Category: Giving & Politics

South Carolina nonprofits petition state

SC nonprofits united in statement, joining chorus of those asking state legislature to take down the Confederate battle flag already. “Following the aftermath of the shooting where nine people were killed during Bible study in a historic African-American church in Charleston, the state’s largest consortium of nonprofit leaders and organizations joins the growing list of South Carolina-based businesses asking the state Legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in Columbia.” — the Moultrie (SC) NewsMORE >>

Strong indicator

How to tell a presidential election is nearing: Candidates’ charitable contributions, or lack thereof, are scrutinized– and Jeb Bush is no exception. “Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign.… MORE >>

Minimum wage reprieve in L.A.?

Los Angeles’ minimum-wage hike has nonprofits there worried; those that assist the “hard to employ” may get a reprieve–but only for 18 months. “Nonprofits that help former gang members, the homeless and other hard-to-employ Angelenos get back into the workforce could get a temporary exemption from Los Angeles’ minimum wage hike, a move intended to ensure they won’t cut back on the number of disadvantaged clients they serve.” — Emily Alpert Reyes, the Los Angeles TimesMORE >>

Detroit once again has chief development officer

Detroit mayor reinstates major position at city’s grant management office, hoping to tap into “huge wave of momentum” generated by the “Grand Bargain”. “With the advent of the grand bargain, the city continues to benefit profoundly from philanthropy’s investment in its downtown, neighborhoods and social services.… MORE >>

So blue in Massachusetts

New bills to consider revising old (illogical) alcohol laws: MA nonprofits can receive donations of wine but not beer, and that can cripple a fundraiser. “The stereotype of a fundraiser as a staid, wine-glasses clinking affair may linger, but today you’re more likely than not to find craft beer or cocktails at a charity barbecue or clam bake, a fun run, concert, or softball game.… MORE >>

Greasing the wheels?

Group of nonprofits file IRS complaint against Walmart Foundation, charging it sought chain expansion through locally targeted charitable giving. “More than a dozen community groups filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service Monday alleging that the Walmart Foundation violated its tax-exempt status by using charitable funds to advance the retailer’s entrance into urban markets including Washington.… MORE >>

Stay of execution for Sweet Briar

Supreme court of Virginia puts a hold on closing Sweet Briar College, agreeing with alumni that objective third party should review school’s finances. “The Supreme Court of Virginia has put a temporarily hold on plans to shutter Sweet Briar College, buoying students and alumni who have rallied to keep the 114-year-old women’s school open, reports The Wall Street Journal….… MORE >>

Texas-sized public works project in Dallas

Dallas residents are excited about park proposal, but city is dependent on nonprofit Trinity Trust Foundation raising millions to make it a reality. “Dallas’ long-held dream to turn the Trinity River floodplain into a massive park filled with recreational amenities is portrayed as a game changer that will alter how residents — and the world — view the city.… MORE >>

Saving Sweet Briar

Supporters of Sweet Briar College took their plea to state capital last week, asking VA supreme court for temporary injunction on school’s closing. “Opponents of the planned closure of Sweet Briar College made a desperate plea Thursday to the Supreme Court of Virginia to temporarily block its shuttering in hopes of saving the 114-year-old women’s institution.… MORE >>

Bloated MO bill contested

Limited-government nonprofit Missouri First has filed a lawsuit in response to state bill that included everything “from school lunches to fire sprinklers”. “A lawsuit has been filed against a Missouri law that an opponent argues was changed too drastically as it worked its way through the Legislature.… MORE >>

(c) All rights reserved, American Philanthropic 2015