Oprah Winfrey

November 1, 2009, Parade — Successful people often give back—sometimes in very personal ways. Oprah Winfrey created scholarships for kids in the hometown of her longtime partner, Stedman Graham; basketball star Yao Ming is rebuilding schools in his native China, which was devastated by earthquakes last year. The Giving Back Fund used public records to compile this list of celebrities who gave the most in 2008.

May 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — In a quiet meeting closed to the news media and the public, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller Sr., Oprah Winfrey, and other leading philanthropists met in New York this month to discuss ways to promote efforts to solve growing social problems in America and abroad.

For fundraisers, the first quarter of the year is as much a time to look back as ahead. It’s a time to find out how year-end appeals tallied up, to assess how winter events performed and perhaps to report back to the board on what it all means.

“Say it! Say the word!” In a church basement in Philadelphia, a Women’s Ministry group is meeting to discuss an upcoming fundraiser. After a few minutes of conversation, the group’s leader points her finger at one of the attendees and yells, “Come on, say it!” “Say what?” the suddenly shy woman asks with a smirk. “Say the word!” “OK, fine … ” she finally concedes. “V … a … g … i … n … a!” With that, the other women raise a prolonged note like a heavenly choir that trails off into a fit of laughter. And the church’s male pastor, who really

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