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Newtown Charity Is Missing $70K in Donations

One co-founder points the finger at another

(Newser) - A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running. Co-founder Ryan Graney of Nashville said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used... More »

Man Poses as Homeless, Gives Away $1K

Iowa businessman surprises those who helped out panhandler

(Newser) - Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. The "homeless" man was actually Des Moines business owner Jonnie Wright, and he gave his donors a sealed envelope with... More »

Zuckerberg Donates Sizable Chunk of Fortune

And sells off more Facebook stock to pay his taxes

(Newser) - It may be true that people are a bit more generous around the holidays, but Mark Zuckerberg is taking that to a whole new level. Facebook's founder is once again making a hefty donation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation: a block of Facebook stock worth $1 billion. He... More »

Veterans' Charity Scammer Gets 28 Years

Bobby Thompson's organization took in $100M

(Newser) - After just three hours of jury deliberation, an Ohio judge has sentenced one Bobby Thompson to 28 years over a fraudulent charity that took in some $100 million. John Donald Cody , a Harvard-educated lawyer, hid behind the name Bobby Thompson as he established the US Navy Veterans Association, the Cleveland ... More »

It's Far Too Easy for 'Charities' to Cheat You

That's why donors must do their homework: Ken Stern

(Newser) - This month, the man behind a $100 million "charity" scam was finally convicted on 23 felony counts. But "the most outrageous aspect of the case is that much of what [John Donald] Cody did was probably legal, or at least not specifically illegal," writes Ken Stern in... More »

21 Set Selves Ablaze in Cleveland—for Charity

Participants in fundraiser wore protective gear

(Newser) - On Saturday night, some 1,500 people gathered near Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to watch nearly two dozen locals literally set on fire. In a charity event backed by Cleveland printing company Hotcards, 21 people, including mayoral candidate Ken Lanci, a local radio host, and Hotcards' owner, wore gear to... More »

Deaf Cyclist on Charity Trek Hit Just Miles Short of Goal

Jacob Landis completed more than 10K miles

(Newser) - A deaf bicyclist who logged more than 10,000 miles for charity got hit by a truck on the last leg of his journey, reports NPR . Maryland's Jacob Landis, 24, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, and a fractured cheekbone in the hit-and-run incident. Landis got hit by the... More »

Sherlock Holmes Will Solve Your Murder ... for $7.8K

That's the minimum charity bid to be included in upcoming novel

(Newser) - It would be the ultimate honor for an avid Sherlock Holmes fan: having the man himself catch your murderer. Such is the opportunity being offered by author Anthony Horowitz, who is writing his second Sherlock Holmes novel with the blessing of the Conan Doyle estate, reports the Telegraph . He's... More »

Police Round Up 5 in Zanzibar Acid Attack

British teens return home to London for treatment

(Newser) - Police in Zanzibar have rounded up five men for questioning after a pair of British girls were burned in an acid attack and flown back to London, the Telegraph reports. One of the five men is probably a shopkeeper who argued with Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, before... More »

Meet America's 'Worst Charities'

And here's what they have in common

(Newser) - Charity or scam? The 50 worst charities identified in a joint investigation between the Center for Investigative Reporting , the Tampa Bay Times , and CNN , look an awfully lot like the latter. Take their grand prize winner for worst charity, Kids Wish Network. Less than 3% of the millions it raises... More »

Fund Chief to Boston Victims: 'Lower Your Expectations'

Fund to distribute money by June 30

(Newser) - The One Fund Boston , the charitable organization set up to compensate Boston Marathon bombing victims, is anxious to get money to victims, administrator Kenneth Feinberg told people at a town hall meeting last night—even as he stressed that the money would be woefully inadequate to cover the injuries suffered.... More »

Cup of Coffee With Tim Cook: Just $180K

Charity site auctions chance to chat with Apple CEO

(Newser) - Would you spend $180,000 for a half-hour with Tim Cook? If so, you're not alone: That's how high the auction price stands for coffee with the Apple CEO. The site charitybuzz is auctioning off the coffee date of 30- to 60-minutes to benefit the RFK Center for... More »

5 Things About Charities That Just Aren't True

Low overhead isn't always a sign of greatness

(Newser) - The fiscal cliff isn't the only looming financial deadline. Just a few days remain to give to charity in 2012, and Ken Stern would prefer you not make your decision "hastily, based on poor information." Writing for the Washington Post , the former NPR exec and author of... More »

Zuckerberg Makes Biggest Charitable Donation Yet

Gives $500M in stock to health, education charity

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has hit the "share" button on a sizable chunk of his fortune. In his biggest donation to charity yet, the Facebook founder has donated stock worth around $500 million to a Silicon Valley charitable foundation that funds educational and health initiatives, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Found in Red Kettle: Gold Coin Wrapped in $100 Bill

Salvation Army volunteers found donation, note

(Newser) - A gold coin worth $500 wrapped in a $100 bill has been found in a Salvation Army red kettle set up at an upstate New York shopping plaza. Officials with the Elmira Salvation Army tell the local Star-Gazette that the coin was donated anonymously Friday at the Village Plaza in... More »

David Axelrod Shaves 'Stache for Charity

Obama adviser loses 40-year-old mustache

(Newser) - For the first time in 40 years, Obama adviser David Axelrod is clean-shaven. On MSNBC's Morning Joe , Axelrod pledged during the election to shave his famous mustache if the president lost Pennsylvania, Minnesota, or Michigan. When Obama won all three states, Axelrod said he would still shave if the... More »

Coming Tomorrow: First 'Giving Tuesday'

After a weekend of shopping, a time to give back

(Newser) - If the idea of fighting over cheap towels on Black Friday or pretending to work while actually shopping on Cyber Monday just depresses you, here's something that may bring back the holiday spirit: Charitable groups have dubbed tomorrow "Giving Tuesday." As NPR optimistically puts it, the idea... More »

Livestrong Ditches Armstrong's Name

Had officially been called Lance Armstrong Foundation

(Newser) - The Livestrong Foundation's official name was the Lance Armstrong Foundation—until Oct. 30. That day, Texas' secretary of state approved the cancer charity's bid to change its name, in a move to further distance itself from the cyclist who recently cut ties to the group . Henceforth, the Livestrong... More »

Armstrong Severs Livestrong Ties

...in a bid to keep charity afloat

(Newser) - Last month, Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong board ; now, he's severing all official ties to the charity. The cyclist had initially retained a seat on the board; on Nov. 4, he gave it up, the AP reports. But Armstrong "remains the inspiration" for the... More »

Trump 'Sad' Obama Missed His Deadline

Modestly suggests history will vindicate him

(Newser) - You're not going to believe this, but President Obama has completely ignored Donald Trump's very important $5 million giveaway deadline . "Now a charity of his choice will not be receiving five (pause) million (pause) dollars," Trump said in a video posted on Facebook and spotted by... More »

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