May 29, 2015

Government Nonprofit Relations

The Clinton Foundation, FIFA, & Qatar’s Hosting of the 2022 World Cup

FIFAWhen the unbelievably corrupt FIFA signed up as a funder of the Clinton Global Initiative, along with a much larger funder—the government of Qatar, which was angling to host the World Cup and sacrificing the health and safety of migrant workers in doing so—surely the Clinton Foundation should have harbored an inkling of concern.

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What Does Gov. Walker’s Appointment of Mike M. Grebe to U. of Wisconsin Board of Regents Mean?

Scott WalkerIn Wisconsin, as sung by Sly and the Family Stone, it’s a family affair. The Grebe family, known for the elder Grebe’s leadership of the Bradley Foundation, gets more influence in the state’s Republican leadership with an appointment by Governor Scott Walker.

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MacArthur Foundation Funds 20 Jurisdictions’ Plans to Reduce Jail Populations

JailAfter a long dry spell, philanthropy is re-involving itself in criminal justice reform. The attention is long overdue and worth watching.

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Is the IRS Finally Ready to Regulate Nonprofit Political Activity?

 

IRS125The New York Times reports that the IRS may issue new proposed regulations concerning political activity by nonprofit organizations as soon as next month.

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Egyptian NGOs Live Under Threat of Regulation

 

NGOsThe crackdown on NGOs in Egypt continues a trend that began before the Arab Spring.

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Annual NGO Ranking Shows “White Savior” Status Quo Remains Intact

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This hard-hitting article from the ironically-named blog “Africa is a Country” voices a number of civil society issues that are transferable to the U.S.—the deep-seated lack of diversity in governance, and the philanthropic savior who profits from systemic oppression during the day and receives charitable praise in the evening for instance. There is much here that may be uncomfortably familiar.

 

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Full, Accurate & Anticipatory Disclosure Would Help Put Clinton Foundation Media Stories to Bed

Hillary-Clinton-redMany of the stories about the Clinton Foundation that have entranced critics of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign could have been nipped in the bud had the foundation anticipated the questions it probably should have.

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Los Angeles Hikes Minimum Wage but Gives Small Nonprofits a Break

LA WageThe L.A. wage increase plan would give small businesses and nonprofits an additional year to comply with the new rate.

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The Pluses and Minuses of Grand Challenges

 

ChallengesFoundations, corporations, and government agencies are joining together to support “Grand Challenges” with grant support, but questions persist as to whether this open source platform for finding and picking innovations is all it is cracked up to be.

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Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, but More Remains Unknown

No MoreThrough public records requests, the Joyful Heart Foundation has been working to identify the extent of the rape kit backlog nationwide.

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A Twitter’s-Eye View of President Obama’s Poverty Summit

BirdsTweets from President Obama’s Poverty Summit at Georgetown University last week may signal specific areas of attention for nonprofits and foundations. 

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Knight Funds Community-Oriented Journalism at Detroit Nonprofit News Sites

 

HeidelbergProj01jpgThe Knight Foundation has announced that it will give another $500,000 to five nonprofit news partners that make up the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

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Millionaire’s Tax Helps California Mental Health Nonprofits Thrive

 

Thanks to a successful 10-year-old ballot measure, county governments throughout the state of California have funding to support community-based nonprofit service providers.

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Billions in Hedge Fund Wealth behind the Robin Hood Foundation

 

Paul Tudor JonesThe Hedge Clippers group in New York has produced a tough analysis of the hedge fund billionaires behind the Robin Hood Foundation, suggesting that their philanthropy is outweighed by what they do to promote policies that exacerbate income inequality.

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Independence from Politics Seen as Vital for UK Charity Commission

You and meA review of the UK charity regulator by the charity umbrella body calls for its independence from government.

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AG Herring versus the Sweet Briar Stakeholders: A Fable for Our Times

HerringVirginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring may not have fully grasped what he was looking at in the melee over the proposed closing of Sweet Briar College.

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NPQ Newswire Writer Named to Head Foundation

 

NewsT. Rowe Price gets what every foundation should want in a leader: someone who understands nonprofits.

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Lessons about Respect, Cultural Competence and Collaboration in Veterans’ Initiative

Veterans and philanthropyThe second year of the Council on Foundations’ Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge begins with more than $106 million in new commitments and revealing lessons about collaboration from the foundations working to help America’s returning war veterans.

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Calls for Fixing the Tax Exemption Follow NFL’s Decision to Drop 501(c)(6) Status

 

NFL tax statusWhen the NFL ditched its tax-exempt status, concerns from Congress about the nonprofit classification of the league seemed to end. But critics of inconsistencies in IRS categories still think something should be fixed about the content and purpose of 501(c) organizations.

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Bill Clinton and Billionaire Mo Ibrahim Slam Inquiries into Clinton Foundation Finances

Bill ClintonBillionaire Mo Ibrahim, outraged that American newspapers are raising questions about the Clinton Foundation, lambasts the important role of the press in looking into the operations of foundations.

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On Human Creativity and the Liberal Arts: Walter Isaacson on Philanthropy

Walter IsaacsonIn its obsession with metrics and technology, the foundation sector seems to chronically undervalue the liberal arts. The Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson advised the audience at the 2015 Council on Foundations annual meeting to appreciate and value the liberal arts as some of the greatest scientific geniuses of our day, like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs did. 

 

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Some Concerns about Obama’s New “My Brother’s Keeper” Nonprofit

ObamaGiven the serial problems uncovered with the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration may come to regret this hands-off approach to basic issues in a nonprofit associated with the most powerful political leader in the world.

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Why Have 9,000 Indian NGOs Been Deregistered?

 

NewsDespite consternation, context is key to the deregistration of 9,000 foreign-funded Indian NGOs.

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Sometimes, Public-Private Partnerships Can Go Too Far

 

NewsSouth Carolina’s reliance on a private land trust compromised the accountability and transparency necessary in the expenditure of public funding.

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Nonprofits as Political Slush Funds in Los Angeles

Los AngelesThe obvious abuse of the IRS Code to seal a dubious deal between L.A. city leaders and its public utility union a decade ago finally gets called out for the corruption that it is.

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Another Misuse of Nonprofits? Local and State Agencies “Transform”

NewsWith issues of accountability still swirling, more municipalities consider quasi-governmental nonprofits to manage economic development.

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Knight Cities Challenge in Detroit Leaves Locals as Runners-up

 

Detroit challenge“The Knight Foundation has disregarded community-led innovation to sustain the status quo by funding multi-million and billion dollar corporate and foundation entities in Detroit.”—Stovall and Hill, Knight Cities Challenge finalists

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“Crossfire” and Collaboration from Gingrich and Jones at the Council on Foundations

NewsIn the end, the Gingrich/Jones collaboration on reforming the criminal justice system seemed to be a model for the foundations gathered by the Council of getting different ideologies to come together in—and through—philanthropy.

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Newt Gingrich an Unsuitable Choice as COF Closing Speaker

 

GingrichSeveral years ago, Newt Gingrich was a plenary speaker for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations despite questions about his track record regarding philanthropic accountability. Those questions remain as he addressed the Council’s annual meeting in 2015.

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India Puts Ford Foundation on Notice

 

ford FoundationThe Ford Foundation, among other philanthropic institutions, has been accused of abetting Indian disharmony.

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