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Monday, March 31, 2014

Maine State Prison Graduation Video

November 4, 2013
Click  Here to see a short video, just under 5 minutes, of the highlights of the Maine State Prison graduation.  Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation fully funds this college degree program.  Doris believes in the power of education to reduce or eliminate recidivism, and to open up new life choices to these graduates.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Agency to add transition home in Fredericksburg

AMY FLOWERS UMBLE, The Free Lance-Star Richmond Times-Dispatch

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The little boy tugged gently on Kathy Anderson’s sleeve. In the middle of a party, Anderson didn’t notice at first.

The 5-year-old tugged again, and Anderson leaned down to talk with him.

“This house is everything I ever wanted,” he said.

Anderson directs Empowerhouse, an agency that helps families fleeing abusive situations. And the boy’s simple statement validated months of work raising money and renovating the house that became the agency’s first transition home.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Home Offers a Break for Parents

October 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm, BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

For parents of adult children with disabilities, weddings and vacations often require strategic planning similar to invading Normandy.

When your child is full-grown but requires ’round-the-clock care, you can’t just call the teenager down the street when you need to get away. And if taking a scheduled vacation is tricky, an emergency is formidable. Parents live in fear of a sudden illness, a surgery or a death in the family.

But a new respite home in Stafford County could ease some of that burden, providing parents with a place for their adult children to stay when caregivers need a break for any reason. Read More

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Honduras Dream Comes True

August 18th, 2013, 12:01 am, BY LINDLEY ESTES / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

In December 2004, Shin Fujiyama took his first trip to Honduras and announced that he would eventually open a girls home in the Central American country, no matter how long it took.

On Aug. 9, nearly a decade after the University of Mary Washington grad set that goal—founding Students Helping Honduras in the process—the Villa Soleada Girls Home opened its doors to 12 girls in need. Read More

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Former Cornell Prison Education Program student offers hope

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:00 am, Michael Harris, Ithaca Times

In 1995, the federal law — Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act — dismantled higher education in prison by eliminating inmate eligibility for Pell Grants.

On June 5, however, the Auburn Prison, in conjunction with Cornell University’s Prison Education Program, celebrated its first graduating class since 1995 with 15 inmates receiving associates degrees from the State University of New York.

Philanthropist Doris Buffet, founder of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, filled the monetary void left by the 1995 legislation, and she became the benefactor for these aspiring scholar inmates at Auburn prison. With her support, in 2008, CPEP was formally established, headed by Executive Director Jim Schechter and PEP’s faculty director, professor Robert Turgeon.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Auburn Prisoners Trade Prison Clothes for Caps and Gowns for a Day

Auburn (WSYR-TV) – Lots of students face hurdles on their
way to a college diploma, but few face the challenge that prison presents.

On Tuesday, 15 men at the maximum security Auburn
Correctional Facility earned their associates’ degrees, temporarily trading
their prison uniforms for caps and gowns.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fields Ready for Players

Free Lance Star Article by Robyn Sidersky

Sunshine Ballpark in Fredericksburg will host its first games March 24, officials with the park said this week.  The park, which is affiliated with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, will have three fields and an Exploration Command Center.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sunshine Stadium in Fredericksburg ready for opening day

Article from the Free Lance Star

Sunshine Stadium in Fredericksburg is nearly complete and slated to open on March 24. The complex will include a turf-lined baseball stadium, a grass field, an ability field for disabled competitors and an education center with restrooms and concessions.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

A billionaire helps in Fluvanna

Article in the Fluvanna Review, 30 January 2012

Billionaire philanthropist Doris Buffett may soon be a major financial contributor to efforts by Piedmont Virginia Community College to help educate Fluvanna women inmates.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Crocheting with compassion

Article from AuburnPub.com

In a town known for its prison, its support for the military and its penchant for knitting, a few dozen incarcerated veterans have spent the last two decades quietly distributing food, money and thousands of pieces of crocheted clothing to needy children and families.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Donors Weigh the Ideals of Meaningful Giving

NY Times Article By STEPHANIE STROM

FOR 11 nights last month, several dozen homeless people slept on plastic sheeting and soiled blankets outside the gleaming new $500 million headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Their objective was a $30,000 grant to help reopen shelters that had been closed by cuts in government funds.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Students in college course seek applications for $10,000 in grant money

Intro to Philanthropy -  Students in college course seek applications for $10,000 in grant money

By Michael Theis

October 18, 2011 -   Students in a philanthropy class at the University of Mary Washington are looking for local nonprofits to apply for $10,000 in grant money. It’s the sixth year that students taking Dr. Robert Rycroft’s class Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector.

Each year, Doris Buffet’s Sunshine Lady Foundation has provided $10,000 to the class for students to distribute. It’s just one of several philanthropy classes which Buffet’s foundation has funded over the years through the Learning by Giving program. This year, the Learning by Giving program is sponsoring eight philanthropy classes at universities across the nation.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Three Maine State Prison inmates earn bachelor’s degrees

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff, WARREN, Maine —

Shaun Libby, 32, of Standish was a teenager when he killed a man while trying to rob a gas station. He has grown up a lot since then.

On Wednesday, Libby and eight other men received degrees from a Maine State Prison
college program.

It has been proven by myriad studies that obtaining a college degree in prison reduces
the chance that inmates will commit new crimes and end up back in the system.  Libby,
who has 20 years left on a 40-year sentence for murder and robbery, quoted those statistics
as he spoke at his commencement in front of family and teachers gathered in the visitation
room at the prison.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Class With Cash Seeks Recipient

Class with cash seeks recipient

By Michael Bamesberger WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln management class is giving students the chance to play philanthropist. Their assignment? To select a local nonprofit organization to receive up to $5,000.

Known as “Project Impact Lincoln,” the assignment is designed to teach students about providing grants and evaluating funding proposals, while seeking out an organization that will have the greatest impact on the community.

“They’re so excited because this is real money we’re talking about,” Colleen Jones, the associate professor who teaches the class, said of her students. “We’ll be able to apply the theories we learn in class to the real world.”

Students are seeking applications from local organizations until Nov. 1. The applications will be judged based on the number of people served, the potential for longterm impact and the organization’s ability to successfully execute its proposed project.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Who would you rather spend time with, Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett or Jimmy Buffett?

Find out what Efroim Gruzin’s, owner of Virginia Websites Online, answer was while being interviewed by the Free-Lance Star Newspaper.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Passage Home Receives $233,688 Donation From Sunshine Lady Foundation

RALEIGH, NC, September 03, 2011/24-7PressRelease/– Passage Home, a nonprofit agency fighting poverty and homelessness in Wake County, has announced that it received a $233,688 donation from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. This donation will go toward the “Harriet’s House” program, a Passage Home venture that helps previously incarcerated women with children re-enter society.

Harriet’s House, named after Harriet Tubman, houses women and their children for up to six months while the mothers learn job training and life skills that are needed to be self-sufficient citizens and supportive parents. Since 1996, Harriet’s House has served more than 120 ex-offenders and their families with an 80-85 percent success rate.

by Jennifer Fair
MMI Public Relations

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Sunshine Lady at Coffeewood Correctional Facility

One might expect to find millionaire philanthropist Doris Buffett lunching at some swanky country club Wednesday morning, not sitting in a small library conversing with convicts.

But to Buffett, talking with participants in her Sunshine Lady Foundation is much more fulfilling than snacking on watercress sandwiches.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Buffett grant keeps college program alive at Coyote Ridge

By Kristi Pihl, Herald staff writer

Wednesday, May. 25, 2011

CONNELL — An associate degree program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center that prison officials said helps reduce recidivism has been saved from the chopping block.

A private foundation has awarded a $140,000 grant to keep the Connell prison’s associate degree program going until 2012, when Department of Corrections officials hope a federal grant will be reinstated.

The grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, operated by Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, will start July 1 and continue until June 30, 2012. Read More

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Doris Buffett transfers a wealth of knowledge to college students

Evy Mages/ For Capital Business - Julie Rogers, president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, with Doris Buffett at Georgetown University.

Washington Post
Capital Business
By Vanessa Small, Published: May 15

Don’t be fooled. Doris Buffett, philanthropist and sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, was “not born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” she told a class of Georgetown University students at a ceremony that culminated a course on philanthropy, grant writing and social change.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Doris Buffett Goes Home

Doris Buffett Visits the Learning by Giving class at the University of Nebraska Omaha

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, featured at Redwood City fundraiser

By Carolyn Livengood
San Mateo County Times
The public is invited to attend “An Evening With Doris Buffett,” the philanthropic sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St. in Redwood City. Read More

Friday, January 14, 2011

Maine prison offers free college in effort to reduce repeat offenders, save money

WARREN, Maine — Olin Williams was 23 years old when his prison cell door closed behind him in 2001.

“A dumb kid,” he calls himself in retrospect. His mistakes cost him 15 years in the Maine State Prison for an attempted murder conviction. On the outside, Williams worked as a machinist in a factory. A college education seemed far away.

Now, about five years from release, Williams has an associate degree and plans to get his bachelor’s degree soon. Williams was one of the first student-prisoners accepted into the Maine State Prison’s college program that offers free classes to inmates who want to earn degrees.

He is one of 40 at the prison taking about two courses per semester toward a degree in liberal studies, the only degree program in the prison so far. The college tuition is about $55,000 each semester for all the students combined, plus about $7,000 for books. Not one penny comes from taxpayer pockets.

Philanthropist Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, fully finances the program through her Sunshine Lady Foundation. The foundation supports 16 prison college programs around the country at a total cost of about $1.5 million last year. Since Williams entered the program in 2005, he has turned his life around, he said. “You get into a new mind-set,” he said as he sat at a table in the prison’s education building. “You step out of the criminal mind-set and into the mind-set of a student.”

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Billionaire’s sister helps those down on their luck

By KATHERINE CALOS

FREDERICKSBURG –

You might say Doris Buffett has a soft spot for a hard-luck tale. But she’s definitely not a sucker.

She’s a tough philanthropist who says she works on the retail side of the giving business, where she knows who her customers are and can make sure her money is invested in the right places.

If you’ve squandered your life’s resources and want someone to bail you out, don’t come calling. But if life has knocked you down through no fault of your own, you’re just the kind of person her Sunshine Lady Foundation has in mind.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Troubled teens get second chance in new city setting

BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE

On a November night 17 years ago, Alvin Chaplin pored over a list of troubled youths. He chose a handful of teenage boys to live in a new group home in Stafford County.

The home would be named for Chaplin, who dedicated the last two decades of his life to the teens he called “throwaway kids,” those headed for juvenile detention centers.

And choosing that first batch of teens was Chaplin’s last act. He died the next morning.

On Monday, 17 years to the day after he selected the first residents of the Chaplin Youth Center, organizers celebrated the group home’s expansion–the Chaplin Youth Center West. Read More

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Local civic leader receives national peace award

Lynne Barber is a name many in the community recognize because of her caring heart and open hands in the field of giving and helping others. Barber has worked extensively over the last decade with local domestic violence prevention centers and now with New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Ash Flat. Recently, Barber was honored nationally with a very prestigious award — The Sunshine Peace Award. She and her husband, Thom, traveled to Wilmington, N.C. in August to accept the honor.

Barber was one of only 15 women chosen annually to receive the award for her work and support in bettering the community in which she lives. She was also the first recipient of the award from the state of Arkansas. Read More

Friday, October 8, 2010

Students win Buffett foundation grant

Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), a student-led initiative that immerses its members in the operation of a working philanthropic organization, has received a $10,000 grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s Learning by Giving program.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Philanthropist Doris Buffett is Virginia Press Women’s Newsmaker of the Year

Virginia Press Women has named noted philanthropist Doris Buffett of Fredericksburg its 2010 Newsmaker of the Year. She was honored yesterday at VPW’s fall conference in Hampton.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Educare facility praised

Ceremony officially opens pre-school for at-risk children

WATERVILLE — Several pairs of scissors cut through the purple rope and up came a green sheet revealing an engraved stone that read, “Karen M. Baldacci Children’s Garden.”

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Doris on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fredericksburg’s Beloved Sunshine Lady, Doris Buffett, Will Do Two Book Signings

September 9, 2010

What: Book signing by Doris Buffett

When: Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Fredericksburg Area Museum store

Cost: Free Info: famcc.org or 540/371-3037, ext. 12

What: Doris Buffett will be interviewed about her life by author Michael Zitz, and will sign copies of Zitz’s biography of her, “Giving It All Away.”

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

Where: Stafford Borders Books & Music, 1240 Stafford Market Place in Garrisonville

Info: 540/720-9636

BY MEGAN WILLIAMS

FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Does money buy happiness? Doris Buffett would answer yes, but with one caveat: only if it’s used to help others.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

EDUCARE – A new kind of preschool

WATERVILLE — Little Jia-Li Kao, 2, rolls play dough out into a pancake and then shapes it into a ball and presents it to her mother

“A tomato!” she exclaims.

The curly-haired tot giggles as she sits at a tiny table with two little boys Wednesday in a classroom at the brand new, $9 million Educare Central Maine on Drummond Avenue.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Honorary West Virginian

Sunday sees ‘New Dawn’

D&E donors meet and surpass challenge

By CARRA HIGGINS, Staff Writer

Davis & Elkins College has surpassed its challenge from philanthropist and now an “Honorary West Virginian” Doris Buffett to raise $300,000 to support the Highland Scholar Program by nearly $200,000. The college and Buffett are scheduled to settle her challenge donation today.

Sunday evening, during “The New Dawn Concert: An Evening with Jack Gibbons,” D&E President Dr. G.T. “Buck” Smith announced that donors from across the globe have contributed $498,625.45. Read More

Friday, August 27, 2010

Davis & Elkins College News & Information : “New Dawn Orientation this Weekend”

Elkins, WV – Davis & Elkins College will welcome new students to campus this weekend with two full days of activities, information sessions, and special events during its “New Dawn” Orientation Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunshine Lady beams on Morehead City

From the Carteret County News-Times
Friday, August 13, 2010

Since 1996, former county resident Doris Buffett has given away $100 million of her own money, mostly directly to thousands of individuals “unlucky through no fault of their own.”

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Investing in people

Investing in people brings payoff for Doris Buffett
Doris Buffett – Warren’s sister – believes in helping by paying money forward

From the StarNews Online

By Ben Steelman

She’s been mistaken for Jimmy Buffett’s sister, but the other rumor is true: She’s giving away free money.

There’s a catch, of course. You’d better deserve it. Also, you’ll be expected to “pay it forward” – to help others later on, if you have the chance.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Doris Buffett on Charlie Rose

The full Charlie Rose interview can be found by clicking on this link. When you arrive on the page, click on the image of Doris to begin the video.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Doris Buffett: Giving It All Away Warren Buffett’s sister talks about philanthropy – Nightline

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Warren Buffett’s Sister on Giving her Millions Away – Fox Business News

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Buffett’s Sister Gives it All Away – CNN Money

Monday, June 7, 2010

Doris Buffett is “Giving it All Away” on Good Morning America

Sunday, June 6, 2010

After Graduation, Back to Sing Sing Cellblock, With Hope – NY Times

OSSINING, N.Y.

The graduates in caps and gowns wore black. The prison guards wore blue. The view of the Hudson was dazzling save for the razor wire coiled at the top of the chain-link fence outside.

It was graduation night at Sing Sing, and perhaps 400 people were in attendance. There were the new graduates — almost all of the 32 inmates getting their bachelor of science and associate’s diplomas — as well as many of the 155 past graduates who were still in prison and some others who had come back for a night.

There were beaming family members and friends. And then there were Harry BelafonteWarren Buffett and his sister Doris Buffett, a regular donor to Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, which organizes and supports the college program at Sing Sing and two other prisons.

If graduation season is about hope and new horizons, if all of us have a shot at redemption, if a college degree is about more than the decal on the rear window, it was one heck of a graduation Wednesday night at the maximum security prison 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sing Sing Graduation

After Graduation, Back to Sing Sing Cellblock, With Hope – NY Times

OSSINING, N.Y.

The graduates in caps and gowns wore black. The prison guards wore blue. The view of the Hudson was dazzling save for the razor wire coiled at the top of the chain-link fence outside.

It was graduation night at Sing Sing, and perhaps 400 people were in attendance. There were the new graduates — almost all of the 32 inmates getting their bachelor of science and associate’s diplomas — as well as many of the 155 past graduates who were still in prison and some others who had come back for a night.

There were beaming family members and friends. And then there were Harry Belafonte, Warren Buffett and his sister Doris Buffett, a regular donor to Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, which organizes and supports the college program at Sing Sing and two other prisons.

If graduation season is about hope and new horizons, if all of us have a shot at redemption, if a college degree is about more than the decal on the rear window, it was one heck of a graduation Wednesday night at the maximum security prison 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fredericksburg Woman Gives to GCC Students

Fredericksburg philanthropist Doris Buffett has initiated a relationship with the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, beginning with a gift of $150,000 over three years for scholarships.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Marigold Fund receives matching $126K grant

A local organization that does humanitarian work aimed at helping to rebuild Afghanistan and forge relationships with its citizens is receiving a matching grant for up to $126,000 from a national charity.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Buffett Funds Germanna Scholarships

Fredericksburg philanthropist Doris Buffett has gotten involved with the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, beginning with a gift of $150,000 over three years for scholarships.

She decided to get involved while attending a foundation event in November, and details were worked out this week.

At the November event, Buffett heard three Germanna students speak who are on scholarships. “I thought, ‘These are exactly the people we want to help.’ I have a high regard for what Germanna’s doing. They’re into the real world. They’re helping people to a good life through a good education.”

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Friday, May 14, 2010

National Enquirer: Buffett Gives It All Away

Billionaire Wall Street kingpin Warren Buffett’s sister, Doris, opens Pandora’s box and finds Hope.

When she was a little girl, Doris Buffett prayed that a fairy godmother would whisk her away from an abusive mother. Now she’s swooping in herself to help others who’ve had bad breaks in life.

Since 1996, Doris has given away an incredible $100 million, most of it directly to thousands of individuals who are “unlucky through no fault of their own.” Now 82, Doris has suffered two “warning strokes” – and she’s anxious to give away the rest of her fortune.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Giving it All Away

Upcoming Events:

Mon, 06/07/2010

Doris Buffett will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.  Also, on “Nightline” – 11:30 to midnight

Tues, 06/08/2010

Doris Buffett will appear on CNN’s “American Morning”
Doris Buffett will appear on Charlie Rose

Sat, 06/19/2010 – 6-8pm

Doris Buffett at book signing
Location: Borders Bookstore, Fredericksburg, VA

For further event info and updates from the author, please visit  thedorisbuffettstory.com

From the Amazon review:

Inspiring story of a woman who is using her wealth for philanthropy.

At 82, Warren Buffett s older sister, Doris, has contributed more than $100 million in support of battered women, sick children, the mentally ill and others through a highly personal style of giving that sets her Sunshine Lady Foundation apart from larger organizations staffed with trained professionals.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Writer looks at the world through Doris Buffett’s eyes

It was June of 2007, and I was in the newsroom of The Free Lance-Star when Peggy Altman, Doris Buffett’s personal assistant, called. Doris wanted to invite my wife, Lisa Ferreira, and me to dinner.

About halfway through our meal at what was then the Riverview restaurant, Doris lowered her eyes and sheepishly picked at her steak.

She said her brother Warren had been telling Bono of U2 about her unique, “retail” approach to philanthropy. “Both Warren and Bono agreed that a book on what I’m doing has to be written, and I guess I should ask you to write it.”

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Retail Philanthropist

Doris Buffett has spent the better part of the last 14 years giving away her considerable fortune to people who have suffered some misfortune in their lives.

The 68 years that Buffett lived before that taught her plenty about misfortune.

Despite being the sister of one of the world’s richest men, Fredericksburg resident Doris Bufett has suffered plenty of pain and hardship during her life, a new book by Michael Zitz makes clear.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Buffetts prove they share more than their last name

A LAST NAME, a Midwest upbringing and a penchant for giving away money aren’t the only things Warren and Doris Buffett have in common.

That was the thought that came to my mind after reading Michael Zitz’s new biography of Doris Buffett, “Giving It All Away,” and then spending a couple of hours talking to the “Sunshine Lady” at her Fredericksburg home this week.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Warren Buffett Gets Personal

Below is a foreword for the new autobiography on Doris Buffett. It was written by her more famous brother, Warren, and is published on fredericksburg.com with the permission of the book’s author, Michael Zitz, of Fredericksburg.

“My sister, Doris, is a philanthropist, but far from an ordinary one.

“Some people write a large number of checks; others invest a large amount of time and effort. Doris does both.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Camp CaPella

DEDHAM, ME, February 24 – The Sunshine Lady Foundation is providing Camp CaPella with the means to purchase the property and facilities of the camp as part of a gift of up to $500,000 to enable and sustain independent operations of Camp CaPella for the next century and beyond.

Camp CaPella provides handicapped-accessible lakefront camp experiences on Phillips Lake for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Elkins Middle School Honors Warren Buffett’s Sister – The State Journal

Elkins Middle School Honors Warren Buffett’s Sister

Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation, Inc. donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school. The money was used to buy new furniture and lockers, and students and teachers wanted to show their appreciation for her generosity.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Buffett Family Rescues School

State News Friday January 29, 2010
Charleston Daily Mail

Billionaire Buffett family rescues school

by Zack Harold
Daily Mail staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite $9 million in renovations, the outside of Elkins Middle School doesn’t look much different.

But it’s what’s inside that counts.

All new furniture and lockers, upgraded computer labs and classrooms, upgraded lighting and new bathroom facilities now fill the half-century-old school, thanks in part to a generous $234,000 donation from Doris Buffett, sister of multi-billionaire Warren Buffett. Read More

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care – Omaha World Herald

Published Sunday January 17, 2010
Warren Watch: Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care

By Steve Jordon
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Rush Limbaugh has no problems with U.S. medical care, but Warren Buffett’s sister says many people aren’t so lucky.

Doris Buffett, whose Sunshine Lady Foundation gave $10.4 million in contributions in 2008 to a wide range of charities, was interviewed by Davidson College of Charlotte, N.C., one of 15 colleges where she supports classes on philanthropy to give students firsthand experience with the process of making wise donations.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Raising Children Who Care In Times That Need It

New York Times

Raising Children Who Care in Times That Need It

By ALINA TUGEND

A FEW years ago, a friend of my son’s asked that, instead of getting him presents for his 11th birthday, guests donate to a certain charity. I asked my son if he would like to do something similar for his birthday.

He looked at me and said flatly, “No.” He wanted the presents.

While I admired the birthday boy’s initiative, I have to say I sympathized with my son. I like to give and get presents, too.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunshine Scholars Announced

The success of this uniquely designed scholarship program is primarily due to the personal relationship our program directors develop with each Sunshine Scholar.

We coach them, cheer them, prod them and praise them, and that makes all the difference. We send them off with history books, etiquette books, self help books and dictionaries. We make sure they know that this relationship is about much more than scholarship dollars

Monday, June 30, 2008

Growing Up Buffett – Two other Buffetts are funding a new generation of philanthropists while grappling with Warren’s mail

By Randy B. Hecht, June/July 2008 Worth Magazine

Alex Rozek is telling stories about the trips he took as a child with his grandmother, Doris Buffett, the sister of Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Together they visited Amish country and Hershey, Pa. They went to New York City. And like most children, young Alex was drawn at times to the lures of souvenir shops, and would ask his grandmother if he could buy something.

Click here for the full article “Growing Up Buffett” – Worth – June 2008

Monday, December 10, 2007

Giving Away Buffett’s Billions – CBS News Video


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Friday, August 3, 2007

“The Other Buffett”, Wall Street Journal Wealth Report, August 3, 2007

Warren Buffett doesn’t give handouts. But you might try his sister Doris. Sally Beatty on the charity and frugality that run in the family.

One day last July, UPS delivered a large cardboard box to the doorstep of a condominium in Rockport, Maine. Inside were more than 1,400 letters.

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