Ben Cohen: From Ice Cream to Nuclear Freeze

Ben & Jerry's co-founder talks about his nonprofit's goal of getting Congress to shift spending from defense to education— and using guerrilla marketing for schools


Why a Slavery Museum Scares Business

The ugliness recalled by a National Slavery Museum gives corporate donors the jitters

PLUS: Q&A with Bill Cosby

Who Gave What for Katrina Relief

A survey of donors in the aftermath of the Gulf Coast hurricanes finds corporate foundations were the leaders in funding recovery efforts

The Rich Giveth--And Taketh Away

Larry Ellison's recent withdrawal of a gift to Harvard made headlines, but he's not alone in wanting control over his charitable gifts

Warren Buffett's Mega-Gift

The Sage of Omaha's $31 billion gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help it tackle some of the world's most vexing problems

Buffett's Gift: "A Brilliant Choice"

Why should one of the richest men in the world give billions to one of the other richest men? Page Snow of Foundation Source explains why

"Great News for the World"

With his massive pledge to the Gates Foundation, Buffett is changing the way people think about giving

"Power Lunches" With Warren

Warren Buffett's surprise donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation should make his annual auction luncheon even more exciting

My Luncheon with Warren

Warren Buffett says most of his charity lunch guests want personal advice, not stock tips

Americans Dig Deeper for Charity

Donations were up $15 billion in 2005, with almost half earmarked for disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas, and the trend is holding for 2006


Buy Water, Help Children

That's the idea behind Ethos Water, now owned by Starbucks

Muhammad Yunus: Microcredit Missionary

The economics professor wasn't afraid to turn the rules of banking upside down

Crystal Power for the Red Cross

In an effort to give the humanitarian organization equal appeal to religious and ethnic groups, it has adopted a new icon


Charitable Pay: A Growing Disparity

The gap between CEOs' salaries and the wages of other employees at nonprofit organizations is increasing significantly

Drucker's Contributions to Nonprofit Management

A renowned expert on business management, Peter Drucker also encouraged nonprofit leaders to build community and focus on the common good

Giving Charities a Voice

The Center for Effective Philanthropy offers foundations an unvarnished -- and often controversial -- evaluation of their charitable efforts


Quanta's $100 Laptop Challenge

The outfit aims to make money building Third World computers. Maybe it can, but alienating Dell and HP could be the price of success

Help for Info Age Have-Nots

Companies from AMD to Yahoo are pushing devices and services aimed at bringing cutting-edge tech to parts of the world that need it most

Googling for Charity

The search titan's Sheryl Sandberg says the newly unveiled program of corporate philanthropy will fund "what's best for the world"

PCs Get with the AIDS Program

In a major initiative, companies and scientists are harnessing thousands of volunteers' computers to speed the search for a cure


The Top Givers

Individuals, even more than corporate donors, are digging deeper into the causes that interest them to "fund the solution, not the problem."

The Devout Donor

With a $550 million gift to his foundation, John Templeton has this to say to skeptics and believers: "Maybe you're both right."

A Templeton Grant Sampler

The financial legend gives money to a broad mix of scientists and priests, psychiatrists and social workers

Science and Religion, But Not Politics

Templeton Foundation's Charles L. Harper disputes charges that the group promotes intelligent design and a conservative agenda

Slide Show: Team Players for Charity

A star-studded roster of top-name sports stars is helping worthy causes go for the gold. Here are some of them

Teaching Others How to Give

Ira Fulton made a fortune building homes. Now he and his wife are spending it on scholarships and school buildings -- and hitting up their friends, too


Charities Unaware of Donors' Perceptions

A new report reveals that nonprofit officials are not in tune with public sentiment about such topics as marketing and government regulation

Not Your Father's Foundation

Young philanthropists have their own ideas about what causes to back -- and they aren't always the ones favored by their families

A Major Push for Microphilanthropy

eBay's Pierre Omidyar discusses his goals for the $100 million donation he just made to Tufts University to start a fund for microfinance loans


Nonprofit Groups Brainstorm Aging Issues

Delegates to the upcoming White House Conference on Aging are charged with guiding national policy on issues affecting older people


2004 Philanthropy Special Report

A look at corporate and individual giving in 2003

2003 Philanthropy Special Report

A look at corporate and individual giving in 2002


Below are some of our editors favorite charities. Click the links to find out more about them or share your experiences. Also, tell us about your favorite and we will consider it for our list.

Action Against Hunger

Amnesty International

Childrens Defense Fund

Doctors Without Borders

Donors Choose

Habitat for Humanity

The Humane Society of the United States

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Proliteracy Worldwide

Salvation Army

Please note that all descriptions are taken from each groups Web site. BusinessWeek Online has no affiliations with any of the groups listed.

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