Category: Giving & Politics

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 >>

And SF nonprofit gets $6.4m

And a little further west, in San Francisco, nonprofit JVS received $6.4m from Obama administration, also to help long-term unemployed secure jobs. “San Francisco-based nonprofit JVS won a $6.4 million grant from the federal government to fund training for the long-term unemployed.… MORE >>

$10m grant to OK nonprofit

OK nonprofit It’s My Community Initiative received $10 million from Obama administration to aid in its mission helping long-term unemployed. “The Obama administration has awarded $10 million to a nonprofit group in Oklahoma City that helps disadvantaged youth and the unemployed.… MORE >>

NE state employees set record

NE state employees gave record $575,000 to charity in drive this year, governor announced at press conference; some recipients also came to say thank you. “Raising two young sons with severe hemophilia is financially and emotionally stressful, according to Kristin Henson….… MORE >>

$3,460 each

Obama administration will provide total $9m in legal aid to undocumented immigrant children, with help from refugee and Catholic nonprofits. “The Obama administration plans to offer $9 million in legal services to some of the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children who have crossed the border illegally.… MORE >>

Ethics complaint against MN Democrat

MN Republicans register ethics complaint against Democrat senator who they claim benefited from relationship with nonprofit –to the tune of $800K. “State Senate Republicans on Wednesday announced an ethics complaint against a powerful Democrat, questioning whether he and his wife were among the beneficiaries of a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses. … MORE >>

MI nonprofit receives $2m grant

Thanks to a $2m grant from MI dept. of transportation, Muskegon nonprofit bought 15 new buses to shuttle seniors and disabled, including those in rural areas.… MORE >>

‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season to revisit the question: Should the NFL be a tax-exempt entity? This year marks 70th anniversary of decision. “[T]he NFL is actually tax-exempt, a status it gained in 1944.… MORE >>

Not cool, but not a crime

Senate report on IRS scrutiny of Tea Party-related nonprofits finds “no evidence of political bias,” but also criticizes action as “inappropriate”. “A Senate investigative panel on Friday confirmed that the Internal Revenue Service used inappropriate methods to scrutinize tax-exempt groups but said it found ‘no evidence of IRS political bias’ in the agency’s actions.… MORE >>
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