Orange Bowl rapped for ‘junket’
Two Atlantic Coast Conference officials, three athletics directors from North Carolina and their wives were invited to a complimentary three-night cruise hosted by the Orange Bowl Committee, a public charity that directs the Orange Bowl football game, the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., reported Jan. 7 (see Orange Bowl ‘junket’ story). The committee and the ACC say the event was a business trip, while a political action committee that wants to see the Bowl Championship Series replaced with a playoff system says the event was a “junket” that violated IRS rules on nonprofits.
New Connecticut governor names nonprofit advocate
Connecticut’s incoming governor has named a state legislator to a newly created position in his administration to advocate for nonprofits, The Hartford Courant reported Dec. 4 (see nonprofit advocate story).
Comcast acquisition of NBC could stimulate nonprofit news groups
Comcast, in its plans to acquire NBC, says it will form partnerships between news nonprofits and at least five of the 10 NBC television stations owned by NBC Universal, a move that could spur the growth of nonprofit news groups, The New York Times reported Dec. 30 (see nonprofit news story).
Huge gift underscores slow pace of philanthropy in India
A $2 billion gift by charity gift by a high-tech tycoon in India has focused a harsh light on the philanthropic track record of India’s established and emerging billionaires, AFP reported Dec. 29 (see India philanthropy story).