WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

July 28th, 2014


Limousine liberalism’s good works.” By Catherine Rampell. Washington Post. July 22, 2014.

5 strategies to raise moral, kind children.” Washington Post. July 22, 2014.

Philanthropists Target Democracy for ‘Saving.’ Watch Out; Under a new high-minded guise, big foundations are pursuing their usual goals of government by elites.” Opinion. By James Piereson. Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

July 28th, 2014


O’Malley hosts 50 faith leaders to discuss Md. response to child border crossings.” By John Wagner. Washington Post. July 22, 2014.

Closed Church Seen As Catalyst For Hill Revival.” By Liana Teixeira. New Haven Independent. July 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

July 28th, 2014


Rapfogel Is Sentenced for Stealing From His Charity.” By Russ Buettner. New York Times. July 24, 2014.
Related story:
Former Met Council CEO gets up to 10 years in prison; William Rapfogel pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny, money laundering and other charges for helping steal more than $9 million.” Crain’s New York Business/Associated Press. July 24, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

July 28th, 2014


Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech.” By Aarti Shahani. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 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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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 (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 2014


IRS Surrenders, Won’t Check Whether Political Nonprofits Are Breaking The Law.” By Ashley Alman. Huffington Post. July 14, 2014. The Internal Revenue Service has decided to award most nonprofit groups tax exemption status without being screened, Time reported Sunday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Time that about 80 percent of charitable groups seeking tax exemption will go through a simplified application process. Groups that report total assets lower than $250,000 and an income of less than $50,000 can pay a $400 fee and fill out a three-page form to automatically be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. Prior to the change, the application process involved a 26-page form, and required groups to provide supporting documentation and outline their intended activities to be considered for tax-exempt status. The new process, which Koskinen said will result in “efficiencies [that] will translate into a faster and better review,” is expected to significantly reduce the screening process designed to prevent fraudulent activity on the part of political groups. The announcement comes amid a congressional probe into the IRS’ targeted scrutiny of tea party and other conservative groups seeking 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status in 2013. The IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, the office at the center of the probe, will look at between 40,000 and 50,000 fewer applications from 501(c)(3) organizations under the new screening process, Koskinen told Time. While 501(c)(4)s can engage in unlimited lobbying, endorse or oppose candidates, and engage in political activity, 501(c)(3)s can do none of that. Marcus Owens, director of the Exempt Organizations Division from 1990 to 2000, told Time it’s likely political groups will funnel “dark money” into 501(c)(3)s similarly to the way they have to 501(c)(4)s; as candidates center their campaigns around certain issues, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)s can pour money into messaging those issues without directly tying their message to the candidate. Donations to 501(c)(3)s are tax-deductible, but donations to 501(c)(4)s are not. “What we’ll see is the so-called dark political money that flowed into the (c)(4) world is going to begin to flow into the (c)(3) world,” Owens said. “That’s what the (c)(4)s were doing, but that kind of activity could be just as easily in a (c)(3), but it would have the added advantage of having tax deductibility attached to it.”

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 2014


A Dose of Common Sense for Detroit; Selling the DIA’s collection isn’t a sure bet.” By Eric Gibson. Wall Street Journal. July 16, 2014.
Related story:
Detroit Museum Raises Nearly $27 Million to Help Stave Off Sale.” Wall Street Journal. July 17, 2014.

South Carolina: Museum Site Chosen.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 16, 2014.

Two New York Museums Come Together to Throw Block Parties; Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio Want to Attract Locals and Tourists.” By Pia Catton. Wall Street Journal. July 17, 2014.

Family Behind Hobby Lobby Has New Project: Bible Museum.” By Alan Rappeport. New York Times. July 17, 2014.

A Treasure House of Yiddish Prepares to Close.” By Corey Kilgannon. New York Times. July 17, 2014.

Exit Roils Supporters of Women’s Theater.” By Felicia R. Lee. New York Times. July 17, 2014.

Aspen Art Museum Readies New Building; The relocation to a new building illustrates growing clout and ambition.” By Kelly Crow. Wall Street Journal. July 18, 2014.

The Future of Opera; Why it isn’t bound for extinction.” By Terry Teachout. Wall Street Journal. July 18, 2014.


Virginia: $12 Million Gift for Restoration.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 18, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 2014


Exploring the world of work, from the border to the barricades; How ‘Corporate Responsibility’ Campaigns Can Actually End Up Hurting Workers.” By Michelle Chen. Nation. July 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 2014



Charter School Scales Back Plans.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. July 17, 2014.

Maine’s first virtual charter school enrolls enough students to open: Amy Linscott opens Maine Connections Academy’s 536-page application last March to become an approved charter school in Maine.” By Nell Gluckman. Bangor Daily News. July 19, 2014.


The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges.” By John O’Connor. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 8, 2014.
Related story:
Corruption-buster to monitor sale, closure of Corinthian Colleges.” San Jose Mercury-News. July 20, 2014.


L.A. girls school launches inquiry into reports of teacher misconduct.” By Julie Cart and David Zahniser. Los Angeles Times. July 14, 2014.

Expelled transgender student wins partial victory.” By Emma Margolin. MSNBC. July 15, 2014.

Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers.” By Sandhya Dirks. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 15, 2014.


Pizarro: President Obama highlights work of Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Muhammed Chaudhry.” By Sal Pizarro. San Jose Mercury-News. July 16, 2014.

“Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students
.” By Christina Wilkie and Joy Resmovits. Huffington Post. July 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

July 21st, 2014


Heirs of inherited wealth more common among younger Americans.” By Meteor Blades. Daily Kos. July 17, 2014.