Philanthropy

This Oct. 15, 2016 photo shows parents and grandparents from Memphis Lift speaking to Hilary Shelton, the Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, during the national NAACP board meeting in downtown Cincinnati. While some black leaders see charters as a safer, better alternative in their communities, a deep rift of opinion was exposed by a 2016 call for a moratorium on charters by the NAACP, a longtime skeptic that expressed concerns about school privatization and accountability issues surrounding charters. (The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
December 24, 2018 - 7:18 pm
Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school...
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In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 photo, Reagen Adair holds on to a RIP Medical Debt yellow envelope as she poses for a photo at her home in Murchison, Texas. The co-founders of RIP Medical Debt buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is erased, no strings attached. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
December 24, 2018 - 12:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. "I opened it up and it said these bills had been paid off," said Sasser, of Milton, Florida...
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The journalist Claas Relotius poses during an award ceremony in Munich, Germany, March 27, 2014. The German journalist who was found to have made up information for numerous published articles may be charged for allegedly soliciting donations for Syrian orphans from his readers. (Ursula Dueren/dpa via AP)
December 23, 2018 - 10:03 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German journalist who was found to have made up information for numerous articles may now be charged with allegedly soliciting donations for Syrian orphans from his readers. The German magazine Der Spiegel said Sunday that its award-winning former reporter, Claas Relotius, had asked...
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FILE - This June 14, 2007 file photo shows, Abraham Lincoln's bloodstained gloves he carried on the night of his death at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Historians say that the 2007 acquisition of 1,500 documents and artifacts for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum firmly established Illinois as a leading repository of all things Lincoln. So forgive the handwringing over the possibility that some of it might have to be sold. The Lincoln museum's fundraising foundation, which borrowed $23 million in 2007 to buy the trove from private collector Louise Taper, still owes $9.2 million on a note due in October 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)
December 22, 2018 - 10:17 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation owes more than $9 million for a collection of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln and says it might have to sell some of it to erase the debt. An Associated Press review of the collection shows a bevy of items only...
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Sgt. Christian Pastrana, right, prepares toys for a donation to the organization Women in Distress, at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots depot, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Hialeah, Fla. The recent closure of Toys R Us created some collateral damage -- the Toys for Tots charity drive. More than 250,000 toys donated by consumers and $5 million, 40 percent of corporate giving, came through Toy R Us last year, holes the annual Marine Corps' community effort is working to fill. At left is Matthew Williams, picking up the donation for Women in Distress. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 21, 2018 - 8:05 am
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant's decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, to dissolve the foundation and distribute its remaining assets to other nonprofit groups. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 19, 2018 - 11:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at New York Democrats over their efforts to shut down his charitable foundation. Trump tweeted that his foundation has "done great work and given away lots of money." New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York. Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition, bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web site of the American Booksellers Association. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
December 18, 2018 - 8:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2013, file photo, Les Moonves arrives at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. CBS is pledging $20 million in grants to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that forced the ouster of Moonves. CBS said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 14, 2018 - 8:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS on Friday pledged to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. The announcement comes as the network's crisis deepens,...
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First lady Melania Trump helps sort toys during a Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 11, 2018 - 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump highlighted the spirit of giving Tuesday by sorting toys and making Christmas cards for an annual toy drive held by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The first lady said she had been looking forward to the Toys for Tots event all year. The charity collects new toys and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, speaks at a debate in Sacramento, Calif. Thurmond was elected as California's Superintendent of Public Instruction. With new Democrats set to take over the governor's mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in a number of key states. The incoming governors in California, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a temporary halt on new charter schools. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:47 am
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general,...
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