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From trading stamps to philanthropy

By Laurie Bennett

August 23, 2013 at 12:15pm

A family fortune built on trading stamps has found its way over the decades to the arts, the environmental movement and peace efforts.

Hershey kisses state investigation goodbye

By Laurie Bennett

May 28, 2013 at 6:21am

When Kathleen Kane won the Pennsylvania state attorney general election last year, many hoped that the Hershey Trust would get some long-overdue scrutiny.

Gummer and Streep: Like mother, like daughter

By Muckety

May 14, 2013 at 8:23am

Mamie Gummer inherited more than good lucks and the acting bug from her mother, Meryl Streep.

Kerry’s finances unlikely to draw same scrutiny as Clinton’s

By Laurie Bennett

December 25, 2012 at 3:58pm

Like the current secretary of State, John Heinz belongs to a family connected to millions of dollars in nonprofit activities.

Koch money flow

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2012 at 4:08pm

The many ways that the Koch brothers make and spend money are a source of fascination for both the left and the right.

California billionaire moves on from hedge fund, to clean energy

By Laurie Bennett

October 29, 2012 at 6:39am

Tom Steyer’s announcement last week that he would step down from the hedge fund he founded, Farallon Capital, came as no surprise to those who have been paying attention to his political and nonprofit activities.

Foreign support for the Clinton Foundation

By Laurie Bennett

September 26, 2012 at 10:20am

With the Clinton Global Initiative winding up its annual meeting in New York, both major presidential candidates addressing the group, and renewed buzz about Hillary Rodham’s Clinton’s intentions in 2016, it’s a good time to revisit the foundation’s funding.

The Gates Foundation as stepping stone

By Laurie Bennett

April 9, 2012 at 9:54am

A top job at the country’s largest foundation would be a great line on any resume.

Soros can’t claim rights to ‘open society’

By Laurie Bennett

March 27, 2012 at 11:10am

When the pope calls on Cuba to build an “open society,” he inadvertently calls George Soros to mind.

Clooney and friends use fame for greater good

By Laurie Bennett

March 16, 2012 at 9:50am

The power of celebrity was palpable in Washington this week, as George Clooney testified before the Senate, posed for photos at the White House state dinner and traveled the talk-show circuit to discuss violence in the Sudan.

Cargill heir top philanthropist of 2011

By Laurie Bennett

February 7, 2012 at 6:34am

Margaret A. Cargill, late granddaughter of the founder of Cargill Inc., was America’s most generous donor last year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

The many Republican connections of Nancy Brinker

By Laurie Bennett

February 5, 2012 at 12:03pm

Now that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, supporters are left to decide why the controversy occurred and whether they should continue giving to the cancer foundation.

Local student-aid group has big-name connections

By Laurie Bennett

September 15, 2011 at 10:01am

We normally focus on national-level organizations, but once in awhile
we stumble across a local group with impressive Muckety.

Mark Zuckerberg joins the philanthropists’ network

By Laurie Bennett

December 9, 2010 at 10:32am

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has joined some of the biggest names in business in pledging most of his wealth to charity.

Congressional charities provide a ‘pay-to-play’ workaround

By Laurie Bennett

September 10, 2010 at 11:58am

The New York Times took a closer look this week at charities run by members of Congress.

Steven Cohen and other hedge funders sought after by art museums

By A. James Memmott

May 19, 2010 at 9:28am

Having found all the old money (think Rockefeller, Guggenheim, etc.), New York City art museums are in hot pursuit of whatever new money has survived the recession.

Friedman continues Goldman-Mount Sinai connection

By A. James Memmott

May 9, 2010 at 10:14am

Goldman Sachs makes money, too much money many people contend.

Buffett-Gates friendship too big to fail

By Laurie Bennett

February 19, 2010 at 11:00am

The much publicized friendship between Warren Buffett and Bill Gates has become an empire - extending even beyond Buffett’s huge gift to the Gates Foundation.

Gelbaum’s market losses reach the ACLU

By A. James Memmott

December 10, 2009 at 10:31am

Add the American Civil Liberties Union to the list of not-for-profit institutions suffering because of the recession.

Luis A. Ubinas faces challenges at Ford Foundation

By A. James Memmott

June 28, 2009 at 7:31am

Luis A. Ubinas began a dream job in January 2008.


  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

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