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Billionaires’ giving could spur others

While the push by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to get fellow billionaires to pledge up to half their wealth to charity may be limited to the wealthiest people, it also could encourage other potential donors to give to charity, The New York Times reported Aug. 13 (see billionaires’ pledge story).

Call for higher-education innovation in face of financial crisis

Faced with rising debt and costs, colleges and universities should be looking for ways to provide a better education to more students at a lower price, Mark C. Taylor, chairman of the religion department at Columbia University, wrote in a guest opinion column in The New York Times (see university innovation story).

In-kind gifts account for half of corporate giving

A survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and USA Today found that while cash donations from corporations fell 7.5 percent to $3.9 billion in 2009, their in-kind donations accounted for half their giving, USA Today reported Aug. 8 (see corporate giving story).

Calvert Foundation chief moving to U.S. AID

Shari Berenback is stepping down as president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation in Bethesday, Md., to head micro-enterprise development at the United States Agency for International Development, The Washington Post reported Aug. 16 (see Calvert Foundation story).

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