U.S. Diplomats and Soldiers Warned Off ‘Ice-Bucket Challenge’

The State and Defense departments and the House of Representatives have barred diplomats, the armed forces, and lawmakers, respectively, from participating in the “ice-bucket challenge” to raise money to combat the neural disease ALS, The Washington Post writes, citing reporting by the Associated Press, Military Times, and Politico.

House members and staff at U.S. embassies were told that, however worthy the cause, taking part in the public ice-water dousing that has spread virally online in rec…

Texas Panel Eyes Disclosure Rules for Nonprofit Politicking

The Texas Ethics Commission has drawn up draft regulations that would require nonprofits to identify their donors if they devote at least a quarter of their spending to political activities, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The proposal, unveiled Thursday, would also mandate disclosure if more than 25 percent of contributions to a group are deemed political.

The rules aim to define when politicking becomes a nonprofit’s “principal purpose” and such groups should be treated as political-acti…

Microsoft Quits Conservative Lawmakers’ Group ALEC

Microsoft has left the American Legislative Exchange Council in what a coalition of activist investor groups said this week was a dispute over the conservative advocacy network’s opposition to renewable energy, Bloomberg writes. The Sustainability Group and Walden Asset Management, which focus on sustainable investing, have pressed the tech giant to abandon the nonprofit council, known as ALEC.

Microsoft, which had been a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force, confirmed to Bl…

Calif. Governor Seeks $3-Million for Migrant Kids’ Legal Aid

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3-million in legal help for unaccompanied minors flowing into the country from Central America, reports the Los Angeles Times. If approved, the legislation would steer state funds to nonprofit groups to represent children facing deportation.

Pro bono lawyers who specialize in immigration say they have been overwhelmed by demand amid the surge in migrant arrivals. Mr. Brown described the proposal, which drew quick support from …

$30-Million Gift Boosts Plan for Honors Dorm at USC

A $30-million donation from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation will support construction of a residence hall for incoming honors students at the University of Southern California, City News Service and the Del Mar Times report. The housing for up to 600 freshman honors students will be part of USC Village, a campus residence complex set to open in 2017.

The Los Angeles-based foundation was established in 1952 by Thomas Leavey, co-founder of Farmers Insurance, and his wife, Dorothy. It is c…

Sanford Health Commits $30-Million for New Ghana Clinics

Nonprofit medical network Sanford Health announced plans this week to spend $30-million to build hundreds of clinics in Ghana over the next six years, exponentially boosting its presence in the West African nation, report the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader and the Daily Globe of southwestern Minnesota.

The Sioux Falls-based health system has opened five clinics in Ghana since 2012 and broke ground Wednesday on a sixth. The group’s agreement with the country’s Health Ministry envisions 300 facil…

Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President

The flood of “ice-bucket challenge” donations to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease reached a new crest Wednesday as the ALS Association reported taking in $8.6-million over a 24-hour period, Time writes.

The huge one-day leap in giving brought the charity’s total collections since July 29 to $31.5-million, more than 16 times its take in the same period last year. Among those taking the plunge was former President George W. Bush, who challenged predecessor Bill Clinton to do the same, reports USA Today.

Bain Capital Buys 50% Stake in Toms Shoes

Private-equity firm Bain Capital has purchased half of Toms Shoes in a move aimed at speeding growth of the social enterprise that pioneered a model of for-profit philanthropy with its giveaway of a pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair sold, Bloomberg and The New York Times write.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the sale, which was announced Wednesday after being initially reported by Reuters, but sources familiar with the deal said it values Toms at $625-million. Blake…

Walton Fund Pledges $300-Million to Ark. and Miss. Projects

The Walton Family Foundation will significantly increase grant making in what it considers its home turf, committing $302-million over the next six years to educational, cultural, and other programs in northwestern Arkansas and the Arkansas and Mississippi deltas, Northwest Arkansas Online reports.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based foundation built on the Walmart retail fortune will spend $42-million to $50-million annually in the target zones through 2020, not counting statewide education efforts, sa…

N.Y. Charity Seeks Big Donors to Cover Meal Deliveries to Neighborhoods

A New York City nonprofit that takes meals to homebound elderly people has started an unusual fundraising program in which individual contributors can sponsor deliveries in a specific area, writes The New York Times.

The first big giver participating in the Citymeals-on-Wheels Guardians program, launched this spring, is investment mogul Leon G. Cooperman, who committed $183,000 to pay for a year’s worth of meals for 850 people in the South Bronx, where he grew up.

Citymeals-on-Wheels said it has…