National / International News

What happens when Miley Cyrus blesses your cause

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:51

Heather Carmichael, executive director of My Friend’s Place,  a nonprofit that supports homeless youth in Hollywood, says thanks to Miley Cyrus' promotion at MTV's Video Music Awards Sunday,  $70,000 in donations had come in as of Monday morning.

“Today’s been a little bit of a whirlwind – it actually started last night,” she said.

Carmichael notes that My Friend’s Place is privately funded. "So coming into this opportunity is really out of the ordinary... ever so extraordinary," she says. "It’s a rare day that we will be able to raise that amount of money in that short period of time."

The money, says Carmichael,  could go to anything from providing more food to longer hours to adding more staff. But Jeff Shuck, CEO of Plenty, a consulting firm that helps nonprofits raise money through peer-to-peer fundraising, says a nonprofit should take a moment to stop and think about the money.

“It’s an aberration, it’s a windfall, it’s not something that can be easily replicated,” he says.

One trap, says Shuck, is for nonprofits is to make long-term decisions like hiring new staff based on a one-time shot of income that isn't sustainable. Instead, he says, organizations should think about saving and improving infrastructure.

"Annoying purchases that you would not otherwise want to spend money on," he says. “We can’t change the world unless we can turn the lights on. We can’t make a difference to other people in our lives unless we have desks and paper and computers.”

As for the strategy of using a celebrity to raise money, says Trevor Neilson, president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder ofGlobal Philanthropy Group, a consultancy for nonprofits - and a friend who advised Cyrus on how to promote My Friend’s Place - “really, it comes down to a combination of both raising awareness, but also raising funds."

"Any celebrity-oriented philanthropic campaign that doesn’t actually raise money to create real change in the world, isn’t really a success," he says. "It’s fine to raise awareness but if you don’t raise awareness and don’t create real world change, you’re not really helping these kids."

British Embassy marks White House burning with cake

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:51

The British burned down the White House 200 years ago yesterday.

It was a big moment in the War of 1812, which you know all too well if you listen to public radio regularly.

The British Embassy marked the anniversary yesterday. While "celebrated" wouldn't be the right word... there was cake! A big cake in the shape of the White House.

And, this being 2014 and all, the British Embassy even tweeted a picture of it:

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL

— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014

Plenty of people seemed to take umbrage at that including a spokesperson for the State Department.

The special relationship, she tweeted back, is #ItsComplicated.

Commemorating 200 years of peace between the US & UK pic.twitter.com/5fEKRKxBFU

— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014

VIDEO: Kurds make gains against Islamic State

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:45
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq say they are regaining ground against the forces of Islamic State in the area.

Argentine reviving Watson's fortunes

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:45
Heather Watson begins her US Open campaign on Tuesday, hoping to continue her progress under Argentine coach Diego Veronelli.

Di Maria can thrive as star man

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:40
After Manchester United agree a £59.7m fee for Angel Di Maria, Tim Vickery says the Argentine will thrive on being the main attraction.

Salmond and Darling in heated debate

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:39
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together head Alistair Darling clash on issues ranging from currency to oil in the last TV debate ahead of the referendum.

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:39

One company and its algorithms are changing the way America's schools handle classroom ethics.

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VIDEO: Leaders face off for Scotland debate

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:36
Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling meet in Glasgow for the second Scottish referendum debate.

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:27
Manchester City maintain the 100% start to their Premier League title defence by beating Liverpool 3-1 at Etihad Stadium.

Ukraine president calls snap vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:24
Ukraine's president dissolves parliament and calls a snap election for October, as his forces fight pro-Russian separatists in the east.

US soldier kills herself at base

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:19
A US Army soldier barricaded herself inside an office on a Virginia base before shooting herself in the head, the military says.

Man Utd agree £59.7m Di Maria fee

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:12
Manchester United agree to pay a British record transfer fee of £59.7m to sign winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.

Amazon Buys Twitch, Proving Gaming Live Streams Are Golden

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:07

Twitch broadcasts gamers to huge audiences around the world, and it boasts big potential when it comes to advertising dollars. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls watching gameplay "a global phenomenon."

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In Hostage Negotiation, Qatar Plays Middleman To Prove Its Worth

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:00

The small, gas-rich Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar played a key role in freeing U.S. hostage Peter Theo Curtis after nearly two years in Syria.

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Button calls for 'cleaner fight'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:58
Jenson Button sympathises with Lewis Hamilton after his Belgian GP Prix was ended by a collision with Nico Rosberg.

Amazon buys game site Twitch

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:57
Amazon buys video-game streaming service Twitch for $970m (£585m), surprising many after rumours emerged earlier this year that Google's YouTube was in final stages to purchase the firm.

James Foley's letter home published

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:52
The family of the US journalist killed by Islamic State militants last week make public a letter they say he sent while in captivity, via a fellow hostage.

Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:42

A researcher says startups Uber and Lyft aren't really ridesharing services. An emerging set of services being tested promises to be more about sharing and less about being like taxis.

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Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:34

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to the poor neighborhood of West Point today. She talked with residents, handed out cash and apologized to the mother of a 15-year-old killed during last week's protests.

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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

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