Community foundation backed secret Baltimore police surveillance project

Over the past few months, secret areal cameras have recorded Baltimore’s every move. “The Baltimore Police Department was able to keep secret the funding for a surveillance plane that monitored wide swaths of the city by routing project funds through a private foundation — whose director says he was not aware of the purpose of the spending.… MORE >>

Philanthropy and the National Parks

This week marks the centennial of the National Park Service: On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which established the National Park Service.… MORE >>

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 >>

Does the Inequality Paradigm Measure Up?

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker wrote last year about the need for a “new gospel of wealth,” nodding in the direction of Andrew Carnegie’s famous 1889 treatise that has for its part so shaped the modern philanthropic establishment.… 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 >>

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 >>

The Best Way to Raise 13 Kids? Ask for Help.

Washington Post editor Erica Johnston writes in that paper’s magazine last week about the Fatzingers, a family of fifteen living economically in Bowie, Maryland. The huge Catholic clan lives off of just one modest income—father Rob makes roughly $110,000 a year as a software tester.… 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 >>
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