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Clinton and Bush launch fund for Haiti

President Obama and former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton appeared together at the White House to announce the development of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which aims to raise money for relief efforts in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake, The Dallas Morning News reported Jan. 16 (see Haiti support story). Clinton and former president George H.W. Bush together raised $135 million in the wake of the Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2005 and helped raise $1 billion after the tsunami in East Asia in 2004. Clinton and the younger Bush say donations to their fund will be well-spent, The Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 17 (see Clinton Bush Fund story).

Donations continue to pour in for earthquake relief

Donations for relief efforts in Haiti totaled more than $220 million as of Jan. 19, and contributions are still flowing, CNN Money reported Jan. 19 (see Haiti donations story). As of Jan. 17, cell-phone users in the U.S. had donated more than $11 million via texting for the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake, The International Business Times reported Jan. 17 (see Haiti giving story). As donations pour in, Britain’s Charity Commission is warning would-be donors to be on the lookout for criminals using online scams to steal money, The BBC reported Jan. 20 (see fundraising scams story).

Big Apple volunteer initiative goes national

A program that deployed almost 200 AmeriCorps Vista volunteers to help solve social problems in New York City and encourage additional volunteers to participate is being launched in 10 other major U.S. cities, The New York Times reported Jan. 17 (see AmeriCorps story). The volunteers serve as consultants who help nonprofits improve their programs and recruit and deploy volunteers.

Vermont nonprofits face generational shifts

With Vermont nonprofits struggling because of the recent recession, some are wondering if the next generation of nonprofit leaders is up to the task of guiding their organizations into the future, The Burlington Free Press reported (see Vermont nonprofits story). To prepare, United Way has formed an advisory committee to provide direction about how to best engage 20- and 30-somethings.

Cleveland Orchestra members strike

Members of the Cleveland Orchestra have gone on strike for the first time in 30 years, forcing the cancellation of two-day concert trip, The New York Times reported Jan. 18 (see Cleveland Orchestra story). The group’s union, which is demanding higher pay for members, is now in mediations with the Orchestra.

Choices abound for donating via text

Many donors are not aware they can use their cell phones to text donations to charities other than those supported by their mobile carriers, The New York Times reported Jan. 19 (see giving by text story).

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