Donations for Haiti begin to slow…

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Donations for Haiti begin to slow

While Americans have donated more than $380 million for relief efforts in Haiti, the deluge of contributions is beginning to slow, with donations to the American Red Cross down by more than half, CNN Money reported Jan. 25 (see Haiti donations story).

Haiti relief album tops pop charts

“Hope For Haiti Now,” the 20-track album featuring performances from the recent telethon benefiting relief efforts in Haiti, will top the pop charts this week as downloads approached 150,000 for the week ending Jan. 23, Billboard reported Jan. 25 (see Haiti charity album story).

Dartmouth students’ Haiti fundraising strategy serving as model

To date, three Dartmouth College seniors have raised more than $133,000 for relief efforts in Haiti with a campus- and community-wide fundraising strategy that now is being emulated by other colleges, The Associated Press reported Jan. 25 (see Dartmouth Haiti story). The money will go to Partners in Health, a nonprofit that was founded by a Dartmouth alum and has operated in Haiti for decades.

Mayo Clinic raises $1.35 billion

The Mayo Clinic raised $1.35 billion in five years, exceeding the $1.25 billion it had intended to raise over seven years, The Minneapolis St.-Paul Star Tribune reported Jan. 26 (see Mayo Clinic story). The money will fund research on cancer and depression, among other initiatives.

Louisiana gets money to rebuild hospital

A federal arbitration panel ruled that Louisiana will receive $474.8 million to replace New Orlean’s Charity Hospital, a state-owned hospital for the indigent that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, The New York Times reported Jan. 27 (see New Orleans hospital story).

Smithsonian sees signs of recovery

Stores and restaurants associated with the Smithsonian Institution’s museums brought in $2 million more than expected in 2009, driven in large part by a spike in attendance, and the Institution’s endowment has rebounded somewhat, BusinessWeek reported Jan. 26 (see Smithsonian story).

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