Wage Push for Disabled Worries Charities and Splits Activists

Federal efforts to dismantle regulations allowing employers to pay sub-minimum wages to disabled people are dividing disability advocates, with some arguing for greater pay equity and others raising concerns that higher labor costs will force layoffs at the charities that provide most such jobs, Bloomberg reports.

As of Jan. 1, federal contractors, including hundreds of nonprofits that employ disabled adults, will be required to pay all staffers at least $10.10 an hour. Under current law, employ…

Munger Says His Gift to UCSB Worth Near $65-Million

Billionaire Berkshire Hathaway executive Charles Munger has donated $65-million in company stock to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, The New York Times and campus newspaper The Daily Nexus report. The gift, to be formally announced Friday, will support construction of a residence hall for physicists who come to the institute from around the world to share ideas and discuss developments in the field.

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the …

Judge Rejects Mass. Suit on Nonprofits’ Foreclosed-Home Sales

A U.S. District judge has dismissed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s lawsuit challenging the refusal of federal mortgage agencies to sell foreclosed homes to nonprofits that want to return them to the previous owners, reports The Boston Globe.

Judge Richard G. Stearns issued a ruling Tuesday on the case, which became national news when Ms. Coakley brought it in June and briefly roiled the Massachusetts governor’s race, in which she is the Democratic candidate.

In an article last w…

Tax Snafu Could Cost Richmond, Va., Theater Group $1.75-Million

A Richmond, Va., performing-arts organization is asking the city for a $1.75-million infusion to pay an unexpected tax bill arising from its use of a dedicated for-profit entity on renovation projects, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond Performing Arts Center said it anticipates getting the bills next year on the city-owned Altria Theater and Richmond CenterStage.

The center, which operates the two venues, created a business called RPAC Inc. to take advantage of historic tax credits f…

Fidelity Charitable Sees Spike in Donations to Fight Ebola

Donor-advised fund Fidelity Charitable, the country’s second-largest charity, has seen gifts earmarked to tackle the Ebola outbreak more than quadruple this month, reports The Boston Globe. The charity arm of Boston-based Fidelity Investments said clients have directed some $3-million toward initiatives to combat the virus in the past three weeks as awareness of the epidemic grew and high-profile donors such as Mark Zuckerberg announced major contributions.

Fidelity customers began making Ebola …

Fla. Builder Gives $50-Million to U. of Miami Health System

The charitable foundation of South Florida homebuilder Lennar Corporation has donated $50-million to UHealth, the University of Miami’s medical network, to construct a new outpatient center in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald writes. The contribution was announced Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the 200,000-square-foot facility, to be called the Lennar Foundation Medical Center and slated for completion in 2016.

Miami-based Lennar is led by Stuart Miller, who chairs the university’s …

Cycling Officials Say Armstrong Can’t Ride in Charity Event

Cycling’s American governing body said Thursday that Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban from the sport for serial doping prevents him from participating as planned in a charity bike ride in South Carolina this weekend, Velo News and Bloomberg report. USA Cycling said the Gran Fondo Hincapie is an “authorized activity” under its rules and thus out of bounds for Mr. Armstrong.

The noncompetitive charity ride was to have reunited Mr. Armstrong with several of his former U.S. Postal Service teammates, i…

Teach for America Veterans Find a Welcome at Google

Education nonprofit Teach for America has become something of a pipeline to work at Google, Business Insider writes. The tech giant employs more than 100 veterans of the teacher-training program, which sends recent college graduates into low-income urban and rural school districts to teach for two years.

Google has a partnership with Teach for America that allows prospective hires to defer joining the firm to complete their teaching stint. “TFA graduates have to coach their students in an enviro…

Anti-Doping Body: Charity Ride Might Violate Armstrong Ban

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is investigating whether Lance Armstrong’s planned participation in a charity bike ride in South Carolina this weekend would violate the disgraced cyclist’s lifetime ban, Bloomberg writes. Mr. Armstrong is scheduled to take part in the Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, S.C., at the invitation of George Hincapie, his former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service cycling squad.

The anti-doping body’s October 2012 report on Mr. Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing subs…

Opinion: Boston Globe Blew It on Attorney General’s Suit Aiding Charity

A Boston magazine editor takes The Boston Globe to task for an article the daily published last week that he says misleadingly linked a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and a housing nonprofit headed by one of her financial backers.

The June suit challenges federal mortgage agencies’ refusal to sell foreclosed homes to nonprofits that want to return them to the original owners. One such group, Boston Community Capital, is led by Elyse Che…