Philadelphia Lawyer Donates $50-Million to Drexel Law School

A Philadelphia lawyer is giving $50-million to Drexel University to help bolster its nascent law school’s standing in the ranks of legal education, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. The donation from Thomas R. Kline includes a long-vacant Classical Revival-style Philadelphia building that will house the school’s Institute for Trial Advocacy, which trains litigators planning to focus on courtroom practice, as does the donor.

The gift also includes money for scholarships, new faculty hires, and a…

Second Mile Seeks Court Permission to Sell Pa. Property

The Pennsylvania nonprofit founded by the convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is seeking a court’s OK to sell land once designated for the youth charity’s headquarters, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Second Mile filed a petition Tuesday to sell the 60.7-acre parcel in Centre County, Pa., to a private developer for $1.05-million.

Plans for the new headquarters fell apart in the wake of Mr. Sandusky’s November 2011 arrest and subsequent conviction for sexually abusing adolescent boy…

Southern Cal, Kentucky’s Centre College Get Major Gifts

The Hong Kong property mogul Ronnie Chan and his wife, Barbara, have donated $20-million to the University of Southern California’s division of occupational therapy, USC announced Wednesday. The program will be renamed the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in honor of Mr. Chan’s mother.

The gift will be used to endow a professorship and establish a partnership on occupational-science education between USC and a Chinese university. It follows a $350-million …

Two Senators Craft Bills to Yank NFL’s Nonprofit Status

A Democratic senator said Tuesday that he has introduced legislation to revoke the tax-exempt status of the National Football League and other nonprofit professional sports bodies, while another Democratic lawmaker announced plans to file a measure specifically targeting the NFL, ABC News and Politico report.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s bill would use an estimated $100-million in revenue from stripping leagues’ tax breaks to fund programs to prevent domestic violence. The NFL is embroiled in a…

UK Probes ISIS Hostage’s Charity for Alleged Extremist Ties

British charity regulators are investigating the aid organization that employed Alan Henning, who is being held hostage by the Islamic State terror group, over possible links to jihadist fighters, Bloomberg reports. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Charity Commission said it began monitoring Worcester-based Al-Fatiha Global last year and launched a full probe in March.

There is no indication of wrongdoing by Mr. Henning, who according to The Telegraph was seized in Syria in December while driving an a…

Mich. Nonprofits Rally Against State Rules on Charity Poker

Michigan charities and businesses involved with poker fundraisers demonstrated at the state Capitol in Lansing Tuesday against the state’s imposition of emergency rules tightening oversight of the events, MLive reports. Nonprofit leaders at the rally said the restrictions on so-called millionaire parties put in place July 2 have forced them to cut budgets and curb community projects.

A coalition of nonprofits claimed in a lawsuit filed in late August that the Michigan Gaming Control Board is usi…

Cancer Group Aims to Give Patients Say on Research Agenda

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is spearheading an effort to bring advocates and cancer patients to the table when decisions are made about spending research dollars, reports NPR. The Artemis Project, launched by the coalition three years ago, marks a shift from cancer charities’ typical focus on raising money for research and leaving it to scientific institutions to set priorities.

With a cure remaining elusive, coalition President Fran Visco said the organization decided “that we were goi…

High Expectations Put Pressure on Harvard Endowment Head

The impending departure of Jane Mendillo as CEO of the Harvard Management Company, which manages the university’s $32.7-billion endowment, illustrates the difficulties of overseeing investments for the nation’s richest institution of higher education, writes The New York Times. Ms. Mendillo announced in June that she would leave Harvard’s in-house financial firm at the end of the year.

While Ms. Mendillo is credited with steadying Harvard’s endowment after its value plummeted in 2009, the school’…

Charity Leader Charged With Embezzling Nearly $200,000

The former chief operating officer of a Philadelphia organization serving the homeless was indicted Tuesday on charges that she stole more than $198,000 from the charity, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Federal prosecutors said Erica N. Brown of Glenolden, Pa., used a corporate credit card to drain money from SELF Inc. from 2005 to 2010 and put the money into a variety of personal expenses, including travel, a personal trainer, and clothing purchases.

SELF operates shelters and other faciliti…

Slow Fundraising Start Hobbled Response to Ebola Crisis

Global giving to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa amounted to a trickle in the initial months of the crisis, helping to create the circumstances that now require a rapid infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars, writes The Wall Street Journal. More than 60 percent of the $326.7-million committed by Monday to the Ebola fight has come in since the start of September, according to the Financial Tracking Service, an international aid database managed by the United Nations.

Governments, ma…