Gates CEO urges boost for homeless
Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says homeless people have “amazing potential” to become productive citizens and businesses should treat them not as charity cases but as valuable assets, Kristi Heim wrote in a blog in The Seattle Times Sept. 25 (see Gates Foundation story). Raikes’ wants more investment in affordable housing, short-term rent subsidies and needs-assessments for at-risk families.
Federal regulators review charities’ spending
Several charities with links to the Don Stewart Association, a televangelism ministry based in Phoenix, are being reviewed by federal regulators regarding the millions in donations they have received from federal employees, The Arizona Republic reported Sept. 27 (see Don Stewart Association story). A story by the Arizona Republic alleges much of the donations were spent on salaries and gifts to charities run by relatives and friends.
Altria employees donate total of $2.4 million
The employees of Altria tobacco company donated a total of $2.4 million to 90 nonprofits through a fund managed by the company’s employees, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 26 (see Atria giving story). Grants ranged in size from $5,474 to $50,000.
Nonprofits an economic engine for New Jersey
New Jersey’s nonprofit sector is a $69 billion industry with $102 billion in combined assets, Press of Atlantic City reported Sept. 27 (see New Jersey nonprofits story). Nonprofits in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties have assets totaling $4.4 billion and bring in a total of more than $3.6 billion annually.
Michigan nonprofit caucus formed
The Council of Michigan Nonprofits is spearheading the development of a nonprofit caucus for the state, where one in 10 workers are employed by nonprofits, Michigan Radio reported Sept. 28 (see Michigan nonprofit caucus story). The group, based in Lansing, is chaired by two Republicans and two Democrats.
University of Nevada Reno gets $10 million gift
The University of Nevada Reno received a $10 million gift from the William N. Pennington Foundation to build a new health sciences building and expand its nursing and medical programs, The Associated Press reported Sept. 25 (see University of Nevada Reno story).