Nonprofit news roundup April 14, 2009

Ford Foundation charts new course

As part of a two-year overhaul undertaken by its new leader, Luis A. Ubiñas, the Ford Foundation is redefining its work and objectives, streamlining its operations and putting greater emphasis on showing its impact, The New York Times reported April 14 (see Ford Foundation story). The foundation will focus on eight issues, including
access to education, natural resources and sustainable development.

Arts groups seek stimulus funding

The National Endowment for the Arts has received over 2,000 applications from cultural groups throughout the U.S. seeking funds from the stimulus package earmarked to the arts by President Barack Obama, The New York Times reported April 10 (see arts stimulus story).

College grads eye community organizing

Thanks to election of President Barack Obama, a former community organizer, college graduates are showing more interest in community organizing, a job once seen as a role for leftists committed to low pay, frustration and bitter burnout and now seen as a way to address urgent issues while developing leadership skills, The New York Times reported April 10 (see community organizing story.)

Purdue Endowment falls

The endowment of Purdue University has fallen $476 million in value during the current fiscal year, the Journal & Courier reported April 10 (see college endowment story). The endowments of Purdue and the Purdue Research Foundation fell to $1.22 billion in March, down from totaled $1.7 billion on June 30, 2008.

California bills charity for wildfire

The state of California has billed nearly $3 billion to Carousel Ranch, a charity in Santa Clarita, Calif., for the cost of fighting a 2007 wildfire that investigators say was started by a child near the charity’s property, the Associated Press reported April 10.

Former charity worker indicted

A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted the 68-year-old former vice president of finance of the Columbian Retirement Home, operated by the Knights of Columbus, for transferring nearly $700,000 of charity’s funds to his own accounts, the Associated Press reported.

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