Komen benefits from bra updates on Facebook…

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Komen benefits from bra updates on Facebook

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is benefitting from a Facebook-based movement in which users are updating their Facebook status daily to include the color of the bra they are wearing, The Dallas Morning News reported Jan. 11 (see Komen Facebook story). While Komen did not start the campaign, it hopes the effort will raise awareness of breast cancer.

Goldman aims to prevent vote on pay, foundation says

The Nathan Cummings Foundation, which owns part of Goldman Sachs, says the corporation is asking the SEC to draft a “no action” letter that would omit a compensation review from the upcoming proxy vote, Reuter’s reported Jan. 11 (see Goldman Sachs story). The move is an attempt to “push us off the proxies,” says the foundation, which has opposed excessive pay at Wells Fargo, Apple and Wal-Mart Stores.

D.C.-area nonprofits boost emergency-response preparations

A group of nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. area have joined forces to boost emergency preparedness by developing online templates for nonprofits to use for unexpected events, The Washington Post reported Jan. 11 (see emergency preparedness story). The group includes the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the local United Way affiliate, among several others.

Rhode Island Foundation focuses giving

The Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s largest philanthropy, now will focus its efforts on public education and primary health care, two areas deemed critical for the state’s economic recovery, The Providence Journal reported Jan. 12 (see Rhode Island Foundation story). While it will continue funding in four traditional areas, issues like arts and culture and human services will receive less emphasis.

2009 tough for nonprofit employment in Maryland

While nonprofits in Maryland saw jobs increase 2.7 percent in 2008, employment in the sector likely will be hurt by the rising demand and dwindling resources of 2009, says a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, The Baltimore Sun reported Jan. 12 (see Maryland giving story). More than 10.1 percent of Maryland’s workforce was employed in the nonprofit sector as of the end of 2008.

University of Portland creates MBA in nonprofit management

The Pamplin School of Business Administration at the University of Portland now will offer an executive MBA in nonprofit management, The Portland Business Journal reported Jan. 11 (see Nonprofit MBA story). To encourage local nonprofits to enroll employees, the university will provide grants to students that will reduce tuition by about half.

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