Steve Dubb is a senior editor at NPQ. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades, including twelve years at The Democracy Collaborative and three years as executive director of NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation). In his work, Steve has authored, co-authored and edited numerous reports; participated in and facilitated learning cohorts; designed community building strategies; and helped build the field of community wealth building. Steve is the lead author of Building Wealth: The Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems (Aspen 2005) and coauthor (with Rita Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads, published by MSU Press in 2012. In 2016, Steve curated and authored Conversations on Community Wealth Building, a collection of interviews of community builders that Steve had conducted over the previous decade.
In Philadelphia, a city where an estimated 1,200 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017, a nonprofit aims to establish a safe injection site to reduce overdose deaths. The US Attorney’s office, however, has sued the nonprofit in an effort to keep the site from opening.
In Minneapolis, a city report outlines a vision to ensure that the city’s 70 neighborhood associations reflect the diversity of the communities they claim to represent. But the report’s recommendations have spurred neighborhood association resistance.
If a state gave grants to nonprofits but kept organization names, award amounts, and fund uses secret, it would be a scandal. But with corporations that receive state tax credits, this is business as usual. Some folks in Tennessee’s legislature, however, want this to change.
A new study from the Center for Civil Society at Johns Hopkins documents the size, shape and state of the nonprofit workforce and reveals some surprises, including the fact that nonprofits often pay better than for-profit counterparts in the same industry.
In New York City, MoMA will shut down from mid-June until mid-October as the museum undergoes its most significant renovation since opening in 1939. In expanding the museum, curators have also sought to redefine what is meant by the phrase “modern art.”
February 4, 2019; Healthcare Dive and Colorado Springs Gazette
“Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives…has completed its merger with San Francisco-based Dignity Health to form a nearly $30 billion healthcare giant spanning 21 states,” reports Wayne Heilman in the Colorado Springs Gazette. Heilman explains that the new combined nonprofit, now called CommonSpirit Health, will be based in Chicago. It will operate “142 hospitals and more than 500 other health care facilities nationwide with about 150,000 employees.”
The merger has been a long time coming. Heilman notes that, “Catholic Health and Dignity agreed to the merger in December 2017 after signing a letter of intent 13 months earlier.”
Writing in Healthcare Dive, Lee Masterson adds that formally the merger is between equals. “Englewood, Colorado-based CHI CEO Kevin Lofton and San Francisco-based Dignity Health President and CEO Lloyd Dean will both serve as CEOs for the new health system,” notes Masterson.
Foundations spend $1.3 billion annually to support nonprofit journalism worldwide. A study based on 74 interviews of nonprofits, foundations, and intermediaries finds that the funding does not reduce journalistic autonomy, but it does subtly alter the nature of the journalistic enterprise.
It’s been 25 years since Mayan guerrillas in Chiapas, known as Zapatistas, rose up in opposition to NAFTA and the Mexican government. While they did not topple the government, they have shown staying power, leading local governments that have benefitted 250,000 Mayans and articulating a political philosophy that has influenced democracy activists worldwide.
In the wake of the teachers’ strike, the Los Angeles school board, half of whom were elected with charter school donor backing, has voted 5–1 to recommend that the state enact an eight-to-ten-month moratorium on new charter school development.
A nonprofit advocacy group’s study confirms what the federal government shutdown made plain for all to see: Tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves “middle class” are only one missed paycheck away from poverty.
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