Poll: Most Voters Back Tight Rules on Nonprofit Politicking

More than eight in 10 voters favor stronger regulation of political activity by nonprofit organizations, according to a new survey done for the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen and the conservative Hudson Institute, The Hill reports.

Eighty-six percent of respondents said it is important to have clear rules on nonprofit politicking in place, and 80 percent believe donors and political operatives take advantage of blurry lines in current regulations. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Joh…

New Mozilla Fellowship Steers Tech Geeks to Nonprofit Work

Mozilla, the nonprofit maker of the Firefox Web browser, is teaming up with the Ford Foundation on a fellowship program to boost the number of young engineers going to work for nonprofits and in government, The Washington Post writes. The project is starting with a $4-million budget and plans to hire five fellows who will work for public-interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International.

Research by Mozilla and the foundation show only 10 percent of computer sc…

Dole Head Pledges $15-Million a Year to N.C. Research Center

Billionaire David Murdock, chairman of Dole Food, said Tuesday that he will make an annual $15-million gift “in perpetuity” to support a center for nutrition science he founded in Kannapolis, N.C., writes the Charlotte Observer. The yearly endowed donation will help maintain the North Carolina Research Campus, where researchers from universities and food companies study issues related to health and diet.

A devotee of healthy eating who says a diet of fruits, vegetables, and nuts keeps him in top…

Atlanta Symphony Chief Steps Down Amid Labor Battle

The president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra resigned Monday in what he termed a bid to break the logjam in the organization’s negotiations with its locked-out musicians, ArtsATL writes. Stanley Romanstein’s departure took effect immediately, and the symphony named Terry Neal, a board member and retired Coca-Cola executive, as interim leader.

“I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians,” Mr. R…

S.F. Charity Head Under Fire for Blog Posts on Sex, Faith

San Francisco officials are calling for the leader of a venerable and largely government-funded family services charity to step down over posts on his personal blog that feature sexually explicit photos and self-described “twisted theology,” television station KPIX and SFist write.

The flap erupted after Bob Bennett, president and CEO of the Felton Institute Family Services Agency of San Francisco, invited board and staff members to read his blog, which includes posts comparing human and animal …

Donor’s Oil Ties Complicate Energy Debate for Jewish Groups

The Jewish Daily Forward looks at the complexities of the debate over divestment from fossil fuels for Jewish nonprofits, many of which have taken public stances on climate change and alternative energy but also receive extensive support from a family whose wealth is built on oil and gas.

The $2-billion Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is the largest family philanthropy devoted to Jewish causes, supporting a wide range of educational, environmental, and social-justice groups. It is…

Minn. Nonprofit Shuts Down After Offices Raided by State

A Minneapolis social-service charity accused in a recent state audit of misspending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars abruptly closed its doors Friday after state officials raided its downtown office, seizing financial records and computer hardware, the Star Tribune reports.

The search and shutdown capped a dramatic week that saw several high-profile local politicians quit seats on Community Action of Minneapolis’ board after the newspaper reported on auditors’ allegations that Community…

Foundations Assemble Deal to Save August Wilson Center

Major Pittsburgh philanthropies and local officials hammered out an eleventh-hour agreement Monday to rescue the August Wilson Center for African American Culture just as a trial was set to begin on the fate of the financially embattled arts venue, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A new entity formed by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Richard King Mellon Foundation will buy the downtown building for $8.49-million, with city and Allegheny County agencies, and possibly …

Ga. Health System Gets $30-Million for Expansion

Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus’ foundation has donated $30-million to Atlanta’s Grady Health System to improve its emergency facilities and its outpatient center for stroke patients, the Albany Herald of Georgia reports.

Two-thirds of the gift from the Marcus Foundation will go toward Grady’s new emergency department, expected to be completed in 2016. The rest will finance renovations to the hospital’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, which was established in 2009 with a $20-million gift…

Turkish Mogul Gives $24-Million to Harvard Health School

Murat Ülker, the billionaire head of Turkish food conglomerate Yildiz Holding, has donated $24-million for a new research center at Harvard University’s School of Public Health to study chronic metabolic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, campus newspaper the The Harvard Crimson reports.

The gift establishes the Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic, and Metabolic Research, named for the donor’s father, who founded Yildiz. The new center will be led by Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, a p…