Nonprofit news roundup for July 30, 2009

Gubernatorial hopeful raises almost $10 million for ‘pet’ charities

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has raised almost $10 million in gifts for charities he favors, some of it from interests he oversees, including utilities, casinos and health-care operations, The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 29 (see Jerry Brown story). Most of those were “behested” payments, or contributions made in the name of Brown, who is expected to run for governor in the next election.

Former Tides Foundation employee pleads guilty to theft

Jason Ramon Sanders, former philanthropic advisor for the Tides Foundation, pleaded guilty to a stealing $132,600 from the funder between the years of 2005 and 2008, The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 29 (see Tides Foundation story). He will be sentenced Aug. 26.

Recession may take toll on needy kids, report says

In the years leading up the recession, the health and well-being of some of America’s children was declining, a situation that may worsen with the economic meltdown, says the Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Washington Post reported July 28 (see Kids Count story). Even before the recession hit, teen pregnancies had begun to rise and the rate of children living in poverty was up.

Budget woes may force closure of scores of California parks

With another $6.2 million shaved from the budget of the California state parks system, parks officials and nonprofits are working to raise money to keep open as many as 100 parks and beaches that may have to close, The Los Angeles Times reported July 30 (see California parks story). Only about 13 of California’s 279 parks and beaches are financially self sustaining.

Fordham raises record $71.9 million

Despite the recession, Fordham University raised a record $71.9 million during fiscal 2009, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal 2008, Crain’s New York Business reported July 28 (see Fordham story). The school is conducting a $500 million fundraising campaign and has raised $277.9 million as of July 1.

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