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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 »

Zappos Offers to Pay for All 58 Vegas Funerals

Company will also donate up to $1M

(Newser) - All 58 people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas could have their funerals paid for by Zappos. After paying a total of $20,000 to three families struggling to cover funeral costs, the Las Vegas-based online retailer offered Thursday to cover the same costs for all those killed... More »

Weinstein: I'll Reach Out to Ashley Judd 'in a Year'

He also tells Page Six the NYT was 'reckless'

(Newser) - Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal , which broke in the New York Times Thursday, continues to rain down, and it's now hit congressional Democrats. The Times reports at least four senators—Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, and Martin Heinrich—will give money to charity equal to... More »

Survivalist Who Stockpiled for 40 Years Makes Heartwarming Decision

Joseph Badame is donating his food, supplies to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

(Newser) - For four decades, Joseph Badame and wife Phyliss stocked their house and other buildings on their Medford, NJ, property with enough food, water, coal, and other supplies to keep 100 friends and family members alive and comfortable for the indefinite future, all in anticipation of a possible economic doomsday scenario.... More »

Want to Help After Harvey? Don't Donate to the Red Cross

Jonathan M. Katz argues that the organization is flawed

(Newser) - Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas, and it's natural to want to help. But don't try to help by donating money to the American Red Cross, journalist and author Jonathan M. Katz writes on Slate . The disaster relief organization may be iconic, but it's far from effective,... More »

Site Raises $150K for Founder of Neo-Nazi Site

To help Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin in suit filed by Tanya Gersh for 'campaign of terror'

(Newser) - Crowdfunded donations to Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, have reached $150,000 to help pay for his legal defense in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Per the Los Angeles Times , it took under two months to raise the money on the... More »

Stephen King Gives Fire Department a Helping Hand

It's the latest in a long line of donations

(Newser) - Stephen King has made millions unleashing a myriad of horrors on Maine towns in fiction—and spent millions helping them in real life. In the latest donation from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the husband-and-wife authors donated $30,000 to help the Bangor Fire Department buy new thermal imaging... 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 »

Donations Surge After Streep Speech

Committee to Protect Journalists says 'average people' making contributions

(Newser) - Meryl Streep's now-famous speech at the Golden Globes had some perhaps unintended consequences , and one that was quite intended : the Committee to Protect Journalists saw a surge in donations that hasn't stopped after the actress called on viewers to open their wallets, the Huffington Post reports. Calling the... More »

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. Mic.com 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 GoFundMe.com has so far raised almost $10,000 for Deidre Romine, whose trial on theft charges starts next month. All... More »

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