Troy, Michigan, August 25, 2009 — The Kresge Foundation’s grantmaking continues to seek a balance between responding to the immediate hardships arising from the economic downturn and the longer-term challenges of addressing enduring social, environmental, and economic problems. At its second-quarter board meeting in June, Trustees awarded 73 grants totaling $26 million for nonprofit organizations in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Ireland.

NEWTON, Mass., May 29, 2009 — TripAdvisor(R), the world's most popular and largest travel community, has won a gold Halo Award, American cause marketing's highest honor. TripAdvisor won the "Best Use of Social Media" category for their fall 2008 "More than Footprints(TM)" campaign which distributed $1 million dollars between five travel-related non-profit organizations, including: Conservation International; Doctors without Borders; National Geographic Society; Save the Children; and The Nature Conservancy. Run by the Cause Marketing Forum, Halos recognize work that advances the interests of both nonprofit partners and a business, and are judged on conceptual strength, execution, business results, and cause results. The honors were announced in a May 28 ceremony at the Cause Marketing Forum's annual conference in Chicago.

May 27, 2009, UKFundraising — A new report into philanthropy in Ireland indicates that it is not inevitable that major giving will decline during the current recession and an unprecedented fall in the paper wealth of many of Ireland’s highest net-worth individuals.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2009 — The Foundation, the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced its 2009 grantees in celebration of and the Foundation's 10 year anniversary. A total of $235,000 in grants has been awarded to organizations globally, including Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties, Micromentor and World Toilet Organization. For the first time, the winning organizations were voted on by employees using the company's own deployment of Salesforce CRM Ideas, the world's first cloud computing application that enables the wisdom of crowds to drive innovation.

Since 2001, …For A Cause, and its forerunner, Ride For A Cause, has been organizing cycling and walking events to raise money for charities that focus on AIDS and breast cancer issues. But that is not their only focus; they also encourage their participants to choose an additional beneficiary. This can be any non-profit organization that is meaningful to the participant. Some past participant beneficiaries have included the National Kidney Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the National Autism Foundation, just to name a few.

The cost to aid budgets of the world economic downturn is headed for billions of dollars, slashing assistance to the world's poorest people just as it becomes harder for them to make money for themselves.

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