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Workplace parties take charitable turn

With the recession still top-of-mind, many workplaces are foregoing or altering lavish holiday parties to incorporate the collection of money, food or clothing for people in need, The Washington Post reported Nov. 22 (see workplace holiday story). More than half companies surveyed recently say they have canceled or scaled back their holiday party.

Ousted head of Feed the Children discourages donations

In the latest move in a power struggle at Feed the Children, ousted president Larry Jones has asked donors not to give to the charity until legal proceedings between him and the group’s board are settled, The Associated Press reported Nov. 21 (see Feed the Children story). Jones says the charity already has lost gifts of $3 million and $500,000 since he was fired earlier this month.

Charities turn to social-media fundraising for holidays

While many Americans plan to spend less on travel, decorations, presents and parties this holiday season, only one in five plan to give less to charity, says a new survey from the American Red Cross, Kristi Heim wrote in a blog in The Seattle Times Nov. 20 (see social-media holiday giving story). To reach as many people as possible, charities are soliciting small donations through social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

‘Tis the season to give wisely

With charities struggling more than normal this season, now is the time to give not only generously, but wisely, experts say, The Lost Angeles Times reported Nov. 22 (see holiday giving story). For maximum impact, a donor should carefully select one charity to receive all year-end donations, investigate the organization to ensure it uses donations appropriately, and look for non-financial ways to give.

Donors need to do their homework

With competition for scarce fundraising dollars heating up, donors must be more discerning about their contributions, Michelle Singletary wrote in a column in The Washington Post Nov. 22 (see year-end giving story). Donors should make sure the charities they support are legitimate and well run by checking with state agencies that regulate nonprofits, and by contacting sources like Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

British princes create foundation

British princes William and Harry have launched the Charitable Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which will award grants to needy youth and wounded military personnel, The Daily Record reported Nov. 22 (see Princes William and Harry story). It is not known how much of their own wealth has been given to the foundation, which will be the princes’ “primary vehicle” for charitable giving.

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