(New York TimesKanye West’s charity has closed suddenly and mysteriously, according to an e-mail from Joseph Collins, its former executive director.  The charity was established “to combat the severe dropout problem in schools,” as stated on its website.  The charity’s grant distribution was relatively solid, but when Mr. West’s mother and founder of the charity, Dr. Donda West, died in 2007, it dropped significantly.  Many phone calls and e-mails have gone unanswered, so the official reasoning behind the charity’s closure is still unknown.


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(The Chronicle of Philanthropy)  “Just as the best ideas don’t come from Washington alone, we believe Washington shouldn’t be alone in funding them either,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at an event promoting the White House Social Innovation Fund on May 27.  Various grant-makers have contributed almost $50 million to the White House Social Innovation Fund, a federal initiative designed to remedy social problems.  The money will then match donations to organizations with the same goals–helping communities–in mind.  “The [fund] is not about doing it by itself,” director of the Social Innovation Fund Paul L. Carttar said.  “It’s about being the catalyst for the collaboration of a lot of different parties at a lot of different levels who want the same ambition of improving American communities — and have different capabilities, assets, or resources to bring to bear.”