Philanthropy

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In the last few days, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails reminding me that the window for tax-deductible charitable giving for the year is closing. So, as 2009 winds down, I want to make an appeal to those readers lucky enough to have a bit of money for discretionary spending. Last year I wrote: [T]o…

Hey ScienceBlogs readers: you rock! In a year where lots of folks are waiting for the signs of economic recovery to be manifest in their daily lives, and where public school budgets have been even more hard hit than they were a year ago, your generosity helped us significantly surpass the impact of our October…

Happy Hallowe’en and welcome to the last day of the 2009 Social Media Challenge. With your help, ScienceBlogs bloggers have raised more than $56,000 to help public school teachers pay for classroom supplies, fund field trips, and support activities to help their students learn. Today is the end of the drive, so if you’ve been…

Basic concepts: Truth.

No, I’m not going to be able to get away with claiming that truth is beauty, and beauty, truth. The first issue in understanding truth is recognizing that truth is a property of a proposition. (What’s a proposition? A proposition is a claim.) A proposition that is true has a certain kind of correspondence with…

As I noted earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard is going to be distributing another $200,000 in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge. They’re dividing up that pool of money according to how much each challenge has raised as a proportion of the total funds raised by this Sunday. In other words, if my challenge were to…

It’s day 20 of the 2009 Social Media Challenge in which generous ScienceBlogs readers (among others) help raise funds through DonorsChoose for books, supplies, field trips, and other classroom projects in cash-strapped U.S. public schools. So far, we’ve made impressive progress, with 13 challenges mounted by ScienceBlogs bloggers raising a total of $19,462. You may…

Our month-long drive with DonorsChoose to raise funds for public school classroom projects has been under way for almost two weeks now. At the moment, the ScienceBlogs leaderboard show a total of $15,890 from 121 generous donors, benefiting 6,971 public school students. That’s pretty good work so far! Of course, there’s also the matter of…

About 5 hours ago, “HP from Palo Alto, California” just rocked our world (and helped a bunch of public school classrooms) by plunking down $50 on each of the 13 challenges mounted by ScienceBlogs bloggers in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge. That’s a total of $650! I’m thinking there’s a good chance that the…

Today is the one week mark in our month-long drive with DonorsChoose to raise funds for public school classroom projects, and it is no surprise that ScienceBlogs readers have been generous in their support. As I write this post, the ScienceBlogs leaderboard indicates:

Here’s a quick update on how the ScienceBlogs contingent is doing in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge. Since we kicked off the challenge on Thursday, three more blogs have mounted challenges: A Blog Around the Clock (challenge here) Christina’s LIS Rant (challenge here) Thus Spake Zuska (challenge here) And, as I type this, 61…