WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014



Education funding is a matter of equity.” Sydney Morning Herald. September 15, 2014.

Harmonie German Club boots out rebels.” Sydney Morning Herald. September 17, 2014.

Hillsong Church to come under scrutiny at royal commission into child sex abuse.” By Rachel Browne. Sydney Morning Herald. September 18, 2014.



“Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities.” By Amantha Perera. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). September 21, 2014.


Fury at Fifa’s inquiry cover-up.” Times of London. September 21, 2014.


The rise of Greek civil society; Talk to those who are building Greece’s civil society and it becomes clear that volunteering brings people together no matter what their political views.” By Sally Brammall. Guardian. September 20, 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.


What I discovered when I took my charity back to the future; By looking forward to 2030 I understood the changes I needed to make now, says charity leader; What I learned about social leadership from a hostage negotiator; Diary of a 2014 Clore Social Fellow.” By Eugenie Teasley. Guardian. September 15,, 2014.

How to set up a clothes swap in your area; Leeds Community Clothing Exchange is one of several community clothes swaps around the country; How can you set up your own? Swap till you drop: the joys of Leeds Community Clothing Exchange.” By Katherine Purvis and Maria Evrenos. Guardian. September 16, 2014.

Crowdfunding: Essential advice for charities; Crowdfunding is a unique and rewarding opportunity for charities, and rewards can even be eligible for Gift Aid. Here’s where to begin: • Expert advice: crowdfunding; • Crowdfunding isn’t a quick fix for charity fundraisers; • How to reach the top in fundraising.” By Jess Ratty. Guardian. September 17, 2014.

Scottish independence could make space for charities’ principles; On the eve of vote day, John Downie, director of public affairs at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations gauges the mood; Scottish Independence: How would a ‘yes’ vote affect the charity sector?” By John Downie. Guardian. September 18, 2014.

How to set up your own repair cafe; Llandrindod Repair Cafe in Wales is part of the Repair Cafe Foundation. Want to prepare, share and repair too? These tips will help you fix it.” By Katherine Purvis, Nell Card and Lucy Palmer. Guardian. September 19, 2014.

Why selflessness evolved for selfish reasons; The pressure to act charitably – whether in celebrities or chimps – is all about indirect reciprocity: ensuring future cooperation.” By Rachel Kendal. Guardian. September 20, 2014.

Public schools must learn the meaning of charity; To avoid the charge of elitism, private schools should do the right thing and share their facilities with the state sector.” Opinion. By Janice Turner. Times of London. September 20 2014.

Plymouth University ‘spent £150,000 on 7 chairs’ after protests against potential job losses; Meanwhile job losses have prompted lecturer protests.” By Sarah Cassidy. Independent. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Review & Outlook: Covering for the IRS New details on the Administration’s spin and stall strategy.” Wall Street Journal. September 15, 2014.

Proposal Would Require Think Tanks to Disclose Funding by Foreign Governments.” By Eric Lipton. New York Times. September 18, 2014.

“Judge Cites Hobby Lobby To Excuse Fundamentalist Mormon From Child Labor Testimony.” By Shadee Ashtari. Huffington Post. September 19, 2014.

How Wisconsin Prosecutors Became Campaign Partisans; Their raids on conservatives have chilled political speech and amount to a huge donation to Democrats.” Opinion. By Richard M. Esenberg. Wall Street Journal. September 20, 2014.

Forced underage marriage church uses Hobby Lobby to defend itself in child labor case.” By Laura Clawson. Daily Kos. September 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Politics, media and the politics of media. PBS Loves Its ‘Roosevelts’—and Its Kochs, Too.” By Leslie Savan. Nation. September 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


A Carlyle group co-founder steps out of the philanthropic shadows.” By Roxanne Roberts. Washington Post. September 15, 2014.

Donor of the Day: A Philanthropic Mission That Fits Like a Glove: Lari Stanton Helps Keep Children’s Hands Covered.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. September 14, 2014.

MacArthur Foundation surprises 21 fellows with 2014 ‘genius’ grants and $625,000.” By Ellen McCarthy. Washington Post. September 17, 2014.
Related stories:
MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners Include Cartoonist, Mathematician, Engineer New Crop of 21 Fellows for 2014 to Receive Awards of $625,000, No Strings Attached.” By Caroline Porter. Wall Street Journal. September 17, 2014.
MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows.” By Felicia R.Lee. New York Times. September 17, 2014.

This Man’s Job: Make Bill Gates Richer; Secretive Money Manager Michael Larson Helped Microsoft Co-Founder’s Fortune Balloon to $82 Billion.” By Anupreeta Das and Craig Karmin. Wall Street Journal. September 18, 2014.


“The Walmart heirs give to charity like they pay their workers: Very little.” By Laura Clawson. Daily Kos. September 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement; Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, shown in 2012, has charged husband-and-wife foster care executives with misuse of public funds.” By Garrett Therolf. Los Angeles Times. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

September 23rd, 2014


University of California Plans Venture-Capital Fund for Campus Startups; Investment Pool, at $250 Million, Would Be Among Biggest Targeted for Student, Faculty Research.” By Erica E. Phillips. Wall Street Journal. September 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

September 15th, 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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WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

September 15th, 2014


How the Koch Brothers and Other Family Capitalists Are Ruining America; Why are multibillionaires dictating how America teaches its youth, provides healthcare and collects taxes?” By Steve Fraser. Nation. September 11, 2014. George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt’s appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for…not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.” To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, “These men don’t suffer. Why hell, half of them don’t even speak English.” We might call that adopting the imperial position. Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs. They liked to play God. It’s a habit that’s returned with a vengeance in our own time. The Koch brothers are only the most conspicuous among a whole tribe of “self-made” billionaires who imagine themselves architects or master builders of a revamped, rehabilitated America. The resurgence of what might be called dynastic or family capitalism, as opposed to the more impersonal managerial capitalism many of us grew up with, is changing the nation’s political chemistry. Our own masters of the universe, like the “robber barons” of old, are inordinately impressed with their ascendancy to the summit of economic power. Add their personal triumphs to American culture’s perennial love affair with business—President Calvin Coolidge, for instance, is remembered today only for proclaiming that “the business of America is business”—and you have a formula for megalomania. . . .

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

September 15th, 2014


“The billionaires who bailed out K Street.” By Byron Tau. Politico.com. September 8, 2014.

Ted Cruz accuses Harry Reid of ‘slander campaign’ against Koch brothers.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. September 10, 2014.

Planned Parenthood Votes’ Colorado, North Carolina ad buy.” By James Hahmann. Politico.com. September 13, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

September 15th, 2014


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Locks Out Its Players, Again.” By Michael Cooper. New York Times. September 8, 2014.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives Museums $17 million Push Toward Digital; Brooklyn Museum and American Museum of Natural History to Receive Funding.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. September 8, 2014.

Brooklyn Museum’s Longtime Director Plans to Retire; Arnold Lehman to Step Down From His Post.” By Carol Vogel. New York Times. September 10, 2014.

Met Museum unveils David Koch $65M plaza; The outdoor space in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was christened the David H. Koch Plaza after the billionaire, who funded the renovation of the four-block area on Fifth Avenue.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. September 10, 2014.

Metropolitan Opera Eliminates Administrative Jobs; Met Cuts 22 Administrative Workers, or 9% of Its Nonunion Staff.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. September 13, 2014.
Related story:
Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs.” By Michael Cooper. New York Times. September 13, 2014.

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green has big plans for his Bible museum in Washington.” By Michelle Boorstein. Washington Post. September 14, 2014.