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Australia, N.Zealand top charity index; US 5th

Australia and New Zealand shared first place, and the United States tied for fifth, in a first-of-its kind survey ranking 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity.

 

40 billionaires pledge to donate half their wealth

More than three dozen of America's wealthiest individuals and families have joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in agreeing to give away at least half their fortunes to charity.

 

Warren Buffett donates $1.93 billion to charities

Warren Buffett donates $1.93 billion to charities

Warren Buffett has donated another $1.93 billion to five charitable foundations, the third-highest amount since the investor began donating 99 percent of his wealth in 2006.

 

Illegal Sarah Palin defense fund must give back donations

Illegal Sarah Palin defense fund must give back donations

A legal defense fund for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was illegal and must repay nearly $400,000 to donors, according to a settlement with a state-appointed lawyer announced on Thursday.

 

Wal-Mart to Give $2 Billion to Fight Hunger

Wal-Mart to Give $2 Billion to Fight Hunger

The donation in cash and food to the nation’s food banks would be one of the largest corporate gifts on record.

 

Telethon For Haiti Raises Preliminary $57M

Telethon For Haiti Raises Preliminary $57M

With donations continuing to come in from around the world, “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” today announced that it has raised more than $57 million to date, a new record for donations made by the general public through a disaster relief telethon. The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online, and mobile. The preliminary figure does not include donations by corporations and large private donors, or iTunes sales figures, all of which are still being calculated.

 

Drew Carey Ups the Ante: Bids $1 Million for @Drew on Twitter

Drew Carey Ups the Ante: Bids $1 Million for @Drew on Twitter

Over the weekend, we reported on Drew Carey’s bid of up to $100,000 (if he reaches 100,000 followers by Nov. 9th) for the Twitter name @drew. The name is currently up for auction by Drew Olanoff, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, to raise money for LIVESTRONG as an extension of the #blamedrewscancer campaign.

 

Gates Foundation Sells Off Almost All HealthCare Investments

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sold off almost all of its pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health-care investments in the quarter ended June 30.

 

Probe Says Palin May Be in Hot Water Over Ethics

Probe Says Palin May Be in Hot Water Over Ethics

An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.

 

"Give it away, you'll enjoy it," Gates tells rich

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Wednesday that billionaires ought to give away most of their wealth to charitable causes, and they would even find they enjoyed it.

 

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