76 Fake Charities Shared a Mailbox. The I.R.S. Kept Approving More.

The tax agency is the gatekeeper for America’s charity system, but reduced vetting has opened the door to scams.

#american-cancer-society, #federal-taxes-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #ian-hosang, #internal-revenue-service, #nonprofit-organizations

Baltimore Banner, a News Start-Up, Aims to Challenge The Sun

The internet has pretty much killed local news wars. The Baltimore Banner, a nonprofit start-up, is trying to change that by taking on The Baltimore Sun.

#alden-global-capital, #bainum-stewart-jr, #baltimore-md, #baltimore-sun, #fenton-justin, #imtiaz-patel, #kimi-yoshino, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #the-baltimore-banner, #tribune-publishing-company

Democrats Are Having a Purity Test Problem at Exactly the Wrong Time

“It has become too easy for people to conflate disagreements about issues with matters of identity,” one nonprofit official says.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-party, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

The Billionaires Behind a Push to Reinvigorate U.S. Chip-Making

A group that includes Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel isn’t simply funding the effort itself: It wants American taxpayers to help foot the bill.

#americas-frontier-fund, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #innovation, #intel-corporation, #nonprofit-organizations, #samsung-group, #schmidt-eric-e, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #thiel-peter-a, #venture-capital

As Border Crossings Soar, Biden Relies on Shelters to Manage Influx

With 8,200 crossings daily, an informal pipeline of shelters and other way stations to house and feed migrants has become central to the government’s response plan.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #el-paso-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #sacred-heart-catholic-church-el-paso-tex, #volunteers-and-community-service

Trump Settles Suit Over Payments to Hotel for 2017 Inauguration

The lawsuit brought by the attorney general in Washington, D.C., claimed that the Trump hotel accepted excessive payments from the inaugural committee.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #inaugurations, #nonprofit-organizations, #racine-karl-a, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

Texas’ Busing of Migrants to D.C. Isn’t Having Abbott’s Intended Effect Yet

The plan, meant to rattle President Biden, fits into his strategy for addressing record numbers of border crossings. The migrants said they were grateful for the chartered bus ride.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buses, #central-american-resource-center-carecen, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #nonprofit-organizations, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service, #washington-dc

Crime Stoppers of Houston Takes a Partisan Turn

Crime Stoppers of Houston built its reputation on a successful tip line. Then it decided to take on Democratic judges.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-stoppers-usa, #criminal-justice, #houston-tex, #nonprofit-organizations, #ogg-kim, #philanthropy, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #center-for-technology-and-civic-life, #chan-priscilla, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

These Artists’ Hunt for Studio Space Ended at the World Trade Center

Silver Art Projects, in its third year at 4 World Trade Center, is one of the programs that provide emerging New York artists with free studio space. Now it is adding an executive director.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #hatfield-john, #nonprofit-organizations, #silver-art-projects-nonprofit, #silverstein-properties, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

MacKenzie Scott Tallies Her Donations So Far: $12 Billion to 1,257 Groups

The philanthropist announced new donations to Ukraine aid and Planned Parenthood, and said she would soon debut a database of all her giving.

#habitat-for-humanity, #madre, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scott-mackenzie

Tree Planting Is Booming. Here’s How That Could Help, or Harm, the Planet.

Reforestation can fight climate change, uplift communities and restore biodiversity. When done badly, though, it can speed extinctions and make nature less resilient.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #carbon-dioxide, #chazdon-robin-l, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #trees-and-shrubs

As a Crisis Hotline Grows, So Do Fears It Won’t Be Ready

Envisioned as the 911 for mental health, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will soon be 988, with more services for more callers. But it’s already straining to meet demand.

#emergency-telephone-numbers, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-suicide-prevention-lifeline, #nonprofit-organizations, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Fraud Investigation in Food Aid Puts Focus on Role of Nonprofits

The F.B.I. is investigating what it called a “massive fraud scheme” in the Minneapolis area as the government cracks down on misuse of pandemic assistance.

#advance-youth-athletic-development, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #feeding-our-future, #food, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #nonprofit-organizations, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Flea Theater, Experimenting Again, Walks a New Tightrope

Back from the brink of extinction, the Off Off Broadway fixture is testing a new structure that gives artists the autonomy they demanded.

#bats-the-theater-co, #born-peter, #flea-theater, #hendryx-nona, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #okpokwasili-okwui, #ostrow-carol, #scraps-play, #simpson-jim, #smith-niegel, #theater, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #weems-carrie-mae

In Detroit, a Bet That Healthy Restaurants Can Help the City

For years, a coalition of groups has supported food businesses, seeing them as critical to the city’s continuing recovery. The pandemic has put its accomplishments to the test.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-people, #detroit-mich, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #immigration-and-emigration, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #restaurants

Shelter Operator Cited for Nepotism Still Gets Millions in City Funds

New York officials found misspending by African American Planning Commission, which runs homeless shelters, but public money continued to flow.

#african-american-planning-commission, #conflicts-of-interest, #department-of-social-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations

Tonga Is Receiving ‘Contactless’ Aid. There are Pros and Cons.

Covid-era travel restrictions have mostly prevented expatriate aid workers from flying into Pacific island nations after natural disasters. The results are mixed.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nonprofit-organizations, #save-the-children, #tonga, #united-nations, #vanuatu

Victor Rivera, N.Y. Shelter Operator, Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera’s guilty plea followed a Times investigation that revealed allegations of sexual abuse and financial misdeeds at his nonprofit organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #strauss-audrey-attorney

In Vermont, a Town Saved a Mountain, and a Mountain Saved a Town

After the Ascutney ski resort in Vermont closed because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement, it threatened to take with it the nearby town of West Windsor. The community took the situation into its own hands.

#alpine-skiing, #global-warming, #nonprofit-organizations, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #trust-for-public-land, #vermont

Millions Have Lost a Step Into the Middle Class, Researchers Say

The new figure points to the challenge for the majority of Americans who do not have a four-year college degree.

#accenture-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #opportunitywork, #shortages, #vocational-training, #wages-and-salaries

A Giving Guide

Many people think about charitable giving this time of year. We put together a guide.

#givewell, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

The 2021 Good Tech Awards

This year, technology companies stepped up on housing and criminal justice — with a dash of whistle-blowers mixed in.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #3-d-printers, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #haugen-frances, #meat, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #start-ups, #whistle-blowers

Franklin A. Thomas, Pathbreaking Ford Foundation President, Dies at 87

He rose from working-class Brooklyn to become the first Black person to run a major American philanthropic organization.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #bedford-stuyvesant-restoration-corporation, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #ford-foundation, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #thomas-franklin-a

As Workers Gain Pay Leverage, Nonprofits Can’t Keep Up

Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #nonprofit-organizations, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

To Open Homeless Shelters, N.Y.C. Relied on Landlord With Checkered History

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to revamp the homeless shelter system, but some of the main players have not changed.

#buildings-structures, #daniel-rabinowitz, #david-levitan, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-social-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #landlords, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shimmie-horn

It’s Been a Hard Year. These 3 Charities Could Use Your Help.

The world needs an outpouring of generosity.

#gifts, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #polaris-project, #poverty, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Donating to Environmental Nonprofits in the South

Our collective efforts can make a huge difference.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #nonprofit-organizations, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

Elon Musk’s Latest Innovation: Troll Philanthropy

Some very wealthy people give their money away in an attempt to burnish their reputations. Not the Tesla C.E.O.

#bezos-earth-fund, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #gates-bill, #high-net-worth-individuals, #musk-elon, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #soskis-benjamin, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tesla-motors-inc

Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Do these shelters help those living on the streets or just offer political cover?

#california, #chico-calif, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #los-angeles-calif, #nonprofit-organizations, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #tiny-home

Maya Lin’s Dismantled ‘Ghost Forest’ to Be Reborn as Boats

Teenagers are making boats using the wood from her grove installation at Madison Square Park, and the artist is happy that the work is seeing a new life.

#art, #boats-and-boating, #ghost-forest-exhibit, #global-warming, #green-adam, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #lin-maya, #madison-square-park-conservancy, #nonprofit-organizations, #rocking-the-boat, #trees-and-shrubs, #wood-and-wood-products

Jake Wood Was Once a Warrior, Then a Nonprofit Leader. Now He’s an Entrepreneur.

Jake Wood was a Marine sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he works in the philanthropic sector and is “leading with love.”

#afghanistan-war-2001, #content-type-personal-profile, #entrepreneurship, #executives-and-management-theory, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #united-states-marine-corps

N.Y.C. Severs Ties With Housing Nonprofit Run by Jack A. Brown III

The city will no longer work with CORE Services Group, the nonprofit run by Jack A. Brown to provide housing and services to the homeless.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #wages-and-salaries

Broadway Play “Clyde’s” Will Be Livestreamed

The digital experimentation born of the pandemic shutdown is continuing: the final 16 performances of Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” will be streamed, for $59.

#broadwayhd, #clydes-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nonprofit-organizations, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #second-stage-theater, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

How to Feed the Hungry While Helping Struggling Restaurants Survive

A New Jersey program that partners nonprofit organizations with restaurants is helping people and small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

#community-food-bank-of-new-jersey, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #new-jersey, #nonprofit-organizations, #restaurants

The Consulting Firm Billionaires Turn to When They Give Away Money

A little-known organization called the Bridgespan Group is guiding the philanthropic choices of many leading donors, including MacKenzie Scott.

#asian-american-foundation, #bainco, #bridgespan-group, #consultants, #high-net-worth-individuals, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

Marshall Project Founder Neil Barsky Is Stepping Down

A former hedge fund manager, Mr. Barsky led the nonprofit news organization to two Pulitzer Prizes in seven years.

#barsky-neil, #chira-susan, #hedge-funds, #marshall-project-the, #news-and-news-media, #nonprofit-organizations, #pulitzer-prizes, #simons-elizabeth-d-1960

Ozy Shows That Serious Black Media Needs a New Business Model

Advertisers want to say they support Black-run media, but they’re terrified of serious topics.

#advertising-and-marketing, #black-people, #news-and-news-media, #nonprofit-organizations, #ozy-media-inc, #race-and-ethnicity, #watson-carlos-1969

‘It’s Like Kismet’: How a Long-Empty Building Found the Perfect Tenant

This old, triangular clinic was created to serve the poor and infirm. God’s Love We Deliver was up to the task.

#delivery-services, #gods-love-we-deliver, #gottlieb-william-real-estate, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #west-village-manhattan-ny

Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past

Some executives at nonprofit groups that operate New York City homeless shelters are benefiting from the plight of the people they serve.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #rivera-victor-m-1960

Global Supply Shortages Reach All the Way to a Haitian Aid Group

Continuing disruption to factory production and bottlenecks in shipping are leaving nonprofit groups short of goods for vulnerable communities worldwide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #second-harvest, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries

George Soros Is Making Changes at His Foundation While He Still Can

The result is a painful restructuring to focus on the fight against rising authoritarianism around the world.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #brown-mark-malloch, #content-type-personal-profile, #gaspard-patrick, #hungary, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nonprofit-organizations, #open-society-foundations, #orban-viktor, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #soros-alexander, #soros-george

Afghanistan Aid Workers Tread a Tricky Path Under Taliban Rule

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

Aid Workers Staying in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Tread a Tricky Path

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

A Slow Burn Through All the Highs and Lows

Dan Barasch and Robert Hammond, a founder and the executive director of the High Line, met when Mr. Barasch asked Mr. Hammond’s advice on how to launch the Lowline, Manhattan’s first underground park.

#friends-of-the-high-line, #nonprofit-organizations, #weddings-and-engagements

Virus Fears Prompt a Major New York Theater to Postpone Its Return

As the Delta variant spreads, Signature Theater delayed its planned October opening of “Infinite Life,” a new play by Annie Baker.

#art, #baker-annie, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nonprofit-organizations, #pass-over-play, #signature-center, #signature-theater-co, #smith-anna-deavere, #springsteen-on-broadway-play, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #twilight-los-angeles-1992-play, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Not at Opus 40.

The scenic vistas of this landscape art and the legacy of its creator, Harvey Fite, are being challenged by a persistent feud and a big fence.

#fences-and-property-barriers, #harvey-fite, #nonprofit-organizations, #opus-40-exhibit, #quarries, #rock-and-stone, #saugerties-ny, #sculpture, #suits-and-litigation-civil

When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

An ambitious news site, The New Bedford Light, has sprung up in an old New England whaling town to fill a void in coverage.

#barbara-roessner, #gannett-company-inc, #jon-mitchell, #moby-dick-book, #new-bedford-mass, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #nonprofit-organizations, #standard-times, #the-new-bedford-light

George Stranahan, Benefactor of Physicists and Bar Flies, Dies at 89

A venturesome millionaire, he forged an only-in-America career in fields ranging from craft beer to free speech activism to scientific research.

#alcoholic-beverages, #aspen-colo, #aspen-center-for-physics, #bars-and-nightclubs, #beer, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #nonprofit-organizations, #physics, #stranahan-george-1931-2021

MacKenzie Scott Announces $2.74 Billion in New Grants

Ms. Scott’s wealth has continued to grow thanks to Amazon’s soaring stock price. Forbes estimates her net worth at roughly $60 billion.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #finances, #high-net-worth-individuals, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie