WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014

Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University

The nonprofit sector — the universe of associations, civil society, philanthropy, and voluntary action — is the most rapidly growing and changing organizational domain in the world.

Once considered an adjunct of government, over the past half century nonprofits have taken on many of the tasks of government and play key roles in the process of public governance, not only as sources of policy and vehicles for advocacy and political mobilization, but also as providers of a wide range of public services.

Because nonprofits operate in virtually every industry and in many jurisdictions — global, national, state, and local –, it is extraordinarily difficult to track significant the emerging issues and trends that affect them. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that press coverage of nonprofits is fragmentary and often shallow and because scholarship is highly specialized and balkanized.

Through weekly global surveys of major newspapers, periodicals, broadcast media, and on-line news sources, this blog brings to readers’ attention important stories and will, through commentaries, link those news accounts to pertinent scholarship in order to offer in-depth understanding of important emerging issues and trends. The blog will also take note of scholarly books and articles of potential significance to practitioners, policy makers, and other thoughtful readers.

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Blog entries appear as “Weekly News Summaries” — compilations of news article headlines. Each entry includes a link to the original source and the full text of the story. Because of the on-going monetization of on-line newspapers and other media, full texts may not be available for all stories.

Stories relating to the United States are organized topically by type of organization or activity. International stories are organized by country and, in certain instances, by topic (such as “Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal” and “Sustainable Development”). All stories are archived by topic and date.

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Comments or questions about Nonprofit News & Comment should be directed to Peter Dobkin Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Foreign funding of NGOs: Donors: keep out; More and more autocrats are stifling criticism by barring non-governmental organisations from taking foreign cash.” Economist. September 17, 2014. “WE’RE not dealing with civil society members but paid political activists who are trying to help foreign interests here.” So claimed Viktor Orban, Hungary’s increasingly autocratic prime minister, last July, in a speech describing his plans to turn his country into an “illiberal state”. This continued an attack that began earlier this year on dozens of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Hungary that have received funds from the Norwegian government under a 20-year-old deal to strengthen civil society in poorer parts of Europe. The NGOs, among them the Roma Press Centre, Women for Women against Violence and Labrisz Lesbian Association, are being “audited” by the Hungarian government, leading Norway to suspend its payments in protest. On September 8th police raided two NGOs responsible for distributing the Norwegian grants. Egypt, meanwhile, is planning to require NGOs to seek approval from a government-appointed committee before they can receive foreign funds. The planned rules are unclear; NGOs fear arbitrary crackdowns on their finances. Egypt and Hungary are just two fronts in an escalating war waged by authoritarian governments against groups promoting the Western vision of liberal democracy as not just regular elections but public, pluralistic debate. . . . .

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Sheldon Adelson cracks open checkbook for GOP; The check represent the first major foray into the 2014 midterms by Adelson.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. Politico.com. September 18, 2014.

Fundraising dropped sharply for key Koch group; Filings offer rare look inside vast Koch political network and its efforts to mold public policy.” By Frederika Schouten. USA Today. September 17, 2014.

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing.” By Peter Overby. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. September 17, 2014.

Koch Central Bank Freedom Partners Distributed Millions In Dark Money In 2013.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. September 18, 2014.

Squawks from hawks: Money, politics and Middle East diplomacy; Out-of-State Money Surges Into Alabama Congressional Race.” By Eli Clifton. Nation. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Obie the Dachshund: Donations to owner spark Oregon Attorney General’s inquiry.” By Helen Jung. Oregonian. September 18, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Museum to Hone Image of the P.R. Profession.” By Christine Haughney. New York Times. September 15, 2014.

New Director Brings Fresh Eyes to Dia; Jessica Morgan on Artists She Has Her Eye On.” By Eben Shapiro. Wall Street Journal. September 17, 2014.

Trustees Endorse Plan to Sell Land Beneath Branch of Brooklyn Library.” By Tatiana Schlossberg. New York Times. September 17, 2014.

Muni ID to give free membership to these culture orgs; Individuals who sign up for the city’s new municipal ID next year will be offered a free basic membership to some of the best cultural institutions in the five boroughs, according to sources.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. September 18, 2014

Labor War Over, Met’s Operatic Army Mobilizes; The Met Prepares for Opening Night.” By Michael Cooper. New York Times. 9-19-14.
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Book Review: ‘Grand Opera’ by Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron; The Met was founded because the boxes for socialites at the Academy of Music were full.” By Joseph Horowitz. Wall Street Journal. September 20, 2014.
“The Met Opera Stands Firm: ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ Must Go On
.” Editorial. New York Times. September 20, 2014.
Metropolitan Opera, with new contract, gears up for season that nearly wasn’t.” By Anne Midgette. Washington Post. September 21, 2014.

Tenement Museum keeps memories alive; The Lower East Side museum is boosting its fundraising.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. September 19, 2014.

Boston overdue for a proper opera house.” By Jeremy Eichler. Boston Globe. September 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Moving Targets: Diners Desperately Need Social-Conscience Apps; Now that McDonald’s is planning social-conscience apps, more eateries and bars should follow.” By Joe Queenan. Wall Street Journal. September 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014



‘One size does not fit all’: LePage lauds state’s first virtual school.” By Seth Koenig. Bangor Daily News. September 19, 2014.


Trade Schools Sued for Lending Practices.” By Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. September 17, 2014.
Related story:
CFPB Accuses Corinthian Colleges Of Cheating Students.” Huffington Post. September 17, 2014.


Design School Seeks $110M in Campaign; School Has Already Raised Over $69M.” By Matthew Q. Clarida, Amna H. Hashmi, and Vimal S. Konduri. Harvard Crimson. September 15, 2014.

Financial Services: Pressure for High Marks at Harvard Extends to Its Investment Chief.\” By Randall Smith. New York Times. September 15, 2014,

Latest Figures Show Univ. on Pace To Raise $2B in Single Year.” By Matthew Q. Clarida, Harvard Crimson. September 16, 2014.

City jobs at stake in colleges’ contracts.” By Adrian Rodrigues and Isaac Stanley-Becker. Yale Daily News. September 17, 2014.

Construction of College Buildings Is Booming and New York City Is Reaping the Benefits; Spending Will Top $2 Billion This Year and Continue Near That Level for Next Three Years, Report Says.” By Mike Vilensky and Laura Kusisto. September 17, 2014.


“Recent Gifts Support Arts, Humanities.” By Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. September 18, 2014.

Security Firm at Cooper Union to Leave the School; Students Sought the Ouster of Beau Dietl & Associates.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. September 19, 2014.


Criticism toward Teach for America is misplaced.” Opinion. Washington Post. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


LGBT-friendly housing will transform activist’s childhood home in District.” Washington Post. September 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Hunger Project CEO keeps an eye on development; Most recently with Ikea, Asa Skogstrom Feldt rejoined the Hunger Project as president and chief executive.” By Nazish Dholakia. Crain’s New York Business. September 17, 2014.
Helluva Town: Room for charity; $1M to Dress for Success earns free hotel stays.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. September 19, 2014.

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down.” By Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. September 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon.” Oregonian/Associated Press. September 14, 2014.

Historic inequality levels continue in new Census report.” By Ned Resnikoff. MSNBC. September 17, 2015.
Related story:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013.” Release Number: CB14-169. MSNBC. September 17, 2014.

Bay Area 2nd wealthiest area in nation — but prosperity eludes the poor.” By Kurtis Alexander. San Francisco Chronicle. September 20, 2014.