Friday, March 30, 2007
Chief Executive of Irish Life & Permanent David Went calls for more business support for Irish universities
"said that the University sector in Ireland continued to be severely under funded; “Our colleges and Universities were saved from penury in the 1990s by philanthropists such as Atlantic Philanthropies and some very generous private individuals. But the need for finance is as acute today as it was then and I would appeal to the new generation of wealthy entrepreneurs in Ireland in particular to show their support for the University sector which is critical to the creation of a true knowledge economy.”"
Thursday, March 29, 2007
A total of 25 students participated in the alternative spring break program that took them to Mazamitla, Guadalajara and Zacatecas in Mexico"
"Philanthropy is clearly one of the main responsibilities of high earners, because they should give back to the society that has helped them realise their opportunities. In the US, top earners in effect pay a voluntary tax on their earnings, and large numbers accept the obligation. Some prominent figures have given away virtually their whole fortune, especially towards the end of their lives. There is not the same culture of philanthropy in this country, and despite the introduction of tax incentives, there is not yet the same level of tax breaks."
Bureau shuts down non-performing charity fund -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China News
The Shanghai Fudao Natural Disaster Reduction Foundation had never carried out charity activities since it was established in 2004, and owes 650,000 yuan (US$81,250) to several companies, which has broken the rule of charity foundation management, said the bureau."
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Taloha ni, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia orana koutou katoatoa, Ia Orana, Gud de tru olgeta, Talofa, Kia ora tatau and warm Pacific greetings to everyone here today.
Firstly I'd just like to say 'well done' to Philanthropy New Zealand and the Combined Community Trusts of New Zealand for all your efforts in pulling together this tremendous conference. I congratulate you on the outstanding collection of speakers you have secured from both here and overseas. I'm sure every person attending will leave the conference tomorrow informed, inspired and motivated."
Local charity Gulf for Good is organising the first China Classic Motorcycle Challenge between September 7 and 17. This adventure, which will raise funds for two charities, will be Gulf for Good’s 22nd around the world and will take participants from Beijing, through Heibe province and the flat, untilled Bashang grasslands to Inner Mongolia on special World War Two replica motorcycles with sidecars."
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
By PATRICK CREWDSON - The Dominion Post | Wednesday, 28 March 2007
New Zealanders give about $1.3 billion to charitable causes each year - including an average $91 from each individual - according to the most comprehensive research yet on Kiwi philanthropy.
With an estimated philanthropic haul of $1.27 billion in 2005 to 2006, equivalent to 0.81 per cent of gross domestic product, a measure of the size of a country's economy, Kiwis were more generous than Canadians and Australians but stingier than British and Americans."
If the late 19th century was the golden age of mutual institutions, clubs and societies, the early 21st century is a new golden age of networks and online communities, a virtual replication of what went before. This presents new opportunities and challenges for voluntary organisations."
India Fashion Week concluded with a philanthropic message in New Delhi on Sunday. Support for children's rights was on the agenda with designers pledging part of their profits to the Non-Governmental Organization 'Parivartan'."
Welcome to the March 2007 issue of the Philanthropy UK Newsletter! Our new look represents Philanthropy UK's new brand identity, launched this month.
Why rebrand? There has been much activity in British philanthropy since Philanthropy UK was founded in 2001: budding interest by individuals has been matched by a growing philanthropy infrastructure to support their giving (see our Philanthropy Directory for a full list). There also is more media coverage of philanthropy, and in 2005 Government renewed its commitment to supporting charitable giving, laying out its vision and priorities in A Generous Society.
In light of these significant developments, we decided to update our brand to better reflect our mission and what we do, and to further improve our communications with the giving community.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Everyday Giving Blog: National Hug-A-Thon In South Africa: "National Hug-A-Thon In South Africa
There is a huge wave of encouragement about to hit the country of South Africa. A National Hug-A-Thon campaign is going to launch April 2007. What a terrific way to bring people together, encourage each other and raise funds for charity."
'Corporate social responsibility is, I believe, a natural impulse to help those in need. It is a spirit of goodwill expressed in activities that promote social development,' explains Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala or JAZA, chair and chief executive of Ayala Corporation. 'We have always found it very important to engage in businesses that not only create value for our shareholders but also result in a developmental impact on society by contributing positively to the national development agenda.'"
Friday, March 23, 2007
By MATTHEW KRIEGER
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Philanthropy in Israel is no longer about a 'plaque on the wall' as a new generation of donors involve themselves in gift-giving."
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More substantial steps should be made to implement the stipulation in a new act for encouraging corporate charity, says a signed article in Beijing News. An excerpt follows:
According to the Corporate Income Tax Law newly adopted by the National People's Congress, businesses can have their donations exempt from income tax when the amount is within 12 percent of annual revenue.
Compared with the previous stipulation, the new rule offers much greater incentive to encourage corporate donations by raising the tax-deductible percentage from 3 to 12 percent. This change will become a significant stimulus for businesses to contribute to charity once the law takes effect on January 1, 2008."
Thursday, March 22, 2007
DonorTec - Online Technology Portal for Non-Profit Organisations | Online Technology Portal for Non-Profit Organisations
DonorTec aims to assist charities and nonprofit organisations with Income Tax Exempt status by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with our donor partners, as well as by supporting you to make the most of your ICT purchases and infrastructure. The Donortec Program is delivered in Australia by CommunIT, a CISA project in partnership with TechSoup. Both CISA and Compumentor/TechSoup are nonprofit organisations."
Source: National Council of Voluntary Organisations
Published Thursday, 22 March, 2007 - 08:51
High profile campaigners from across the UK will stress the importance of accountability in campaigning at the first ever national campaigning conference, being held at the Barbican today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) Campaigning Effectiveness Programme. As campaigns from ‘Make Poverty History’ to the Stop Smoking Coalition make the headlines, campaigners need to ensure that their methods are based on evidence and accountable in order to show that the changes they seek are legitimate and, where possible, based on their beneficiaries experience."
More than 145,000 people have watched an online video fund-raising appeal that pokes fun at celebrity fund raising.
The 8-minute video is a spoof"
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can broadly be defined as the commitment of businesses to contribute to sustainable economic development by working with employees, their families, the local community and the society at large to improve their lives in ways that are good for business and for development."
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) said that the £625m UK charities receive each year would be reduced to £554m as a consequence of the basic income tax rate falling from 22% to 20% by next April.
Under the Gift Aid scheme, charities can reclaim tax on charitable donations."
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Source: Volunteering England
Published Wednesday, 21 March, 2007 - 16:48
Volunteering England, the national development agency for volunteering, responds to the Chancellor’s Budget: Supporting Charities and the Third Sector.
Christopher Spence CBE, Chief Executive of Volunteering England, said:
“Volunteering England (VE) welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment in the 2007 Budget to increasing the quality and quantity of opportunities, and increasing awareness of the benefits of volunteering to a diverse range of groups. However, we are concerned about the proposals to encourage students to volunteer by receiving a discount on their tuition fees."
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) - South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs was presented late Monday with a cheque for US$1 million by legendary West Indian Sir Garfield Sobers for achieving the feat of hitting six sixes in an over last Friday."
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BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu called on the Chinese people to develop their 'sense of charity' at the awards ceremony of the 2006 China Charity Awards.
Hui said the Chinese people had a long history of helping each other and had shown more enthusiasm for philanthropy at a time of rapid economic development, but more efforts were needed to further promote people's sense of charity."
The Internationalization of Web 2.0: "The Internationalization of Web 2.0
An interview with Teresa Crawford on technology in the developing world
By: Britt Bravo
March 13, 2007
What are the best Social Web tools for the developing world, and what should software developers keep in mind when creating software for international organizations? In this podcast interview with Britt Bravo, Teresa Crawford shares tips gleaned from her work as a strategic technology consultant on projects around the world. This interview first appeared on NetSquared.
Britt Bravo: Please tell us a little bit about your work with international nonprofits.
Teresa Crawford: I have a number of clients [that are] either headquartered in the United States, working internationally, or that are local organizations outside of the United States. Most specifically, I focus on human rights and advocacy, and sort of grassroots collective organizations that are working on community issues, whether [that] is environment, disability rights, or women's rights."
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
By Lily Canter
AS students in Northampton gear up for their annual fashion show this summer, business sponsors are putting up funds behind the scenes to support the nationally-acclaimed event.
Corporate sponsorship is a growing trend, from a small business sponsoring the bottled water at a local networking event to a multi-national coughing up cash for a string of charity races nationwide, to companies like Northampton's Carlsberg which has supported sporting events such as tennis, badminton, croquet, waterskiing and, of course, football."
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What do a 74-year-old farmer from Uygur and the richest man in Hong Kong have in common?
Answer: Both were yesterday named among the Top 10 Philanthropists of 2006 by the Chinese government for their charitable acts.
This year's China Philanthropy Awards, the most regarded of their kind in the country, sought to convey the changing face of philanthropy, proposing that anyone and everyone can and should get involved."
Globe and Mail Update
OTTAWA — Buoyed by the success of last year's removal of the capital gains tax when an investor donates stock to charity, the government is broadening that tax removal to the donation of stock to private foundations."
Monday, March 19, 2007
Comic Relief breaks all records to put on the biggest and the best Red Nose day ever! Functionpix Freelance News Pictures for sale Events Photographer
The grand finale show has been heralded as the best ever with Girls Aloud together with the Sugar Babes performing the opening number.
The 7 hour live show included some of the biggest names in world entertainment and within the first half hour the show had already raised more than £2 million."
By HELEN KEMPTON, Sunday, 18 March 2007
Fund-raising is on the rise, as Helen Kempton reports. CHARITY is now big business and every year Australians donate $11 billion to institutions ranging from lost dogs' homes to Amnesty International.
But it is out on the highways and byways where a fund-raising phenomenon is happening.
Each year, more and more individuals take it upon themselves to run, cycle or even hop in the name of raising money for cancer research, to prevent suicide and a myriad other causes."
Although U.S. attention and philanthropy are good, the handout model is just as flawed whether the currency is greenbacks or pesos. Instead, what Latin America needs is more justice, opportunity and freedom so people can lift themselves out of poverty."
Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi March 19, 2007
The 36 Indians on the 2006 Forbes list of billionaires were together worth over $190 billion.
Details of their ever-expanding wealth are readily available. What is not known, and what most of these billionaires shy of talking about, is the money they spend on charity.
Information compiled by Business Standard suggests there is no Bill Gates or Warren Buffet in India – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of $33 billion and Buffet has gifted it another $31 billion."
By Chou Fu-mei
Monday, Mar 19, 2007, Page 4
Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics figures show that Taiwanese donate up to NT$42.7 billion (US$1.3 billion) to charity every year. But do the 5.35 million people who donate to charities know if their money is really going to those in need?
United Way said it collected NT$374 million in donations last year, which it used to subsidize 389 organizations and 494 projects throughout the nation. All, it said, must apply for funding. United Way immediately recoups money from any group discovered to be using money for private purposes and then bars the group from applying again for two years."
Friday, March 16, 2007
Dame Leather says 'For completely closed religious communities... it will be very difficult for them to retain charitable status.'
By Hilary White
LONDON, March 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This week the British Charity Commission issued a draft consultation document that indicates that under a recently passed law, churches will be obliged to prove their works are of “public benefit”.
Until recently, societies founded in Christian philosophies understood religious work, including that of “advancing religion” and prayer, to be of natural benefit to society and therefore churches have been exempt from taxation to varying degrees."
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The World Today - Friday, 16 March , 2007 12:44:00
Reporter: Barbara Miller
ELEANOR HALL: It seems business philanthropy in Australia is on the increase.
The latest figures indicate that Australian companies have been giving more than $3 billion a year to charitable organisations.
And that means you don't have to look far to come across a corporate charity event.
Today it's the turn of a stockbroking firm, who're running a charity Trading Day.
Our reporter Barbara Miller has been along to the opening."
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Why eliminate the Treasury Guidelines? There are at least three concrete reasons.
First, the Guidelines significantly exaggerate the extent to which U.S. charities have served as a source of terrorist funding."
By STEVE FORAN
CANADIAN companies donate $2.8 billion annually to charities and non-profit groups, say the latest available figures. Individual Canadians donate three times that amount, yet, individually, we are about one-third as generous as Americans."
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
To be a charity, an organisation must have a charitable purpose for the public benefit — an issue most acute for those charities that charge fees for their services, such as private hospitals and independent schools. Until now, the public benefit for charities to alleviate poverty or promote religion and education has been presumed — they did not have to demonstrate it."
Tuesday March 13, 2007
Comic Relief's chief executive is letting the teachers do the hard work. While they persuade pupils to do something to reduce world poverty, he is watching videos posted on YouTube to promote his charity's cause - and he is not even wearing a red nose. 'I'm on YouTube finding the Comic Relief presenters of the future,' he says.
Well, Kevin Cahill is doing both that and organising the biggest TV fundraising event in the UK calendar - Red Nose Day - in three days' time."
Gift Aid logo 102 x 47CAF is to update computer systems used by its Fundraising Support Services in a move to help the charitable sector reclaim some of the £700m lost in unclaimed Gift Aid each year."
A new report says that charities which derive more than 70% of their income from the state should be reclassified as statutory agencies.
The report, Who Cares? How State Funding and Political Activism Change Charity, published by Civitas, says that such a move would preserve the integrity of the voluntary sector."
Written by Isaura Daniel
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
A design from Annie Cicatelli inspired by the Amazon Embroiderers in Brazil and Tunisia are being guided from France by by a French designer. Annie Cicatelli draws designs for cross-stitch embroidery that are used by a group of around twenty embroiderers in the cities of São Paulo and Curitiba, in the Brazilian Southeast and South, respectively."
News of the charity's decision follows the death of Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley, lost, presumed drowned while trying to kayak solo across the same stretch of ocean.
Sydney school friends James Castrission, 24, and Justin Jones, 23, approached the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation early last year with an offer to raise money for the hospital."
Monday, March 12, 2007
Monday, 12 March 2007, 9:37 am
Column: New Zealand National Party
Key Notes No. 6
09 March 2007
New charities policy
Last week I followed up the speech I made earlier in the year about New Zealand's emerging underclass, by announcing our new policy on the tax treatment of charitable donations. The National Party believes that 'more government' is not the answer to every social problem. We want to encourage the innovation and entrepreneurial generosity we see in the charities and private groups that make a real difference in our communities."
The EA has worked closely with the Charity Commission, leading to the publication of its consultation and draft guidance relating to the principles of public benefit.
For the first time, the Charities Act 2006 requires all new and existing charities to demonstrate that they provide clear public benefit."
But it happened, said a curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada: He told the story at a recent arbitration hearing that will determine who owns about $90 million in paintings. The case has degenerated into a he-said, no-he-didn't fray between the heirs of Canadian-born British newspaper magnate Sir William Maxwell Aitken, known as Lord Beaverbrook, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which he founded in 1958."
Friday, March 09, 2007
Rory Francisco-Tolentino helped found the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium in 1994 and for the past five years has been the chief executive. Based in Manila, its goal is to boost philanthropy throughout Asia. Funding for its programs has come from private and corporate foundations in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, the U.S. and Britain. A Philippines native, Tolentino, 57, cut her teeth at two business-backed organizations focused on tackling the country's myriad social problems."
'First of all, I'm very proud of her,' President Bush told CNN Español this week. 'She is an accomplished woman.'"
Thursday, March 08, 2007
The initiative, which is a Web-based technology platform, provides an easy way for races to raise funds for charity and create a positive change in the lives of South Africans."
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said the proposals from the Charity Commission spell out the underlying principles that should govern a charitable organisation."
by Oksana Bondarchuk, Kyiv Post Staff Writer
Mar 07 2007, 00:35
Viktor Pinchuk, son-in-law to Ukraine’s former President Leonid Kuchma, has been among the most active of Ukraine’s tycoons in donating funds to charities, earning himself a reputation as Ukraine’s leading philanthropist.
Ukraine’s largest business groups have been taking corporate philanthropy to new heights, donating tens of millions of dollars over the last several years to charitable causes and launching social programs in the country’s woefully under-funded healthcare, education and cultural spheres."
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
5 March 2007
It’s that time of year again when we’ll have Lenny Henry leading the Red Nose Day activities on our TV screens, asking us to dig deep, participate in silly fundraising activities and support our favourite celebrities as they embark on reality TV shows.
Whilst the high profile events such as Comic Relief and Children in Need undoubtedly raise significant amounts of money for worthy causes, consumers can donate every day of the year by using financial products linked to charitable causes."
Monday, March 05, 2007
The Royal British Legion has tie ups with companies selling things such as funeral plans and breakdown cover."
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Source ::: Agencies
Doha • Officials of 20 different charitable organisations from across the globe have agreed to establish an international humanitarian forum, the first of its kind in the world. The new forum is to be announced here today.
Apart from Muslim charitable bodies from the Arab and Islamic world, a number of other organisations led by non-Muslims will also be members of the new body. The forum will be based in London."
Sir Terry, who is the only celebrity to receive a fee, has been paid since he began presenting the show in 1980.
A BBC spokeswoman said the payment was 'never remotely commercial' and came from the programme's budget and not from charitable funds."
Friday, March 02, 2007
Angela Pang, Mar 02, 2007
Over 50 models will be walking the runway in just jeans for the BARE Campaign, a benefit fashion show that aims to raise awareness of poverty issues in Asia.
Participants include Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and 2006 Miss San Francisco Carol Chen. The fashion show and after-party will take place on March 3, and is expected to draw 2,000 people."
Friday, March 2, 2007 (New Delhi):
The India NGO 2006 awards launched by Resource Alliance in partnership with Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation has been announced.
Gram Vikas and Pradaan were the top winners."