November 3, 2012 |
As the devastation wrought by super storm Sandy becomes increasingly evident, one of the greatest of human impulses is certain to kick in: generosity. Over the next few weeks, we are likely to see a frenzy of clothing drives and canned food drives. Pet supplies, dry goods and books will be donated and dispatched to the affected areas. For many good-hearted people, participating in this kind of giving feels more concrete and satisfying than simply writing a check. But, as we've learned from studying Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Japanese tsunami and numerous other disasters, unsolicited donations are seldom useful and often burdensome.
October 5, 2010 |
Some leading minority advocacy groups long have supported AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other major telecommunications firms in the industry's efforts to win approvals for mergers, get rid of old regulations and avoid new government rules. And the telecom firms, in turn, have poured millions of dollars of donations and in-kind services, including volunteer help from the carriers' executive suites, into charitable groups in the communities they serve. Consumer and public advocates used to whisper about the possibility of conflicts of interest, but now they are openly critical as the battle heats up over proposed federal regulations over net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers should not restrict content, programs and other uses on their networks.
November 7, 1999
We have been giving faithfully to about five charities a year. We are on a fixed income, so we have to limit our contributions. However, in the last three years, perhaps longer, requests for donations have dramatically increased to the point where we may stop giving donations. We decided to save all requests for donations. At the end of October there were 57 separate and distinct organizations requesting donations. In this 10-month period, one organization requested donations 18 times, another 12 times, another 11 times and so on. Most of the requests send address labels and we have enough labels to last for years.
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August 11, 2012 |
California's attorney general filed a civil lawsuit against a Riverside County charity that raises money to support programs for military veterans and active-duty personnel, particularly for those hospitalized with war wounds. Help Hospitalized Veterans has used much of its donations for lavish salaries and pensions, self-dealing business relationships and loans, and perks such as $80,000 in golf memberships and use of a condominium, Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harrissaid in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Riverside County Superior Court.
March 14, 2013 |
For girls, prom preparation usually means looking for the perfect dress, finding jewelry that sparkles and a pair of shoes that will let them dance throughout the night, but what about the boys? They need the right gear too. And not everyone can afford it. So the Prom Dress Project, a program sponsored by the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, is looking to provide Southeast Los Angeles students with everything they need to dress for prom. Now in its second year, the project is for the first time including boys and will supply the male students with suits, shirts and ties for the big night.
February 21, 2014 |
The California State University's recent annual report on philanthropy for 2012-13 shows that the system pulled in $338 million in gift commitments, up 14% from the previous year. Charitable gift receipts topped $282 million, which was the most in the system's history, officials said. "This support represents a critical investment in the future," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, "as we prepare the engineers, artists, health care workers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and scientists of tomorrow.