September 30, 2010

David Donovan and Others to Host a Reception For Charlie Baker & Richard Tisei

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PRLog (Press Release)Sep 30, 2010 – (Boston, MA) – A reception for Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei will be held at Westin Copley Plaza – 10 Huntington Avenue, in Boston, Massachusetts from 5:30 pm, beginning with Chair’s Roundtable and Co-Chairs Reception on October 1. There will be a Host Committee Reception and VIP Photo Opportunity at 6 pm, followed by General Reception at 6:30 pm on the same day.

The requested donation for the general reception is $500. This event is paid for by The Baker Committee, The Tisei Committee, and MRP Victory 2010.

About Charlie Baker:

Charlie Baker believes that Massachusetts needs a new direction and knows that he can help make it an even better place to live, work, and raise a family;  a place where his children – and their children someday – will want to spend their lives.

Charlie is committed to pursuing policies that will create jobs for Massachusetts, help the state’s economy grow at a faster rate, and create an environment in which current businesses can thrive, and new industry will advance. Charlie is running for governor because he believes he has the experience, knowledge and vision to turn Massachusetts around.

Throughout his 30-year professional career, Charlie has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Charlie has twice helped steward a turnaround; first as a senior administrator under Governors Weld and Cellucci, and again as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. These experiences in fiscal and government accountability have qualified Charlie to bring Massachusetts the turnaround it needs.

Charlie Baker is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He grew up in Needham and currently lives in Swampscott with his wife, Lauren and their three children.

About Westin Hotels and Resorts:

Westin Copley Plaza is a part of Westin Hotels and Resorts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Charlie Baker & Richard Tisei reception to be hosted by David Donovan, and others.

September 29, 2010

David Donovan, John Baldasaro, and Dave Modica hosted a successful reception for Charlie Baker

Posted in Philanthropy tagged , at 6:40 pm by philanthropynews

PRLog (Press Release)Sep 28, 2010 – East Boston, MA – On a Monday night, over 100 people gathered at Ecco Restaurant in East Boston for a reception held in honor of Massachusetts Governor candidate, Charlie Baker.

Baker gave an energy filled speech to his supporters, speaking against state and federal social programs that have left the townspeople in a bad financial state.

“I want to make sure East Boston residents and residents across the state get more bang for their buck,” Baker said, during his speech. “For too long now the people who do the right thing, pay their bills, send their kids off to college and struggle every day with their financial future are not be rewarded and that needs to change.”

Some of the townspeople expressed their frustrations about others getting bailed out at their expense, making it hard for them to send kids to college or to get a loan, despite having saved for many years.

Dave Modica, co-owner of Ecco, who also hosted the event with David Donovan, said it’s time for a businessman to be in the governor’s seat because only a businessman would understand the struggles of small businesses like Ecco.

Baker ended by saying he would stay as governor for as long as the people would have him.

About Charlie Baker:

Charlie Baker believes that Massachusetts needs a new direction and knows that he can help make it an even better place to live, work, and raise a family;  a place where his children – and their children someday – will want to spend their lives.

Charlie is committed to pursuing policies that will create jobs for Massachusetts, help the state’s economy grow at a faster rate, and create an environment in which current businesses can thrive, and new industry will advance. Charlie is running for governor because he believes he has the experience, knowledge and vision to turn Massachusetts around.

Throughout his 30-year professional career, Charlie has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Charlie has twice helped steward a turnaround; first as a senior administrator under Governors Weld and Cellucci, and again as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. These experiences in fiscal and government accountability have qualified Charlie to bring Massachusetts the turnaround it needs.

Charlie Baker is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He grew up in Needham and currently lives in Swampscott with his wife, Lauren and their three children.

September 28, 2010

From Young Mogul, a Gift on the Scale of Philanthropy’s Elders

Posted in Philanthropy at 2:53 pm by philanthropynews

By MIGUEL HELFT

PALO ALTO — Mark Zuckerberg, America’s youngest billionaire at 26, has not spent much money on himself. Forbes estimates his fortune at $6.9 billion, but Mr. Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, has yet to sell any sizable portion of his holdings in the company.

He rents an unremarkable house within walking distance of Facebook’s headquarters here. He favors jeans and T-shirts, drives an Acura and, unlike many other technology moguls, does not own a private plane.

On Friday, Mr. Zuckerberg announced his biggest expenditure to date: a $100 million grant aimed at improving public education in Newark, in partnership with Cory A. Booker, the city’s mayor, and Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor.

(Read more via New York Times.)

September 24, 2010

200 foundations urge congress to simplify tax law to allow more giving

Posted in Philanthropy at 5:53 pm by philanthropynews

More than 200 foundations from 42 states (including the District of Columbia) on Monday urged leaders in Congress to pass legislation that would simplify the nation’s tax system and make it easier for the philanthropic sector to devote more resources to giving.

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, the diverse coalition—including the C.S. Mott Foundation, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Inc., The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Council of Michigan Foundations—said the change will enable foundations to focus more on meeting the growing needs in communities across the country.

“The current tax on private foundation investment income is needlessly complicated, requiring foundations to calculate and recalculate asset balances, investment income, and expenditures as often as once every month,” the letter said. “Foundation resources that could be going toward grants and programs to improve our communities are instead spent on accountants and lawyers working to ensure tax compliance.”

(Read more via PNN.)

September 21, 2010

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Receives $10 Million From Bank of America

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:02 pm by philanthropynews

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has announced a $10 million gift from Bank of America, including art valued at $5 million.

The cash component of the gift will be used to support museum exhibitions, programs, operating expenses, and capital improvements, in addition to special events in conjunction with the opening in November of the museum’s Art of the Americas wing and Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard. The donated art includes Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue Green Yellow Orange Red (1968), as well as other works from the Bank of America Collection, one of the oldest and largest corporate holdings of art in the world.

(Read more via PND.)

September 18, 2010

David Donovan, John Baldasaro, and Dave Modica To Host Reception for Charlie Baker

Posted in Philanthropy tagged , at 6:38 pm by philanthropynews

PRLog (Press Release)Sep 17, 2010 – East Boston, MA – A reception for Charlie Baker will be held at Ecco – 107 Porter Street, in East Boston, Massachusetts from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on September 20, 2010. The requested donation for this reception is $500. Those who have generously contributed the maximum $500 to The Baker Committee in 2010 may contribute to the Tisei Committee (maximum $500) or to MRP Victory 2010 (maximum $15,000).

About Charlie Baker:

Charlie Baker believes that Massachusetts needs a new direction and knows that he can help make it an even better place to live, work, and raise a family;  a place where his children – and their children someday – will want to spend their lives.

Charlie is committed to pursuing policies that will create jobs for Massachusetts, help the state’s economy grow at a faster rate, and create an environment in which current businesses can thrive, and new industry will advance. Charlie is running for governor because he believes he has the experience, knowledge and vision to turn Massachusetts around.

Throughout his 30-year professional career, Charlie has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Charlie has twice helped steward a turnaround; first as a senior administrator under Governors Weld and Cellucci, and again as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. These experiences in fiscal and government accountability have qualified Charlie to bring Massachusetts the turnaround it needs.

Charlie Baker is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He grew up in Needham and currently lives in Swampscott with his wife, Lauren and their three children.

About Ecco:

Ecco has an impressive list of wines, special martinis, and cocktails created exclusively to excite the palate.  Our tempting array of desserts, cappuccino and espresso can be harmonized with a selection from our extensive list of cordials, dessert or Port wines. The Charlie Baker reception to be hosted by David Donovan, John Baldasaro, and Dave Modica.

September 17, 2010

Karen Winnick to be Honored with Prestigious Arents Award from Syracuse University

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:47 pm by philanthropynews

Karen Winnick, chairman of the Winnick Family Foundation, will be honored in October by Syracuse University for her work as a children’s book author and illustrator and as a literacy advocate. Winnick, who was graduated from Syracuse University in 1968, will receive the George Arents Award during the University’s Orange Central homecoming celebration on Friday, October 15 on the Syracuse campus.

“I am pleased and honored to be one of the recipients of the George Arents Award,” said Mrs. Winnick. “My experiences at SU set in motion so much of what has followed. I’m truly grateful for those four wonderful years.”

Said Nancy Cantor, President and Chancellor of Syracuse University: “Karen Winnick is an author, artist, and philanthropist who has devoted her life to young people and service in the public arena. Her award-winning words and illustrations have delighted children all over the world, inspiring them to enjoy reading.”

(Read more via PR Web.)

September 13, 2010

With $100 million Soros gift, Human Rights Watch looks to expand global reach

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:11 pm by philanthropynews

By Colum Lynch

NEW YORK – The $100 million gift to Human Rights Watch from billionaire George Soros announced last week will extend the overseas presence of the influential American rights champion and ensure its financial health for years to come.

But the goal of the gift is more ambitious still: to alter the way human rights are promoted in the 21st century, making rights advocacy less of an exclusively American and European cause.

The donation, the largest single gift ever from the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist, is premised on the belief that U.S. leadership on human rights has been diminished by a decade of harsh policies in the war on terrorism. Soros said he hopes the money will cultivate a much broader constituency of foreign policymakers and philanthropists who embrace the notion that human rights should be observed universally.

“Unfortunately, we lost the moral high ground during the Bush administration and the Obama administration has not done enough to regain it,” Soros said in an interview. “Therefore human rights as an American cause is often resisted because it comes from America.

(Read more via The Washington Post.)

September 10, 2010

Deborah van der Heyden of Jones Lang LaSalle Honored With Humanitarian Award by St. Francis Food Pantries Read more: NYInc – Deborah van der Heyden of Jones Lang LaSalle Honored With Humanitarian Award by St Francis Food Pantries

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:49 pm by philanthropynews

NEW YORK, NY— Jones Lang LaSalle announced Deborah van der Heyden, managing director, with the company’s New York office was honored with an Humanitarian Award by the St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. The organization bestowed the award at its annual Women of Valor Awards Tea on August 5, 2010 in The Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The organization holds its annual Women of Valor Award Tea to benefit the Capuchin Food Pantries, an organization run by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters presents the Humanitarian Award to individuals who have consistently worked for the welfare of others and for social reform. Susan Boyle, managing partner, with HLW International also received the award.

“This organization puts a unique and heartfelt twist on providing services to hungry and homeless people throughout the area,” said van der Heyden. “It helps other pantries and shelters when they are short of supplies, and it offers very special social programs that connect children, seniors and families in need.”

(Read more via NY Inc.)

September 9, 2010

George Soros gives $100M to Human Rights Watch

Posted in Philanthropy at 4:21 pm by philanthropynews

By Jennifer Peltz

NEW YORK — Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is putting up $100 million, one of the largest donations of its kind, to expand Human Rights Watch and help it court more international support.

The financier and major donor to liberal causes said Tuesday that it’s become a disadvantage for the group to be primarily funded by Americans because the U.S. has lost the “moral high ground” when it comes to fighting abuses.

The gift, to be distributed over 10 years, is meant as a dramatic start toward major growth for the group, which documents abuses and advocates for human rights in about 90 countries.

Soros’ donation is meant to help Human Rights Watch volunteers around the world entice other donors to give enough additional money to boost the organization’s budget from $48 million a year to $80 million within five years. The organization envisions hiring about 120 more staffers — primarily researchers and advocates — and setting up new offices to encourage such emerging powers as India and Brazil to make human rights a keystone of their foreign policies.

(Read more via Associated Press.)