Planned Parenthood to train staff on reporting possible dangers to minors
In the wake of the release of videotapes that show staff members advising an apparent sex trafficker, Planned Parenthood plans to retrain thousands of staff members across the U.S. on its rules for reporting possible dangers to minors, and would automatically fire anyone who violated those rules, The New York Times reported Feb. 7 (see Planned Parenthood story).
Nonprofits among groups hit by end of earmarks
Local governments, nonprofits, farmers and many others throughout the U.S. are finding that the earmarks Congress ended last week also involved their projects, The New York Times reported Feb. 7 (see nonprofit earmarks story).
Minnesota foundations expect grantmaking to remain flat
A new survey by the Minnesota Council on Foundations says foundations in the state expect their grantmaking to stay flat in 2011 compared to 2010, good news for charities in the state after 40 percent of grantmakers in 2009, and 30 percent last year, predicted their giving would decline, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported Feb. 7 (see Minnesota foundations story).
Kansas Arts Commission converted to private nonprofit
Gov. Sam Brownback has converted into a private nonprofit the Kansas Arts Commission, which awards grants and supports artists, a move that will save the state nearly $600,000 and continue his effort to streamline state government, The Kansas Reporter reported Feb. 7 (see Kansas arts story).