May 30, 2015

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Nonprofit Hospitals Facing Increased Scrutiny

 

NewsThere are many reasons why some hospitals are having their nonprofit status challenged.

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In the Conversation about End-of-Life Choices, Wisconsin Has a Lot to Say

End of life“Health system managers, payers, and policy makers…have a responsibility to ensure that end-of-life care is compassionate, affordable, sustainable, and of the best quality possible.”—Dying in America, the Institute of Medicine

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“Cavalry Is Not Coming” to Ferguson or Baltimore, Says Bruce Katz

NewsAlthough he looks young, Bruce Katz has been a leader in urban public policy for decades and has the experience to explain why the nation’s response to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 was so different from the lethargic response to Ferguson and Baltimore today.

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The Next Recycling Frontier: Prescription Drugs

PillsWhile 50 million Americans are unable to afford their prescriptions, $5 billion in prescription drugs are thrown away every year. In 38 states, agencies are matching these drugs to low-income people, thus saving funds and saving lives.

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Facebook and the Times vs. Independent Media? Is That Fight Even Fair?

FacebookDon’t let anyone convince you otherwise: As Facebook rolls out its “Instant Articles” tool, it’s attempting to transform the way users access their news.

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Florida and Texas Say Both “Yes” and “No” to Medicaid

Yes and NoRather than expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs as authorized in the ACA, Florida and Texas are fighting to receive billions of dollars of funding under a separate provision.

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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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Bob Gates: Preserving the Boy Scouts Means Ending Prohibition against Gay Leaders

Bob Gates Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, in his role as president of the Boy Scouts of America, now says ending the organization’s national prohibition against gay leadership is the only way to save it.

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Freddie Gray’s Death: Due to an Inadequate Supply of Charter Schools in Baltimore? Really?

Freddie GrayThe tragic death of Freddie Gray had roots in Baltimore’s history of racial inequities and problems of police-community relations, but to conclude that an increase in the city’s acceptance of charter schools might be a prominent solution seems like a big, non-racial non sequitur.

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Unique Needs of Veterans in Rural Areas Taken Up by HAC

NewsThe Housing Assistance Council, a top rural advocacy organization, is bringing attention to the problems faced by military veterans in rural America. 

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Political Grandstanding Overwhelms Reason at Judiciary Committee Hearing on Policing

RacismNine months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and more than three years after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the House of Representatives finally held a committee hearing on the deteriorating relations between police departments and black communities. Based on the grandstanding that ensued in the hearing, no progress whatsoever was made.

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Rural Veterans Require Special Attention from U.S. Philanthropy

Veterans Isolation, distance, access, and inadequate resources are just some of the challenges facing military veterans in rural areas.

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Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements

NewsThe question of what nonprofit hospitals ought to be delivering to qualify as nonprofits is centered on California.

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Large Pink Statue Sparks Community Review Bill for Public Art

 

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Is this councilman’s move to mandate community approval for some NYC public art installations good or bad?

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Operator Responds Personally to Hungry 911 Caller and Generosity in General is Elevated

 

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Fundraisers should note: there is a theory called “elevation” that suggests that one act of generosity made publiccan have a remarkable ripple effect.

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Affordable Housing to New Castle? Listening for the Voices of Clinton and Cuomo

WestchesterThe current hometown of Hillary and Bill Clinton and Andrew Cuomo seems to be doing it best to frustrate the construction of just about any and all affordable housing. 

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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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Rezoning NYC for More Affordable Housing May Have Had Opposite Effect

 

NYC ZoningOnce again, the low-income people of New York City neighborhoods who need affordable housing may find that “affordable” leaves them priced out.

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We’re Fed Up! Detroit’s Janitors Join the Battle for a Living Wage

Living wage for janitorsAs a city emerges from bankruptcy, workers see the fight for a living wage as part of the effort to rebuild their city.

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Who’s Going to Lighten the Load of Obesity’s Heavy Costs?

ObesityThe Brookings Center for Social Dynamics and Policy along with the World Food Center of UC Davis presented research on the economic costs of obesity. If todays’ 12.7 million obese youth stay obese in adulthood, the price tag could be a staggering $1.1 trillion.

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Jury Convicts Nonprofit Right-to-Die Group of Assisting Woman’s Suicide

Final Exit NetworkAfter deliberating for only 90 minutes, a jury found that the Final Exit Network had intentionally assisted in Doreen Dunn’s suicide in 2007, after she suffered for years with chronic pain.

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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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A Case of Deadly Donor Dependence: A Caution for the “Lucky”

 

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City will close its doors after losing its major donor/founder. We love to dream of those massive angel grants but they can be fatal.

 

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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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Making Affordable Housing Political: The Nation’s Burgeoning Crisis

HousingEvery four years, nonprofit housing groups wait…and wait…and wait…to hear a presidential candidate say something meaningful about what they will do to increase affordable housing. This CBPP analysis explains why affordable housing should be a high-priority election issue.

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Nonprofits and Zoning Disputes: A Common Conundrum

Buena VIsta EastA study in contrast: A high-end museum in Miami and a homeless shelter in Winston-Salem meet local community opposition to their building plans.

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Why Investing in Community Developers Is Even More Important Now

NewsIf it weren’t for the productive capacities of nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in New Jersey, the state would be short tens of thousands of affordable housing units and billions in economic activity.

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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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Transforming Racist Courts: Game-Changing Legislation in Missouri

TicketsThe Missouri legislature just sent a bill to Governor Nixon that would sharply curtail the racially discriminatory police and court practices of St. Louis County.

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New Study: Many Hospital Closings May Have Little Effect on Local Health

NewsLast week, a report published by the Journal for Health Affairs challenged the assertion that patient health is significantly compromised when hospitals close.

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