| Jan 12, 2014
Ask Nancy Reinsdorf about her day, and she'll tell you, "I buy a lot of crickets."
That's because of the bearded dragon she, husband, Michael, and their three children have at their north suburban home. And the gecko. And the two frogs. And the hermit...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:22 PM
Long after classes had ended at Gale Math and Science Academy in Rogers Park, Kathy Barnett leaned in over a book in the school cafeteria with a rambunctious, second-grader by her side.
On the surface, the pair couldn't be any more different. But each...
| Sep 15, 2013
We live in a world of misanthropes. Want proof? Look at the comments following almost any story on this newspaper's website.
But Andrea Thome has an answer.
As a member of the Woman's Board of Children's Home + Aid, and with her connections to a...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 2:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: I spent a week excitedly preparing for an important job interview with a company's division manager in a city three states away. Surprise! Upon arrival I was told that the manager was "called away on urgent business." I haven't been...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Preliminary figures show that 2013 may have been the biggest year ever for charitable donations, according to a Dallas-based group that mines economic data to come up with its numbers.
More Americans donated money for human needs and disaster relief...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:17 PM
Overall charitable giving rose 2.3% during the three months that ended on Oct. 31, driven in part by the rising stock market, according to Blackbaud Inc.
Blackbaud does not release total numbers for the amount of money given over that period. But the...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The two youngest people on the list of the most generous Americans in 2013 also gave more to charity than anyone else, according to a report released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, physician...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 10:20 AM
The California State University's recent annual report on philanthropy for 2012-13 shows that the system pulled in $338 million in gift commitments, up 14% from the previous year.
Charitable gift receipts topped $282 million, which was the most in the...
| Dec 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Relatives of Chicago-area native and former SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau have weighed in on "Blackfish," issuing a statement that distances the family from the controversial documentary about the treatment of killer whales in captivity.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:57 PM
The charity fraud charges filed this week against TV personality Don Tollefson are a reminder to be cautious when donating to a cause, no matter how wonderful it may sound and no matter how trustworthy the pitchman may seem.
Don't become starstruck...