Hewlett Fund Gives $45-Million for Cybersecurity Initiative

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded grants of $15-million each to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley, to develop cybersecurity policies for governments, businesses, and individuals, writes Campus Technology, a news site covering IT and higher education. Each campus will establish a cybersecurity center that brings together experts from diverse fields, including engineering, economics, anthropology, and polit…

Giving to Clinton Foundation Nearly Tripled in 2013

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation reported receiving $144.4-million in contributions and grants last year, up from $51.5-million in 2012, the Associated Press writes. The foundation’s merger with another of former President Bill Clinton’s charities, the Clinton Global Initiative, and its launch of an endowment in 2013 were key factors in the nearly threefold increase, tax records released by the organization show.

Consolidation with the Clinton Global Initiative increased both reven…

New Wash. Gun Law Prompts Museum to Pull Arms From Exhibit

A museum in Washington state said Wednesday that it will remove borrowed World War II-era firearms from an exhibit to comply with a new state measure that requires background checks for all gun transfers, Reuters reports. The Lynden Pioneer Museum said it will return the 11 weapons to their owners to avoid running afoul of the law, which was approved by voters earlier this month and takes effect Dec. 4.

The museum in Lynden, Wash., about 100 miles north of Seattle, had been displaying 11 vintage…

Swiss Museum Nears Agreement on Nazi-Era Art Trove

A museum in Switzerland’s capital could agree as soon as Saturday to a bequest of more than 1,000 works from the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, potentially speeding restitution of pieces to the heirs of Holocaust victims, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sources familiar with the Kunstmuseum Bern board’s discussions say that barring last-minute legal objections it will accept the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, which historians and lawyers have determined contains works looted from European Jews by …

Aid Groups Say Quarantines Are Deterring Ebola Volunteers

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has seen a significant drop-off in the number of health workers enlisting in the fight against Ebola in recent weeks, a decline medical charities attribute in part to the quarantines some states are imposing on volunteers returning from the outbreak zone, NPR reports. USAID said applications to serve in West Africa are down 17 percent since late October, when New York and New Jersey became the first states to implement three-week isolation pe…

Deal on Drugs Yields Billions for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s $150-million investment 15 years ago in a small biotechnology firm to develop new medications for the deadly lung disease has produced a $3.3-billion windfall for the charity, writes The New York Times. The foundation’s sale of royalty rights for drugs resulting from research it funded, to be announced Wednesday, is believed to be the largest financial return ever for a nonprofit pursuing disease treatments.

The foundation’s grants to Vertex Pharmaceuticals helpe…

Ebay Founder Pledges $50-Million to Combat Global Slavery

The philanthropist and billionaire Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar will donate $50-million to combat human slavery around the world, Reuters reports.

Randy Newcomb, chief executive of Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation established by Mr. Omidyar and his wife Pam Omidyar in 2005, announced the commitment at a conference in London. Humanity United played a central role in the creation of the Freedom Fund, supported by private donors and dedicated to raising and deploying at least $100-million to…

Sharpton-Led Nonprofit Tied Up in Tax Troubles

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network failed for years to pay federal payroll taxes on its employees, The New York Times writes in an article detailing the tax and financial problems that have accompanied the civil rights activist’s rise to national political prominence.

Mr. Sharpton, who has close relationships with President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, has more than $4.5-million in current federal and state tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. The nonprofi…

Woodruff Foundation Pledges $20-Million to Atlanta’s Zoo

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has offered a $20-million matching gift to support a planned transformation of Zoo Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The foundation will match funds raised separately up to that amount, with proceeds going to a new special events center and reworkings of the zoo’s entrance and African savanna exhibit.

The project is fueled by city plans to move the Cyclorama, a monumental painting, from the building adjacent to the zoo where it has been exhibite…

Ex-Official at Medical Charity Accused of $1.8-Million Theft

A former financial officer at a New York-based nonprofit that supports research into genetic illnesses was arrested Monday night on suspicion of embezzling more than $1.8-million from the organization, reports The New York Times. Karen Alameddine served for more than eight years as controller of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, exercising primary responsibility for paying the charity’s bills and delivering grant funds for medical studies.

A federal criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleges M…