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Why It Now Costs $25 to Get Into MoMA – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

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A visitor in front of a wall sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Museum of Modern Art, citing rising operational costs, has raised its adult admission price to $25 from $20. The new ticket price will make MoMA — a private, nonprofit institution — one of the most expensive museums in New York City, matching the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which in July raised its recommended price for adults to …

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Famine in the Horn of Africa: How have things changed? | The Economist

IN THE worst hunger crisis the world has seen this century, in the Horn of Africa, 29,000 children may already have perished. More are certain to. But apart from hand-wringing, what have been the reactions to the famine?

The world might think it has moved on since the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85. But charities are using the same emotive photos they used then to pitch for money. Television cameras are just as intrusive—perhaps more so. Camera crews have been thrown out of a …

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9 Excellent Celebrity-Powered Social Good Campaigns [VIDEOS]

The Stars of Social Good Series is supported by CITGO and the Fueling Good Campaign, helping to change the world one mile at a time through contributions to local charities.

Want to see John Mayer make fun of Justin Bieber? Want to see Ed Helms run around Africa in a silly safari outfit? Now do you want to see them do it for …

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Online Scandal Underscores Chinese Distrust of Charities – NYTimes.com

The photographs of the alluring young woman landed like hand grenades in the world of Chinese philanthropy.

One showed her wearing sunglasses and leaning on the hood of a white Maserati. Another revealed her closetful of …

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If You Do Anything, You Can Probably Dedicate it to Charity

If you’re going to be participating in any kind of event, Causes.com has made sure that you can donate it to charity. Causes, the massive charitable giving site that got its start on Facebook, has relaunched its …

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L.A. Unified: Wasserman foundation donates $1 million to L.A. Unified – latimes.com

A private foundation has donated $1 million to the city school district to help pay for several academic programs and new positions, officials said Friday.

The Wasserman Foundation, headed by entertainment/sports entrepreneur Casey Wasserman, has donated more than $4.3 million to …

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Silicon Valley’s status symbols look different – latimes.com

Aaron Patzer lives in a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Palo Alto with an old couch and TV. His favorite shoes are hand-me-down brown leather wingtips that, at 39, are older than …

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Islam On Twitter

No example is more powerful a testament to the growing impact of social media than the ongoing revolutions of the Arab Spring. Twitter, Facebook and other social media has drastically changed the way people engage with their civic and religious communities, both locally and globally.

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New Brokerage Donates a Portion of Fees to Water Charity – Posting – NYTimes.com

A NEW brokerage in New York says it will donate part of its fee from every sale to a group that helps provide safe drinking…

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