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Biden signals equity focus with new AmeriCorps leader choice

Jun. 16, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

President Biden plans to nominate Michael Smith to lead AmeriCorps, sending a strong signal of an intent to focus on racial equity at the organization. Smith currently is executive director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. He also is director of youth opportunity...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. June 13, 2021. Editorial: The court has spoken. Now it’s time to conserve Captain Sam’s Spit for all of us forever The owners of the southernmost parcel on Kiawah Island, known by most as Captain Sam’s Spit, have...

Black scholar Earl Lewis on the Floyd murder and reparations

Jun. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

Reparations, Earl Lewis says, are not about the past. Rather, they are very much about the present, says the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. Earlier this year, he notes, Evanston, Illinois, became the first U.S. city to pay...

MacKenzie Scott donates $4M to Maine arts programs

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has included the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund and Yarmouth's 317 Main Community Center in her latest round of donations. The Maine Expansion Arts Fund received $2.5 million and...

MacKenzie Scott, citing wealth gap, donates $2.7 billion

Jun. 15, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist known for her unexpected multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity causes, announced Tuesday that she has given $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. It is the third round of no-strings-attached, major philanthropic gifts Scott...

Predators' Rinne wins Clancy Trophy for leading on, off ice

Jun. 14, 2021 21:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy that annually honors an NHL player for leading on the ice and off it with humanitarian work. The league announced Monday night that the National Hockey League Foundation...

NH GIVES raises record $3.7M in 24-hour online event

Jun. 12, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A record $3.7 million was raised in 24 hours for New Hampshire nonprofits through NH Gives, an annual online fundraising event. More than 13,000 people contributed to the event run by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits held June 8-9. ...

Outdoor theater gets $10 million donation

Jun. 10, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An outdoor theater struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic has received a massive donation. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation has handed the American Players Theatre $10...

Vandals deface billboard that honored slain Chicago cop

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A billboard honoring a Chicago police officer who was killed on duty in 2018 was defaced with the word “propaganda.” The billboard, sponsored by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, showed a photo of Officer Samuel Jimenez and a positive message...

Senators push measure to accelerate DAF, foundation giving

Jun. 09, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Two key U.S. senators introduced legislation Wednesday designed to spur faster payouts from donor-advised funds and foundations, giving new momentum to an effort that has deeply divided philanthropy. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, a former chairman of the...