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Denver schools get $10 million from Gates

The Denver Public School System received $10 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a new system for evaluating teachers, a proposal the system developed with cooperation from the local teacher’s union, The Denver Post reported Jan. 22 (see Denver school story).

Americans give $305 million in first eight days after quake

In the eight days following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, Americans have donated a total of $305 million, more than the $163 raised in the same period after the 2004 tsunami in East Asia, but trailing the $580 million donated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, The Washington Post reported Jan. 21 (see Haiti donations story).

Nonprofit news venture names leaders

Jonathan Weber, former editor and co-founder of The Industry Standard and former editor for the Los Angeles Times, has been named editor-in-chief of the Bay Area News Project, a nonprofit news venture that will supply content to the Bay Area edition of the New York Times, The New York Times reported Jan. 21 (see nonprofit news story). Lisa Frazier, a partner in McKinsey and Company, was named chief executive.

New trend could help donors give wisely

As would-be donors struggle to find the best ways to support relief efforts in Haiti, initiatives aimed at rating the impact of specific charities may help contributors give wisely, Business Week reported Jan. 21 (see effective giving story). Examples of such efforts are Charity Navigator, GiveWell and Guidestar.

NEA to support urban design projects

The National Endowment for the Arts will award 15 grants of up to $250,000 each for urban design projects that enhance public building and spaces that promote the arts, Bloom berg reported Jan. 21 (see NEA grants story).

Technology enables creativity in fundraising, marketing

New technology and applications are opening novel venues for charitable giving, both through cause-marketing undertaken by corporations, and by individuals who want to raise money for their favorite charities, USA Today reported Jan. 21 (see cause marketing story).

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