MIAMI, June 16, 2009 — Big Brothers Big Sisters this week will recognize its Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year at its 2009 National Conference, sponsored by Comcast Corporation. The "Bigs of the Year" are long-term mentors whose volunteer service exemplifies how Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor-based volunteer mentoring network, improves the odds for more than 255,000 of America's most vulnerable children.

PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2009 — The Philadelphia Music Project (PMP), a program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, has awarded $1,179,675 to 19 local music organizations in support of 118 concerts and residency programs spanning traditional and contemporary forms of classical, jazz, and world music. This year's grants will make possible world premiere performances of 15 new compositions and Philadelphia premieres of 61 additional works. In all, nearly 1,000 instrumentalists, conductors, vocalists, and composers will participate in these funded projects; 12 ensembles and soloists will make their Philadelphia debuts.

March 30, 2009, The Financial Times — Financial services executives are increasingly offering their skills to provide free advice to charities, even as their public image is battered by the economic crisis.

Reverse graffiti. It’s not exactly fundraising, but it is getting one homelessness charity’s message out and about on the streets — and walls — around London. London-based Crisis is raising awareness with its ballsy reverse graffiti campaign and, after all, from awareness eventually come dollars. The controversial reverse graffiti guerrilla campaign hit the streets of London to coincide with National Homelessness Sunday, an annual day of ecumenical prayer and action marked on the last Sunday in January by more than 2,000 churches in England, Scotland and Wales. Crisis chose 15 grimy sites around the city and then proceeded to blast some areas clean,

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