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Teen's Charity Effort Has Her in the Hole $200K

Danni Messina is figuring out a happy ending, however

(Newser) - It started as a college student's Thanksgiving weekend tweet, all with the best of intentions. CBS News reports that Washington State University student Danni Messina wanted to donate money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and she decided to... More »

5 Most, Least Charitable States

Utah is first, Hawaii dead last in WalletHub ranking of most giving states

(Newser) - Americans celebrated #GivingTuesday the day after Cyber Monday (and several days of other discounted holiday shopping ), reminding us to keep in mind those in need. That effort can come in the form of both money and time spent volunteering, both of which WalletHub tracked to see which US states... More »

U2 Will Break 'Sacred Pledge,' and You Could Take Part

Up for a game of mini-golf?

(Newser) - When the members of U2 were just young Irish lads, they made "a sacred pledge" to each other that has remained steadfast throughout their decades-long run as rock stars: Never play golf. "We didn't think it was rock 'n' roll," frontman Bono tells the AP... More »

MYOB on What the Homeless Do With the Money You Give

Be kind, even if you think your financial assistance will be blown on booze, Matt Broomfield writes

(Newser) - Do you hesitate when you come across a homeless person begging in the street? Matt Broomfield says you shouldn't. Instead, he writes in an op-ed for the New Statesman , you should "give your cash directly and unconditionally" to those in need—even if you think they'll blow... More »

Houston Kids Will Eat 3 Free Meals Daily for Rest of Year

And other stories of financial kindness

(Newser) - Some 218,000 Houston schoolkids won't have to worry about where breakfast, lunch, or dinner is coming from for the remainder of the school year. The Houston Independent School District on Wednesday announced that it got the green light from the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture to... More »

Bride-to-Be Invites Homeless to Her Canceled Wedding

She turned a $30K disappointment into an act of charity

(Newser) - A young bride-to-be in Indiana turned what was supposed to be her fantasy wedding over the weekend into an act of charity. Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University, was set to marry Logan Araujo at the Ritz Charles event venue in Carmel on Saturday, but after the... More »

Trump Business Billed Son's Charity for Use of Course

'Forbes': Trump Organization got $1.2M out of children's cancer fundraiser

(Newser) - It's an unusually busy week for President Trump on the political front, but an investigative story by Forbes that casts his family's charity work in a bad light is percolating as well. The upshot of the piece by Dan Alexander is that the Trump Organization made money off... More »

Former Congresswoman Guilty on 18 Fraud Charges

Ex-Florida Rep. Corinne Brown's charity misused almost everything it raised

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Corrine Brown's "One Door for Education" charity raised $833,000 between 2012 and 2016 to award scholarships to disadvantaged students—but prosecutors say only $1,200 was spent on a total of two scholarships. Brown, a Democrat who represented a Florida district in Congress for... More »

Get Revenge on Twitter Trolls— With Your Wallet

New app Trigger lets you donate to charity with a reply tweet

(Newser) - After President Trump's election, there was a boost in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Now so-called " rage donations " like these are easier than ever, reports Thrillist . Trigger , which Mashable calls "an amazingly passive-aggressive Twitter-based app," allows registered users to complete... More »

Here's What to Do With All Those Empty Gift Boxes

Give Back Box helps send your unwanted stuff to Goodwill for free

(Newser) - For the record number of Americans who will buy their holiday gifts online this year, here's an idea of how to dispose of all those cardboard boxes. Give Back Box has partnered up with companies to encourage you to refill them with clothes, housewares, or whatever else you'd... More »

Eric Trump Suspends His Charitable Foundation

He says he understands ethical 'quagmire'

(Newser) - Eric Trump has decided to put his charitable foundation on hold amid controversy over access to members of his family. The Trump son tells the Washington Post that no new money will come into the account of the Eric Trump Foundation, which raises around $1.5 million a year through... More »

Hitler House Not Being Torn Down After All

Home in Braunau am Inn, Austria, will be used by charity for the disabled

(Newser) - Austrian government officials have decided to transform the home where Adolf Hitler was born into a base for a charity, not tear down the property as some had demanded. Thursday's decision comes a day after lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an Interior Ministry bill to dispossess the owner, who had refused... More »

Cleveland Indians World Series Merch Will Be Destroyed

Losing team's gear used to go to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland fans won't be getting any merchandise celebrating an Indians World Series win—and neither will people in need around the world. Championship products are usually produced for both sides so they can be sold to celebrating fans. For 10 years starting in 2005, the losing side's championship... More »

Here's the $20K Trump Portrait He Bought With Charity Funds

'Speed painter' releases first public photos of painting whipped up in 6 minutes

(Newser) - A tweet from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold offered a first glimpse to the masses Tuesday of something that's long been reported but not yet seen: the portrait of Donald Trump that Trump bought for $20,000 using money meant for his Trump Foundation charity. Artist Michael Israel, a... More »

Report: Trump Gave Fake Money to Kids' Chess Team

The Washington Post investigates Trump's charitable history

(Newser) - Despite Donald Trump describing himself as an "ardent philanthropist" and boasting publicly of his charitable giving, the Washington Post "has not been able to verify many of Trump's boasts about his philanthropy." A months-long investigation by the Post shows Trump has a habit of taking credit... More »

Trump Used $258K From His Nonprofit to Settle Business Lawsuits: Report

'Washington Post' looks at whether he broke self-dealing laws

(Newser) - Donald Trump used $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses, the Washington Post reports after a number of interviews and a review of legal documents. In doing so, Trump might have broken anti-"self-dealing" laws, which bar nonprofit leaders from using charity money toward... More »

NY AG Is Investigating Trump Charity

He says office is looking into reports of 'impropriety'

(Newser) - A new headache for Donald Trump: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has confirmed that the Donald J. Trump Foundation charity is being investigated "to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York," Politico reports. Schneiderman tells CNN that his office is the... More »

LinkedIn Founder Offers Up to $5M for Trump Tax Returns

Reid Hoffman says he'll make huge donation to veterans' charities

(Newser) - A crowdfunding effort to get Donald Trump to release his taxes is offering the same reward Trump dangled when he wanted to see President Obama's birth certificate: a large donation to charity. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has thrown his support behind Marine Corps veteran Pete Kiernan's plan, offering... More »

Amber Heard Gives Full Divorce Settlement to Charity

$3.5 million will go to combating violence against women

(Newser) - The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp divorce saga has ended with a peaceful settlement —and a stinging retort to those who accused Heard of being after Depp's money. Heard announced Thursday that she is giving the entire $7 million settlement to charity, People reports. "As described in the restraining... More »

$102M in Donations, but Not a Penny From Trump Himself

Lots of rounds of golf and other giveaways, though: 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Last year, Donald Trump's campaign gave the AP a 93-page list it claimed documented $102 million that he's donated to charity over the past five years. The AP didn't print the list—though it published a story deeming Trump's philanthropy "elusive"—but it's... More »

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