Category: News & Notes

Recent Decision Allows Graduate Students to Unionize

Mark Joseph Stern reports on the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling on Tuesday, August 23rd, that graduate students at private universities have the right to form unions.… MORE >>

U.S. Relinquishes Power over the Internet’s Naming System to a Global Nonprofit

The Obama administration has announced that as of October 1st, the U.S. will relinquish its power over the internet’s Domain Naming System, DNS, which is one of the most important components of Internet governance. … MORE >>

Cops Prove Expert at Placing a Face

The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe reports on the fascinating case of British “super-recognizers”—highly specialized detectives capable of remembering faces with an almost computer-like accuracy.… MORE >>

IRS lowers fee for those seeking nonprofit status

The IRS recently lowered the fee for submitting a Form 1023-EZ from $400 to $250. While removing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles could help establish a thriving nonprofit sector, others see it as a possible threat to the well-being of the sector as a whole: “The real problem with the IRS making it “EZ” for almost anyone to open a 501(c)(3) down the street, and one that’s likely a major problem for the rest of us, is that with less judgment applied at entry, there may be many more faux and fraudulent nonprofits among us.… MORE >>

Campus protests affect alumni giving

Campus protest chaos over the past academic year could account for a decrease in alumni giving at private liberal arts colleges.  “A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year.… MORE >>

MJ makes another major donation

A follow-up to an issue I covered in this publication a few weeks back: On Wednesday the Smithsonian Institution announced that it had received a $5 million gift from basketball legend Michael Jordan to support the fledgling National Museum of African-American History and Culture. … MORE >>

Republican mayor comes up with simple idea to help the homeless

Almost a year ago, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry launched his experimental program, There’s a Better Way, in order to help connect panhandlers with day jobs beautifying the city.… MORE >>

A well funded cause

Last month the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $42 million grant targeting population control and family planning in select cities in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and India.… MORE >>

Clinton, Trump, and their Philanthropies

One of the many points of similarity between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that they both run philanthropies. As Naomi Schaefer Riley notes in this Weekly Standard article, neither Clinton nor Trump are very good philanthropists.… MORE >>

Trouble in Paradise: Dede Wilsey and the fate of the Fine Arts Museums

The New York Times reports on Diane Wilsey, the embattled chief of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco board who, after twenty years at the heart of the City by the Bay’s cultural-philanthropic nexus, is facing open revolt.… MORE >>

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