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Fuelling a Passion for Philanthropy
By V Viswanathan

A bus full of boisterous schoolchildren went past my house as I stood in the roadside facing balcony of my flat chatting with my dad, a retired professor, during a peak morning hour. From the yellow coloured bus, we could hear one group of children shouting “pla-ne” and a second group complementing it with “atrium”. The refrain continued and faded. We guessed that the children were on the way to a planetarium as ... Read More
Buffett donates $2.8 billion to Gates, family charities
Warren Buffett this week donated $2.8 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to five charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth.

Buffett donated about 21.73 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire on Monday, a regulatory filing shows.
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$1,000 Gift Drew American Into a Family's Fight Against Poverty
By Geeta Anand
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Real-estate developer Chip Moore left his four-bedroom home here one morning in his GMC Yukon SUV, drove through his community's gate, past the golf course to a Publix supermarket.

There, he wired $1,000 to Rahima Sheikh, a gravely ill woman in a 240-square-foot home in India. He considered it a one-time thing.

"I thought I'd sling some money at the problem," he says, "and make it go away."

Instead, 10 ... Read More
11 people honoured at Forbes India Philanthropy Awards
Eleven people were honoured for their outstanding contribution towards the good of the society at Forbes India Philanthropy Awards. Eleven people were honoured for their outstanding contribution towards the good of the society at Forbes India Philanthropy Awards.

Rohini Nilekani and Nandan Nilekani won the second Forbes India Philanthropy Award.

As many as 11 people, including members from the influential Nilekani, Bajaj and Godrej families, were honoured for their outstanding contribution towards the good of the ... Read More
Suriya donates Rs.6 lakh to dialysis foundation
Chennai, Oct 10 (IANS) Tamil actor Suriya has donated Rs.6 lakh towards the purchase of dialysis machines.

"Suriya inaugurated a free dialysis centre by Tamil Nadu Kidney Research (TANKER) foundation in Sulur. He also donated Rs.6 lakh for the purchase of new dialysis machines," Suriya's agent told IANS.

The TANKER foundation, set up in 1993, helps provide affordable dialysis for economically backward people with the help of their subsidized units.

Suriya, who is currently enjoying the success of ... Read More
Soha Ali Khan raises 100,000 pounds for charity

Actress Soha Ali Khan is elated after being able to raise 100,000 pounds from charity dinner held in London. The money will go to the Pataudi Trust, which will use it for curing blind people in India.

Soha, daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, attended the dinner with her family members.

"What a fantastic night! We raised 100,000 pounds which will all go towards eradicating curable blindness ... Read More
I have already given 25% of my wealth to charity: Azim Premji
PTI: Bangalore, Apr 19 2013, 16:52 IST

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji today said he has already given more than 25 per cent of his personal wealth to charity, but acknowledged it's not easy to use money well in philanthropy.

"I have very clear views on what I intend to give to charity and today more than 25 per cent (of my personal wealth) has already been given to charity," Premji told reporters in response to questions.

"...very often, ... Read More
Mark Zuckerberg donates $500 million to charity
San Francisco: With Christmas just days away, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a donation of about a half-billion dollars worth of his company's stock to charity in Silicon Valley.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, gave 18 million shares to a foundation to orchestrate grants for local causes focused on education and health, according to a post on his Facebook page.

"Two years ago, Priscilla and I signed The Giving Pledge, committing to donate the majority of ... Read More
Will other Churches follow? – Rs. 100-crore charity for Orthodox Church
A view of the audience at the centenary celebration of the Catholicate organised by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Kochi on Sunday.Kerala , November 26, 2012: To mark the centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate of the Malankara Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has announced Rs. 100-crore worth of charitable work to be carried out in the centenary year.

The Catholicos, Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, who made the announcement at the launch of ... Read More
Melinda Gates challenges Vatican by vowing to improve contraception
UK, July 11, 2012: Catholic philanthropist predicts women in Africa and Asia will soon ignore church teaching on birth control.

The billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates, a practising Catholic, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican and vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to contraception across the globe.

Gates, who with her husband, Bill, the founder of Microsoft, is one of the world’s biggest players on development issues, predicted that women in ... Read More
Meet the Canadian billionaire who’s giving it all away
Tavia Grant

Two weeks ago, an unusual crowd gathered at the Bacara, a tony beachfront resort and spa in Santa Barbara, Calif. – three dozen billionaires who had pledged to give away most of their money. However, many weren't quite sure how to do it.

So, as the rich and famous, including Ted Turner and Warren Buffett, looked on, a scruffy, unassuming guy who grew up playing hockey (“badly”) in Montreal and pumping gas in Toronto ... Read More
Simon Fraser students serve hot spuds to Vancouver’s needy
Dozens of Simon Fraser University students in training as residence advisors will serve up hundreds of baked potatoes on Vancouver’s cold and wet downtown streets tonight.

Their goal is to model the old adage “actions speak louder than words”—the theme of this year’s Residence Life training program. Students hired into the program live in residence with their peers to provide ongoing emotional, academic and community support.

Residence Life associate director Chris Rogerson says ... Read More
Angelina Jolie donating soundtrack proceeds to charity Press Trust of India
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is donating a portion of the proceeds from the soundtrack of her latest film In the Land of Blood and Honey to charity.

The 36-year-old actress has stepped behind the camera to make her directorial debut with the movie, about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman.

Jolie, who is a keen philanthropist, has vowed to hand over some of the profits from the soundtrack to the Sos Children's Villages ... Read More
Religion is an important motivator among donors
When Governor-General David Johnston, who has made philanthropy a focus of his tenure, was asked earlier this year for his first childhood memory of generosity, he named, without pausing, his grandparents. They were Methodists and poor, but they still tithed, giving 10 per cent of everything they earned to their church. “The first 10 per cent,” he stressed. “Not the last.”

These days, we’re more likely to think about “paying ourselves first” with that 10 per ... Read More
Dominique Lapierre seeks support from India Inc
BHANGAR (WB): With the European economy still reeling from the downturn, French author and philanthropist Dominique Lapierre is now seeking donation from India Inc for his ongoing social projects.

"Besides Kolkata, I will also go to Mumbai and Delhi to meet Indian entrepreneurs and seek support for various ongoing social projects," he said here during a visit to South 24-Parganas district on Wednesday.

The 80-year-old is in India with a group of philanthropists from America, ... Read More
Philanthropy now part of Diwali festivities in Canada
Anita Elash

K’naan talks about cutting out the charity middle man “The concept is the same, but as we become established our thoughts have changed,” Ms. Kataria said of the decision to donate $6,000 worth of Indian sauces and chutneys manufactured by her company, Kataria Foods Inc., to the Bollywood-style event in Mississauga. “We have started to think, we can do this, so why not take this money and give it to a good cause.”

The ... Read More
Hopegivers ministry celebrates life of Dr. MA Thomas
By Babu Thomas

Hopegivers International celebrated its first annual Founder's Day this past week to honor the life and work of Dr. MA Thomas whose efforts helped in the rescue of tens of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children throughout India.

"Today all across India in our Hope homes the children celebrated his birthday with prayer and thanksgiving. A special meal was provided for all the children," said Samuel A Thomas, President of Hopegivers International.

"When I think ... Read More
Caritas India celebrates 50 years
Caritas India commemorated 50 years of its service to the poor and marginalised on Wednesday.

To celebrate its Golden Jubilee, the social arm of the Catholic Bishops conference of India, launched a two-day workshop attended by over 100 delegates, including religious and political leaders, social activists and representatives of partner organisations.

“Rights Based Approach for the Integral Development of the Society through Better Governance” began on Wednesday at St John’s Medical College auditorium in Bangalore.

The function was ... Read More

Journal of Comparative Family Studies   

The leading journal exclusively specializing in cross-cultural family studies.

The Journal of Comparative Family Studies was established in 1970 to publish high quality articles based on research in cross cultural family studies.  The journal promotes a better understanding of inter-ethnic family interaction that is essential for all multicultural societies.  It draws articles from social science researchers around the world and contains invaluable material for Sociologists, Anthropologists, Family counselors and Social Psychologists.

- Editor:  DGeorge Kurian

Titles of some special issues:

  • Comparative perspectives on black family life (1998)
  • Families' and children's inequalities (2003)
  • The transmission of religious beliefs across generations: do grandparents matter? (2008)

The journal is published five times a year including special issues on selected themes. The Journal is available online to institutional subscribers. Yearly Subscriptions available for individuals or institutions, contact information below:

Journal of Comparative Family Studies
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2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
Email: jcfs@ucalgary.ca

  • The Arab family (1997)
  • Ethnicity and gender in non-traditional family forms: studies of families pushing   normative boundaries (2000)
  • Immigrant and ethnic minority families (2001)
  • Theoretical and methodological issues in cross-cultural families (2002)
  • Violence against women in the family (2003)
  • Turbulent times and family life in the contemporary Middle East (2004)
  • Farm family responses to changing agricultural conditions: The actors' point of view (2005)
  • Intergenerative conflicts and health hazards in migrant families (2006)
  • Informal unions in Mexico and the United States (2007)
  • Homemaker or career woman: life course factors and racial influences among middle class Americans (2008)
  • HIV and AIDS: are all women equally at risk? Afrikaans speaking married women's perceptions of self-risk (2008)

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