Airbnb Unveils Open Homes Platform for Housing Refugees

For years, home-sharing giant Airbnb has had a quiet side project involving asking its hosts to offer temporary housing—for free—to displaced people, citizens forced out of their homes due to natural disasters and other emergencies or, increasingly, the global refugee crisis. Today, the company is launching an ambitious new platform in order to unite and…

Australian iron ore magnate donates $300 million to charity

Iron ore mining magnate Andrew Forrest said Monday he was donating 400 million Australian dollars ($300 million) to charities in what has been described as a new record in Australian philanthropy. Forrest, the 55-year-old chairman of Fortescue Metal Group, and his wife, Nicola, announced the money will be spent on cancer research, Australian university research,…

Record gift from GameStop executive delivers big for Make-a-Wish 

Amy and Robert Lloyd have made a historic gift of $750,000 to Make-a-Wish North Texas, the largest single donation since the chapter was established in 1982. As executive vice president and chief financial officer of GameStop, Robert Lloyd also has encouraged the company’s longtime support of the charity, whose board he serves on. “Wishes are…

Student company “Lakeside Leisure” giving back to charity 

In Patt Rutt’s marketing class, it’s all about thinking outside of the box. “They brainstorm product ideas, do market research to see which one to sell,” said Rutt. “They sell stock for start up capital, break into departments and sell sell sell!” This Traverse City Central High School marketing class named their company “Lakeside Leisure”…

Why Corporate Philanthropy Is Good For Business

Most companies have something more to give the world than their products. That could be their position to advocate for worthy causes, the expertise of their employees, or the financial resources to help a community project succeed. The Best Workplaces for Giving Back, recently announced by consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune, do…

SF, Benioffs announce $30 million plan to fight family homelessness

San Francisco officials made a bold promise Friday, saying that within three years the city will eradicate the problem of family homelessness, housing 800 families and creating a no-wait system of support for those who might face the streets in the future.It’s a $30 million plan, a public-private partnership with $20 million already in the…

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg donates $100M to charity 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated more than $100 million in Facebook stock to a fund for charitable causes, according to a regulatory filing published Wednesday. Sandberg donated 880,000 Class “A” Facebook shares to the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Fund on November 21, according to a filing with the Securities and…

Corporate Giving Awards: PricewaterhouseCoopers

What societal issue do you wish there was more awareness of, and why? Half of today’s teens are financially illiterate, and more than three-quarters of teachers who teach financial literacy indicate a need for more appropriate curriculum resources. At PwC, we have been on a journey to help address the systemic lack of financial education…

Wake Forest student turns cancer diagnosis into philanthropic business

Amid all the ordeals, large and small, that came from being an active college student diagnosed with cancer, Jake Teitelbaum showed his frustration in one place: the plain, white “hospital socks.” Standard-issue for all in-patient stays — the Wake Forest University student had several while battling a resistant form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year —…