WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

ABOUT NONPROFIT NEWS & COMMENT
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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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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WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

How to Organize After Occupy Wall Street; Former occupiers are building a movement with lessons learned from OWS.” By Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Max Berger. Nation. June 18, 2014. It’s time for a discussion about what it will take to bring democracy to the United States. Through our participation in Occupy Wall Street, we saw it was possible to build a revolutionary movement against the corrupt capitalist economy and oligarchic political systems. Now it’s time to create a strategy for a movement that can win. The prospect of a democratic revolution requires a level of commitment and clarity of strategy that can seem daunting, especially when progressives are losing so many battles. But there is no better time to escalate than during moments of despair, when our need for change is clearest. A credible revolutionary strategy has three parts: alternative institutions that create examples of the kind of society we want to live in; social movements that mobilize popular resistance by opposing the corrupt institutions currently in power; and independent political organizations that enshrine progressive victories in law. Much like the legs of a three-legged stool, each project is necessary but not sufficient on its own. We want to live in a society that values the dignity and well-being of every individual by ensuring that everyone’s basic needs are met. But redistribution isn’t enough to secure equal rights, economic equality or environmental sustainability: we need economic democracy. Until we have democratic control over our banks, until workers and communities have a say in the way corporations operate, until we have community control over land, we will forever be fighting an uphill battle. . . .

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

ADVOCACY & POLITICS

Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.

House Majority PAC reserves another $6.2 million in airtime for Democrats.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.

Greenpeace Says It Lost $5 Million on Currency Market.” New York Times/Associated Press. June 17, 2014.

Kochs launch new superPAC for midterm fight.” By Kenneth P.Vogel and Darren Goode. Politico.com. June 17, 2014.

Meet the Billionaire Brothers You Never Heard of Who Fund the Religious Right: The Wilks brothers, whose fortune comes from fracking, give tens of millions to right-wing groups and anti-choice “pregnancy centers,” anti-LGBT groups, and organizations affiliated with ALEC.” By Peter Montgomery. American Prospect/Right Wing Watch. June 17, 2014.

Billionaires Behind the Attack on Public Education in California Tenure Suit.” By Sabrina Joy Stevens. American Prospect. June 17, 2014.

How to Organize After Occupy Wall Street; Former occupiers are building a movement with lessons learned from OWS.” By Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Max Berger. Nation. June 18, 2014.

Politicians speak out on politics post-Citizens United.” Daily Kos. June 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

ARTS & CULTURE

Giving Life to Central Park Zoo, One Donation at a Time.” By Andy Newman. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Museum Power Squabble Borders on the Surreal; Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Is in Turmoil.” By Sean McCaughan and Patricia Cohen. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Met Opera General Manager Earned $1.8 Million in 2012; Disclosure of Salary Comes as Union Members Are Asked to Take 16 % Pay Cut.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. June 17, 2014.

The Redesign of a Design Museum; Renovating the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. June 17, 2014.

Ghetto Film School debuts in L.A., David O. Russell on board of directors.” By Jim Easterhouse. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers.” Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. June 16, 2014.
Related stories:
Starbucks Teams With Arizona State University To Offer Online College Program To Workers.” Huffington Post. June 16, 2014.
Starbucks to pay college fees for US staff; Starbucks offers US employees the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree.” BBC News. June 16, 2014.
A New College Model; Arizona State Matches Starbucks in Its Trailblazing Ways.” Op-Ed. By Joe Nocera. New York Times. June 16, 2014.
Starbucks to Subsidize Workers’ College Degrees; Coffee Giant Offers Tuition Rebates to Baristas Through Program With Arizona State University.” Wall Street Journal. June 16, 2014.
How The Starbucks Free College Plan Could Save It Millions Of Dollars Per Year.” San Francisco Chronicle. June 17, 2014.
Starbucks Brews Up College Educations For Employees.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. June 17, 2014.
Does Starbucks’ college tuition plan create a corporate monopoly?” MSNBC. June 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

EDUCATION

CHARTER SCHOOLS

D.C. officials seek stronger oversight of charter schools after recent fraud allegations.” By Emma Brown. Washington Post. June 16, 2014.

Success Academy’s Expansion Plans Put de Blasio in a Tough Spot; Success Academy Charter Schools Force Mayor Bill de Blasio to Confront New Law.” By Al Baker. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Charter school moving after paperwork snafu with L.A. Unified.” By Stephen Ceasar. Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2014.

Pastor Stands By Charter School Manager: Rev. Eldren Morrison, who’s about to open a new charter school in New Haven, came out Friday in support of the embattled charter management organization he has hired to help him.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. June 20, 2014.

FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

Corinthian Colleges Warns of Possible Shutdown; Restrictions on Federal Funding Leave For-Profit Educator in Cash Crisis.” By Stephanie Gleason and Josh Mitchell. Wall Street Journal. June 19, 2014.

HIGHER EDUCATION

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall Jr. Becomes a Lightning Rod; Texas Lawmakers Move to Impeach Board Member Over Push for Documents.” By Nathan Koppel. Wall Street Journal. June 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

ETHICAL INVESTING

Methodist Church Group Links Divestment Move to Israel and a Firm’s Prison Role.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Presbyterians to divest as protest against Israel.” Washington Post/Associated Press. June 21, 2014.
Related stories:
Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel.’ By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. June 21, 2014.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Makes Controversial Divestment Move Against Israel.” By Jaweed Kaleem. Huffington Post. June 21, 2014.
Presbyterian Church dumps companies it says help Israel suppress Palestinians.” CNN. June 21, 2014.
Divestment vote by Presbyterian Church strains long ties with Jewish community.” Washington Post. June 21, 2014.
Israel criticizes Presbyterian divestment in protest of its policies
Presbyterians Israel; The Presbyterian General Assembly holds a session in this 2012 file photo. The body voted Friday to divest holdings from three major companies to protest Israel’s policies
.” Huffington Post. June 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

HEALTH CARE

Familiar Face Emerges in LICH Saga; Developer Advances in What Became Long Fight Over Hospital Property.” By Laura Kusisto. Wall Street Journal. June 17, 2014

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

High Court school chaplaincy funding ruling forces Tony Abbott to rely on states: Chaplaincy decision could set ‘dangerous precedent’.” By Jane Lee, Benjamin Preiss, and Matthew Knott. Sydney Morning Herald. June 20, 2014.

Global fundraising company keeps $7m of $12.2m raised for Special Olympics; NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing says it will investigate Appco Group over gift voucher program.” By Saimi Jeong and Michael Safi. Guardian (UK). June 20, 2014.

FIFA SCANDAL

Fifa’s chiefs pocket secret 100% pay rise.” By Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake. Times of London. June 21, 2014.

INDIA

As NGOs cry foul, seed industry body defends IB report.” Times of India. June 21, 2014.
Related story:
Bapu’s Vidyapith on IB’s list of anti-development NGOs.” Times of India. June 21, 2014.

INEQUALITY

U.S. Economy Will Grow But Not Trickle Down, OECD Warns on Inequality.” By Michelle Tullo. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

How Inherited Wealth Helps the Economy.” By N. Gregory Mankiw. New York Times. June 21, 2014.

Oxfam survey finds widening gap between Australia’s rich and poor.” By Sarah Whyte. Sydney Morning Herald. June 16, 2014.

RELIGION

From Religious Conflict to an Interfaith Community.” By Kanya D’Almeida. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

UK

No Running In The Corridors; Conservative achievements in education have been steady and considerable but sweeping reform is still required.” Editorial. Times of London. June 16, 2014.

Celebrating small charities: our top five stories; It’s small charity week and to celebrate we revisit our most popular blogposts – from how-to guides on charity PR to Coppafeel!’s partnership with the Sun newspaper: • How to guides for small charities; • Enter the Guardian Charity Awards; • How to: become a leader of a small charity.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 16, 2014.

Social enterprise to Africapitalism: do the alternatives to capitalism work? What place should alternative economic models have in the future of the sector? Join us on 19 June 1-3pm BST to discuss.” By Holly Young. Guardian. June 17, 2014.

Charities like Oxfam will not be bullied into silence; As Oxfam’s latest poster campaign is deemed ‘too political’, Asheem Singh explains why charities must move forward as vulnerable people are being left behind by the coalition: • Is the latest Oxfam advertisement too political? • How independent is your charity’s voice? • How to make sure your charity is lobbying for world change; • Lobbying bill: keep calm and carry on campaigning.” By Asheem Singh. Guardian. June 17, 2014.

Why you love working for a small charity – a twitter roundup; To celebrate Small Charities’ Week we asked our twitter followers to tell us why working for a small charity is so great: • Survival stops small charities tendering for contracts; • Becoming a small charity leader – how to do it; • Celebrating small charities: our top five stories; • How small charities can have a big impact – live Q&A.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

Are charities too political? One chief executive believes high-profile campaigns, like Oxfam’s recent Perfect Storm on UK poverty, are not effective: • Is the latest Oxfam advertisement too political? • Charities like Oxfam will not be bullied into silence • How to make sure your charity is lobbying for world change; • Lobbying bill: keep calm and carry on campaigning.” By Andy Elvin. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

“Why being a small charity CEO is like being a Blue Peter presenter; For small charity week, Allison Ogden-Newton explains why nothing beats charity work – even if it means washing towels: • Becoming a small charity leader – how to do it; • How small charities can have a big impact – live Q&A; • Celebrating small charities: our top five stories.” By Allison Ogden–Newton. Guardian. June 20, 2014.

Saltley school governors resign en masse in wake of ‘Trojan horse’ inquiry; Board quits in protest over treatment by Ofsted and local council and voice ‘grave concern’ over remarks made by Michael Gove.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. June 21, 2014.

VANUATU

Pacific Disability Theatre Group Inspires and Educates.” By Catherine Wilson. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). June 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

I.R.S. Commissioner to Testify on Ex-Official’s Lost Emails; Tax Agency Says Lois Lerner Emails Were Destroyed in Computer Crash.” By David S. Joachim. New York Times. June 17, 2014.
Recent stories:
Lois Lerner email flap inflames GOP ire in IRS tea party ruckus; The tax agency handling the investigation says Lerner’s computer crashed.” Politico.com. June 17, 2014.
The IRS email scandal: Where’s the outrage?” By Jonah Goldberg. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.
Review & Outlook: The IRS Memory Hole; The agency waited two months to tell Congress about missing emails.” Wall Street Journal. June 19, 2014.
GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails.” All Things Considered/ National Public Radio. June 20, 2014.
IRS commissioner offers no apology for missing Lerner e-mails.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. June 21, 2014.
Politics and Policy: GOP Lawmakers Grill IRS Chief Over Lost Emails; Republicans Question IRS Commissioner About Former Official Lois Lerner’s Hard-Drive Failure.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2014.
Republicans, at Hearing on Lost Emails, Accuse I.R.S. Chief of Lying.” By David S. Joachim. New York Times. June 21, 2014.
5 Questions: IRS chief meets Congress over computer crash.” By Rachel Bade. Politico.com. June 21, 2014.

Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation.” Politico.com. June 17, 2014.

Supreme Court upholds decision barring graduation in church.” By David Savage. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.

Review & Outlook: A Free Speech ‘Scheme’; Prosecutors repudiated in court smear Scott Walker and his allies.” Wall Street Journal. June 20, 2014.
Related stories:
Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Violations.” Editorial. New York Times. June 21, 2014.
Scott Walker fights ‘criminal scheme’ story.” By Kendall Breitman. Politico.com. June 21, 2104.
Wisconsin union leaders have strong comments for ‘14; Union leaders in Wisconsin have faced a three year battle with Gov. Scott Walker, but in November it all comes to a head. Hear their stories.” MSNBC. June 21, 2014.

Lawsuit claims Regence BlueCross BlueShield no longer acting like nonprofit.” By Nick Budnick. Oregonian. June 21, 2014.