The FDNY and the NYPD's Annual Charity Hockey Game Turned Into A Giant Brawl

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This time yesterday, Police Commissioner William Bratton was filed with boyish excitement over the New York Police Department's annual charity hockey match with the FDNY at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island:

He hasn't sent out a follow-up tweet celebrating the NYPD's 8-5 victory, probably because everyone is busy talking about the enormous, bench-clearing brawl that broke out between the two teams in the second half.

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Guess How Much the CEOs of These 10 New York Charities Make

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The holiday season is officially upon us, or, as it is known in the nonprofit world, the "giving season."

Giving season -- loosely defined as November and December -- is the months when holiday cheer and consumer guilt hit their respective peaks. Mix in the fact that it's also, conveniently, the end of the tax year, and all the elements are in place to create the time of year when charitable giving levels are highest.

For those feeling uncommonly generous right about now, there are resources that can help you decide where your donation will be put to the best use. Charity Navigator is a website that monitors how effectively charities across the country are run.

New York has 661 large charities, according to the organization, the most of any city in the country. The CEOs of New York-based charities also make the most of any city in the country: $190,001, on average.

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A Surprise Million-Dollar Donation Kept Sandy Evacuees Living in Hotels From Becoming Homeless

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Cherell Manuel, one of the Sandy evacuees at last week's press conference. "They act like we asked to be here," she said of city officials. "We're victims of a devastation."
Last Wednesday, the situation was dire: Three hundred people made homeless by Hurricane Sandy had been living in hotels for nearly a year when the city stepped in and said the program needed to end. The evacuees would need to move into homeless shelters, although many of them were just weeks from getting back into permanent housing. They had no desire to start over in the city's cramped, chaotic shelter system. At a press conference on the steps of City Hall organized by New York Communities for Change, several dozen of the evacuees said they weren't going anywhere and pleaded with the city for a little more time.

But there was no official response from the Bloomberg administration. Judith Goldiner, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, who have been working with the evacuees, felt despondent. Then, late Thursday, she got a surprising call. "I got word we had an anonymous donor of $1 million," she says. "It's crazy."

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The Numbers Are In: More Than $400 Million Was Raised For Hurricane Sandy Relief


When all else (Congress) fails to raise monies for those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it's rewarding to see ordinary citizens donate a little extra to the cause. And even more rewarding when that little extra amounts to nearly half a billion dollars.

A month ago, we reported on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's campaign to apply transparency to charitable organizations. The mission was simple: non-profit groups collecting enormous sums of relief money would be accountable for their actions, ensuring that this relief money was only falling into the hands of Hurricane victims. In order to do so, Schneiderman shot out surveys to these subjects, demanding financial disclosure. Now, just weeks later, we're starting to see the results trickle in from this open-door policy. 

Eighty-eight organizations responded to the AG Charities Bureau's requests. In total, the amounts disclosed equal give or take $407 million. Five charities alone made up about $330 million of this grand relief prize while eighty-three smaller charities patched up the remaining $77 million.

Although the relief package struggling to get passed in Congress clocks in at $60.4 billion, this is a damn fine place to start.

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The Charitable Industrial Complex: "Charitable" Telemarketing by Professional Fundraisers Mostly Funds Professional Fundraisers

Categories: Charity

Telemarketers keep most of the money they raise for charities in New York.
If you're thinking of giving to charity this holiday season, you might want to take a second to find out where your money is going.

A report released today by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that a staggering amount of the money raised by charitable telemarketing winds up going to pay the telemarketing companies, and all too often, little if any money actually makes it to the cause in question.

How bad is it? Schneiderman investigated 602 charitable telemarketing campaigns from 2011, which together raised more than $240 million. In 78 percent of the campaigns, less than half of the money raised actually went to the charity. In 76 of the campaigns, the charity actually lost money on the deal -- zero money went to the cause, and the charity paid the telemarketers out of pocket.

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After Sandy, the Ali Forney Center Raised Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for a Move It Had Already Planned

The Ali Forney Center
Carl Siciliano, founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center.
When the storm surge sent floodwaters pouring into the West Village last month, it wreaked havoc on ground-floor homes and offices throughout the neighborhood. Among them was the drop-in facilities of the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit that provides shelter and social services to New York's homeless LGBT youth.

It wasn't until nearly a week later that Carl Siciliano, the organization's founder, was able to get to the office to survey the damage. "It is destroyed," Siciliano wrote in a statement afterwards. "Water went at least four feet up the walls, and everything in there, including phones, computers, refrigerators, supplies, and the building floors has been irreparably damaged."

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Where to Donate Christmas Cheer Today: A List of Charities

In caveman days, if you wanted to give someone something, it usually meant you had to go outside. Back then, being outdoors had about a 10% survival rate, so giving was reserved mostly for daredevils and idiots. During the dark ages, the only giving going on was of the bacterial kind, so the whole endeavor was generally pooh-poohed. In the eighties, giving was replaced by trickling down, and most people forgot how to do it altogether. Thanks to the Internet, not only is it better to give than receive, nowadays, it's almost as easy. Because Christmas is all about giving, we've listed a bunch of charities you can donate to from the comfort of your computer.

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8,327 Kisses Occurred Under Some Giant Mistletoe in NYC This Week

On Monday and Tuesday an event went down in the Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza that involved a number of presumably happy couples lip-locking under what is reported to be "the largest pair of mistletoe in the world" measuring 10 feet tall, each with a 2-foot-wide "ball" of mistletoe. No one got hurt! 8,327 [correction: 16,654] people were enticed to kiss underneath these large green things in conjunction with, an online dating service that uses facial recognition software to pair people up. (Research shows that people are more likely to be attracted to others whose facial features are similar to theirs, but we'll allow you to explore that on your own, minus any relatives.)

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FDNY vs. NYPD in Charity Boxing Match for Wounded Veteran

This Saturday, the NYPD and FDNY are occupying (ha!) Madison Square Garden for a good cause. The NYPD Fighting Finest will fight the FDNY Bravest in the Battle of the Badges, a boxing match for charity. The boxing match is happening just a week after Veterans Day and benefits former soldiers. The proceeds will go to Long Island's Lt. James Byler, who lost both of his legs fighting in Afghanistan.

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'Stand Up for Heroes' Benefit Kicks Off Eighth Year of the New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival has arrived. The festival turns eight this year, and will hopefully celebrate with humor children of that age can't understand. While always a showcase for chuckles, the first day of the festival has a higher purpose: supporting injured soldiers through the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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