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'Repel Evil': Muslims Raise $122K for Shooting Victims

In just 5 days, donations for victims' families have poured in

(Newser) - An alliance of Muslim groups has raised $122,000 for the families of victims of the San Bernardino shooting in just five days, and donations are still pouring in. Muslims United for San Bernardino, led by southern California's MiNDS Network, originally planned to raise $50,000 to cover short-term...

Legendary Ship Won't Be Scrapped Just Yet

SS United States received more than $100K in donations for temporary reprieve

(Newser) - If you've recently spotted the hashtag #savetheunitedstates , it's not an offshoot of Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign: It's a last-ditch effort to keep the SS United States—once the fastest ocean liner on Earth—afloat instead of becoming scrap metal , the AP reports....

'Ice Bucket Challenge' Helps Raise $13M for ALS

But some question its fundraising methods

(Newser) - In the few weeks since July 29, the ALS Association has gotten more than $13 million in donations. Over the same period last year, that figure was around $1.7 million, the New York Times reports. The big difference, of course, is the " Ice Bucket Challenge ," which calls...

Next for Nyad: 48-Hour Swim for Sandy Relief

Mercifully, in a pool this time

(Newser) - A month after her 53-hour swim from Cuba to the US , 64-year-old Diana Nyad is ready to get her feet wet again. Up next: a 48-hour swim to raise money for Hurricane Sandy recovery. "I'm from New York City and last year I was in town right after...

Meet America&#39;s &#39;Worst Charities&#39;
 Meet America's 'Worst Charities' 

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...

New Record: Stanford Raises $1B in a Year

3.5K US universities bring in $31B

(Newser) - For the eighth year running, Stanford University is the top fundraising university in the US—and this year, its haul surpassed $1 billion, setting a new record. Runners-up were Harvard, with $650 million, and Yale, with $544 million, the BBC reports. Some 3,500 universities brought in a combined $31...

Zuckerberg's New Friend: Chris Christie

Facebook founder to hold fundraiser for New Jersey governor

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for Chris Christie next month, in perhaps the Facebook founder's most overt display of his political leanings to date. Zuckerberg and Christie apparently hit it off when Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark's school system, USA Today reports. "They have maintained...

Bullied Bus Monitor Quits With $700K

Karen Klein: I'm not leaving because job was too tough

(Newser) - The school bus monitor who was tormented ruthlessly by young bullies has decided to pack up and retire, the AP reports. Karen Klein, 68, said she's not giving up her 3-year gig of watching over school children because it was too difficult. "I'm not quitting because of...

Daughter Going to Disney World After All

Donations override dad's nixing of Make-A-Wish trip

(Newser) - A little girl who battled leukemia and won may be going to Disney World after all. Four-year-old McKenna May was ready for the trip when her dad nixed it, saying the Make-A-Wish Foundation should only help kids with 6 months to live—not cured kids like McKenna, the Sentinel-Journal reports....

Web's Gift to Bullied Bus Monitor: $260K

Karen Klein may take whole family on Disney cruise

(Newser) - Karen Klein had to put up with a shocking amount of bullying from students on the school bus where she works as a monitor—but thanks to the power of the Internet, her story has a happy ending. A 10-minute video of Klein being bullied to the point of tears...

Anti-Kony Charity Slammed for Spending Habits, Gun Pic

'If you don't accept our unorthodoxy, you don't get us,' says co-founder

(Newser) - An evangelical-linked charity behind a massively viral video exposing the evils of African warlord Joseph Kony is scrambling to answer questions about how it spends its money and a controversial photo showing members posing with weapons. Only 32% of $8.6 million raised by video-maker Invisible Children last year went...

Obama Raised $29M Last Month
 Obama Raised 
 $29M Last Month 

Obama Raised $29M Last Month

Total haul hits $250M for 2012

(Newser) - President Obama raised a healthy $29.1 million for his campaign and the Democrats last month, bringing his total haul for this election to $250 million. Some 98% of last month's donations were of $250 or less, the campaign said. Nonpartisan analysts said donations of $200 or less made...

Occupy Wall Street Almost Broke

With camp gone, so are donations

(Newser) - It turns out Occupy Wall Street isn't great with money. The protest movement raised $700,000 last fall, but now all but $170,000 of that is gone, the Wall Street Journal reports. And now that protesters been evicted from Zuccotti Park and aren't garnering media coverage anymore,...

Despite &#39;Hell,&#39; Cain Still Raising
 Despite 'Hell,' Cain Still Raising 

Despite 'Hell,' Cain Still Raising

Allegations haven't slowed donations, campaign says

(Newser) - The morass of sexual harassment allegations hasn't slowed Herman Cain's fundraising. The candidate has raised $9 million over the last six weeks, according to his campaign, with $2.25 million of that donated since the sexual harassment story first broke. If money keeps flowing to the Cain campaign...

Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief
 Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief 
study says

Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief

He's held more events than the last five guys

(Newser) - Barack Obama has held more fundraising events in his first term than any of the last five presidents—and it’s not terribly close. According to new research reported by USA Today , Obama has held a whopping 127 fundraising events so far, outpacing George W. Bush (88), Bill Clinton (76),...

RNC Chief: Obama Is Guilty of Fundraising Crime

Priebus wants White House video investigated

(Newser) - The chief of the Republican National Committee wants the Department of Justice to investigate an "apparent crime" committed when President Obama recorded a fundraising video in the White House. Reince Priebus says the video was recorded in the Map Room, violating a law against using any area of the...

Social Network Twitter Valued at $7B
 Twitter Valued at $7B 

Twitter Valued at $7B

That's almost twice the figure from 7 months ago

(Newser) - Twitter’s latest private fundraising effort values the firm at up to $7 billion, an insider tells the Wall Street Journal . Just seven months ago, a round of fundraising that brought in $200 million valued the firm at $3.7 billion. Twitter is hoping its ad system, begun last year,...

Obama Romancing 'Fat-Cat' Donors

And, simultaneously, not-so-rich ones

(Newser) - President Obama's 2012 machine is revving up early, and his campaign is using all its assets to pull in wealthy donors—while also courting the small Internet donors that fueled his grass-roots machine in 2008. The Washington Post takes a long look at the fundraising push, which has included...

Pledge Drives Muscle In on PBS Programming

Individuals are cash-strapped stations' biggest funding source

(Newser) - Between the recession and threats to its federal funding, PBS is facing tough times—so don’t be surprised if you see a lot more Les Miserables and self-help programming. PBS stations have upped the length of televised pledging periods by 9% since 2005, the company says, with some stations...

GOP Frosh: Screw Populism, Let's Throw Swank Party!

Furious John Boehner will not attend

(Newser) - John Boehner is not pleased with the kids: While the speaker-elect might prefer his caucus stick to the populist message that won them the House, on the eve of taking it over, a dozen freshman Republicans are throwing a lavish DC fundraiser headlined by LeAnn Rimes. For $2,500, Politico...

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