Charities Still Skeptical of Federal Workplace Drive Revamp

Plans to eliminate cash contributions and centralize administration of the U.S. government’s annual workplace giving campaign continue to raise the ire of charities, but nonprofit leaders say they welcomed an effort by the official in charge of the drive to seek their help in implementing the changes, The Washington Post writes.

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta called nonprofit executives last week to discuss the revamp of the Combined Federal Campaign. “We view this a…

Jewish Centers Beef Up Security After Kans. Shootings

Jewish community centers and synagogues nationwide are enhancing security measures in the wake of Sunday’s shootings at two nonprofit Jewish facilities in the Kansas City suburbs, USA Today reports.

Police have increased patrols around Jewish centers in several cities, and organizations are asking members to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity. More than 400 Jewish leaders took part in a conference call Monday with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI officials, according to …

Two Big Nonprofit Hospitals to Join Forces in Mass.

The boards of Boston’s Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Mass., have tentatively agreed to unite under a new health care system, the latest deal to shake up the region’s fast-changing medical industry, reports The Boston Globe.

The nonprofit hospitals, each of which has more than 400 beds, would continue to operate independently and maintain their own doctor groups. The deal would create an as-yet-unnamed parent organization that could take in additional health-care pro…

Big No-Kill Animal Charity Scraps $45-Million Shelter Plan

Maddie’s Fund, the animal-welfare charity founded by tech mogul Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, with a goal of ending euthanasia of shelter dogs and cats, has dropped plans for a $45-million Bay Area rescue, research, and office complex, San Francisco Business Times writes.

The charity was to open a state-of-the-art, 90,000-square-foot shelter this year in a Pleasanton, Calif., building it purchased for $17-million in 2012 but decided that “[s]pending a lot of money on a model facility did n…

Siemens Donates $660-Million in Software to Mass. Schools

Industrial giant Siemens is announced today a $660-million software gift aimed at helping a dozen Massachusetts technical schools and colleges prepare students for careers in modern manufacturing, writes The Boston Globe.

The institutions will receive licenses to train students on Siemens software used by companies worldwide to design and build a variety of products. “This grant will really assist us in making sure we are providing 21st-century learning for our students,” said Sheila Harrity, pr…

IRS to Rewrite Proposed Rule on Politicking by Nonprofits

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen tells USA Today that the agency is prepared to revise controversial new regulations on permissible political activity by nonprofit groups.

“In all likelihood we will re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment,” Mr. Koskinen said Monday in a video interview with the newspaper. He said the changes will take into account fierce criticism of the proposed regulations from activists and organizations on both left and right.

Speaking …

Unions Target Arnold Grants in Tussle over Pension Policy

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly being caught in the crossfire of a fight over pension reform between labor and public-employee groups and billionaire philanthropist John Arnold, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Government workers’ unions and pension systems are pressing groups such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Brookings Institution to reject grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for research on pension issues. Unions maintain the foundation is seeking support for repla…

Group Fined in Calif. Contribution Case Gets 501(c)(4) Mark

The Internal Revenue Service granted a conservative Arizona organization status as a “social welfare” nonprofit last October, nearly a year after the group was embroiled in a California court fight over campaign-finance violations, reports the Center for Responsive Politics.

Americans for Responsible Leadership, or ARL, acknowledged in a November 2012 settlement with California regulators that it had served as a conduit for money from other groups to flow into two referendum campaigns. ARL and a…

Pittsburgh Foundation Chief Named to Run Heinz Endowments

Turning to a former manager with longtime ties to its founding family, the Heinz Endowments has named Pittsburgh Foundation leader Grant Oliphant as its new president, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mr. Oliphant, 53, is expected to rejoin Heinz in June. He replaces Robert Vagt, who left in January under a cloud of controversy over the Pittsburgh-based philanthropy’s commitment to environmental issues, fueled by grants for research into sustainable methods of natural-gas drilling, or frack…

Seattle Politicians Back Scoutmaster Expelled for Being Gay

Seattle’s mayor and city council have expressed support for the leader of a local Boy Scouts troop who was dismissed last month after officials with the national youth organization learned he was gay, the Associated Press reports.

The Boy Scouts of America revoked Geoff McGrath’s membership last month after NBC News aired a report on his troop in which the scoutmaster mentioned his sexual orientation. The Scouts ended its longstanding ban on openly gay youths last year but continues to bar homos…