The Benefits and Risks of Corporate-Academic Partnerships

Discussions of corporate-academic partnerships have been heating up of late, with questions of climate change, medical research, and more in play. Nonprofits have a number of roles in these relationships, and not all of them are savory. This newswire merely puts a stake in the ground on this issue.


Ted Leonsis’s Charitable Giving Part of Quid Pro Quo on New Arena in DC

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is enthusiastic about the deal the city is cutting with Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals, for a new basketball arena at the abandoned St. Elizabeth’s hospital campus, but the Leonsis payment will be made, according to the deal, in charitable contributions.

Volkswagen Scandal

The Philanthropy of a Corporate Cheat: Volkswagen

If you’ve been the beneficiary of philanthropic support from Volkswagen, the news that the company has brazenly lied—for several years—to car-buyers, the public, and the U.S. government as a whole about the emissions levels of its diesel cars might make you question exactly what Volkswagen was trying to achieve with its corporate giving. 


Redlining as a Product of the Racist/Classist Pseudoscience of Eugenics

As North Carolina does the right thing by trying to compensate some of the victims of its state-sponsored, forced sterilization program that started in 1929 and didn’t end until 1974, we are reminded that eugenics, a pseudoscience promoted in the early 20th century by some major U.S. foundations, influenced many public policies, including the federal government’s design and implementation of mortgage redlining.