Latest Philanthropy News

South Carolina fan wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

Dec. 5, 2019 8:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Vaughn, a longtime volunteer and leader with the South Carolina-based Project HOPE Foundation that serves the autism community, won the ninth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award on Thursday night. Vaughn received the award and $100,000 donation to the Project Hope...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Booksellers get holiday bonuses from James Patterson

Dec. 5, 2019 8:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from bestselling author James Patterson. Patterson announced Thursday that 500 gifts of $500 each — 100 of those gifts going to children's booksellers...

‘Green Book’ director Farrelly, brother get disability award

Dec. 4, 2019 9:14 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In Peter Farrelly's 2018 Oscar-winning film, “Green Book,” chauffeur Tony Lip quips: “The world's full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.” Neither Farrelly nor his brother, Bobby Farrelly, the director of 1998’s “There’s Something...

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

Dec. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn’t only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose “The Life You Can Save” has been a guide for Simon and others looking for...

Obamas’ publisher makes new pledge to education organization

Dec. 3, 2019 12:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Barack and Michelle Obama has pledged to donate 300,000 children’s books to a leading educational organization, adding to the 1 million copies already given. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that it had joined with the former president and former first lady in...

Millennial Money: Give back without busting your budget

Dec. 3, 2019 11:20 AM EST

It may not come as a surprise that millennials are passionate about giving back. Millennials as a generation believe in supporting causes more than individual organizations, are likely to be influenced by peer networks when it comes to giving and want to give back in terms of money, time and leadership, according...

Kid's new coats needed for hip-hop artist's fundraiser

Dec. 1, 2019 12:27 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As hip-hop artist Devine Carama was checking out of Macy's department store in Lexington on Black Friday with 30 coats that he will donate to children in need this Christmas, he said two families approached him and said "it was put upon their hearts" to help out. One family purchased...

Albania’s search for quake victims ends; death toll up to 51

Nov. 30, 2019 8:52 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors in Albania has ended, the prime minister said Saturday, with the death toll at 51 and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins. Prime Minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital,...

Brazil’s president criticizes DiCaprio over Amazon fires

Nov. 29, 2019 8:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government...