortable alums of prestigious schools, with satisfying careers, they wanted their friendship to become a lever of social change. "We were part of that generation in the '60s and '70s where social causes based on race and poverty came to the forefront," recalled investment banker Rob Deutschman. "We were all exposed to the civil rights movement, to Vietnam, to the campaigns against poverty in urban America.
August 27, 2013 |
An injured back will force Tiger Woods to skip the annual charity event run by his college buddy, Notah Begay III. Officials at the NB3 Challenge announced Woods' withdrawal from their tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Turning Stone Resort in New York. "While we're disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year's event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he's 100% healthy and not risk further injuring himself," Begay said in a statement. Woods has struggled with a variety of ailments this summer.