New Year’s Eve tops for online giving…

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New Year’s Eve tops for online giving

The last day of the year is the most lucrative for online charitable donations, with New Year’s Eve last year bringing in 22.5 times the daily average for the rest of the year, says a study by Convio of its users, The New York Times reported Dec. 17 (see New Year’s Eve giving story). While year-end giving could be driven by the holiday spirit, tax deductions likely are another factor.

Charities hope for rebound in Wall Street giving

Charities are hoping the rebound in the financial markets will mean a rebound in giving by Wall Street companies and employees, Dow Jones reported Dec. 17 (see Wall Street giving story). To date, the uptick in Wall Street wealth has not “trickled down,” says John Shapiro, managing director of Chieftan Capital Management.

Climate-change donors focus on conference

While the focus of the climate-change conference in Copenhagen has been political leaders, philanthropists and foundations concerned about the topic numbered in the thousands, Dow Jones reported Dec. 17 (see climate change story). To make their dollars count, climate-change funders are promoting action-oriented steps that include advocacy efforts, measurement and local programs.

Danforth Foundation endows center on religion and politics

The Danforth Foundation has given $30 million to Washington University to provide endowed professorships for five new faculty and a permanent director at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Dec. 16 (see Danforth Foundation story). The center is scheduled to open in January of 2010.

Spangler Foundation funds scholarships for Charlotte youth

The C.D. Spangler Foundation has donated more than $2 million to provide $1,000 scholarships for African-American boys at West Charlotte High School to attend Central Piedmont Community College or one of the University of North Carolina System institutions, reported Dec. 17 (see Spangler Foundation story).

Alabama nonprofit association changes name, headquarters

The Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama has changed its name to the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and has moved its headquarters to Samford University, The Birmingham News reported Dec. 17 (see Alabama Association of Nonprofits story). John Stone will serve as executive director of the organization, which represents more than 19,000 nonprofits in the state.

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