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Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 28, 2009

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Sept. 11 named National Day of Service and Remembrance

President Obama has named Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and is asking Americans to volunteer their time in honor of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported Aug. 27 (see service day story). A national campaign, including a website providing suggestions for service projects, has been launched to encourage participation, with the goal of making Sept. 11, 2011 the largest single day of service in U.S. history.

NEA’s solicitation of pro-Obama art seen as ‘propaganda’

The National Endowment for the Arts is soliciting art that is supportive of President Obama’s policy agenda, including pieces around issues like health care, energy, education and community renewal, J.D. Tuccille wrote in the Civil Liberties Examiner Aug. 27 (see NEA story). The move by the NEA is using government dollars to lure artists into “political advertising,” Tuccille says.

Bill Gates and father together tackle world problems

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who started the behemoth Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, received early philanthropic nudging from his mother and encouragement and assistance from his father, an attorney who now co-chairs the foundation, USA Today reported Aug. 27 (see Bill Gates story). The foundation, started by the senior Gates in his basement, now has over 700 staffers and $30.2 billion in assets.

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