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Found at Goodwill: Human Skull

Detectives investigating the mysterious donation in Texas

(Newser) - Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. A homicide detective says that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left at the Goodwill store.... More »

Buffett Breaks His Own Donation Record

He slips down rich list with $2.8B giveaway

(Newser) - Warren Buffett has beaten a personal record—and slipped down a place to fourth on the Forbes list of the world's richest people—with a gift of shares worth $2.8 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several other charities, topping his record $2.6 billion... More »

Gold Rush Barons Give Away Last of Their Land

300 acres donated to San Francisco park authorities

(Newser) - A single family has controlled large swaths of Bay Area land since the Gold Rush, but that era ended this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports: The Pattersons have donated the last of their land—almost 300 acres—to the East Bay Regional Park District. The $10 million donation is... More »

Found in University Basement: 250 Corpses

Department director resigns over gross debacle

(Newser) - It seems journalists with Spain's El Mundo have stumbled onto Frankenstein’s laboratory. "This is not Auschwitz in 1942. Neither Srebrenica ... nor Rwanda," as El Mundo puts it. No, it’s the basement of the Anatomy and Embryology Department at Madrid's Complutense University, where the body... More »

Goodwill Reunites Family With 1812 Heirloom Bible

An employee's search turns up NJ descendant

(Newser) - A centuries-old heirloom Bible has found its way back into family hands thanks to a dedicated Goodwill employee. After the 1812 Bible, originally published in England, turned up in a box of donations at a Denver location, Goodwill's Chief People Officer Joyce Schlose knew she had to track down... More »

Salvation Army Donation: Big Bag of Pot

Pennsylvania outlet working with police to find owner

(Newser) - How ... generous? An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet. Sugarcreek Borough police say they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes earlier this week. Police Chief Matt Carlson tells the Oil City Derrick... More »

Teacher Builds Quiet Fortune, Leaves $8M to Charity

Half of dog lover's fortune to go to Humane Society

(Newser) - Margaret Southern lived a private life in her modest South Carolina townhouse. She taught special-needs kids, looked after her ailing brother, drove the same 1980s Cadillac for years, and loved both her dachshund—who would bark without Southern's undivided attention—and the local minor league baseball team. No one... 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 »

Frugal Seattle Man Leaves $188M Secret Fortune

His will gave children's hospital biggest gift in its history

(Newser) - An elderly man who had holes in his clothes and took buses instead of taxis has amazed Seattle Children's Research Institute with what it says is the biggest gift ever earmarked for pediatric research—in the entire US. The hospital's research center will receive the largest portion of... More »

Each Sandy Hook Victim's Family Will Get $281K

Committee oversees distribution of $7.7M

(Newser) - The committee in charge of distributing Sandy Hook donations has a distribution plan: Each victim's family would get $281,000, totaling 95% of the $7.7 million that will be given out. On top of that, families of kids who survived the classroom attacks would receive $20,000 each,... 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 »

Newtown Officials: Please Stop the Gifts

Town to turn memorials into 'sacred soil'

(Newser) - Newtown officials have literally received more gifts than they know what to do with. Town leaders say they greatly appreciate the vast quantity of items sent to the town—but they can't cope with any more. So they've asked people to stop sending things for now, the AP... More »

Scammers Horn In on Newtown Donations

Website set up in victim's name

(Newser) - Just as they did after 9/11, Katrina, and the Aurora shooting, scammers are taking advantage of people's generosity in the wake of the Newtown massacre. A website in the name of Noah Pozner, a 6-year-old killed in the attacks, sought donations and cards for his family; it also contained... 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 »

Powerball Winners to Fund School Stadium...

...as long as visitors' locker room is pink

(Newser) - An Iowa couple who won a $202 million Powerball jackpot in September is giving $3 million to the local high school to build a new football stadium. One catch: the visitors' locker room must be pink, reports the Des Moines Register . “I was sort of half joking and half... 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 »

Zimmerman Trying to Woo You With His Autograph

Nearly out of cash, he's seeking fresh donations

(Newser) - George Zimmerman has raked in an estimated $340,000 in donations since Trayvon Martin 's death, but the money is running low—so he's trying a new tactic. Now, if you donate at his website , you'll be treated to a card "personally signed by George."... More »

Poorer Give More to Charity

But rich donate big when living in diverse areas

(Newser) - When it comes to charitable donations, lower-income people are willing to part with a much bigger chunk of their discretionary income than big earners are, a study finds. Households that bring in $50,000 to $75,000 a year give 7.6% of their post-tax and post-living expenses income, on... More »

Komen Cash Pours Back into Planned Parenthood

Groups re-forge bond after funding debacle

(Newser) - As the dust settles on this year's Planned Parenthood funding controversy, Susan G. Komen Foundation dollars are making their way back into the organization's coffers. Komen will fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates this year, approximately matching last year's figure. While some funding applications were rejected... More »

Planned Parenthood Rejects Comic's $500K

Tucker Max offered enough to have center in his name

(Newser) - The guy who wrote the bestseller I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell offered Planned Parenthood $500,000, enough to have a location named after him—but the organization has turned the money down. The humorist has been called a misogynist for some choice tweets, the Huffington Post notes. One... More »

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