Latest Philanthropy News

Dempsey Challenge for cancer centers raised a record $1.3M

Sep. 27, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Dempsey Challenge bike-and-run fundraiser raised a record $1.3 million to support cancer centers in South Portland and Lewiston. About 2,000 people took part in the weekend event with more than 500 of them doing so through a virtual event...

Louisiana poet laureate's 1st reading online Wednesday

Sep. 26, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is inviting people to join the new state poet laureate’s first public reading through two online venues. Mona Lisa Saloy will read her work at 7 p.m. Wednesday. People can watch on Facebook or register for...

Hurricane damaged windows to be fixed in century old library

Sep. 26, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Crews are getting ready to start restoring windows in a century-old building in Beaufort that were damaged by hurricanes over the past several years. The work on the 29 windows of the Carnegie Library building is being paid for through a $188,000...

Marine, wife in Virginia aid Afghan linguist seeking asylum

Sep. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marine Lt. Col. Breck Perry came to know “E.Z.” while stationed in Jalalabad, in the eastern part of Afghanistan. “E.Z. was our platoon linguist,” said Perry, who is now stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico. “I developed a...

Charity walk to raise money for ALS planned for Polar Park

Sep. 26, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — More than 160 people were expected to participate in a charity walk to raise money for the fight against ALS in Worcester. The goal of the Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday is to raise $100,000 to bolster no-cost services like support groups, home...

Nebraska billionaire, philanthropist Walter Scott dies at 90

Sep. 25, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Walter Scott, the past top executive of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc. construction firm who helped oversee Warren Buffett’s conglomerate and donated to various causes, particularly construction projects around Omaha, has died. He was 90. The...

Italians come out to demand support for Afghan women

Sep. 25, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Italy on Saturday to support Afghan women and demand continued international pressure on the country’s Taliban leaders to let women participate in the educational and political life of the country. Among...

Church spreads the wealth years after getting large gift

Sep. 25, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A large gift to a small church continues to provide benefits to people in Shiawassee County. Nearly 10 local organizations recently got grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 from Juddville United Methodist Church, The Argus-Press reported. ...

Nonprofits try to meet 'staggering' needs of Afghan refugees

Sep. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a garage behind the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, volunteers sort through donations for the thousands of evacuees from Afghanistan, now staying at Fort McCoy in Monroe County. Much of the work involves opening a mountain of Amazon and Target...

He's a viral GIF. So he's using it to fundraise for charity

Sep. 24, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

If you’ve been on social media, or texted with GIF-loving friends, you know Drew Scanlon’s face. His GIF, known as “ Blinking Guy " or “Blinking White Guy," is estimated to have been used more than 1.7 billion times across the internet to express disbelief or...