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DAYLINA MILLER/HEALTH NEWS FLORIDA

Some Tampa Bay area residents who like to dress up like their favorite comic book and movie characters are stepping into a new role. These cosplayers are volunteering their time to brighten the lives of children dealing with serious medical issues.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

As the number of veterans grows after 15 years of war, so do the number of veteran- and military-related charities. Today, there are an estimated 40,000 charities listed as serving vets and active duty military. But not all are legitimate. Sandra Miniuitti, vice president of marketing for Charity Navigator , said there has been a 77 percent increase in these charities between 2000 and 2008, and a 41 percent increase in the past eight years. Florida has seen its share of questionable non...

Tom Hudson

Alonzo Mourning likes to tell the story about a deflated basketball on the desk of his Georgetown coach John Thompson. He calls that deflated basketball from his collegiate years a "powerful statement because many of us as young athletes think that basketball is it." Mourning told the story during his enshrinement in the NBA Hall of Fame in August of 2014. It is a story he uses to illustrate his desire to give back. Mourning's kidney replacement surgery, subsequent comeback and winning of the...

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America. Millennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that's changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it. Scott Harrison's group, Charity: Water, is a prime example. Harrison's story starts in New York's hottest nightclubs, promoting the proverbial "models and bottles." "At 28 years old, I realized my legacy was going to be just that. Here lies a...

Knight Cities Challenges Opens Applications in Miami

Oct 1, 2014

The James L. Knight foundation is opening applications in Miami for its first-ever Knight Cities Challenge, which looks to make cities better and more successful. Twenty-five communities across the United States will vie for a share of $5 million. According to a press release, the ideas can originate from anywhere, but they must benefit Miami or one of the other 25 Knight communities. “No project is too small — so long as your idea is big,” says Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president...

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A sweeping charities reform package is breezing through the Florida Legislature despite earlier concerns that legitimate philanthropies might be harmed by new rules. The House bill received unanimous support in three committees and is now ready for a vote on the floor. The Senate bill has one more committee, and members who had been worried about reputable charities now say their issues have been addressed. State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam started working on what has been called the...

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06/27/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami Shores resident Andrew Smith. He has ambitious plans for the summer: riding his Triumph motor cycle to the Arctic Circle to benefit favorite charities. It’s a mere 15,000 miles and it's called Arctic Ride For Dreams . And more: Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.