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January 9, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg says the losses on his personal investments with Bernard L. Madoff have done "extraordinary damage" to his philanthropic efforts. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, the DreamWorks Animation SKG chief said it was a "disgrace" that Madoff remained free pending the next phase of his case.
December 21, 2008 | Ashley Powers
The Santa Claus of this bleak desert outpost wears a polo shirt with a pack of Camel Lights in the pocket and a pair of suspenders stretched tight over his stomach. Larry Bai is 60, balding and Jewish. He shuffles through the post office doors this blustery morning, gripping a cane topped with a lion's head. He opens Santa's post office box, No. 133. There are eight more letters.
December 18, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock
Peeking to advance stem cell research in California, philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad announced Wednesday that they will donate $25 million to UC San Francisco for a state-of-the-art laboratory that will bring together some of the world's leading scientists in the field. The gift was hailed by Gov.
December 11, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Princeton University will pay nearly $100 million but maintain control of a much-larger endowment that supports its school of public affairs, under a settlement between the school and disgruntled heirs of a major donor. The 6-year-old case pitted heirs of Charles and Marie Robertson, who held the A&P grocery fortune, against the university. In dispute was a 1961 gift of $35 million, which grew to $900 million, to support Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
November 26, 2008 | James Wagner, Wagner is a Times staff writer.
Shards of glass, bumpy grass and rocks are what Jose Serna was used to as a kid. Lights and modern turf on a baseball field were luxuries. "If the ball took a bad hop, you lose a tooth," the Roosevelt High School senior outfielder said. So now, as he watched with his teammates on the edge of the baseball infield at Evergreen Recreation Center in Boyle Heights, Serna was pleased to hear the news.
November 25, 2008 | Yvonne Villarreal
Some major artists have provided songs to help launch (Red)Wire, a new digital music service working in conjunction with (Red) and Product Red, all aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight AIDS in Africa. On Monday, World Aids Day, songs and videos from artists such as Coldplay, Death Cab for Cuties, the Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, John Legend, U2 and Elton John will be showcased during the (Red)Wire unveiling at (Red)Wire subscribers will download a special custom player for their computer and will receive a weekly digital music offering, including an exclusive song from a major artist, a less well-known song that (Red)
November 13, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
"American Idol" has allocated more than $64 million in grants to six U.S. and international charities from contributions to its "Idol Gives Back" fundraising event. The popular Fox singing competition's star-studded gala, held at the Kodak Theatre in April, featured musical performances by Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Heart and Snoop Dogg. Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams were among the celebrities who also appeared on stage. "Idol Gives Back" said Wednesday that grants had been made to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Malaria No More; Children's Health Fund; U.S. programs of Save the Children; Children's Defense Fund; and Make It Right, Pitt's campaign to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.
October 15, 2008 | Mike Boehm
Center Theatre Group, parent of the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre, will receive as much as $1.1 million from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Nonprofit Finance Fund to serve as a very large guinea pig for the performing arts. CTG and nine other groups are the focuses of a $15.1-million, five-year experiment, announced Tuesday, aimed at discovering a cure for the economic uncertainty and declining attendance plaguing many nonprofit theater and dance organizations.
October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The 2009 Tony Awards will include a new honor: the Isabelle Stevenson Award, to be given to a member of the theater community for philanthropic efforts. The award, named after the former president of the American Theatre Wing, will go to a person "who has made a substantial contribution or volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations."
September 28, 2008 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Paul Newman, the legendary movie star and irreverent cultural icon who created a model philanthropy fueled by profits from a salad dressing that became nearly as famous as he was, has died. He was 83. Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Conn., after a long battle with cancer, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. Stunningly handsome, Newman maintained his superstar status while keeping his distance from its corrupting influences through nearly 100 Broadway, television and movie roles.
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