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GM giving $27.1 million to United Way in Michigan

The General Motors Foundation is giving $27.1 million, its largest donation ever, to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to help boost graduation rates and rebuild the region’ skilled work force, the Associated Press reported Dec. 10 (see GM gift story).

Oprah Winfrey ranks as most charitable celebrity

People magazine reported The Giving Back Fund ranks talk-show host Oprah Winfrey as the most charitable celebrity, donating over $40 million through her foundation, which supports initiatives such as education and women’s and children’s programs, NBC New York reported Dec. 11 (see Oprah giving story).

Charity varies by culture across globe

Charitable giving and generosity vary in cultures throughout the world, with U.S. wealth manager Northern Trust reporting, for example, that charitable giving in the U.S. as a proportion of gross domestic product totals roughly around 1.7 percent, compared to roughly 0.7 percent in Europe and only 0.04 percent in Japan, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 13 (see philanthropic differences story).

Schools in Britain, U.S. focus on giving by youth

Projects that help young people learn about philanthropy are cropping up at schools across Britain and North America, giving students a sense of charity that some say may force charities to become more efficient and accountable, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 13 (see youth giving story).

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