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Charities and Philanthropy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett has given several charities Berkshire Hathaway stock worth more than $2.8 billion as part of his plan to give away his fortune gradually through annual gifts.

Berkshire’s chairman and CEO announced the gifts Tuesday in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In accordance with Buffett’s giving plan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation received the biggest gift worth more than $2.1 billion. read more »

 

The sixth annual Kitsap Wine Festival will be held Aug. 9 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Harborside Fountain Park, next to the ferry terminal on Bremerton’s waterfront. read more »

 

DAVID CRARY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy donors are lavishing money on their favored charities, including universities, hospitals and arts institutions, while giving is flat to social service and church groups more dependent on financially squeezed middle-class donors, according to the latest comprehensive report on how Americans give away their money.

The Giving USA report, being released this week, said Americans gave an estimated $335 billion to charity in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012 after adjustment for inflation. read more »

 

Kitsap Bank was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 2014 Corporate Philanthropist. This recognition, which is part of the Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Awards, honors businesses that “do well by doing good.” Since 2008, the Business Journal has been publishing the “Corporate Citizenship: Business of Giving” special report, in which researcher Bonnie Graves surveys area companies about their cash contributions to area nonprofits. This is the second year in a row that Kitsap Bank has received this designation. read more »

 
Picking the right charity for your donations can be complicated

By RON LIEBER, The New York Times

Each year, we file a report card on our financial lives. It tells us what we earned, a bit about what we saved, some details on what we own and often includes a tally of our generosity. True, most people don’t read their tax returns this way, but it’s helpful to think of them as a conversation starter and a guide to what we can do better next year. read more »

 

The Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance is holding an event at Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo to inform people about how donations to KCAA made during the Kitsap Great Give event will be used. KCAA board members and supporters will discuss how donations will further the group’s efforts to provide education, resources and advocacy for local agriculture on the Kitsap Peninsula. 

The event, open to all ages, will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, the day of the Kitsap Great Give. The brewery is at 932 NW Slippery Pig Way in Poulsbo. read more »

 

Martha & Mary’s Generations of Care benefit luncheon and auction will be held Sunday, April 27, from noon to 3:30 pm at Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook Road in Poulsbo. This annual event supports Martha & Mary’s (www.marthaandmary.org) mission of providing quality care for seniors and early childhood education services across Kitsap County.

This year’s keynote speaker is Erik R. Lindbergh, a pilot, artist and entrepreneur, and the grandson of aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. read more »

 

Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo is one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night 2014. This year’s event will be held April 23 — Shakespeare’s birthday — when 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America. 

Liberty Bay Books serves as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources. Liberty Bay is hosting a reception for local givers on April 17 at 6 p.m.  read more »

 

The South Kitsap Helpline is selling gorgeous SuperTunia hanging baskets grown in greenhouses at its nursery in Port Orchard as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit agency, which operates a food bank and other programs serving those in need.

The nursery has baskets with six colorful petunia varieties to choose from for $29.99 each (tax is included). Helpline is taking pre-orders for the baskets, which will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, May 10 just in time for Mother’s Day. read more »

 
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