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Good Country Index Reveals Which Countries Are Doing the Most Good

These days, there are rankings out there for just about everything. Though at times trivial (think biased “best and worst” lists), ranking systems can actually be really beneficial in the world of philanthropy. A new ranking system, the Good Country Index, is a fine resource for anyone who wants to see how countries compare in […]

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Philanthropic People: Taylor Swift

Wholesome musician Taylor Swift might be known for her status as pop music icon and “America’s Sweetheart,” but did you know that she’s also a dedicated philanthropist? At just 24 years old, Swift has contributed greatly to many international charities, and has used her celebrity status to raise awareness about important causes. The reason Swift […]

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Simon Cowell Criticized for Donating to Israeli Army

This week all over social media, pro-Palestinian activists have criticized Simon Cowell after learning of his donation of $150,000 to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) last year. “Cowell is a figure who is never reluctant to court controversy but the ‘judge with attitude’ has now taken a bit part in a conflict […]

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Oxford Student Choir Sings Shakira for Charity

This week an all-male singing group named “Out of the Blue,” made up of students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, released a new single for charity. The group did a cover of Shakira hits, including Hips Don’t Lie, Whenever Wherever and Waka Waka. The group, which is raising money for the Helen and Douglas […]

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University Women’s Rowing Team Charity Branded Pornography by Facebook

Women from University of Warwick Rowing Society posed for a 2014 calendar, which was sold to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Their nude charity calendar raised £3,400, selling 1,500 copies but hoped to raise even more by posting some of the photos to Facebook and Twitter to drum up publicity. However, Facebook recently removed […]

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Why Warren Buffett Processes Donation Requests the Old Fashioned Way

One would assume that Warren Buffett – the American business magnate, remarkably successful investor, and renowned philanthropist – would toss aside most individual requests for charitable donations, given their high volume. Not so, says Josh Funk for The Huffington Post. Funk explains that “instead of tossing the letters aside, Buffett packages them up and sends […]

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Pamela Anderson Launches Charity at Cannes

Pamela Anderson, former star of Baywatch, hosted a backgammon competition at a beach party to mark the launch of her new animal charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation. The charity launch took place at Cannes during the film festival, which she began with a speech to explain her love of animals. But the most shocking moment came […]

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Town & Country to Host Philanthropy Summit

Town & Country magazine announced it will host its first ever philanthropy summit. On May 28th, the 168-year-old magazine will hold the inaugural event at Hearst Tower, with guests like New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Donna Karan, Hunter Biden, and many others. “There was always that saying that if you had money, […]

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Success Academy Benefit Raises Millions for NYC Charter Schools

Some of the biggest names in New York City business and finance came together for the Success Academy Charter Schools Benefit last month, the charter school network currently in conflict with new Mayor Bill de Blasio. In an effort to raise funds for the 32 schools that are part of Success Academy, hundreds of Wall […]

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Do Contests Really Drive Philanthropy?

Leaders in the philanthropic sector are constantly trying to find new ways to inspire others to give to worthy charities. Similarly, nonprofit organizations are not only posed with the challenge of putting their cause out into the world, but also innovating their own methods of giving. Designing public prizes or contests is one strategy that […]