Charity trumps gifts for many
Almost four in 10 Americans say they would be willing to forego a holiday gift if the money instead could go to charity, says a survey from the American Red Cross, The Christian Post Reporter reported Dec. 3 (see charity gifts story). Eight in 10 say that if someone asked to have a donation made to a charity rather than receive a gift, they would be willing to do so.
Social Security numbers no longer required for Angel Tree
The Salvation Army no longer will require Social Security numbers in order for needy families to sign their children up for the charity’s Angel Tree program, The Associated Press reported Dec. 3 (see Angel Tree story). While the new policy goes into effect next year, about 30,000 children already are registered to receive gifts this holiday season, a significant increase over last year.
Charity of White House ‘crashers’ under investigation
Authorities in Virginia are launching an investigation of the business and charitable dealings of Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple that recently “crashed” a state dinner at the White House, The Washington Post reported Dec. 3 (see Salahi story). America’s Polo Cup is an annual gala that raises money for Journey for the Cure, a nonprofit also run by the couple.
Sponsors sticking by Tiger and his foundation
So far, sponsors of Tiger Woods and his charitable foundation are sticking by the golf star, who has offered a “profound apology” in the wake of allegations of extra-marital affairs, The Associated Press reported Dec. 2 (see Tiger Woods story). His foundation provides educational resources to disadvantaged kids.
Bush Foundation invests $40 million in teachers
The Bush Foundation has launched a 10-year, $40 million effort to boost teacher recruiting, training and retention in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, Politics in Minnesota reported Dec. 3 (see Bush Foundation story). Ultimately, the foundation hopes its efforts will help close the student-achievement gap.
Gates invests $12.9 million in community college technology
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $12.9 million in grants to help community colleges use technology to boost online course offerings, The Associated Press reported Dec. 3 (see Gates Foundation story). With a goal of helping low-income young adults, the funds will be used to support teachers, use social media and develop virtual learning labs.