Latest Individual giving News

Land from former slave market donated to US park service

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The National Park Service on Friday accepted a Mississippi city's donation of land at a site that was once one of the largest slave markets in the United States. The federal agency eventually will develop exhibits that tell the history of Forks of...

Report: Cuomo's sister raised legal fees for convicted aide

Jun. 16, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sisters helped raise money to pay the legal fees of a former close aide of the governor, Joseph Percoco, who was convicted of accepting bribes. Madeline Cuomo sent an email in February 2020 to two dozen people,...

Bezos' ex-wife, Scott, gives millions to 2 Chicago colleges

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago educational institutions have received donations from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest gifts from a single person in their histories, officials said Tuesday. Kennedy-King College, a branch of City Colleges of Chicago, was given $5...

MacKenzie Scott, citing wealth gap, donates $2.7 billion

Jun. 15, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist known for her unexpected multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity causes, announced Tuesday that she has given $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. It is the third round of no-strings-attached, major philanthropic gifts Scott...

Charitable giving in the U.S. reaches all-time high in 2020

Jun. 15, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

Galvanized by the racial justice protests and the coronavirus pandemic, charitable giving in the United States reached a record $471 billion in 2020, according to a report released Tuesday that offers a comprehensive look at American philanthropy. The Giving USA report...

Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Feds: Pennsylvania man faked Trump family personas in fraud

Jun. 08, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was charged Tuesday with creating fake online identities for ex-President Donald Trump's brother and youngest son to dupe hundreds of people nationwide into donating thousands of dollars to what prosecutors described as a phony political organization. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 08, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 5, 2021. Editorial: Clock is ticking on 2021 Minnesota Legislature Hurdles remain, but divides must be overcome to avoid a damaging shutdown. Legislative leaders appear cautiously optimistic that...

Expansion planned for giraffe facility at Topeka Zoo

Jun. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo is expanding and upgrading its giraffe facility, a move that also will provide new housing for other animals. Zoo officials say the project is expected to cost $7.75 million. Private donations will cover $6.25 million of the cost, and...

Lawsuit challenges key part of new Kentucky education law

Jun. 07, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new law allowing scholarship tax credits to support private school tuition drew a court challenge Monday from an education group, which argues that the program is unconstitutional and undermines support for public schools. The legal...