Category: Giving & Politics

Philly PILOTs

Philadelphia City Council floats idea of having nonprofits make voluntary payments to help fund city’s schools, but Mayor Nutter said to be “ambivalent”. ” day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal….… MORE >>

NY mayor’s nascent nonprofit

NY mayor de Blasio “quietly soliciting donations” for new nonprofit, Campaign for One New York, designed to “buttress” policy goals thru ads, social media. “Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up a political campaign to promote his housing and education priorities, with an eye toward amassing a financial war chest that can compete with well-financed opponents.… MORE >>

Star Tribune headline says it all

FBI and IRS are investigating “misspending” at now-defunct Community Action of Minneapolis, where audit found $800k in “questionable spending”. “The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating Community Action of Minneapolis, a defunct nonprofit organization whose leaders allegedly misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.… MORE >>

Nonprofit postage rate hike rejected

Postal Regulatory Commission rejected proposed rate hikes that would affect periodicals of nonprofit publications, and asked Postal Service to redraft. “The Postal Regulatory Commission today rejected a rate increase proposal that had angered many nonprofits that publish printed magazines like Consumer Reports and Guideposts.… MORE >>

Super tax credit limps along

Canada’s “super” tax credit for first-time donors is turning out to be “less effective than hoped,” with only 20 percent of taxpayers employing it. “A new ‘super’ tax credit meant to encourage Canadians to make a charitable donation for the first time appears to be less effective than hoped, with a first year take-up that was only 20 per cent of what Ottawa expected.” — Bill Curry, the Toronto Globe and MailMORE >>

Obama nonprofit polls in Chicago

Barack Obama Foundation starts polling Chicagoans to see if there’s support for building his presidential library on the South Side. “The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago….… MORE >>

CA-like, but only at first glance

On the other coast, ME is now considering a bill that would require nonprofits disclose names of donors who give to their political action committees. “Nonprofit organizations that spend money on political campaigns in Maine could be required to disclose their donors under a bill proposed by Sen.… MORE >>

“Strange philanthropy”

Politics makes strange bedfellows, but it can also make for “strange philanthropy,” such as recent $1m gift of Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy to Clinton Foundation. “He once wrote a book linking Bill and Hillary Clinton to an alleged cover up in the death of a White House lawyer, but judging by conservative newsman Christopher Ruddy’s recent pledge of $1 million to the once and potentially future first couple’s foundation, his opinion seems to have softened.… MORE >>

$2b stumbling block to presidency?

The Clinton Foundation has raised nearly $2 billion since its inception, revelation that underscores the “highly unusual nature of another Clinton candidacy”. “Since its creation in 2001, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has raised close to $2 billion from a vast global network that includes corporate titans, political donors, foreign governments and other wealthy interests, according to a Washington Post review of public records and newly released contribution data.” — Associated Press… MORE >>

The law and unintended consequences

Maine nonprofits are urging governor to reconsider proposal that would exempt only church and government nonprofits from property taxes. “A proposal by Gov. Paul LePage to end property tax exemptions for many nonprofit organizations in Maine has raised deep concern among leaders at southern York County institutions including York Hospital, Berwick Academy and the Museums of Old York.… MORE >>

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