Category: Giving & Politics

An Oakland divided

With a minimum-wage hike looming, Oakland, CA, nonprofits are torn between supporting a living wage and being able to afford to pay one to their workers.… MORE >>

Nonprofit dog and pony show

In Artesia, NM, nonprofit reps –including ACLU and Catholic Charities– toured immigration detention center currently housing children of recent influx.
“An Artesia immigrant detention center will temporarily open its doors today to nonprofit organizations offering legal aid and other services to the families detained there.… MORE >>

Seniors, foundations, and procrastinators

Seniors, private foundations, and procrastinators: ABC News sums up who benefits most from Thursday’s House vote on tax deductions.
“The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.… MORE >>

“Something sounds real funny”

“Is a taxpayer-funded nonprofit tied to state rep. getting a secret bailout from the Laborers union?” That’s what Philadelphians want to know.
“That’s what some Laborers’ Local 332 members are asking after the union quietly purchased the Louise Williams Bishop Retail and Commercial Center, a mostly vacant building at 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue.… MORE >>

Puff puff give

Berkeley, CA, city council says marijuana dispensaries must give free pot to low-income patients (and not stiff them on quality, either).
“Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income patients under an ordinance approved by the City Council.… MORE >>

NY nonprofit left in debt

NY attorney general to investigate “fundraisers” who ended up taking $100 million from nonprofit for disabled veterans, left them $14 million in debt.
“Fundraisers hired by a national charity to raise money for disabled U.S.… MORE >>

Non-partisan non-giving

Neither incumbent FL governor Rick Scott nor rival Charlie Crist have much to trumpet when it comes to their philanthropy, one journalist reports.
“While Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist have waged a bitter public relations battle over the release of their tax returns, both sides have been mum about one aspect of the documents: They suggest that both candidates are philanthropic laggards in comparison with their well-heeled peers.… MORE >>

Preemptively auditing

Investigators reconstructing Lois Lerner’s emails discover IRS targeting conservatives in other ways–like suggesting an audit of Sen. Charles Grassley.
“Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.… MORE >>

The dog ate their homework

“I don’t think an apology is owed,” says IRS commissioner of 2 years’ worth of lost emails, which may hold key to alleged Tea Party discrimination.… MORE >>

A different Dick and Liz

Dick Cheney and daughter Liz have started a nonprofit, Alliance for a Strong America, which will focus on international affairs, and publish policy papers.
“Former Vice President Dick Cheney and onetime U.S.… MORE >>

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