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Donations improve how kids learn amid ongoing COVID concerns

Dec. 02, 2021 13:46 PM EST

When COVID-19 forced Claire Mansur to teach her fourth-grade reading students online instead of in the classroom, she thought about giving up as a teacher. Students at Gladstone Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri, which serves a large population of immigrants and...

GivingTuesday: Record $2.7B raised during day of generosity

Dec. 01, 2021 21:28 PM EST

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have seen slight declines this year, but GivingTuesday generated a new record for giving. Donations on GivingTuesday, the annual campaign that encourages generosity on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, rose by 9% this year, totaling...

Gates, French Gates offer post-divorce philanthropic plans

Dec. 01, 2021 15:42 PM EST

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates say they will still work with the Giving Pledge, the campaign they co-founded with Warren Buffett in 2010 to encourage billionaires to donate the majority of their wealth through philanthropy. But following their divorce earlier this...

Charities fundraising for other nonprofits on GivingTuesday

Nov. 30, 2021 13:09 PM EST

GivingTuesday, the annual fundraising blitz on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, turns 10 this year. What began as a social-media hashtag to counter aggressive consumer advertising campaigns with appeals for charitable giving has now grown into a juggernaut. Charities raised an estimated $2.47...

Supply chain problems hit charities' holiday gifts for kids

Nov. 30, 2021 09:51 AM EST

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, Kristyn Begari has been rushing to find enough doll styling heads to give to kids in need. But, the purchasing coordinator for the California-based nonprofit Family Giving Tree says it's been difficult to find them, or...

GivingTuesday CEO talks about campaign, younger donors

Nov. 29, 2021 17:10 PM EST

In the past 10 years, charities have made splashy fundraising appeals and raked in billions in donations on GivingTuesday, which takes place the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Last year, American donors gave nearly $2.5 billion amid growing needs brought on by the...

Reviving Ojibwe spiritual traditions, one pet at a time

Nov. 27, 2021 09:36 AM EST

CASS LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Animal neglect used to be such a problem on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, with basic services like sterilization out of reach for many due to poverty and remoteness, that packs of stray dogs would sometimes bring traffic to a halt on the main...

Bezos makes gifts to Obama foundation and NYU medical center

Nov. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EST

Former President Barack Obama’s foundation said Monday it has received a $100 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos that it says is the largest individual contribution it has received to date. Separately on Monday, NYU Langone Health, a medical center...

Americans’ trust in charity steady amid pandemic, poll finds

Nov. 22, 2021 08:06 AM EST

After years of declines, Americans’ trust in civil-rights and community-action charities increased in 2020, according to a new study, which also found that trust in charities overall held steady as millions more Americans came to rely on nonprofits amid the pandemic. ...

Ted Lasso's Sudeikis helps raise funds for prosthetic limbs

Nov. 19, 2021 14:38 PM EST

With an Emmy win and a hit Apple TV+ series under his belt, Jason Sudeikis is having one big year. The show, of course, is “Ted Lasso,” where Sudeikis plays an upbeat and good-natured American football coach who takes charge of a professional British soccer team...