Category: News & Notes

A win for Americans for Prosperity

This week a federal judge blocked CA attorney general’s order “compelling donor disclosure,” pending ruling on its legality in the first place. “A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked California from compelling donor disclosure by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a conservative advocacy group with close ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, Bloomberg writes.… MORE >>

When smoking pays

Corporate giving (including employee contributions) by Reynolds reached $10m last year, with the largest gifts going to local United Way and art museum. “Reynolds American Inc.… MORE >>

MN Vikings owners go local

Heretofore focused on NY and NJ nonprofits, the Wilf family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, just made their largest hometown gift, $5 million for children’s hospital.… MORE >>

Fraud, or misunderstanding?

“They really confused and pressured him”: 98-year-old philanthropist is suing Chapman Univ for return of $12m gift, claiming they took advantage of old age. “A 98-year-old man says Chapman University took advantage of his age to get him him to donate $12 million for an engineering building – and he is suing to get his money back.… MORE >>

Budgetary issues

PA investigation “likely will find” that $1.13 million in state funds intended for job training evidently went to nonprofit’s payroll expenses. “State investigators likely will find that nearly $1 million intended for job training in Beaver, Greene and Washington counties instead was spent on salaries for top officials of a nonprofit agency, a lawyer advising elected officials in charge of the program said Monday.… MORE >>

The weight of the deed

$5K, all in coins: American Airlines flight attendant collected change as part of UNICEF campaign, but it turns out he was stashing proceeds in his car.… MORE >>

Gates gives $50m to Stanford

Gates Foundation pledges $50m over 10 years to Stanford for rapid development of vaccines to battle world’s worst diseases, including AIDS and malaria. “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world’s most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria.… MORE >>

New nonprofit bakery in NJ

New Jersey’s Greensleeves Village Bake Shop is outreach program of nonprofit which seeks to help disabled adults with job training. “A new initiative to support New Jersey adults with disabilities aims to teach them marketable skills in a sustainable environment.… MORE >>

Soup and a vote

On Feb. 15, Detroit Soup is holding fundraiser at Ford Field; five-year-old nonprofit holds monthly dinners to raise money for city startups. “Detroit Soup, where strangers connect over soup, ideas and a vote, is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a fundraising party at Ford Field on Feb.… MORE >>

State rep took $150,000

Former NC state rep pleads guilty to skimming $150K from his federally funded nonprofit, East Carolina Development Company. “A former state representative from Kinston pleaded guilty Monday, according to Don Connelly of the U.S.… MORE >>

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