Wednesday, May 31, 2006


The "UNICEF drops Halloween collection box campaign

TORONTO (CP) — The 50-year tradition of trick-or-treaters collecting coins in orange boxes has ended after UNICEF decided to cancel its door-to-door Halloween campaign." : Gold magnate gives $37-million to Toronto General : Gold magnate gives $37-million to Toronto General: "Gold magnate gives $37-million to Toronto General


Gold magnate Peter Munk gave Toronto General Hospital $37-million yesterday, the largest gift ever to a Canadian hospital."

Philanthropy in the Caribbean - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM

Philanthropy in the Caribbean - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "One often hears that philanthropy is alien to the Caribbean and that people in the Caribbean are not spontaneously generous. Such assertions defy credulity. Caribbean peoples are inherently gregarious, extroverted and benevolent." | Voluntary sector | Israel accuses British-funded Islamic charity of being front for terrorists | Voluntary sector | Israel accuses British-funded Islamic charity of being front for terrorists: "Israel accuses British-funded Islamic charity of being front for terrorists

· Gaza head deported and accused of funding Hamas
· Expulsion a 'mixture of confusion and malice'

Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
Wednesday May 31, 2006
The Guardian

Israel has branded a major UK charity that receives millions of pounds in British government money as a terrorist front, accusing it of providing funds and assistance to Hamas, the armed group now in control of the Palestinian Authority."

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - Make your charitable work meaningful - Make your charitable work meaningful: "Larry Tanenbaum made headlines this month — and not just because of the sports teams he owns (Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors).

The first major donor to use new tax rules in the federal budget, he gave a $50 million gift of stock to the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.

'I am hopeful that my gift will inspire others to consider donating to public charities,' he was quoted as saying"

Rich 200 getting richer – and more generous (May 25, 2006)

Rich 200 getting richer – and more generous (May 25, 2006): "Rich 200 getting richer – and more generous
Melissa Singer

THEY may be getting richer, but some of the 30-plus Jews on this year’s BRW magazine Rich 200 list are also among the country’s most generous philanthropists.

Australia’s richest Jew, Westfield boss Frank Lowy, increased his wealth this year to $5.4 billion. Lowy, 74, who fled Nazi-occupied Europe, retains his number-two position on the list behind James Packer, who inherited his father Kerry’s media empire following his death in December 2005.

In third position, cardboard king Richard Pratt increased his wealth by $500 million to $5.2 billion in the same year he received an honorary doctorate from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University for philanthropy and his contribution to water research in the southern Negev. Pratt, 71, also supports a range of Jewish and non-Jewish causes through the Pratt Foundation, which donates an estimated $12 million each year."

VITA non profit online [ARTICLE: "Ukraine: EC micro program supports ONGs"]

VITA non profit online [ARTICLE: "Ukraine: EC micro program supports ONGs"]: "The European Commission's micro-grant program for the support of Ukrainian Grassroot NGOs “Further Strengthening of Civil Society” has started the implementation phase in spring 2006. The program is designed for socially oriented NGOs from different regions of Ukraine. "

Friday, May 26, 2006

INSIDE JoongAng Daily-The dead can donate to charity

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "The dead can donate to charity

May 27, 2006 ㅡ A growing number of Korean insurers, as part of marketing linked to charity, are rolling out 'donation insurance policies,' through which policyholders can donate their death benefits to charity groups.
Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance Co. introduced last week an individual damage insurance policy in partnership with Korea Food for the Hungry International, a local charity group."

Belfast Telegraph-Charity lottery opens bid to go online in Ulster

Belfast Telegraph: "Charity lottery opens bid to go online in Ulster
Hain asked to have legislation changed
26 May 2006

Hundreds of Ulster charities received a boost today as it emerged that steps are being taken to bring an online fundraising lottery to Northern Ireland.

The organisers of Play Monday, which was devised to raise millions for charity, are hoping to meet the Secretary of State to discuss the possibility of bringing the unique fundraising initiative to Northern Ireland."

ReliefWeb » South Asia: Tsunami recovery - Taking stock after 12 months

ReliefWeb » Document Preview » South Asia: Tsunami recovery - Taking stock after 12 months: "Tsunami recovery:
Executive Summary"

Independent Online Edition > This Britain-Conspicuous giving: And it's all in a good cause

Independent Online Edition > This Britain: "Conspicuous giving: And it's all in a good cause
From a £60,000 Kate Moss kiss to an ill-advised £400 signed copy of the Hutton report, auctions have become a high-profile but essential source of funds for charities. Jonathan Brown reports
Published: 26 May 2006

It is a world of glamour, unbridled luxury and lavish excess. A place where celebrities and the mega-rich can relax, mingle with their own kind and flash a little bit of their hard-earned cash - all of it, of course, in a good cause.

The charity auction has become one of the places to be seen in recent years and the summer season of conspicuous giving is well and truly upon us.

For the charities battling for the hearts, minds and wallets of the giving public, raising cash and battling donor fatigue is an ongoing struggle. From cancer research to Aids, child welfare to the environment, the ability to fill a room with well-heeled, well-oiled and, most importantly, generous donors has become central to the fund-raising effort.

The core of the strategy is being able to pack a fashionable venue with an A-list of guests. Salesmen and women are put to work to sell the tables. City firms are obvious targets, home to many high-rollers. A typical table for an up-market bash can start at £5,000.

The next step is to stock up with a range of 'money can't buy' lots. According to Stewart Edmonds of Terrence Higgins Trust, an exclusive experience, rather than an item that once belonged to a celebrity, always proves the biggest draw.

For example, he says, Terrence Higgins Trust, thanks to its close relations with George Michael's partner Kenny Goss, was able to offer a night out with the couple that reached £10,000 under intense bidding. Another of its most successful offers has been taking tea with Joan Rivers or dinner at the House of Lords with Lord Archer. 'The auction format is now fundamental to our fund-raising programme and it is a fun way to"

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Iraqi Charities Plant Seed of Civil Society - New York Times

Iraqi Charities Plant Seed of Civil Society - New York Times: "In the wave of lawlessness and frantic self-interest that has washed over this war-weary nation, small acts of pure altruism often go unnoticed.

Christoph Bangert/Polaris, for The New York Times

Najat al-Saiedi, right, delivering clothing for children in the Shoala neighborhood in Baghdad. She founded a group called Bilad al Rafidain — or Mesopotamian — Orphan Relief. More Photos »

Like the tiny track suits and dresses that Najat al-Saiedi takes to children of displaced families in the dusty, desperate Shiite slum of Shoala. Or the shelter that Suad al-Khafaji gives to, among others, the five children she found living in a garage in northern Baghdad last year."

OneWorld South Asia Home / News / News:Today's Headlines - Government has failed people: Indian NGOs

OneWorld South Asia Home / News / News:Today's Headlines - Government has failed people: Indian NGOs: "Government has failed people: Indian NGOs
New Delhi: Manmohan Singh’s government has failed poor people, scoring below passing marks in employment, education, health and social equity among other main promises made in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), two years back.

Releasing the progress report on two years of the UPA government, over 250 civil society organisations from across 14 states under the banner of `Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’ (WNTA – Keep your Promises Campaign), a national NGO coalition, said that precious little has been achieved during the last year. The government needs to put in extra efforts to translate its good intentions into visible results on the ground, both in cities and in villages.

The progress report, made to appear like a true school report card complete with an examination board titled, `Civil Society Board for Governance Accountability’, gives the UPA government an aggregate of only 2.96 out of a total of 10 marks. The government scores the maximum in governance – 3.35 out of 10 – yet fails to pass. It scores 3.27 in education; 2.7 in health; 2.42 in social exclusion and discrimination; 3 in land, livelihoods and displacement and 3.05 in human rights and secularism. "

News-"SSIA-holders urged to give small amounts to charity

News: "SSIA-holders urged to give small amounts to charity
Aid agency Concern is urging SSIA-holders to consider giving some of their savings to help people in the developing world."

Do Not Call Register legislation introduced - Government/Law -

Do Not Call Register legislation introduced - Government/Law - "Do Not Call Register legislation introduced
By Staff Writers, CRN 25 May 2006 10:51 AEST Government/Law

“An end to nuisance calls has moved a step closer to reality with the introduction of legislation to create a $33 million national Do Not Call Register, however the initiative will still be an illusion to many.”

The Do Not Call Register Bill 2006 and the Do Not Call Register (Consequential
Amendments) Bill 2006 will facilitate a national register allowing individuals to opt-out from receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls."

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper - Qatar

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper - Qatar: "REPRESENTATIVES of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday urged the Arab Organisa-tion for Administrative Development to make the symposium on the ‘Role of NGOs in Sustainable Development’ an annual event.

Releasing a communique at the end of a three-day seminar on ‘The role of NGOs in sustainable development’ in Doha yesterday, Sudan-based Al-Zubayr Charity president Othman al-Zubayr said it was essential to enhance the performance of Arab NGOs."

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

U-M seeks alumni in China

U-M seeks alumni in China: "U-M seeks alumni in China
Association delegation hopes to broaden global base of support
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
News Staff Reporter

China has again beckoned for top University of Michigan officials - and this time a delegation from the alumni association is making the trip to host receptions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong for Chinese alumni this week.

The visit comes nearly one year after U-M President Mary Sue Coleman led an 11-person delegation last June to sign agreements on academic and research efforts with four Chinese universities.

This time, alumni officials are leading the trip to China, hoping to re-establish ties to alumni there who can support the university's ambitions."

NGOs look to management and media skills, boards, in leadership transition | China Development Brief

NGOs look to management and media skills, boards, in leadership transition | China Development Brief: "NGOs look to management and media skills, boards, in leadership transition
Wed, 2006-05-24 15:27
Civil Society

As China’s first generation of NGOs look back on ten or more years of growth in a shifting, but invariably difficult, policy context, several of them are also wrestling with the equally challenging issue of leadership succession.

It was Friends of Nature—one of the first independent NGOs to be established in reform-era China, back in 1994—that took the first, and perhaps most decisive, step towards leadership transition." year's SGX Bull Run going to the dogs "this year's SGX Bull Run going to the dogs
By Ng Bao Ying, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The Singapore Exchange's third annual charity fun run takes a new twist this year -- alongside stock brokers and executives will be man's best friend.

This year's Bull Run borrows from Spain's San Fermin festival, when bulls are let out to run down cobbled streets.

In Singapore, however, dogs will replace bulls and accompany their owners as they run around the Central Business District. "


TODAYonline: "The line between defamation and debate
Defence of reputation, free speech calls for a delicate balance of interests

Thomas Koshy

'PRACTICAL politics consists in ignoring facts,' American historian Henry Adams said over a century ago. But time and again, ignoring the facts has been shown to be a perilous path to take in Singapore politics.
This was seen most recently when, faced with the prospect of having to defend their statements in court, 10 out of the 12 Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Central Executive Committee (CEC) members apologised and withdrew statements made in relation to the National Kidney Foundation saga.
The party has since also decided not to file its defence and has discharged its lawyer, who continues to represent Dr Chee Soon Juan and his sister in the lawsuit.
The loss of credibility and apparent breaking of ranks, which earned the SDP the moniker 'Slowly Disintegrating Party', probably contributed in no small part to the party — which was once the leader of the Opposition — ending up as the last choice of the people in the General Election.
With the many defamation suits filed against members of Opposition parties in the past, Singaporeans probably felt a sense of deja vu as matters unfolded against the CEC members. Invoking defamation laws to prevent falsehoods from gaining currency has been a consistent strategy employed by the ruling party.
By contrast, the Workers' Party (WP) demonstrated a rather different tack when the character of its members came under attack. It took the stance that Singaporeans are mature, they can think for themselves and come to their own conclusions.
This was a clever stroke that was sure to charm some, telling Singaporeans who are used to paternalistic, if not patronising, treatment, that they were mature enough to decide for themselves.
After the elections, the legal investigations into whether Mr Gomez had committed offences of criminal intimidation, giving false i"

Xinhua - English-Fostering a charity culture

Xinhua - English: "BEIJING, May 24 -- Increased public awareness of the role played by charity is vital in the development of philanthropic undertakings in China, says a signed article in People's Daily. An excerpt follows:

More than 3,000 foreigners who benefited from Chinese financial aid attended a charity function in Tianjin last Thursday.

Jointly sponsored by organizations including the China Charity Federation, the Red Cross Society of China, China Disabled Persons' Federation, the Ministry of Education, the State Administration of Sport and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, the event attracted much public attention as one of China's largest charity activities aimed at offering help overseas."

Philanthropy and the Saudi Experience

Philanthropy and the Saudi Experience: "hilanthropy and the Saudi Experience
Michael Saba,

Try googling “Saudi” and “charity” together. Almost all of the hits tell you stories of alleged illicit activities by Saudi charities funding terrorism and almost every other dastardly activity that you can imagine, supposedly being performed with Saudi charitable funds. You have to go way down on the list before you find anything even vaguely positive about Saudis and charitable activities. This week, however, a news article did make the papers about Saudi benevolence. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was affirmed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for having recently given $10 million for draught relief in the Horn of Africa. And that act is not unusual for the Saudis." | Voluntary sector | Cause for complaint | Voluntary sector | Cause for complaint: "Cause for complaint

Charities aren't obliged to provide a complaints procedure - but they should, says Jane Muir

Wednesday May 24, 2006
The Guardian

Pressing a coin into the outstretched palm of a street beggar, you also hand him a feedback form with a series of questions: 'How did I make you feel when I gave you my loose change? Was anything in my general attitude patronising or rude? How was it for you to have to ask for money in the first place?'

A feedback form might seem a little over the top in that particular instance, but a new report, Cause for Complaint, launched today by the Charity Commission, recommends that more charities might consider formulating a complaints procedure for their users. As a parent of a disabled child dependent on charity for many of his mobility, communication and lifestyle needs, I think it is a good idea."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

UK Fundraising | News | Co-operative Bank handles online donations at Charity Choice

UK Fundraising | News | Co-operative Bank handles online donations at Charity Choice: "o-operative Bank handles online donations at Charity Choice
by Howard Lake
23 May 2006

The Co-operative Bank and online charity directory Charity Choice have launched an online donation service that is available, free of charge, to all UK registered charities.

Charity Choice's online directory attracts over 99,000 visitors each month, but very few of them were able to make donations to charities listed on the site because so few charities had the facilities for taking online donations.

As a result Charity Choice, part of the Wilmington Group plc, approached the Co-operative Bank to establish an online donation service for all charities listed on the site.

Telegraph | Entertainment | On radio: how to get a millionaire to give you money

Telegraph | Entertainment | On radio: how to get a millionaire to give you money: "On radio: how to get a millionaire to give you money
(Filed: 23/05/2006)

The BBC's man in Washington is authoritative, informed, concise and witty, writes Gillian Reynolds

We are all fundraisers now. Turn up at a school reunion, visit a museum, go to church, open this morning's letters and you will not only be asked for money but feel obliged to ask other people for it too.

Anyone who ever fantasised about marrying money now only longs for a millionaire to come along and buy all the raffle tickets. How good to hear, on Matt Frei's An Embarrassment of Riches (Radio 4, Friday), that such millionaires not only exist, but give and go on giving."

Donating shares to charity

Donating shares to charity: "Donating shares to charity

Terry McBride, Special to The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2006

When you support a worthy cause by making a charitable gift, you can also reduce fees and taxes levied on your estate. But before writing a cheque, you should review your stock portfolio first. You could be much better off from donating stocks that have gone up instead of writing a cheque.

You would pay income tax needlessly if you were to sell stocks first and then hand over the cash proceeds to charity."

Ford Foundation Is Criticized on Mideast Funding - May 23, 2006 - The New York Sun - NY News

Ford Foundation Is Criticized on Mideast Funding - May 23, 2006 - The New York Sun - NY News: "Ford Foundation Is Criticized on Mideast Funding

By SHLOMO GREENWALD - Special to the Sun
May 23, 2006

Three years after the Ford Foundation's grants to anti-Israel groups prompted a furor in Congress, the $10 billion New York-based philanthropy is at it again, according to a report by the NGO Monitor, an Israel-based organization overseen by Israel's former ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold."

Monday, May 22, 2006


Taiwan: "Hundreds of people climb 101 for charity

By Carmen Russell The China Post

Despite boasting the fastest elevators in the world, hundreds of people voluntarily climbed the stairs of Taipei 101 yesterday. It wasn't a fire drill or an emergency panic, but rather an event to for the local and foreign community to raise money for charitable causes.

Organized by The Canadian Society of Taiwan, the first 'Charity Climbathon at Taipei 101,' raised more than NT$1.8 million, well over the stated goal of NT$1 million.

Entrants were required obtain sponsors of more than NT$2,000 total per person in order to participate in the event. However, individuals and teams who raised the most money, were awarded with prizes, such as one-year memberships to California Fitness and all-expense trips to Hong Kong and Japan." Japan-Hedge Fund, Alternative Asset Managers to Start Charity in Asia Japan: "Hedge Fund, Alternative Asset Managers to Start Charity in Asia

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Hedge fund managers in Asia are showing their soft side by setting up a charity, the first of its kind in the region.

Returns Invested in Children and Education, or RICE, will also raise money for minors in developing nations from private equity funds, investment banks, prime brokers and family offices.

``We see a need for the hedge fund industry, which in some respects makes an outlandish profit, to give some of that back into charity and back into the society,'' said Michael Nock, who oversees about $500 million at Doric Capital Corp. in Hong Kong." | Voluntary sector | Tough at the top | Voluntary sector | Tough at the top: "Tough at the top

Being the chief executive of a voluntary organisation is no walk in the park, says Debra Tyler

Monday May 22, 2006

There is a saying that some people achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. The latter is often true for voluntary sector chief executives, many of who end up in a senior leadership position entirely by accident.

Yet, despite this, most of them take on the enormous burden of their role cheerfully, passionately and willingly. This is because they care deeply about the work of their organisations and the massive difference they make, not just to people's lives, but to society as a whole. In the course of researching my book, It's Tough At The Top, and during my mentoring and training activities, I have spoken with hundreds of chief executives. Many of them have been profoundly positive about their roles and the demands of the job. But nonetheless the challenges they face are considerable."

Guardian Unlimited | UK Latest | Blair signals charities expansion

Guardian Unlimited | UK Latest | Blair signals charities expansion: "Blair signals charities expansion

Press Association
Saturday May 20, 2006 1:03 AM

Tony Blair has signalled a major expansion of the role of charities and voluntary organisations in the provision of public services.

In a letter to new Social Exclusion Minister Hilary Armstrong setting out her key priorities, the Prime Minister said that he wanted to see a 'step change' in the involvement of the so-called 'third sector' within a year."

Ottawa Business Journal - Home Page

Ottawa Business Journal - Home Page: "Corporate philanthropy: More than just writing a cheque
By Kristin Harold, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Mon, May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST

Elvis, aka Trevor McDonald. (Darren Brown, OBJ)

Trevor McDonald usually shows up for work at local law firm Nelligan O'Brien Payne in a suit and tie, but there have been recent sightings of him dressed in full Elvis regalia, sequins and all.

'We try to bring some fun and enthusiasm to our United Way campaign every year,' says the hip-swinging associate lawyer. 'Some of our partners agreed last year to shave their heads if we met a certain goal and I agreed to dress as Elvis. I sang a song to the tune of 'My Way', but I called it 'United Way' and instead of saying 'I did it my way', I sang 'I gave to the United Way.''"

File Early - A Challenge to the sector

File Early - A Challenge to the sector: "File Early - A challenge to the sector

Charities have to file key documents with us within 10 months of the end of their financial year. It’s a legal requirement, yet a quarter of all charities continue to miss this deadline and file late. These charities have a combined annual income of £6 billion – a massive chunk of charity money not accounted for on time. Many who do comply only file in the last month possible.

With a significant public interest in charity accountability, charities simply have to do better. Our online register is changing, making it easier for visitors to see which charities have filed promptly and which are overdue. Please visit our website at Charities have a responsibility to be transparent and tell the public about what they are achieving and the impact they are making. Those who continue to file late do themselves no favours – with the donating public, with funders or with us."

Friday, May 19, 2006

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre

AsiaMedia :: SINGAPORE: Two SDP leaders resign as party's fate hangs in balance

AsiaMedia :: SINGAPORE: Two SDP leaders resign as party's fate hangs in balance: "SINGAPORE: Two SDP leaders resign as party's fate hangs in balance

Singapore Democratic Party leaders send in resignation letters after having made apologies for newsletter defamation

Straits Times
Friday, May 19, 2006

By Aaron Low

Two leaders of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) have thrown in the towel even as the fate of their party hangs in the balance after its leadership decided not to fight a lawsuit brought against them by two People's Action Party (PAP) leaders.

Mr Kwan Yue Keng told The Straits Times yesterday that he and Mr Abdul Rasheed Abdul Kuthus sent in their resignation letters to party chief Chee Soon Juan earlier this month.

Both were among the initial four who apologised to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for defaming them in articles written in the party's newsletter."

Crikey Website - Wealthy Australian philanthropists

Crikey Website - Wealthy Australian philanthropists: "Wealthy Australian philanthropists

Jane Nethercote and Marika Webb-Pullman write:

The BRW Rich List is all about who gets the most – but isn't it time to start looking at who gives the most?

Date: 19 May 2006

Crikey has compiled a list of wealthy Australian philanthropists who donate publicly, a list which is inevitably incomplete because it doesn't include many people who give their donations anonymously. "

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Taking counsel: Stricter regulations of charity, sponsorship

Taking counsel: Stricter regulations of charity, sponsorship: "Taking counsel: Stricter regulations of charity, sponsorship

May 17, 2006
By Kestutis Puscius
After Seimas (Lithuania’s parliament) amended the Law on Charity and Sponsorship and the Law on Corporate Income Tax, regulations of providing charity and sponsorship has become stricter and new rules for the taxation of charity and sponsorship have been implemented.

Independent Online Edition > Gap Year

Independent Online Edition > Gap Year: "Geraldine Peacock: Charities need more diverse trustee boards
By the Chair of the Charity Commission
Published: 17 November 2005

The year of the Volunteer is drawing to its close and all the evidence is that it's been a real success - tapping into a mood and a need in society to give something back. The Commission seized on this opportunity to make a push to encourage people to become charity trustees - the people who govern the 190,000 charities in England and Wales.

We've teamed up with volunteer charity TimeBank for Get on Board, a campaign to encourage people to come forward as trustees. We're also dispelling a few myths about trusteeship. You don't have to be retired, middle-aged and middle class to contribute to a charity you care about. And you don't have to wait to be asked.

Trustees have a wide remit. It's their job to make sure their charity stays solvent and does the things it was set up to do. They also make sure charities meet their legal obligations - such as the timely submission of accounts and annual returns to the Charity Commission. The role can be hard and is usually unpaid - but the personal rewards can be huge.

We want people on trustee boards to be as diverse as the charities they represent. Currently, half of all trustees are over 40 years old and relatively few come from ethnic minorities. We want to broaden this to include younger people from a range of backgrounds.

Because if young people don't step forward now, who will govern the charities of the future? The early results from Get on Board give me confidence we're on the right track. In less than three months over 1,600 people have registered with the campaign. Around threequarters of these are under the age of 45, compared with just one-quarter of currently serving trustees and a quarter of those who signed up are people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

From the world of business to the public sector, more organisati"

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Cdn. schools too dependent on fundraising: groups | Cdn. schools too dependent on fundraising: groups: "Cdn. schools too dependent on fundraising: groups

Updated Tue. May. 16 2006 11:36 PM ET

Canadian Press

TORONTO -- Canadian public schools are selling chocolate bars, scented candles and ad space in hallways and bathroom stalls to cover the cost of even their most basic needs, like plumbing repairs, a new cross-Canada survey has found.

The survey of 3,100 elementary and high schools across Canada, conducted in 2004, suggests that 60 per cent of elementary facilities are forced to raise funds from parents and other sources in order to stock their libraries with books."

Opposition party members apologise

Opposition party members apologise: "Opposition party members apologise

SIX opposition party members threatened with defamation lawsuits by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Cabinet minister father Lee Kuan Yew have apologised and agreed to pay damages, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The Singapore Democratic Party leaders, including chairman Ling How Doong, agreed on settlement terms with the city-state's two leaders at a closed-door hearing on Monday, The Straits Times reported. "

Sponsorship not evil

Sponsorship not evil: "Sponsorship not evil

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Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Should schools looking for cash to enhance their programs be embracing corporate sponsors with the message 'we're open for business'?

It's a difficult issue that school trustees, principals and teachers grapple with across the country. Purists say education should be funded solely by tax dollars, while others see no harm in corporations pitching in with equipment or cash in return for a little public exposure.

According to a survey conducted by teachers' unions and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), 32 per cent of Canadian schools report the presence of advertising in or on the school, 15 per cent of elementary schools and 30 per cent of secondary schools have corporate partnership or sponsorship agreements and 27 per cent of all schools had exclusive marketing arrangements with Coke or Pepsi."

VITA non profit online [ARTICLE: "Europe: facilitating Cross-Border Philanthropy"]

VITA non profit online [ARTICLE: "Europe: facilitating Cross-Border Philanthropy"]: "Europe: facilitating Cross-Border Philanthropy

di Redazione (


Ludwig Forrest, of the King Baudouin Foundation, reports on the challeng of facilitating cross-border philanthropy

It is well-known that most EU countries do not provide incentives for donors wanting to support a foreign beneficiary. Income tax deductibility is not granted for donations made by individuals and corporate donors to foreign beneficiaries, while cross-border donations and legacies are often taxed at the highest applicable gift and inheritance tax rates.

The launch of the website and the promotion and extension of the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) network are two important initiatives from the King Baudouin Foundation to improve the environment of cross-border philanthropy in Europe. This article focuses on TGE. "

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Democracy, Elections & Human Rights in Azerbaijan

Democracy, Elections & Human Rights in Azerbaijan: "“NGO Should Adhere to Certain Political Position”

Azay Guliyev: “They are obliged to promote development of civil society”
“In Azerbaijan, as in the whole world, there are institutes with different field of activity. Such structures function in line with their subdivisions. It means that entrepreneurs are involved with business, and political parties are involved with political activities. NGOs are obliged to work to build civil society and to promote development. It would be wrong, if some of them acted outside the given principles”."

Quebec, rural areas lag behind Ottawa in learning index

Quebec, rural areas lag behind Ottawa in learning index: "he Ottawa region tops the nation with a 6.9 rating on the 'learning to live together' pillar, which measures charitable giving, volunteerism and memberships in clubs and associations. And its 6.8 rating trails only Calgary on the 'learning to be' pillar, which assesses spending on reading, sports, museums, the performing arts and the Internet.

Once again, the Outaouais and, especially, the Kingston-Pembroke region fare more poorly. On the 'learning to be' pillar, for example, Kingston-Pembroke's score of 4.6 is well below the provincial average."

Tax-efficient charitable giving | This is Money

Tax-efficient charitable giving | This is Money: "Tax-efficient charitable giving

If you want to donate money to charity and good causes there are many ways to go about it. And for taxpayers, if you choose the right payment method you can make sure the gift is tax-efficient too.

While popping a few pounds in a donation box from time to time is welcomed by charities, they will gain more from your gift if you donate through a designated scheme, such as payroll giving or Gift Aid."

Monday, May 15, 2006


Taiwan: "Mayor Ma has given NT$53 mil. to charity

The China Post staff

Supporters of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou yesterday encouraged all political figures in Taiwan to learn from Ma, who has donated as much as NT$53 million to charity in recent years.

Ma's family assets became a target of tit-for-tat attacks from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as more people were shocked by the alleged financial scams involving President Chen Shui-bian's family and relatives.

Ma was forced to renew his clarification, saying that he already donated some NT$47 million in government subsidies from two elections for Taipei mayor."

Prince of Wales pledges charity help - UK News Headlines

Prince of Wales pledges charity help - UK News Headlines: "Prince of Wales pledges charity help
Monday, 15th May 2006, 09:08
The Prince of Wales said it would be criminal not to help the needy in Britain.

Charles gave an interview to former newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald as part of a television documentary to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Prince's Trust.

The frank chat revealed that he sees charitable work as his duty and he pays tribute to the support from his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

And he said that his awful experience of boarding school at Gordonstoun inspired his Prince's Trust.

The Observer | Magazine | Giving it large

The Observer | Magazine | Giving it large: "Giving it large

Are charity consultants squeezing us dry?

John Hind
Sunday May 14, 2006
The Observer

The trend in the world of charity is for more and more charity money to be spent on advice and training on how to 'harness the power of giving'. This is achieved by hiring fundraising consultants and attending their workshops. In June, the UK's Association of Fundraising Consultants will hold its first conference (at the Lansdowne Club, Berkeley Square), at which much celebration is expected over the booming business prospects for these professionals, who charge up to £2,000 per day for 'maximising charity'."

Friday, May 12, 2006

Canadian nonprofit governance examined - Philanthropy Journal-Your online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change

Canadian nonprofit governance examined - Philanthropy Journal-Your online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change: "Canadian nonprofit governance examined

Many nonprofits struggle to keep up with changing rules, study says.

05.12.2006 -

Nonprofit boards in Canada are working hard to strengthen their governance practices, but changing regulations and trends make it difficult for many to keep up, a new study says.

The report, a nationwide study of nonprofit board governance practices in Canada, was conducted by Toronto-based Strategic Leverage Partners, in partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development in Ottawa."

EU opposes annual NGO registration, brought to you by African News Dimension

EU opposes annual NGO registration, brought to you by African News Dimension: "EU opposes annual NGO registration

May 12, 2006, 10 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds ago.

By ANDnetwork .com

THE European Union is opposed to the requirement by the government that non governmental organisations should renew their registration regularly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Head of Delegation of the European Union Commission, Mr Sigurd Illing, yesterday told journalists that the requirement was “superfluous” and “unnecessary.”

“We have not quite understood what the reason for this could be because our feeling was that NGOs are already duly registered and that should be sufficient. Why should this now be reviewed?” he asked.

“We feel this is superfluous and there is no need to do that. We do not think this is necessary.”"

IOL: Execs to compete in 'rat race' for charity

IOL: Execs to compete in 'rat race' for charity: "Hong Kong - Hong Kong's city executives are to be given a chance to show just how tough they are in the real world by competing in a 'rat race' for charity.

The race, modelled on similar ones in New York, Sydney and Toronto, will see teams of eight executives, wearing suits and using briefcases as batons, scramble through a 2,5-kilometre course in the city centre, battling obstacles as they go."

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre-One-stop shop' for charity queries

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre

One-stop shop' for charity queries

The Charity Commission has announced the creation of a 'one-stop shop' for all its enquiries, to be launched on May 16th this year.

Charity Commission Direct, which will be based in Liverpool, was decided upon as a means of implementing the "change of focus and direction" posited in the Commission's strategic review, and aims to provide answers to charity-related queries faster and more efficiently.

The brand-new service will be the main channel for enquiries of any kind received via phone, fax or email, and a dedicated helpline will be in place to deal with enquiries from trustees relying on the Commission's advice.

Food bank concept finally taking root in the CR

Food bank concept finally taking root in the CR: "Food bank concept finally taking root in the CR
By: Jaroslav Schejbal, 02. 05. 2006

Prague has seen the creation of its first food bank: people in need will be provided with free food at the first warehouse of the Czech Food Bank Federation (ČFPB) from a site based in Prague 10 – Hostivař.

“Food banks are non-profit associations. They don’t buy the food, they acquire it free from producers, distributors and retail chains, and also from public donations,” explains the volunteer director of the organization, Fabrice Martin Plichta, a French journalist living in Prague. Producers and grocers may claim a tax deduction on the donated items, he noted most goods collected and close to their sell-by date."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

American Friends of Jamaica give to Charities - Jamaica Information Service

American Friends of Jamaica give to Charities - Jamaica Information Service: "Grants totalling US$566,765.45 (J$37 million) have been donated to 16 charities in Jamaica by the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ).

The presentations were made on Friday, April 28, at a luncheon held at the Kingston residence of United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Brenda LaGrange Johnson."

Monday, May 08, 2006

Kuna site|Story page|Kuwait blessed with label of "world philanthropy leader...5/8/2006

Kuna site|Story page|Kuwait blessed with label of "world philanthropy l...5/8/2006: "Kuwait blessed with label of 'world philanthropy leader' - Al-Maatouq
Kuwait blessed with label of 'world philanthropy leader' - Al-Maatouq

KUWAIT, May 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwait is at the vanguard of states that drive on philanthropic action and this includes relief efforts to victims of crisis and disasters all over the world, Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq said here on Monday.

Addressing newsmen after opening the 10th meeting of the Kuwait-based International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO), he said even in the most critical time Kuwait did not overlook its religious and relief duty and this signals the dedication of its innate philanthropy characteristic of its people."

Giving It All Away - Newsweek: International Editions -

Giving It All Away - Newsweek: International Editions - "Giving It All Away
For young high fliers, philanthropy is just another form of business.

May 15-22, 2006 issue - Philanthropists Used to Dole Out charity from the comfort of their leather armchairs. Not so John Wood. A Microsoft millionaire and head of business development for the company in China, Wood decided to start his own nonprofit back in 1999 during a trek to Nepal, where he saw firsthand the poverty and lack of opportunity. Wood handed in his resignation, cashed out $50,000 worth of shares and started Room to Read, now a $10 million organization that has opened thousands of libraries and schools for children in six countries around the world.

Xinhua - English-"Unofficial charity gaining popularity among Chinese

Xinhua - English: "Unofficial charity gaining popularity among Chinese 2006-05-08 17:01:36

JINAN, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society in Qingdao, a picturesque port city in east China's Shandong Province, receives a donation from an old man in his 70s every three months.

Every time, the man unwraps his handkerchief meticulously and takes out 300 yuan (about 37.5 U.S. dollars) saved from his pension and hands it over. He always comes and goes on foot, saying it is a waste of money to spend one yuan (12.5 cents) on a bus ticket.

The old man has kept doing this for more than one and a half years and has expressed his wish to be known as 'weichen,' the same as numerous others in the city."

Jamaica Gleaner News - Rita Marley calls for Government of Jamaica to aid philanthropy - Monday | May 8, 2006

Jamaica Gleaner News - Rita Marley calls for Government of Jamaica to aid philanthropy - Monday | May 8, 2006: "Rita Marley calls for Government of Jamaica to aid philanthropy
published: Monday | May 8, 2006

Claudine Housen, Staff Reporter


CLAIMING THAT many musicians and artistes are already giving to the development of their respective communities, philanthropist and entertainer Rita Marley is challenging the Government to create a special post to assist with the development of entertainment philanthropy in Jamaica.

Mrs. Marley, who was speaking Friday on the final day of the second annual Conference on Caribbean Philanthropy in Montego Bay, St. James, suggested that the Government, through an established organising body, could offer training and other forms of support to entertainers who give to the poor."

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story-"Voluntary Sector Board Governance - Survey Says!

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Voluntary Sector Board Governance - Survey Says!
Andy Levy-AjzenkopfMay 8, 2006
By Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf

Effective board governance in the voluntary sector continues to be a hot topic across the country. Many organizations and foundations struggle mightily with governance issues, decisions, and best practices. Thankfully, that struggle may soon become more manageable. On April 26th, 2006, in what many are calling a watershed moment for the nonprofit sector, the First National Study of Board Practices in the Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector was unveiled.

The survey, a joint project between the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development (CVSRD) and Strategic Leverage Partners (SLP), was conducted via e-mail throughout 2005. Authored by Sue Dallhoff, president of SLP, Grace Bugg, SLP's COO, and Paula Speevak-Sladowski, managing director of the CVSRD, the report collects a wealth of responses from the online survey as well as information gathered through key informant interviews from various governance experts. The authors introduce the reasoning for the survey as follows: '[The] goal was to produce a study that would represent a unique database of Canadian non-profit board governance practices that could be shared by non-profit and voluntary organizations across sub-sectors throughout the country.' It does that and hopefully much more."

Friday, May 05, 2006

Gates, wife voted Principe de Asturias prize - The Spain Herald

Gates, wife voted Principe de Asturias prize - The Spain Herald: "Gates, wife voted Principe de Asturias prize

Spain Herald

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, the promotors of the charitable foundation named for them, were voted the 2006 Principe de Asturias prize for international cooperation last night in Oviedo 'for the example of generosity and philanthropy they have set in the face of the evils that still haunt the world.' The Principe de Asturias prizes are Spain's most prestigious, and receive great public attention. The second-place finisher was the World Women's Bank. " News - Politics - Plea for long-term charity cash as groups fear closure News - Politics - Plea for long-term charity cash as groups fear closure: "CALLS were today made for charity projects to be given long-term funding amid claims they are left in constant fear of closure.

Money from the Scottish Executive, lottery funds, councils and other bodies is typically awarded for a maximum of three years, with little chance of an extension."

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - Grateful for a few crumbs - Grateful for a few crumbs: "Grateful for a few crumbs
May 3, 2006. 01:00 AM

Low expectations do have an upside. Once you get used to neglect, you're grateful when a few crumbs are tossed your way.

That is the predicament of the arts world after the release of the first federal budget since Stephen Harper's government took over. They may not be elated, but many are relieved, even pleasantly surprised because Finance Minister Jim Flaherty included a $50 million bonus to the Canada Council for the Arts — $20 million this year, $30 million next year." - Shares given to charity cost less - Shares given to charity cost less: "hares given to charity cost less
May 3, 2006. 07:25 AM

The Conservatives made a last-minute election promise to alter capital gains tax on securities.

That measure is on hold for now, but the budget gave a big break to taxpayers who donate publicly traded stocks to charity."

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Fee-paying schools face challenge to charity tax break - Britain - Times Online

Fee-paying schools face challenge to charity tax break - Britain - Times Online: "Fee-paying schools face challenge to charity tax break
By Alexandra Frean, Social Affairs Correspondent
PRIVATE schools face a fresh battle to preserve their charitable status in the face of a powerful campaign to end the tax break that helps to keep many of them in business.

A coalition of charities and Labour MPs will target legislation this summer in an effort to block the tax breaks that give fee-charging schools £88 million a year. Campaigners claim that the Charities Bill fails to put an end to the presumption that private schools should have charitable status."

Monday, May 01, 2006

AsiaMedia :: SINGAPORE: SDP stays away from NKF saga in first rally

AsiaMedia :: SINGAPORE: SDP stays away from NKF saga in first rally: "SINGAPORE: SDP stays away from NKF saga in first rally

Singapore Democratic Party focuses on cost of living and ministerial pay, instead of defamation suit against newsletter article

Straits Times
Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) steered clear of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) saga at its first rally last night, focusing its fire instead on cost-of-living issues and ministerial pay.

It also used the rally at Woodlands Stadium to sell photocopies of a new edition of its party newsletter, The New Democrat, which did not contain articles on the NKF, over which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew have sued the SDP for defamation."

Scoop: TEAR Fund Partner Deemed Top 1 % of Charities

Scoop: TEAR Fund Partner Deemed Top 1 % of Charities: "TEAR Fund Partner Deemed Top 1 % of Charities
Monday, 1 May 2006, 1:57 pm
Press Release: TEAR Fund
TEAR Fund Press Release

For Immediate Release: 01/05/06

TEAR Fund Partner Deemed Top One Percent of Charities

TEAR Fund New Zealand’s child sponsorship partner, Compassion International, has been recognised in the top one percent of 5,000 charities ranked by Charity Navigator, one of the leading financial accountability organisations. Compassion has earned Charity Navigator’s top four-star rating for five consecutive years.

“We are happy to announce that Compassion has earned its fifth consecutive four-star rating for its ability to efficiently allocate and grow its finances, said Trent Stamp, executive director of Charity Navigator."

VOA News - China's Rich Becoming More Generous

VOA News - China's Rich Becoming More Generous: "China's Rich Becoming More Generous
By Claudia Blume
Hong Kong
29 April 2006

A growing number of China's newly rich are giving away some of their wealth to the less fortunate.

Yu Pengnian, 84, has donated $250 million to charity in the past few years. The entrepreneur, who made a fortune in the real estate and hotel business in the southern province of Guangdong, is not only the oldest but also the most generous among China's growing number of philanthropists.

Private charity was put on hold in China for several decades after the Communist Party came to power in 1949. The party wiped out private wealth and became the sole provider of social services for more than 30 years."

Taiwan-VP lauds first lady over charity donation of profits

Taiwan: "VP lauds first lady over charity donation of profits

The China Post staff

Vice President Annette Lu yesterday lauded first lady Wu Shu-jen's decision to donate to charity the profits from her stock and REIT investments, while the Presidential Office said it will reveal details on the earnings later this week.

'It's never too late to do good things,' Lu commented on Wu's decision, made amid mounting criticisms that the first lady should not have continued investing in the stock and mutual fund markets after placing her assets in trusts.

Lu said now that Wu has decided to sell all of her stock and REIT holdings, the row should come to a close."

The Local - 12 million kronor to King's new charity

The Local - 12 million kronor to King's new charity: "12 million kronor to King's new charity

Published: 30th April 2006 12:37 CET

On Saturday Carl Gustaf received yet more presents, including almost 12 million kronor in donations to a new charity.

Before his birthday the king had made clear that he wanted investments to help young leaders 'with a good inner compass' with grants, training and education. Representatives from the 'Ungt ledarskap' (Young leadership) charity presented a tidy 11,799,171 kronor to give the project a considerable kick start."

The Korea Herald : An Outsider's Insight]Toward a true legacy for tycoons

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "An Outsider's Insight]Toward a true legacy for tycoons

How much is enough to pay off Korea's society for wrongdoings that were apparently never committed? This question must have vexed the chairmen of Samsung and Hyundai Motor over the last few weeks and months. In the end, they settled for a price tag of 800 billion won and 1 trillion won respectively.

The deals may help resolve these chaebol's legal worries, but the resulting PR has been anything but positive. Jang Ha-sung, the dean of Korea University Business School and Korea's leading shareholder activist, calls them an 'insult to the public.' The international media has mocked the chaebol's effort to improve their image. And Koreans' perception of the giant conglomerates has certainly not improved."



By Ben Pindar, Community Newswire
TECHNOLOGY Text Bucks, 01 May 2006 - 12:15

A Buckinghamshire-based epilepsy charity has today launched a bid to cash in on the text message craze by offering people the chance to donate via their mobile phones.

The new 'Thumbs Up' service has been created by the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) to enable mobile phone users to put their texting thumb to good use and donate to the charity by sms text message quickly, simply and securely.

Money donated via text will go directly to helping almost half a million people in the UK who are living with epilepsy."

Daily Times - Site Edition-Aziz proposes $500m UN crisis fund

Daily Times - Site Edition: "Aziz proposes $500m UN crisis fund

KARACHI: The United Nations should maintain a $500 million fund to enable it to respond immediately to crises, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said.

He said this in an address to the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) at Governor’s House on Sunday. A study on philanthropy – ‘Corporate Philanthropy in Pakistan: the case of public listed companies’ – was also launched on the occasion. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and PCP Director Dr Shams Lakha were also present."