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Wife of Fallen Firefighter Wants Funds to Help Soldiers Instead

Michael Fahy's widow turned down offer to use donations to pay off family mortgage

(Newser) - As donations pour in to help the wife of a fallen FDNY battalion chief, she's shocked everyone with an announcement of her own: She'd like to forego the money for herself and give it to a group that helps wounded soldiers, the New York Post reports. Michael Fahy... 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 »

No One Knows How to Cancel Recurring Donations to Trump

There doesn't seem to be an easy way to get out of it

(Newser) - An odd quirk has cropped up on Donald Trump's campaign website that has some donors seeing red. reports there doesn't seem to be a way for people who've set up recurring donations through the site to cancel that running payment. Mic started playing with the... 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 »

Desperate to Read, Boy Asks Mailman for Junk Mail

He says reading is interesting, 'Plus, it gets you smarter'

(Newser) - It all started when Ron Lynch, a mail carrier in Sandy, Utah, spotted a boy sifting through ads and newsletters in a junk mail bin. The boy, 12-year-old Mathew Flores, asked Lynch if he could spare any junk mail because he was looking for reading material; Lynch suggested the library,... More »

Taylor Swift's Generosity Changes GoFundMe

Donation to girl with cancer prompts site to raise giving limit to $50K

(Newser) - When Taylor Swift heard that Naomi, one of her young fans, had to miss her concert because she had been diagnosed with cancer, Swift jumped onto Naomi's GoFundMe page and promptly donated $50,000, People reports. "To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to... More »

Girl Scouts Who Returned $100K Quickly Reap Much More

Crowdfunded donations support troop for refusing to discriminate

(Newser) - After returning a donation for $100,000 that stipulated the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided it was still important to raise the money it had declined. That $100,000 amounts to nearly a third of its 2015 financial assistance... More »

$310K Raised for Guy Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson gets a new Ford Taurus, too

(Newser) - The story of a Detroit man who walks 21 miles round-trip to work has just taken a turn for the better, the Detroit Free Press reports. Thanks to a banker, a college student, and a car dealer, 56-year-old James Robertson will be able to take a load off. It started... More »

$218K Sent to Single Mom for Damaged Ferguson Bakery

Natalie DuBose says support from strangers has been 'absolutely amazing'

(Newser) - There were times when Natalie DuBose didn't have enough money to buy new sneakers as she scrimped and saved to start a bakery in Ferguson, Mo.: She worked two jobs and held bake sales to make her dream come true in June, when she finally opened the doors to... More »

Strangers' Donations Help BU Student Stay in School

Sophomore turns to GoFundMe site with success

(Newser) - The crowd-funding site GoFundMe has come up big for a Boston University student in danger of having to drop out, reports Business Insider . As a last resort, sophomore Alexis Felix created a page on the site seeking donations when her family could no longer pay her tuition. She hoped other... More »

$10K Raised for Woman Who Stole Fountain Change

Campaign started on GoFundMe for Deidre Romine

(Newser) - Looks like there will be a happy ending after all for the jobless woman arrested for taking $2.87 from a courthouse fountain to buy food. A campaign on has so far raised almost $10,000 for Deidre Romine, whose trial on theft charges starts next month. All... More »

You Can Help Buffett's Sister Give Away $100K

Online philanthropy course begins today

(Newser) - A free online course that starts today will offer students the chance to learn about giving from Warren Buffett and help decide how to spend more than $100,000 of his sister's money. More than 4,000 people have already signed up for the Giving With Purpose course, which... More »

Cleveland Captives See Outpouring of Financial Help

Trust fund to be split evenly among four victims

(Newser) - A month after three women and a young girl were found captive in a Cleveland home , Reuters checks in on the victims' situation, or at least their financial state. The Cleveland Courage Fund, a tax-free trust set up in their name, has been flooded with donations and now totals $825,... 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 »

How the Charitable Deduction Benefits the Rich

'Average Americans paying for billionaires' generosity,' writes Fred Hiatt

(Newser) - A call to limit the charitable deduction may sound heartless—what about all those churches and museums and schools and nonprofits?—but the deduction actually benefits the rich, while "the rest of the country has to make up the gap," writes Fred Hiatt in the Washington Post . A... More »

Romney Bought Prop Donations for Relief Event

Red Cross says it's grateful, but would really rather have money, blood

(Newser) - When Mitt Romney's campaign made the hasty decision to transform yesterday's planned Ohio campaign event into a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief rally, they were afraid no one would get the message in time to bring donations, hence ruining the photo-op. So campaign aides ran to Walmart the night... More »

George Zimmerman to Ask for Donations Online

Website to collect money for defense, living expenses is in the works

(Newser) - George Zimmerman wants your help. America's most controversial neighborhood watch captain is setting up a website through which supporters can donate money for his legal defense (should he ever be charged with anything in relation to Trayvon Martin's death), and his family's "living expenses," NBC... More »

Mystery Donor Hiding Envelopes of Cash in Town

Secret philanthropist has given out more than $250K

(Newser) - One man in the small German town of Braunschweig was slipped an envelope filled with cash after he lost thousands of euros in a burglary. Another family, whose son was disabled in an accident, discovered a similar envelope. A hospice worker found yet another white envelope with $13,218 under... More »

Virtual Swear Jar Turns Your Potty Mouth Into Charity

'Charity Swear Box' urges you to donate $1 per bad word

(Newser) - If your New Year’s resolution is to stop swearing so much, why not do some good at the same time? Giving a modern twist to the idea of putting money into a glass jar every time you curse, " Charity Swear Box" monitors your Twitter feed for naughty words.... More »

Please Donate Money, Not Food

Food drives are surprisingly wasteful: John Arnold and Katherina Rosqueta

(Newser) - Holiday food drives stem from the right charitable impulse, but unfortunately, they’re extremely inefficient. The sad fact is that up to half the donated food in a traditional drive doesn’t get used because the items are things recipients “can't use or don't know how to... More »

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