Category: Giving & Politics

Nuts and bolts in Detroit

How will the Grand Bargain work? Foundation for Detroit’s Future has been founded specifically to move money from nonprofits into city’s pension funds. “Exactly how will millions in private dollars in the ‘grand bargain’ make its way into the city’s public pension system?… MORE >>

Congratulations, Detroit!

“Detroit exits bankruptcy”: A federal judge approved the Grand Bargain, which means Detroit’s irreplaceable art treasures are now held by charitable trust. “A federal judge approved Detroit’s bankruptcy plan today, allowing the city government to hit the reset button after its years of financial mismanagement.… MORE >>

Hey, Canada!

Governor General David Johnston hit Toronto’s Union Station with a message: Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by redoubling our charitable efforts. “If you’re getting on the GO Train at Union Station Thursday don’t be surprised if you spot Canada’s governor general greeting passengers as they head home from work or school.… MORE >>

Feed the homeless, go to jail?

Ft. Lauderdale might want to reconsider new laws, as nation takes umbrage that 90-year-old man who distributes food to homeless faces 60 days in jail. “Late last month, the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed a series of laws that restricted where organizations could feed the homeless.… MORE >>

Kansas’ “raffle amendment”

When Kansans go to the polls tomorrow, they’ll vote on a constitutional amendment which would allow nonprofit organizations to hold fundraising raffles. “A proposed Kansas constitutional amendment would make it legal for churches, schools, veterans groups and other nonprofit organizations to hold charitable raffles.… MORE >>

A tale of two tax returns

CO choice for governor: “Business-minded Republican” who’s been posting six-figure losses, or incumbent who gives to charity but won’t reveal where. ” The tax returns of the two major-party candidates for governor reveal a business-minded Republican who’s been losing six-figure amounts in business the last few years, and a Democratic incumbent who gives heavily to charity but won’t disclose which ones.… MORE >>

NJ hospital rumors amp up lawmakers

A couple of NJ lawmakers are “convinced” county hospital is “on the verge of being sold or closing”, so they want to ease way for nonprofit transition.… MORE >>

Group files IRS complaint

WI’s Center for Media and Democracy sics IRS on state’s Club for Growth, based on John Doe records from dismissed federal lawsuit. “A liberal Madison-based group filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Monday asking it to strip Wisconsin Club for Growth of its nonprofit status for spending millions of dollars to help Gov.… MORE >>

UK donations ending up with extremists?

UK think tank: “Over half” of British donations to two well-known Syrian charities ends up in coffers of ISIS and other radical Islamist groups. “More than half of the UK’s donations to smaller charities working in Syria fall into the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, the London based anti-radicalisation think-tank Quilliam has claimed.… MORE >>

“A significant drop”

0.8 percent: FL governor Rick Scott’s 2013 tax returns were released, and reveal “a significant drop” in charitable contributions over previous years. “According to tax returns he released this week, Gov.… MORE >>
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