The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary.
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Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
The foundation Bill and Melinda Gates run has more assets than any other.
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The dean of the only school of philanthropy sees some good in the attention charity-related scandals are generating.
Jeffrey Epstein faced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges when he died in July 2019.
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Giving away big sums of money is supposed to make the world a better place. So, why are so many deep-pocketed donors getting themselves and the causes they support in trouble?
Rewarding charities that scrimp is less strategic than it sounds.
Trying too hard to keep spending low can make organizations struggle and take a toll on their staff.
Even if the thought counts, the effort might not be worth it.
Like any personal touch, there's a chance this common fundraising step makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside. But a five-year research project found that it doesn't make donors more generous.
UCLA gave $425,000 back to Donald Sterling in 2014 after he disparaged Magic Johnson.
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Colleges and universities should apply the best techniques of research and education to their own decision-making.
Eight charities will get the Trump Foundation’s remaining assets.
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Under a settlement reached with New York authorities, he must give US$2 million to nonprofits out of his own pocket. And if he wants to start another foundation, Trump must submit to close supervision.
The former site of a Panama City plumbing business remained a pile of debris months after Hurricane Michael.
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The gravity and force of this Category 5 hurricane that lashed the Florida Panhandle and other Southern states may never have fully registered on the public’s radar.
After hurricanes, there are always people who could use a hand.
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After a hurricane strikes or an earthquake makes shockwaves, try to support nonprofits that are clear about what they do and how they will spend your money.
An illustration from the Christian Herald showing famine-hit people in India.
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For International Day of Charity on Sept. 5, a history of how the Christian Herald mobilized Americans in the late 19th century to give millions for the relief of global suffering.
Two of the top donors who made constructing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture possible were black.
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Billionaire Robert F. Smith made a big splash when he told Morehouse grads he would pay off their student debt. Yet his generosity adheres to a long African American tradition.
A proposed charitable law could simulate this sea of piggy banks.
It may be easier to give money away when you budget for it.
Will this help the thousands of Americans who need a kidney transplant get one in time?
The need for organs to transplant far exceeds the supply.
Left: Robert Smith. Right (clockwise from left): Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z, LeBron James and Nicki Minaj.
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A recent gift by billionaire Robert Smith to pay off the student loans of 2019 graduates of Morehouse points to the potential of America's black elite to pay off all black students' college loans.
Individual givers, including celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, are the main source of charitable support.
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Although far fewer Americans took the charitable deduction on their tax returns, giving stayed fairly steady, according to the annual Giving USA report.
Most adults under 49 without kids must work 20 hours a week to get food stamps.
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When asked to donate money they had earned through participating in a study, average people tended to choose the less onerous requirements rather than big ones.
Michael Bloomberg, Robert F. Smith and MacKenzie Bezos are among the big givers making headlines.
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As the debate over what ails philanthropy heats up, the questions are going beyond whether massive charitable donations help or hurt society.
Big charitable endeavors are bringing her priorities into focus.
Some, like Melinda Gates and Priscilla Chan, became affluent through marriage. Others, like Oprah Winfrey, earned fortunes on their own.
In the wake of the Notre Dame fire, critics argue the money donated to the Paris cathedral would have been better directed elsewhere.
Those who don't give often face less media scrutiny.
About a million Rohingya refugees are living in Bangladesh.
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It's not necessarily because of Islamophobia.