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    Michigan Receives $223.9M for Neighborhood Revitalization

    Michigan Receives $223.9M for Neighborhood Revitalization
    DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government awarded Michigan $223.9 million on Thursday to help tear down blighted buildings and revitalize neighborhoods in a dozen cities including Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the money as part of $2 billion in Recovery Act funding to states, local governments and nonprofit housing developers. Michigan's proposal ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Donated space breathes life into nonprofit organizations

    Dec. 14--At a time of economic stress when every dollar is precious, one donation that may not cost a thing is space. For nonprofit organizations that receive a gift of space, the donation can be as precious as money. "It's been a wonderful, wonderful gift for us," said Suzanne Miller-Cormier, director of Central Virginia's Legal Information Network for Cancer, which moved ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Can Newspaper Muckraking Carry On in Nonprofits?

    Can Newspaper Muckraking Carry On in Nonprofits?
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nonprofit groups that specialize in investigative reporting have had some big scoops, cracking the front page of such newspapers as The Washington Post and forcing officials out of their jobs. Now the question is whether these organizations can stay afloat on donations. As financially strapped newspapers have scaled back, charitable foundations have poured tens of millions of ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    More States Require 'Green' Cleaning Products

    More States Require 'Green' Cleaning Products
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- More states are requiring schools and government buildings to use environmentally friendly cleaning products, raising debate about their costs and benefits. After a burst of legislation last year, 10 states including Connecticut, Illinois and New York require or encourage "green" floor waxes, window cleaners and other products in schools, according to Green Seal Inc., a nonprofit that ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    More FEMA Follies

    More than two years after Hurricane Katrina evacuees moved into emergency trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the government admitted that the air inside many of the trailers contained dangerous levels of poisonous formaldehyde. A 79-page report, issued in July by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, documents a series of poor decisions at FEMA, including a ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Wired to Give: Web Tools, Social Media Broaden Philanthropic Reach

    Wired to Give: Web Tools, Social Media Broaden Philanthropic Reach
    TORONTO — Faisal Sethi had long been attuned to social issues, causes and environmental initiatives, but lamented not being more actively involved. Now he is spearheading a web-based effort to support noteworthy organizations and causes, and inviting others sharing the sentiment to do the same. But those looking to jump on board might be surprised that giving back won't require them ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Thousands Feared Dead after Powerful Haiti quake

    Thousands Feared Dead after Powerful Haiti quake
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands - perhaps more than 100,000 - may have perished but there was no firm count. Death was everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Donating talent, time to help nonprofits

    Donating talent, time to help nonprofits
    When Barry Benson started as executive director at Literacy Chicago in 2008, the adult-literacy-training organization was strapped for cash. Benson, who had a background in fundraising, knew he would need the help of volunteers because he couldn't afford more staff. He slashed $180,000 from the nonprofit's roughly $600,000 annual budget by moving to a smaller office, then turned to EPIC (short ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nonprofit scrutiny

    Nonprofit scrutiny
    We are all responsible for deciding which charities we will, and will not, support. But we also need some government help that we aren't getting. McClatchy Newspapers recently reported that a small number of nonprofit organization executives in other areas of the state are paying themselves ridiculously high salaries. And the government agencies that should be catching these parasites aren't doing ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Harvard University Audited as Part of IRS Probe of Nonprofits

    Harvard University Audited as Part of IRS Probe of Nonprofits
    Harvard University is one of 40 colleges that will be audited this year as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s review of the tax-exempt status of some nonprofit organizations, the school said in bond offering documents. The audit “is just now beginning,” the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university said in documents detailing plans to sell $400 million of tax-exempt securities this week. The ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    For the Unemployed, New Job Often Means a Pay Cut

    For the Unemployed, New Job Often Means a Pay Cut
    Unemployed for nearly a year, David Becker was relieved to land a new job in information technology last summer. The offer carried a price, though: It was a lower-rung job than the one Becker had lost. He had to uproot his family from Wisconsin to Nevada. And, like many formerly jobless people who find work these days, Becker is now paid ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    The Participation Problem Solver

    The Obama Administration's Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation is charged with finding, amplifying, and scaling innovative solutions to social issues. The office’s five full time staff members are innovating where they can and asking others to fill in where they can’t. Not quite a year old, the office has written its job description on the fly, figuring out ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    United Nations appeals for nearly $1.5 billion for Haiti

    United Nations appeals for nearly $1.5 billion for Haiti
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations launched a new appeal Thursday for nearly $1.5 billion to help the 3 million Haitians affected by last month's devastating earthquake, its largest appeal ever for a natural disaster. The appeal, covering needs in 2010, is more than double the U.N.'s initial request on Jan. 15 for $562 million to help quake victims ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Utah arts get a jump-start

    Utah arts get a jump-start
    For a nonprofit arts organization only 10 years old, Spy Hop is precocious, if not downright robust, for its age. Rick Wray, executive director who co-founded the multimedia education center for youth, holds court over 17 full-time employees. An estimated $1.4 million annual operating budget sustains programs ranging from a multimedia apprenticeship to youth radio and documentary film projects. In these ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Philanthropy with a Business Model

    Philanthropy with a Business Model
    For social entrepreneur Pamela Hawley, the "season of giving" is about nine months too short. Hawley has been a philanthropist since she was 12, when she got her first startling look at poverty and hunger during a family trip to Mexico. Since then, she has been a volunteer around the world--from soup kitchens and crisis hotlines in the United States to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Verizon Foundation Awarded More Than $67.5 million in Community Grants in 2009 to Support Nonprofit Work

    Verizon Foundation Awarded More Than $67.5 million in Community Grants in 2009 to Support Nonprofit Work
    The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has awarded more than $67.5 million this year to more than 17,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. The majority of giving went to organizations that support education, literacy, domestic violence prevention and Internet safety. This year's grants bring to more than $345 million the total funds the Verizon Foundation has awarded since ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Chicago nursing home wants nonprofit to take over

    Chicago nursing home wants nonprofit to take over
    CHICAGO — The owners of a troubled Chicago nursing home say they want to sell or lease the building to a nonprofit that could run it as a mental illness treatment center — a move quickly criticized by advocates of supportive housing. A nonprofit organization could develop a "state-of-the-art" facility for the treatment of mental illness, Somerset Place administrator Nathan Langsner ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Nonprofit pushes education leadership jobs

    Nonprofit pushes education leadership jobs
    Graduate students working toward degrees in business, law or public policy might find an unusual recruiter at their next job fair. Here's the pitch: Forget about that cushy firm job. Why not work for a public school or an education nonprofit? You don't have to be a teacher or a principal. You could be a business manager or a chief executive. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Foundation linking donors to nonprofits celebrates 31 years

    Foundation linking donors to nonprofits celebrates 31 years
    As an advocate, gatekeeper and a giver, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is celebrating its 31st year helping to connect donors and local charities. The McLean-based foundation started as a way to build philanthropy efforts in Northern Virginia, foundation President Eileen M. Ellsworth said. Since it began, it has donated millions of dollars to area charities and nonprofits. Grants from ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Business Coaching to Urge Nonprofit Organizations to Radically Rethink How they do Business

    Business Coaching to Urge Nonprofit Organizations to Radically Rethink How they do Business
    As the demand for the services offered by non-profits is increasing, the recession is placing severe pressure points on their ability to serve their communities. Brad Sugars, ActionCOACH founder and Chairman And now with the year winding down and moving us closer into the Holidays –the biggest, most critical time for fundraising, nonprofit groups are finding that the money just isn't ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1