On Philanthropy:Pressure builds to increase giving requirements and expand charitable deductions
Over $1.1 trillion currently sits in private foundations and donor-advised funds (DAFs) in the U.S. These two charitable intermediary tools have grown tremendously in recent years, fueled by tax-deductible contributions for the wealthiest of Americans. By 2019, 12.7% of all individual giving went to DAFs and an additional 15.1% went to private foundations — an over 500% growth in individual giving to these warehouse/intermediaries over the past 30 years. While private foundations and donor-advised funds amass huge sums of money, demands on nonprofits to provide essential social services have s...
Tribune News Service
Florida official Nikki Fried hits former Trump lawyer’s charity for deceptive claims
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s office issued a second administrative complaint to a charity affiliated with former President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Sidney Powell, for failing to register with the state, despite telling residents it was registered as it sought donations. Fried told reporters Friday her office received a complaint against Defending the Republic Inc. in November, after the election. When her office contacted the group, its representatives first told her investigators they were a different organization going by the same name, which furthe...
Unveiled: How St. Louis' secret society is responding to the Ellie Kemper fiasco
ST. LOUIS — For more than a century, association with the Order of the Veiled Prophet has been the mark of elite wealth and power in St. Louis. A secret society, it has been run by some of the top business executives and patriarchs in the region. And, every year, it hosts an $800,000 ball, of white gloves, tuxedos and elegant gowns, in honor of its work. But for the past two weeks, social media has made association with the Veiled Prophet a badge of shame. Twitter came for actress and former VP debutante queen Ellie Kemper over Memorial Day, calling her a "KKK princess" in a reference to the o...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2-year-old animal abuse video goes viral again, renewing calls to boycott Fairlife, though brand has cut ties with dairy
A 2-year-old video of alleged animal abuse at a northwest Indiana dairy farm has gone viral again, generating a new wave of social media outrage and renewed calls to boycott Fairlife, a Chicago-based premium milk brand. Shot in 2018 by an undercover activist group investigator at Fair Oaks Farms, then the massive flagship dairy of Fairlife, the four-minute video depicts workers throwing, dragging, kicking and hitting newborn calves. Reaction was fast and furious when the video was released in June 2019. A dozen Chicago-area grocers pulled Fairlife from their shelves amid widespread backlash. C...
Pandemic book deal will pay Cuomo over $5 million; tax records show he made $3.6 million in 2020
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make more than $5 million for his controversial pandemic-themed book on leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. The embattled governor was paid $3.1 million as part of his book deal in 2020 and donated $500,000 of his earnings to the United Way and vaccination efforts, his office said. He paid $1.5 million in taxes and incurred $117,000 in expenses, according to federal tax filings made public Monday. The remaining million made from the book last year, released in October as New York entered a second deadly wave of the pandemic, was put into a trust for his...
New York Daily News
A San Diego man’s phone leads to extremist group and Georgia sheriff’s deputy, FBI says
SAN DIEGO —When the FBI began scrolling through the cellphone of a San Diego man arrested on weapons charges last summer, they stumbled onto a violent extremist group and a Georgia sheriff’s deputy at its center, according to federal authorities. Calling itself “Shadow Moses,” the group communicated via text message about a theoretical civil war, militia training, weapons manufacturing and explosives, according to an FBI affidavit. Then-Wilkinson County sheriff’s Deputy Cody Griggers stood out as a group member who rationalized violence with rhetoric steeped in white supremacist and far-right ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Stone Mountain CEO unveils ideas to address 'the Confederacy issue'
ATLANTA — New proposals for Stone Mountain Park include creating an exhibit "telling the truth" about the world's largest Confederate monument — and otherwise confining tributes to the Confederacy to one designated area within Georgia's most visited tourist attraction. Bill Stephens — CEO of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, the state authority tasked with managing the park — publicly announced the ideas Monday, on the state holiday formerly known as Confederate Memorial Day. Stephens said he realizes the proposals are unlikely to make anyone happy. Groups like the Sons of Confederate V...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Police departments struggling with shortage of recruits, surge in retirements
PHILADELPHIA — Amid growing calls for police reform and national debate over the deadly use of force, police departments are struggling to retain and attract officers, law enforcement officials say. Across the nation, police officials and union leaders described the state of recruiting as in “crisis” mode. “It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members, because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” said Mike Neilon, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Polic...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
‘It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I don’t get paid for it’: Dottie Brier, 91, Red Cross volunteer, looks back on three decades of service
NEW YORK – At 91, Dottie Brier has found the secret to eternal youth: volunteering. For the last three decades, the plucky nonagenarian has been a proud member of the Red Cross, offering her strong hands and warm smile to those who have survived the worst disasters in our country’s history, from Hurricane Andrew and Superstorm Sandy to the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I don’t get paid for it,” the Upper West Side resident joked. As the Red Cross kicks off Volunteer Week, Brier, one of the organization’s oldest volunteers, recalled the first disaster she ...
New York Daily News
No sunlight. No human contact. Why Sacramento still uses extreme isolation in jail
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Emerging from solitary confinement after two months, the man with schizophrenia walked from cell to cell, kicked at doors and demanded birthday presents. He stripped naked, stood on a table and put his hands on his hips. It was not his birthday. But for the mentally ill inmate in Sacramento's downtown jail, breaking free of his isolation for a brief moment in January may have felt like a gift. He'd been there since October, locked in the most restrictive "total separation" cells of the jail. Even though a federal judge in 2019 ordered the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office...
The Sacramento Bee