WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

MUTUAL BENEFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Board has duty to ensure homeowners association notices are delivered; California laws dictate how to deliver notices to residents and owners. The association board should be held accountable.” By Donie Vanitzian. Los Angeles Times. March 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

PHILANTHROPY

The best of Bill Gates.” By Jennifer Rubin. Washington Post. March 17, 2014.

Bill Gates: ‘Our children won’t be left billion-dollar trust funds’; Microsoft founder said most of his wealth will be left to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.” By Heather Saul. Independent (UK). March 20, 2014.
“Bangor Humane Society, St. John’s Catholic Church split $790,000 bequest from longtime volunteer.” By Julie Murchison Harris. Bangor Daily News. March 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

RELIGION

Dying Churches, Revived in a Flash.” By Lawrence Downes. Wall Street Journal. March 22, 2014.

The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism.” By Jason Horowitz. New York Times. March 23, 2014.

Archdiocese spending touches off debate.” By Kent D. Johnson. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

SCANDAL

Former Land Trust Chief Arrested.” By Paul Bass. New Haven Independent. March 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

SELF-HELP & TWELVE-STEP GROUPS

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry.” Book Review. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. March 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

March 24th, 2014

TECHNOLOGY

Updating Internet Governance.” Editorial. New York Times. March 19, 2014.
Related story:
Internet governance: Doing the ICANN-can; America promises to release its grip on the internet’s phone book—and opens up a debate on how to govern cyberspace.” Economist. March 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

March 17th, 2014

ABOUT NONPROFIT NEWS & COMMENT
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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.

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WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

March 17th, 2014

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

Science: Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science.” By William J. Beard. New York Times. March 15, 2014. Last April, President Obama assembled some of the nation’s most august scientific dignitaries in the East Room of the White House. Joking that his grades in physics made him a dubious candidate for “scientist in chief,” he spoke of using technological innovation “to grow our economy” and unveiled “the next great American project”: a $100 million initiative to probe the mysteries of the human brain. Along the way, he invoked the government’s leading role in a history of scientific glories, from putting a man on the moon to creating the Internet. The Brain initiative, as he described it, would be a continuation of that grand tradition, an ambitious rebuttal to deep cuts in federal financing for scientific research. “We can’t afford to miss these opportunities while the rest of the world races ahead,” Mr. Obama said. “We have to seize them. I don’t want the next job-creating discoveries to happen in China or India or Germany. I want them to happen right here.” Absent from his narrative, though, was the back story, one that underscores a profound change taking place in the way science is paid for and practiced in America. In fact, the government initiative grew out of richly financed private research: A decade before, Paul G. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, had set up a brain science institute in Seattle, to which he donated $500 million, and Fred Kavli, a technology and real estate billionaire, had then established brain institutes at Yale, Columbia and the University of California. Scientists from those philanthropies, in turn, had helped devise the Obama administration’s plan. American science, long a source of national power and pride, is increasingly becoming a private enterprise. In Washington, budget cuts have left the nation’s research complex reeling. Labs are closing. Scientists are being laid off. Projects are being put on the shelf, especially in the risky, freewheeling realm of basic research. Yet from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, science philanthropy is hot, as many of the richest Americans seek to reinvent themselves as patrons of social progress through science research. The result is a new calculus of influence and priorities that the scientific community views with a mix of gratitude and trepidation.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

March 17th, 2014

ADVOCACY & POLITICS

Big business takes on tea party, gently.” By Anna Palmer.Politico.com. March 10, 2014.

The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs.” Editorial. New York Times. March 11, 2014.
Related stories:
Dems’ 2014 foil: Koch brothers.” Politico.com. March 14, 2014.
Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But…” Huffington Post. March 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

March 17th, 2014

ARTS & CULTURE

NY Culture: WTC Arts Center Snagged; Young Nonprofit Must Raise Hundreds of Millions for Project.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. March 10, 2014.

“New Smithsonian leader may have outsider’s edge in leading Institution into the future.” By Philip Kennicott. Washington Post. March 11, 2014.
Related story:
Smithsonian Names David Skorton as Its New Director.” New York Times. March 11, 2014.

Honolulu museums include island culture, natural history and the only royal palace in the U.S.” By Karen E. Weber. San Jose Mercury-News/Los Angeles Daily News. March 12, 2014.

College Art Museum Hit With Sanction After Sale of Bellows Work.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. March 14, 2014.

Settlement Reached in Cy Twombly Foundation Lawsuit.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. March 15, 2014.