Category Archives: News-updates

Justice Dept. Seeks to Shield Anti-Iran Nonprofit’s Files

The Obama administration has gone to court to prevent disclosure of files from an influential advocacy group that takes a hard-line stance on hobbling Iran’s nuclear program, The New York Times writes.

The Justice Department temporarily blocked United Against Nuclear Iran from having to identify donors and reveal other internal records in connection with a defamation case. Victor Restis, a Greek shipping tycoon, sued the nonprofit after it accused him of doing business with Iran in violation of …

Comcast Largesse Goes to Lawmakers’ Charitable Causes

Telecommunications giant Comcast has spread its philanthropy to organizations and causes favored by several members of Congress as its seeks approval for a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

According to lobbying disclosures, Comcast has donated $1.64-million in the last two years to nonprofits affiliated with legislators or executive-branch officials, more than rivals Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner combined. Charities and congressional caucuses linked to m…

Departing Ind. Charity Head Drew Heat for Stockpiling Assets

The president and CEO of a northern Indiana grant maker is stepping down after a decades-long career that saw him draw praise for funding a wide range of local charities and criticism for not doling out more as his organization’s coffers swelled to $358-million, writes the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

John Walling has announced he will leave North Central Health Services in West Lafayette, Ind., by the end of the year. Because NCHS, as it is known, offers medical services through a local psychia…

Md. Woman Gets 46 Months in $5-Million Theft From Charity

A former administrative assistant for the nonprofit network of medical schools that operates the MCAT admissions test was sentenced to 46 months in prison Friday for embezzling $5.1-million from the organization, The Washington Post reports.

Ephonia Green, 44, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty in November to serially stealing from the Association of American Medical Colleges from 2005 to 2013. According to court files, Ms. Green created phony invoices with names that closely resembled those…

Chinese Tycoons Criticized at Home for Harvard Donation

Real estate billionaires Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin are drawing fire on Chinese social media for giving $15-million to Harvard University as part of a $100-million fund to support scholarships for disadvantaged Chinese students at elite schools worldwide, Agence France-Presse and Forbes report.

Critics took to Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, to blast the husband-and-wife founders of property firm SOHO China for not focusing their education giving on students in their home country. Ao…

Canada’s Tax Office: ‘Preventing’ Poverty Not Charity Work

In another sign of tension between Canada’s government and its nonprofit sector, the country’s tax agency held up a noted aid group’s application to renew its charity status because its stated mission included preventing as well as relieving poverty, according to the Canadian Press.

The Canada Revenue Agency told Oxfam Canada that “preventing poverty” is not an acceptable charitable purpose because it “could mean providing for a class of beneficiaries that are not poor.” The charity dropped the …

Paul Ryan Introduces New Anti-Poverty Plan

Rep. Paul D. Ryan introduced a new anti-poverty plan that would merge dozens of existing programs into an “Opportunity Grant,” shifting the bulk of the work to combat poverty to the states, The New York Times reports.

Under the former vice presidential candidate’s proposal, states would receive funding structured similarly to block grants and have the flexibility to spend on anti-poverty programs of their choice. Total federal outlays—currently about $800-billion for programs like food stamps …

Senate Contender Puts Down Opponent’s Nonprofit Background

A Georgia Republican Senate candidate took a swipe at his opponent’s credentials as a longtime nonprofit professional, the Huffington Post reports.

David Perdue won the Republican primary earlier this week and now faces Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn in the general election in November. Ms. Nunn is the former head of Points of Light, an organization founded under former President George H.W. Bush that coordinates and connects volunteers and causes.

“Now you’ve got two outsiders talking about…

NYC Taps Cultural Institutions to Promote New ID Cards

The New York City Mayor’s Office is turning to major cultural institutions to help create incentives around a new municipal identification card, The New York Times reports.

Mayor Bill De Blasio’s cultural affairs commissioner reached out to arts executives about offering benefits such as memberships or discounted tickets to card holders. All of the contacted parties are members of the Cultural Institutions Group, which includes the Met Museum, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and others.

New…

Gehry Architecture Firm to Design L.A. Social-Service Facility

Gehry Partners, the namesake firm of legendary architect Frank Gehry, has been hired to design facilities for a nonprofit social-service provider in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Children’s Institute, Inc., which offers youth and education programs and family support and clinical services, will make a new home on a 2-acre lot in Watts, an area better known for grim-looking public housing projects than landmark architecture. It has budgeted about $22-million for construction.