October 5, 2011; Source: Melbourne Herald Sun | Mick Gatto, a notorious underworld figure in Australia, recently placed the high bid of $10,000 at a charity auction to dine with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, only to have the invitation rescinded. But far from being dissuaded from his charitable mission, wiseguy Gatto, one of the last survivors of the gangland wars in Melbourne, has put lunch with himself up for bids to benefit the Gold Coast Hospital and Guide Dogs Queensland. Those running that event say they feel confident that they will raise good money since they have tried similar tacks in the past.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is the founder and Editor Emerita of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.