charitable giving

11 New Rules for Fiscal Survival in a Weak Economy

That simple wait-and-see game plan we adopted when we believed recovery was just around the corner? Not cutting it anymore -- if it ever did. It's time for new strategies to win in the New Normal. Here's a rundown of ideas that once worked to which it's time to say goodbye, and the current wisdom for replacing them.

Harvard Endowment Has an Excellent Year

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." He was right: The rich get better returns on investment. The Harvard endowment rose 21.4% to $32 billion in the university's fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

College Donations Rebound to 2006 Levels

Colleges Donations Rebound to 2006 LevelsAfter falling off during the recession, donations to institutions of higher learning in 2010 recovered to the level they reached in 2006, but after adjusting for inflation, giving was still 8% lower than in that year, according to the Voluntary Support of Education survey.

CEO's Corner: How Goodwill Forges On Amid Hard Times

'Tis the season to remember the less fortunate, and Jim Gibbons, CEO of Goodwill Industries, hopes his nonprofit will be on the receiving end as you make out your charitable giving list. With unemployment still hovering near 10%, his organization is serving more people than ever with aid, inexpensive goods and job training.

Buffett Donates $1.6 Billion, Most Since 2008

Warren Buffett's annual gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation rose 28%, to $1.6 billion from $1.25 billion last year, as Berkshire Hathaway shares jumped 35% over the last year.

Haiti Earthquake Brings Charity Scams Out of the Woodwork

Within hours of last week's earthquake in Haiti, charities were scrambling to respond to the catastrophe. So too were cyber-criminals, who were looking to exploit unwitting Internet users seeking to donate to the relief effort. It has gotten so bad, the FBI and others have issued warnings to the public.