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Soros foundation quits Hungary over govt's 'repressive' policies

Budapest - The foundation run by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros said Tuesday it was closing operations in Hungary and relocating to Germany in response to the "repressive" policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

Soros foundation quits Hungary over govt's 'repressive' policies

Budapest - The foundation run by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros said Tuesday it was closing its operations in Hungary and relocating to Germany in response to the "repressive" policies of Viktor Orban's government.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer wants his wealth to help U.S. families

Business Insider met with Ballmer at the Code Conference in Los Angeles to talk about his favorite philanthropy projects. He was all smiles, relaxed, and happy to talk.

Chile gets huge land donation from North Face widow

Santiago - The Chilean government has received a giant donation of private land for national parks from the widow of US philanthropist Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the clothing brands Esprit and The North Face.

Daniel Palmier and the new breed of business philanthropists are reinvigorating America Commissioned

America has a long and proud history of philanthropy by her most successful sons and daughters. Some of the most illustrious names celebrated in the Philanthropy Round Table’s Hall of Fame are recognized and celebrated across the globe.

Mitt Romney faces up to Evander Holyfield for charity

Mitt Romney swapped the suit, tie and hurricane-proof hair for gloves and shorts on Friday, as he squared up to Evander Holyfield in the name of charity

Billionaires' $10m gift to Yale stirs debate in China

Beijing - A Chinese billionaire couple's $10 million gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country's Internet users Thursday, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China.

Report: Rich getting richer, giving less, poor giving more

On average, the wealthiest Americans are giving less than ever to charities, while those who have been hit hardest by the recent recession are giving more.

Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty

Washington - Nations vowing to wipe out poverty in Africa have failed to come through with sufficient aid, an international advocacy group said in a report released Monday, urging them to make good on their pledges.

Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty

Washington - Nations vowing to wipe out poverty in Africa have failed to come through with sufficient aid, an international advocacy group said in a report released Monday, urging them to make good on their pledges.

Chinese philanthropist plans to sing a song at a luncheon

New York - A Chinese recycling tycoon who has tried to buy the New York Times aims to throw feasts for 1,000 homeless Americans, starting with a lunch in New York City's Central Park next week, where he also plans to perform his own song.

Chinese tycoon hands out food and cash to U.S. poor

New York - Chen Guangbiao is one of China's leading philanthropists, but he sure likes to talk about it and about himself a lot. His latest announcement is either a genuine act of kindness, a stroke of his own ego, or maybe a little of both.

Op-Ed: How private businesses can assist state-run education

How best to educate our youth is a matter of debate. Differing opinions abound as to what type of school provides a better educational experience.

Boss selling business to pay for one waitresses' medical bills

Montgomery - Michael De Beyer owns a family German restaurant in Texas, but he is selling up to help fund one of his waitresses' medical bills.

Paul Walker named one of most charitable celebrities of 2013

Although the entertainment world may have lost Paul Walker in a tragic accident, his legacy and philanthropy lives on forever. He was the founder of the organization Reach Out Worldwide.

Op-Ed: Sergey Brin — The ‘evil’ philanthropist

Los Altos - One of the founders of Google has recently been "exposed" as the man who bankrolled the development of synthetic meat. And that's not all he is doing.

Op-Ed: Sam Simon takes to Twitter and vows to 'beat cancer'

Occasionally, the animal kingdom gains a guardian angel. Sam Simon is one of them. The Simpsons creator maybe battling an illness, but he's still fighting for animals in need.

Op-Ed: The truth about those wicked corporations

In recent months, some of the world's largest corporations have come under fire from politicians, some have even been branded evil, but is this really the case?

Bill Gates reported to invest in social network for scientists

Berlin - Microsoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates is reported to have placed a quiet investment in the Berlin-based scientific social network company ResearchGate, reflecting his long-held interests in science.

People still digging in pockets to donate in tough economic times

Melbourne - Despite the paucity of disposable income in the United States and elsewhere around the world, charitable contributions are still prevalent, according to statistics. Although the numbers are not as high as they used to be, donations are still rampant.

Celebrate the holidays by giving with Maximilien Cartier

Geneva - In this festive time of year, everyone enjoys hearing stories of scrooges turning into philanthropists and the wealthy and adept giving to the needy.

George Lucas to donate money received in recent Disney deal

Earlier this week it was announced that The Walt Disney Company had purchased George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd., and now word is buzzing that the film mogul is donating most of the money he received in the purchase.

Non-profit organizations benefit from Toyota’s 100-car giveaway

Torrance - One hundred cars for 100 non-profit organizations in 100 days. It’s a simple formula to follow, according to Toyota Motor Sales.

Op-Ed: When Bankers Were Good

This BBC documentary examines the philanthropic activities of British bankers from building accommodation for the “deserving poor” to the founding of the British Goat Society.

Op-Ed: Why taxation is unnecessary

The super-rich on both sides of the Atlantic are appealing to their governments to tax them more to aid those less fortunate than themselves. The truth is, all taxation is totally unnecessary.

Charitable Giving a Thing of the Past?

When the economy tanks, luxury goods and services often bear the biggest brunt of frugal consumers. Another casualty of hard economic times, though sometimes overlooked, is charitable giving.

UK Investigative Journalism Fund Receives $3.3 Million Grant

The recently launched Investigations Fund, a UK initiative to fund public interest journalism, won a $3.3 million grant and backing from Google. The bureau will experiment with techniques ranging "from crowdfunding to crowdsourcing."

Cindy McCain Departs For War-Torn Georgia

During a fundraiser in Sacramento, California, John McCain told the crowd that his wife Cindy McCain is on her way to war-torn Georgia, where she will meet with officials, including Georgian President Mikheil Sakaasvili.
 

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