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November 3, 2012 | By José Holguín-Veras
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.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Friends of Golf organization has been critical to keeping the sport alive at City Section schools, and on Saturday at Venice High, the organization will be handing out equipment and golf sets to 19 schools and 22 golf teams. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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OPINION
November 27, 2011
If a well-heeled neighborhood of Los Angeles wanted better police protection, would it be OK for the residents to donate money to their local police station so it could assign an extra patrol car to their streets? Most people would rightly say no. Law enforcement is a public service; taxpayers support it for the safety of all, to be deployed as needed to provide the best protection for the city. Residents might hire a private security guard for their neighborhood, but they cannot reshape public allocations of resources to benefit themselves through private donations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - An attempt by California lawmakers to curb anonymous political donations, sometimes hidden behind secretive out-of-state groups, will test Democrats' ability to have their way without a supermajority. Dark money, as such contributions are known, roiled California's 2012 election when a web of organizations tied to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch poured $15 million into the state to fight Gov. Jerry Brown's tax hike and support an ultimately unsuccessful move to curtail unions' political power.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
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.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Nine years ago, then-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean broke new ground when his campaign used the Internet to help raise what were then record sums for his insurgent White House bid. Now President Obama's campaign - whose digital strategist hails from Dean's Internet operation  - is pouncing on another technological tool, announcing that it would be the first presidential campaign in history to accept donations via text message....
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC Santa Cruz has raised $150 million in donations over the last four years and will seek another $150 million to support students, research and campus facilities, officials announced Friday. In all, the $300-million target was unveiled and celebrated at a campus luncheon Friday attended by UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal and new UC system President Janet Napolitano. “You have a great chancellor, a great faculty, great research facilities and a great student body.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an illegal election-cash scheme that helped fund his 2010 campaign and personally requested funds from the man running it, federal prosecutors said in court Monday. Gray, who has not been charged with a crime, strongly denied the claims, which arise from a federal probe that has resulted in multiple convictions and which have dogged the first-term mayor's aspirations to win reelection in November. "This is absolutely untrue, period," Gray told a local media outlet in his office Monday.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto may not have created bitcoin, but now, he has a whole lot of it. After Nakamoto's life was thurst into the media spotlight by Newsweek, which on Thursday ran an article alleging he invented bitcoin, more than $12,500 worth of bitcoins have been pouring into an address set up to collect donations for the 64-year-old Temple City resident. The donations began after a campaign was launched by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, the chief security officer of Blockchain, a website where users can store their bitcoins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Starting in 2015 the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning adult leaders who are gay will cost the organization donations from Walt Disney Co. Though Disney doesn't provide money to the Boy Scouts' national or local councils, the Burbank-based company with major theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando provides small grants to local troops and packs, said Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman. "We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids," Smith said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Starting in 2015 the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning adult leaders who are gay will cost the organization donations from the Walt Disney Co. Though Disney doesn't provide money to the Boy Scouts' national or local councils, the Burbank-based company with major theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., provides small grants to local troops and packs, said Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman. “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” Smith said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Each week, thousands of Christians gather for prayer and discussion at Liberty University's cavernous Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. One Monday morning in January, they listened to husband-and-wife film producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey pitch their new movie, "Son of God. " About 10,000 students and faculty members watched as the pair behind the hit History channel miniseries "The Bible" showed clips from the film and discussed its...
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
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.
SPORTS
January 1, 2010
A good day for the UCLA basketball program started before players even took the court. Hours before the tip-off against Arizona State, the Bruins athletic department received two unexpected donations of $100,000 each for the upcoming renovation of Pauley Pavilion. Ross Bjork, a senior associate athletic director, said the gifts were part of a recent uptick that has pushed fundraising for the project to almost $62 million. "There's a buzz around the arena," Bjork said. "Lots of activity."
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - On the website for Jim Fulner's U.S. Senate campaign, 34 letters and numbers appear in a string above the "Donate Now!" button. They are the code for his campaign's bitcoin wallet, where holders of the so-called digital currency can send it to the Libertarian from Michigan - without a bank acting as an intermediary. "It's an exciting new technology," said Jeff Wood, the campaign treasurer and a self-described early adopter of bitcoin. But as with any budding technology, federal agencies must examine how its use fits in with the law, including rules for campaign donations.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
One of the nation's largest private equity firms is scheduled to announce Friday that it is giving $3.5 million to create a joint entrepreneurship program at USC, UCLA and UC Irvine. The donation from the charitable arm of New York-based Blackstone Group will pay for hands-on entrepreneurial training for students interested in launching their own companies. The program is open to students majoring in any academic subject. The goal is to spur job creation in today's slow-growth economy, said Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone's chairman and chief executive.
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
For the roughly 6,000 people each year who give up a kidney to someone in need of a transplant in the United States, a new study finds that generosity may come at a price: a roughly tenfold increased risk of kidney failure in the 15 years following their donation. That increased risk, however, tells only half the story -- and not, depending on how you look at things, the more important half. In the 15 years after he or she goes under the knife, a live kidney donor has a 0.3% likelihood of developing end-stage kidney disease requiring chronic dialysis or a transplant, researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found.
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