The Magic Yarn Project Crochets Wigs for Children With Cancer

Holly Christensen had the original idea—to crochet a yarn wig for her friend’s little daughter as she went through chemotherapy. A part-time nurse with a background in oncology, Christensen knew that chemo could make kids’ scalps too sensitive for regular wigs. She wanted to make something fun and cozy for the three-year-old girl, so she […]

NFL Star Chris Long Starts Scholarship for Charlottesville Students

Chris Long, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, is from Charlottesville, Virginia. For him and his wife Megan, like his hometown, it’s been a long, trying summer. “In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Long said in a press conference. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those […]

Family Donates Solar Power Systems to Local Charities

Solar power is still a matter of some controversy, with arguments raging about whether or not an individual panel can ever recoup the energy cost of making it. But the technology improves day by day in leaps and bounds, and the more solar systems put in place, the lower the costs creep. Once installed, solar […]

Ruby Rose Donates to Houston LGBT Center In Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Fans of Orange is the New Black will remember Ruby Rose, who played virtually herself in two seasons of the show. In addition to being an actress, she’s also a model, a DJ, and a recording artist, with two movies coming out in the next few months. Rose has a history of charity work, supporting […]

Kaepernick Keeps His Philanthropic Promises

Colin Kaepernick’s career is still stalled over his decision to bring politics onto the football field with his quiet protest. But he’s far from inactive. In the wake of that protest, which was inspired by unequal treatment of black victims of police brutality, Kaepernick fledged a foundation, and pledged to donate $1 million to help […]

Rasmuson Foundation Awards Almost $9 Million to Alaska Nonprofits

The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that it made grants totaling $8.6 million to 18 Alaska nonprofit organizations. This is one of the largest awards in the foundation’s history. “These uncertain economic times in Alaska have put a strain on many of the programs that fill a critical role in our state,” said Rasmuson Foundation […]

Washington University Receives $20M Gift for Scholarships

Washington University, based in St. Louis, has announced a $20 million pledge from trustee John F. McDonell. This is one of the largest single scholarship gifts in the history of the university. The pledge is to create a challenge fund in support of scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Washington University, […]

Gund Sells Painting to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, a former president of the Museum of Modern Art, sold one of her most valuable paintings to provide seed funding for a nonprofit criminal justice reform fund. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” hung on Gund’s mantel until she sold the piece in January for $165 million, including fees. Most of that money—$100 million—went to […]

Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund Gets $2.5 Million in Philanthropic Support

On June 1, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that they are investing $1.5 million in Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund. The Strategic Neighborhood Fund is a public-private partnership between the City of Detroit and Invest Detroit whose goal is to show that neighborhood redevelopment can be done in financially sound, sustainable, and […]

Millennials’ Activities Indicate They Will Likely Give More As They Age

It’s not surprising that Millennials aren’t busy giving copious amounts of money to charity. Saddled with student debt and low-paying jobs, many of them have all they can do to meet their basic needs. But according to a new study, there are signs that Millennials are poised to become very generous donors as they age. […]