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Bezos Donation to Australia Doesn't Land Well

Critics fault him for giving less than others

(Newser) - It's not often a million-dollar donation is called paltry. But such is the case when the person giving it is Jeff Bezos—and when the million is in Australian dollars, making it worth $690,000 American. The controversy started after the Amazon CEO announced the donation on Instagram , reports... More »

Someone Just Paid $31M for This Wristwatch

The Patek Philippe auctioned by Christie's is the most expensive wristwatch ever sold

(Newser) - Someone is about to have a very well-adorned wrist. Christie's held its charity Only Watch auction in Geneva on Saturday to help raise money for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an every-other-year event that features dozens of luxury timepieces, and a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe earned the title of most... More »

State Tells Charity to Stop Matching the Poor With Glasses

Licensed optometrist needs to be involved, Kentucky says

(Newser) - A state board in Kentucky has told Kendall Optometry Ministry that it has to stop giving used prescription glasses to the poor that aren't precise prescriptions. Holland Kendall has been matching poor people with eyeglasses for 16 years, per Fox News , and says his program has helped thousands of... More »

MacKenzie Bezos' 'Revealing' Move After Divorce From Jeff

Amazon CEO's ex-wife just signed Giving Pledge, vowing to donate at least half of her wealth

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos just opened up her wallet big time, and she's sharing her reason why. "I have a disproportionate amount of money to share," the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos noted in her letter signing on to the Giving Pledge , a commitment by some of the... More »

South Dakota Town's Game of Chance Finally Ends

SD's Ryan Gordon chased the queen and won

(Newser) - A dozen friends and family from Montrose, South Dakota, pooled $600 and now have $321,208 to show for it. The group won the jackpot Wednesday in a "Chase the Queen" fundraiser that has been drawing thousands to Hudson, population 324. The fundraiser granted 10% of weekly ticket sales... More »

Treasurer for Slain Officers Stole for Her Son: Police

Lorraine Shanley, 68, faces up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - The treasurer at a charity for fallen New York City police is accused of stealing about $410,000—including $1,400 for Barbra Streisand tickets, the New York Times reports. Lorraine Shanley, 68, was arrested Thursday and could face 30 years in prison. A volunteer treasurer at Survivors of the... More »

Seattle Man's Long-Planned Last Act Shocks, Delights

Alan Naiman left most of an $11M estate to children's charities

(Newser) - Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into the comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned. The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age... More »

Social Worker Patched Shoes With Duct Tape, Left $11M

Friends were shocked to find that frugal Alan Naiman had amassed a fortune before he died

(Newser) - Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into the comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune he quietly amassed and the last act he'd long planned. The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving... More »

What Crouching Tiger Actor Plans on Doing With His $715M

Chow Yun-fat says his wife is OK if he gives it all to charity when he dies

(Newser) - Amid the stories of good fortune emerging at the end of the year, one more to wrap things up—this time, involving a famous Hong Kong actor and some eventually very lucky recipients. The Guardian reports that Chow Yun-fat, the 63-year-old star best known here in the US for his... More »

Trump Foundation Woes: That $10K Portrait Didn't Help

Charity is shutting down, but New York state lawsuit continues

(Newser) - President Trump's controversial charitable foundation is shutting down. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Tuesday that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve itself under the oversight of the courts and her office, reports ABC News . Earlier this year, Underwood sued the foundation , alleging that the... More »

Drummer to Stars Charged With Swiping Kids Charity's $750K

Ex-UN music director Robin DiMaggio bought house for ex-wife, cars: prosecutors

(Newser) - A former United Nations musical director allegedly embezzled $750,000 from a charity concert for homeless and displaced children, spending some of the funds on a home for his ex-wife. Robin DiMaggio—a professional drummer who's worked with artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, Tupac, and Johnny Cash—was... More »

Nikki Haley Riffs on Trump, NYC Mayor at Charity Dinner

She also says political opponents shouldn't be deemed 'evil'

(Newser) - If anyone was looking for hints as to why Nikki Haley is leaving her UN ambassador post , they wouldn't have found it during her appearance at the annual Al Smith charity dinner Thursday night. What Haley did bring to the roast were plenty of jokes about herself and President... More »

A Jury Awarded Them 4 Cents. Mike Evans Gave Them $11K

Pro NFL player Mike Evans is helping people out

(Newser) - A wide receiver who just scored an $82 million contract extension is helping a family that was recently awarded 4 cents, ESPN reports. Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers donated $11,000 Saturday to the family of a man who was shot dead by a Florida sheriff's deputy... More »

New Felony Charge for Beleaguered Mo. Governor

Eric Greitens says computer tampering charge is a continued 'smear' against him

(Newser) - St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the woes of the first-term GOP governor. The charge of tampering with computer data is in addition to an earlier charge alleging Greitens took... More »

Charity Behind 'Grope-Fest' Folds

Britain's Presidents Club to close after distributing remaining funds

(Newser) - The charity organization responsible for a dinner and auction that's been skewered in the British House of Commons this week will close its doors. Trustees of the 33-year-old Presidents Club announced Wednesday the organization will shut down once its remaining funds are "distributed in an efficient manner to... More »

10 Most, Least Charitable US Cities

From Madison to Laredo

(Newser) - So which city in America most embraces the holiday season of giving? Madison, Wis., gets the honors in a new ranking by WalletHub . The site looked at the 100 biggest cities and examined a number of metrics, including money donated to charity, the number of hours spent volunteering, and the... More »

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 »

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