Charity

Essential Pittsburgh
6:03 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Making LemonAid: A Canceled Engagement Turns into Social Engagement

A broken engagement has turned into an opportunity to help others
Credit Kalle Gustafsson / Flickr

After the breakup of his wedding engagement, Phil Laboon was faced with $15,000 to $20,000 of payments wasted on the wedding and reception plans for the Priory Hotel on the North Side.

Rather than cancel completely, Laboon saw door number two and took it. He kept his reservations, subtracted the wedding aspects, and was left with LemonAID, a charity event to benefit Surgicorps International

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Government & Politics
7:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Plan to Change Charity Tax Law Clears First Big Hurdle

State lawmakers are one step closer to wresting control over tax-exempt charity decision from the courts.

The House has passed a constitutional amendment to put the Legislature in charge of deciding whether an organization qualifies as what's called a purely public charity. The distinction excuses title-bearers from paying property taxes.

A recent state court ruling limited lawmakers' power to broaden the definition. House Republicans argued Wednesday the proposed amendment is a simple way to reassert legislative authority.

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Oklahoma Tornado
3:58 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pittsburgh-Based Charity Helps in Oklahoma

A Pittsburgh-based charity better known for working in Third World countries is lending a hand in Oklahoma in the wake of Monday's devastating tornado.

“Because of the magnitude, Brother’s Brother really felt a need to respond,” said Liam Carstens, Brother’s Brother Foundation Vice President for Medical Programs.  

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