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Whitetip sharks amid a school of anthias near Jarvis island in the South Pacific. Kelvin Gorospe, NOAA/NMFS/Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Blog/Flickr

How you can help protect sharks – and what doesn’t work

Sharks are much more severely threatened by humans than vice versa. A marine biologist explains how people can help protect sharks and why some strategies are more effective than others.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, gave their foundation $15 billion right before their divorce became final. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty ImagesLudovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

The 50 biggest US donors gave or pledged nearly $28 billion in 2021 – Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates account for $15 billion of that total

Three scholars weigh in regarding the priorities of these wealthy American donors, who gave less to social service and racial justice groups than in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do regular people participate in philanthropy? fotosipsak/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Making a difference without millions – how Americans give

Stanford researcher Lucy Bernholz is re-imagining what philanthropy looks like and is trying to understand how average people create, fund and distribute shared social goods in the digital age.
Usher, shown speaking in 2019 at an event hosted by the nonprofit he started, and two other celebrities shot five episodes of the canceled series. Paras Griffin/Getty Images

‘The Activist’ reality TV show sparked furor, but treating causes as commodities with help from celebrities happens all the time

The producers are recasting the show as a documentary. The original version would have done more harm than good for the causes being showcased, two scholars argue.
Participants warm up at Federation Square ahead of the 5k Run Melbourne event in 2018. AAP Image/Penny Stephens

Australian charities are struggling with the loss of fun runs and other ‘fitness philanthropy’ events

Australians love mass sporting events and raising money for charity. Under COVID, these activities have taken a major blow.
CEO Warren Buffett was surrounded by press and fans when he arrived at Berkshire Hathaway’s 2019 annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, in May 2019. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Why Warren Buffett is a model for his billionaire peers

The investor has already given half of his $100 billion fortune to charity and he has pledged to disburse nearly all of the rest.
Attorneys George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit, all HBCU grads, successfully sought to defeat school segregation in court. AP Photo

MacKenzie Scott’s HBCU giving starkly contrasts with the approach of early white funders of historically Black colleges and universities

When white philanthropists made large gifts to these schools in the 19th century and early 20th century, many insisted upon a vocational focus for Black higher ed.

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