WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014


Bill and Melinda Gates plea with Stanford Grads to improve the world.” By Patrick May. San Jose Mercury-News. June 16, 2014.

How billionaires are fixing philanthropy.” By Steve Forbes. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.

Donor of the Day: So Many Celiac Cases, So Few Diagnoses; Seidenbergs Make $16 Million Gift to Combat Autoimmune Disease.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. June 17, 2014.

Fundraising gets a welcome lift: Contributions are up, but not all nonprofits have recovered from the recession.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. June 16, 2014.

Donor of the Day: Subway Restaurant Founder Donates $30 Million to Support Danbury Hospital; Peter Buck Supports His Hometown Hospital.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. June 19, 2014.

Donor of the Day: Waging a Battle Against Blindness; Gordon Gund, Who Helped to Found the Foundation Fighting Blindness.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

June 23rd, 2014


Paul Haggis On The ‘Chilling’ Fear He Sees In Scientology Defectors.” Huffington Post. June 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22. 2014)

June 23rd, 2014


Four Steps to Social-Impact Investing; Here’s How to Choose the Type of Investment That Will Work Best for You.” By Christina Alfonso. Wall Street Journal. June 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22. 2014)

June 23rd, 2014


A Shower for the College-Bound: Girls Inc. Sends High-School Graduates Off to College in Style.” By Adrienne Gaffney. Wall Street Journal. June 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014

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WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014


Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality.” By Steven Conn. Huffington Post. June 9, 2014. All of a sudden… talk about economic inequality is everywhere. Or at least it feels that way. The New York Times launched its ongoing “Great Divide” feature not too long ago; a spate of new books, reports, studies and opinion pieces have taken up various aspects of the problem; and then there is French economist Thomas Piketty’s book. Capital in the 21st Century, which has landed like a bombshell and turned Piketty himself into a rock star on the American stage. Some of these examinations were probably inevitable given that we are marking the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. It turns out that economic inequality shrank during that war, but the arrows reversed starting in the late 1970s. Then beginning in the 1980s we stopped caring about poverty and inequality altogether. When Ronald Reagan declared famously that we fought a war on poverty and “poverty won,” he was wrong on the policy analysis. But that wasn’t really the point. Reagan was really signaling how much contempt he — and the entire “supply-side” “trickle-down” “free-market fundamentalism” economic crowd — had for the poor and for those who found themselves economically stagnant despite how hard and how long they worked. Piketty’s book has a predecessor of sorts in Michael Harrington’s 1962 blockbuster, The Other America. “There is a familiar America,” Harrington wrote. “It is celebrated in speeches and advertised on television and in the magazines. It has the highest mass standard of living the world has ever known.” But there was, he went on, another America, an impoverished nation “maimed in body and spirit” of between 40 and 50 million people. That was the other America, and Harrington brought the nation’s attention to it. The book has sold over a million copies. John Kennedy read the book, and after his assassination, it inspired Johnson not only to declare a war on poverty but provided the ideas for several of the specific programs he initiated, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps. That story oversimplifies the history, to be sure. The Other America had the resonance it did in 1962 because the nation already had a heightened awareness of related kinds of inequality. The civil rights movement was at its high-water mark and Betty Friedan would help launch a revived feminist movement the next year with the publication of The Feminine Mystique. The war on poverty, in other words, was launched in a political context in which many Americans cared already about social justice. And that’s where my analogy between Piketty’s book and Harrington’s becomes vexing. It’s worth remembering that the short-hand we use now to describe economic inequality — the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent — has been bequeathed to us from the short-lived “Occupy” phenomenon. Occupy deserves credit for putting economic inequality back into our national conversation for the first time in a generation. But Occupy never developed into a “movement,” not in any meaningful sense. It wound up as a set of gestures and theatricals — at worst, it amounted to little more than a slow-moving flash-mob. Nor did it ever really want to become anything else, to judge by those quoted in the press and by my own experiences at several different Occupy encampments. Hostile to “agendas,” “demands,” “leadership,” and even basic principles of organizing, Occupy appealed to the alienated, disgruntled, and the variously angry with the therapeutic promise of a “politics of authenticity.” It did not spend much time trying to channel frustrations into a roadmap for political action. . . .

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014


Tom Streyer’s slow, and ongoing, conversion from fossil-fuels investor to climate activist.” By Carol D. Leonnig and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post. June 9, 2014.

The Fix Isn’t In: Eric Cantor and the Death of a Movement.” Op-ed. By Paul Krugman. New York Times. June 13, 2014.

Once A GOP Pillar, Chamber Of Commerce Is Now A Lightning Rod.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. June 12, 2014.

The Koch Cycle of Endless Cash.” Editorial. New York Times. June 14, 2014.
Related story:
Koch Brothers Plan $300 Million Spending Spree In 2014.” By Igor Bobic. Huffington Post. June 15, 2014.

Billionaire’s Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. June 14, 2014.

At elite donor summit featuring 2016 GOP hopefuls, a longing for Romney to run again.” By Philip Rucker. Washington Post. June 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014


Palo Alto Humane Society proposes public-private partnership for new shelter.” By Jason Green. San Jose Mercury-News. June 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014


Big Three Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save Detroit’s Art; Fund Drive Under Way to Prevent Collection From Being Sold During City’s Bankruptcy Case.” By Matthew Dolan. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014,
Related story:
Detroit’s Big Three Toss $26 Million Into Pot For ‘Grand Bargain’.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. June 9, 2014.

Frick Seeks to Expand Beyond Jewel-Box Spaces.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. June 10, 2014.
Related story:
Save the Frick Collection.” Op-ed. New York Times. June 13, 2014.

“Academy Museum Struggling to Recover.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. June 10, 2014.

Intersection for the Arts at a fiscal crossroads.” By Robert Hurwitt.” San Francisco Chronicle. June 11, 2014.

Arts & Entertainment: Are Museums Selling Out? Luxury brands are increasingly using museum exhibits as marketing tools, raising questions about what is art.” By Ellen Gamerman. Wall Street Journal. June 12, 2014.

Arts & Entertainment: A Dereliction of Duty.” By Timothy Rub. Wall Street Journal. June 11, 2014.

Galaxy of S.F. leaders joins forces to woo George Lucas museum.” By Marisa Lagos. San Francisco Chronicle. June 14, 2014.
Related story:
Los Angeles makes bid for George Lucas museum.” Los Angeles Times. June 14, 2014.

San Jose Rep: What went wrong?” By Karen D’Souza. San Jose Mercury-News. June 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

June 16th, 2014


A Half-Century of Guiding Young Scholars in Harlem.” By David Gonzalez. New York Times. June 9, 2014.


NY Schools: Success Academy Wants 14 New Charter Schools; Eva Moskowitz, the Leader of the School Network, Sparred With Mayor de Blasio in February Over School Space.” By Leslie Brody. Wall Street Journal. June 11, 2014.


Education: D.C. releases new boundaries proposal with emphasis on neighborhood schools.” By Emma Brown. Washington Post. June 12, 2014.


Sports: Face of the N.C.A.A., Battered Early and Often.” By Ben Strauss and Steve Eder. New York Times. June 9, 2014.

Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. June 10, 2014.

The Extra-Curriculum: Undergrads are increasingly looking outside of the classroom for a different kind of education.” By Madeline R. Conway and Steven S. Lee. Harvard Crimson. June 10, 2014.

Capital Campaign: Has HMC Lost Its Edge?” By Christine Y. Cahill and Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. June 11, 2014.

Harvard Management Co. CEO To Step Down: As Harvard’s Chief Money Manager, Mendillo Led Endowment Through Financial Crisis.” By Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. June 11, 2014.
Related story:
Harvard endowment chief Jane Mendillo to leave post.” By Beth Healy. Boston Globe. June 11, 2014.

New Chairman of Board at N.Y.U. Is Announced.” By Ariel Kaminer. New York Times. June 14, 2014.


Catholic Prep School Helps Detroit’s Minority Students Succeed In College.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. June 11, 2014.

NY Schools: Private School Tests in Flux in New York City, Causing Fuss; New Assessment Emerges After Announcement of No Consistent Testing Component.” By Sophia Hollander. Wall Street Journal. June 13, 2014.


Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Coup.” By Diane Ravitch. Huffington Post. June 9, 2014.

Firms boost long-term education investing.” By Lonnie Shekhtman. Boston Globe. June 11, 2014.

Boston schools look outside for money: Private donors targeted to offset budget cuts.” By Meghan E. Irons and James Vaznis. Boston Globe. June 15, 2014.