Broad Museum in L.A. Now Set for Fall 2015 Opening

The museum billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad is building in downtown Los Angeles to house his collection of contemporary art has staked out the autumn of 2015 for its prospective opening, the Los Angeles Times reports. The institution was initially set to open by the end of this year but construction was delayed by problems creating the building’s complex exterior, which will feature a honeycombed concrete-and-steel facade.

Museum spokesman Karen Denne said no specific date has been set but “…

$20-Million Gift to Seed New Science Building at Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi received a $20-million grant Tuesday from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation to support construction of a multidisciplinary science building, reports The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss. The 200,000-square-foot structure will join 10 other facilities on the Oxford campus’s “Science Row” and marks a significant addition to the university’s effort to build its footprint in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Jackson-based foundation …

GOP Still Sets the Pace in ‘Dark Money’ Nonprofit Spending

While wealthy liberal donors and left-leaning groups have caught up with conservatives in some areas of independent political spending, Republicans continue to dominate among politically active nonprofits that are not required to disclose their donors, according to the Sunlight Foundation. The nonpartisan watchdog group’s analysis of Federal Election Commission filings found that pro-Republican 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations have reported spending $94.6-million on midterm races, more than…

Opinion: Is ‘Big Philanthropy’ Incompatible with Democracy?

A longtime foundation leader offers a lengthy critique of the burgeoning role of “big philanthropy” in driving public policy in an essay for the journal Democracy.

Gara LaMarche, formerly of George Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Atlantic Philanthropies, writes that he long urged foundations to eschew “simple charity” and rather to tackle the root causes of hunger, poverty, and other ills. He says he now has growing doubts “about the legitimacy of philanthropy in its engagement with the de…

Media Report Assails Red Cross Response to 2012 Disasters

The Red Cross botched its emergency response to Hurricane Isaac in August 2012 and Superstorm Sandy two months later, leaving many victims in dire straits as the charity mismanaged volunteers and reportedly diverted vehicles and supplies for photo opportunities, according to a joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR.

The reports cite internal Red Cross documents, emails, and accounts of two “mass care chiefs” who directed work on the ground in detailing problems with the charity’s relief effor…

D.C. Court Blocks Charter School’s Payments to Founder’s Firm

A Washington, D.C., judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring a charter school from paying fees to a management company set up by the institution’s founder, who is facing a city lawsuit over the multimillion-dollar payments, reports The Washington Post. Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz said he believes the city has a strong likelihood of showing at trial that the nonprofit Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School overpaid Kent Amos by about $1-million last year alone…

Phil Collins’ Collection to Be Foundation of Alamo Museum

British rock star Phil Collins has donated one of the world’s leading collections of Alamo artifacts to the Texas historic site, which is building a $100-million center to house the more than 200 vintage weapons and other items, Reuters writes. The singer and drummer, who scored a series of hits in the 1980s with the band Genesis and as a solo artist, turned over the bulk of his collection to state officials Tuesday in San Antonio.

The new museum will be named for Mr. Collins, who said he became…

NYC Drug-Rehab Nonprofit Now Facing Federal Charges

Federal prosecutors filed civil charges Tuesday against a nonprofit network of New York City drug-treatment centers, accusing it of operating a kickback scheme that bilked tens of millions of dollars from Medicaid, Reuters reports. The U.S. case against Narco Freedom comes days after New York State leveled criminal charges against the Bronx-based charity’s executive director, Alan Brand, and his son, Jason Brand, alleging separate fraud schemes.

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office said Narco Fr…

Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is using mobile communication to help stem the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, sending out millions of text messages a month carrying health tips to the country’s residents, NPR reports.

Partnering with a local cellphone provider and the African nation’s government, the global aid network begin the using a software system called TERA (Trilogy Emergency Relief Application) when the outbreak began in April to send alerts on main…

CDC Revises Ebola Protocol but Stops Short of Quarantine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new rules Monday for monitoring people who have had contact with Ebola patients. Officials said the protocol was carefully crafted to avoid discouraging recruitment of badly needed aid workers to tackle the outbreak in West Africa, The New York Times reports. The federal guidelines involve daily health checks and freedom of movement for volunteers and others returning from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia who do not show symptoms of …