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January 22, 2013

Beer a New Giving Frontier as Cities Sprout Charity Pubs

A small but growing trend is emerging of urban charity pubs that pledge profits to nonprofit organizations, says The New York Times

Portland, Ore.; Houston; Washington, D.C.; Melbourne, Australia; and Hyderabad, India, are among the cities with new or planned bars adopting varied approaches to diverting revenue from microbrew sales to favored causes, with some letting patrons choose from a menu of organizations to support.

Philanthropy-watchers link the charity-pub movement to a larger trend toward experimentation in fundraising and giving as nonprofit groups struggle for support in the wake of the recession.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on the Washington "philanthropub" Cause.