Let’s build a list: Other ways to give away $40,000

CEO Craig Dubow earmarked $40,000 in Gannett Foundation grants for endowed scholarships at North Carolina’s Western Carolina University. While we wait to find out where that money went, let’s think of other ways Dubow might have supported charity. I’ll go first.

The foundation’s Madelyn P. Jennings Scholarship Program offers one-time, $3,000 college scholarships to qualified children of Gannett employees. Why not double the award, to $6,000?

In 2007, the foundation awarded a grand total of just $42,250 in Jennings scholarships, public documents show. Add the $40,000 that went to Western Carolina, and foundation officials could have nearly doubled the awards to Gannett families.

Just think: Current and former executives have now directed more than $1 million in foundation money — often to pet charities, far from communities where Gannett owns newspapers or TV stations. Think of all the good the foundation could have done for Gannett families had it spent that $1 million on Jennings scholarships instead.

Now, your suggestions. Please post them in the comments section, below. E-mail confidentially via gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar.

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