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Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

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Newark Archbishop Gets $500K Home Upgrade After Parish School Closure

Lest we forget that religion can provide a powerful cover for those looking to abuse the trust of believers, The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that a local archdiocese built a lavish addition to an archbishop’s retirement home two years after closing a school for alleged lack of funds.

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Christmas and the Poor

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Stephen Colbert Ridicules Fox News Hosts’ Uncharitable Natures

Fox News is teeming with Christmas spirit, preparing its audience for the giving season by making sure no one hands out anything to the “poors” plaguing this great nation.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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What an Underfunded IRS Means for Fraudsters

A $100 million charity fraud that a former Army intelligence officer almost pulled off underscores the criminal enrichment opportunities that weakened oversight bureaus offer clever thieves.

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After Oklahoma Disaster, Give Thanks to Government

There is something troubling about government leaders initially implying—if subtly—that a nongovernmental response is as significant as a governmental one.

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Raid on $300 Million ‘Charity’ Forces Fla. Lt. Gov. to Resign

Authorities in Florida and five other states carried out a massive raid on a politically well-connected charity that has been called a fraud by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Christmas Failures

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Acts of Love

Love, the defining and most glorious element in human life, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet.

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Homeless Holidays

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When Dmitry Met Bono

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took some time away from the Kremlin on Tuesday to chill at his resort home by the Black Sea, sip tea and talk saving the world and whatnot with U2’s do-gooder frontman Bono.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



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40 Billionaires Agree to Give Half of It Away

With philanthropy buddies Warren Buffet and Bill Gates leading the way, 40 representatives of the uber rich have pledged to give half of their fortunes to good works. George Lucas of “Star Wars” (and ruining “Star Wars”) fame and Ted Turner, who gave us CNN before it was terrible and has the mustache to prove it, are among those on the list.

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Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

Kidnapping Is Not Charity

Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kids—with vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” later—is no act of charity.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Charity Should Begin With Charities

If the uninsured can’t count on the do-gooders to help them, where else can they turn?

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



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Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mother of Special Olympics, Dead at 88

The Washington Post called her “a gladiator for a new age.” JFK’s sister was also the mind and spirit behind the Special Olympics, which has allowed millions of disabled athletes to “be brave in the attempt.” Her life ended in Boston on Tuesday, but her good works live on.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Idealism in Short Supply

President Obama has called on Americans to volunteer in their communities, but the economic meltdown makes civilian service a tough sell. In this interview, Russ Finkelstein, associate director of idealist.org, argues that “we all have something to give,” even those of us without much time and money.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Prashant Panjiar

Do the Billionaire Shuffle

Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest man, though he rules over a ravaged kingdom of billionaires. Forbes’ annual list has shriveled by nearly a third and $2 trillion in net worth. Those poor billionaires.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE



What’s Left of the Beatles Will Play for Meditation

While the publicists have made it clear this isn’t a reunion, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be playing the same charity event next month. The surviving Beatles will appear in support of eccentric filmmaker David Lynch’s foundation, which hopes to teach transcendental meditation to a million at-risk kids.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Wants You

The incoming first lady sends this friendly reminder in support of her husband’s call for a national day of service. In keeping with the Obamas’ Web savvy, Michelle would like you to visit usaservice.org, a volunteer networking site created in the image of the campaign’s old home page.

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Gifts Worthy of Christmas

On this consumer holiday, let us recognize those whose satisfaction comes not from accumulating material goods or political power: The relief workers and community builders lending their energy to the poorest people in villages and urban slums scattered around the globe.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Tough Times Could Lead to Sex Boom

It seems the British have found a way to cope with the global economic crisis. A survey by the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK AIDS charity, found that sex is the most popular free activity in the empire, beating out window shopping and going to a museum.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
chicagotribune.com / Barack Obama

Artist-Elect Barack Obama

It looks like a $2,075 investment in a sketch by then-no-name artist and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama could really have paid off. The doodle, drawn as part of a 2007 “National Doodle Day” charity event, is now said to be worth in the six figures.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Nelson Mandela Turns 90

He was surrounded by stars from the movie and music industries, but Nelson Mandela was the big draw at the iconic South African leader’s 90th birthday party in London’s Hyde Park, where Mandela took his moment in the spotlight to urge well-wishers to continue the fight against AIDS.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008 READ MORE


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urbanprarie.net

Wounds Heal in Red Cross Dispute

After coming to its public relations senses, medical firm Johnson & Johnson has decided it wouldn’t be wise to proceed with a lawsuit against the Red Cross charity over a trademark agreement made in 1895. The initial case was brought by the firm after the Red Cross began to sell safety kits to fundraise for its many disaster-relief campaigns.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Releases Tax Returns

Hillary Clinton has released seven years of tax returns, which she filed jointly with her former president husband. While there is much poring over to do, one piece of information stands out: The Clintons are rich. America’s most famous power couple made about $109 million in seven years, thanks in large part to Bill Clinton’s speaking fees.

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Being Mrs. McCain

The UK’s Times Online certainly chose a very particular frame for its profile of John McCain’s wife, Cindy, as evidenced by the headline: “Flawed Cindy McCain Has a Grudge List.”  Further down, Mrs. McCain gets a bit more credit when writer Tony Allen-Mills predicts she’d make a “formidable but flawed first lady.” There appears to be a pattern at work here.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Giustra and Clinton
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Meet Frank Giustra, Mining Magnate and Clinton Chum

The name Frank Giustra may not ring any bells with those outside the international mining industry, but Thursday’s New York Times brings Giustra (pictured with Clinton) out of relative obscurity into sharp focus with its startling report about the Canadian entrepreneur, who boldly inserted himself into the uranium business in Kazakhstan (!) and into Bill Clinton’s inner circle.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Former Congressman Charged With Funding Terrorist

Mark Deli Siljander, a former Republican congressman, has been indicted for allegedly helping an Islamic charity fund Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a vicious Afghan militant leader with ties to al-Qaida. According to the book “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Hekmatyar was the largest recipient of U.S. weapons during the Afghan war with the Soviets.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


Selective Charity

The Onion targets religious hypocrisy with this satirical interview with the head of a mock Christian charity that provides relief to heterosexual Africans: “As long as you’re not gay, we welcome you with open arms.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Stewart

Bill Clinton on ‘The Daily Show’

The former president tells Jon Stewart about his new book, his wife’s quest to get back to “the best public housing in America,” why he might slit his throat if she’s successful, and how naps can save our democracy.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore: Rock ‘n’ Roll Impresario

Why run for president when you can jet-set around the world mingling with rock stars? Al Gore seems to have found a third way for his career prospects by spicing up his global warming outreach with a series of concerts called “Live Earth.” The tour launches from Sydney and will feature appearances by Madonna, the Police, Garth Brooks and a group of Antarctic scientists performing via satellite in front of icebergs.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Vatican Shuns Amnesty International

The Vatican is urging Catholics not to donate to Amnesty International because, it says, the group selectively promotes abortion. The human rights organization says the church has misrepresented its policy and, in the process, imperiled human rights. The World Health Organization estimates that 70,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE



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Collateral Damage and the Origins of Mother’s Day

Cole Miller of NoMoreVictims.Org, a group that works to find medical sponsorships for injured Iraqi children, talks about the ignored victims of Iraq and the antiwar origins of Mother’s Day.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


‘American Idol’ Tackles Poverty

There’s something obnoxious about a hugely popular TV show suddenly developing a social conscience, but it could be worse—they could just go on not giving a damn.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


In Orlando, Charity Can Be a Crime

A 21-year-old Floridian was arrested in Orlando for feeding a group of 30 homeless people. It is illegal in Orlando to feed more than 25 destitute people without a permit, which can be obtained only twice a year. As if to drive home the absurdity of the law, authorities took a sample of Eric Montanez’s illegal stew for evidence.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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United Farm Workers Cleared of Wrongdoing

The California state attorney general’s office has found no wrongdoing in the United Farm Workers Union’s handling of its affiliated charities. The probe was launched in response to allegations raised by a series of articles published in the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff and Norquist
AP

GOP-Linked Nonprofits Sold Clout to Abramoff

From the Wash Po: “Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, ‘perpetrated a fraud’ on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued today.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: America’s Blacks Are a Giving People

African-Americans give away a greater percentage of their money to charitable causes than whites.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


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