National media briefing: Microsoft founder Paul Allen; arts philanthropists say 'no'; the NSPCC; the RSPCA; and Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Charities in today's national news

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges to leave most of his estimated $13.5bn (£8.8bn) fortune to charity.

See BBC News for full story


Philanthropists send a letter to David Cameron saying their donations should be additional to government arts funding rather than a substitute.

See The Independent for full story


Coronation Street star Debbie Rush, who plays Anna Windass, joins staff at the NSPCC helpline in Salford.

See the Daily Express for full story


An RSPCA inspector says dog fighting is a "massive problem".

See BBC News for full story


Two women will perform a fringe show at Edinburgh festival topless and perform "breast-based contortions" to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

See The Scotsman for full story

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