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Paradise Lost

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When you tell people you live in paradise, they do not expect hunger and homelessness to be part of the picture; and, the truth be told, neither do we. Much time and money has gone into creating the...
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 The FIU’s Metropolitan Center just published a policy paper and report, “House Hunters South Florida: Where Will Our Workers Live?" Every employer and elected official in the county should have it on their “must read” list.  

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Departing Gates CEO's next task: making philanthropy effective - The Seattle Times

Departing Gates CEO's next task: making philanthropy effective - The Seattle Times | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Departing Gates CEO's next task: making philanthropy effective The Seattle Times After steering the world's richest foundation for the past five years, Jeff Raikes is now taking on an even bigger job: improving the effectiveness of philanthropy as...
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Krugman - Public Policy Has Bought Into Skills-Gap Myth

Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times that public policy (and, implicitly, nonprofit practice) focused on the notion of a “skills gap” is misguided, counterproductive, and a strategy of blaming the worker.
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Capitol News Service » Blog Archive » Moms, Mayors Sound Off On Gun Legislation

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Florida legislature fast tracks gun bills to arm teachers, legalize emergency evacuees to pack, okay warning shots, and weaken zero tolerance for gun totting,  as an addition to "Stand Your Ground"

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A tale of two hearings on Florida fracking | Energy / Global Warming | Blog| Gulf Restoration Network

A tale of two hearings on Florida fracking | Energy / Global Warming | Blog| Gulf Restoration Network | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Florida Panther at Big Cypress National Preserve, which is near the site of the proposed fraking well. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service/Ralph Arwood. On March 11th, a powerful coalition of
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The U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation

The U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Where the rich live with the rich, and the poor live with the poor.
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Daniel Tilson: Busting up 2014 legislative con games

Daniel Tilson: Busting up 2014 legislative con games | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
The balls are moving faster from shell to shell up in T…
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Florida leads nation in ‘zombie foreclosures,' RealtyTrac says - South Florida Business Journal

Florida leads nation in ‘zombie foreclosures,' RealtyTrac says - South Florida Business Journal | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Zombie foreclosures, when homeowner have abandoned homes as they face foreclosure actions, have ravaged many Florida neighborhoods.
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Veronique de Rugy - Fourteen of America's 25 Biggest Campaign Donors Are Unions

Veronique de Rugy - Fourteen of America's 25 Biggest Campaign Donors Are Unions | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid went on a rant on the Senate floor about the Koch brothers. Reid seems to believe that the fraternal billionaires are buying America with their campaign contributions, saying “whoever has the most money gets the most free speech” — implying, I suppose, that Charles and David Koch, as some of the richest men in the world, control the most political speech. However, as the Washington Examiner’s Mark Tapscott noted a few weeks ago, the biggest donors in America may not be what you’d expect.

I reproduced this chart that shows the top 25 donors to political campaigns between 1989 and 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:



Mr. Reid may be interested to know the following:

The top campaign donor of the last 25 years is ActBlue, an online political-action committee dedicated to raising funds for Democrats. ActBlue’s political contributions, which total close to $100 million, are even more impressive when one realizes that it was only launched in 2004. That’s $100 million in ten years.
Fourteen labor unions were among the top 25 political campaign contributors.
Three public-sector unions were among the 14 labor groups: the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; the National Education Association; and the American Federation of Teachers. Their combined contributions amount to $150 million, or 15 percent of the top 25’s approximately $1 billion in donations since 1989.
Public- and private-sector unions contributed 55.6 percent — $552 million — of the top 25’s contributions.
Large private companies contributed $441 million in campaign contributions. Among them were banks and insurance firms such as JPMorgan Chase, trade associations such as the National Association of Realtors and the American Medical Association, and technology and telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Microsoft.
Unlike Mr. Reid, my interest in campaign contributions isn’t simply focused on picking out people I disagree with politically — rather, it’s because donating to political campaigns is one way that private or public interests try to win alliances of government authorities and later obtain government favors, whether loan guarantees, bailouts, a promise to block charter schools, or whatever. As public-choice economists have widely documented, the incentives to use political connections for personal gain grow as the power of government grows, and government certainly has grown.

To have a complete picture of the landscape of political influence, we have to be aware of the disparate special interests and what they’re looking for in return for political action. Large campaign contributions from any group are fair grounds for scrutiny, regardless of whether those funds came from AT&T or the Service Employees International Union.

That being said, not everyone who donates to political campaigns is trying to get government rents. Some people donate to political campaigns to help elect lawmakers who share their vision of small government, or extensive environmental regulation. There’s nothing wrong with that.
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GOP launches "Jim Crow-Style" bills against gay Americans

GOP launches "Jim Crow-Style" bills against gay Americans | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
"In this new up-is-down world, anti-gay religious folks are 'practicing their faith' when they're baking cakes or renting out hotel rooms to travelers."
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Foundations Spend Millions Promoting Common Core | Heartlander Magazine

Foundations Spend Millions Promoting Common Core | Heartlander Magazine | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
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Why Our Foundations Are Investing in Detroit

Why Our Foundations Are Investing in Detroit | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
The $330-million pledge is not to make up for government but to make a real difference in a great city, write the heads of four big grant makers.
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Why did they do it?   Will the defense of the mega gift to Detroit have uinintended consequences? 

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The Philanthropic Complex | Jacobin

The Philanthropic Complex | Jacobin | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
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The 5% payout vs. endowment investments: when doing good by doing well doesn't always add up.

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Philanthropy Without End | Atlantic Philanthropies

Philanthropy Without End | Atlantic Philanthropies | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
By Tony Proscio. The idea of limiting the lifetime of a foundation has become so popular (at least in the financial media, and evidently among many newer philanthropists) that the foundation trade group Philanthropy New York ...
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Marc Yacht: The legislative war on Florida public education

Marc Yacht: The legislative war on Florida public education | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
 The Florida Constitution requires adequate funding for…
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The Court's Decision on McCutcheon Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

The Court's Decision on McCutcheon Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Today, the Roberts Court rolled back 40 years of campaign finance law.
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Money is not free speech. Corporations are not people. And we the people have the right to set limits on spending by individuals and corporations says Robert Reisch.

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Blow By Blow: A Comprehensive Timeline Of The GOP’s 4-Year Battle To Kill Obamacare

Blow By Blow: A Comprehensive Timeline Of The GOP’s 4-Year Battle To Kill Obamacare | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Republicans are showing no signs of abandoning their anti-Obamacare crusade any time soon.
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A chronology worth tracking, from then to now. 

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Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice? | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education....
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The future of public education is at stake in Florida. Here's why.

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Park officials say they're working to bring "glamorous camping" or "glamping" to parks | The Florida Current

Park officials say they're working to bring "glamorous camping" or "glamping" to parks | The Florida Current | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
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Teddy Roosevelt is rolling in his grave.

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Despite loss of 2,600 jobs, Florida's unemployment rate continues to fall

Despite loss of 2,600 jobs, Florida's unemployment rate continues to fall | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
From the Tampa Bay Times' Jeff Harrington:
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University foundations win Wyoming ranchland case

University foundations win Wyoming ranchland case | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a Denver woman who sued to block foundations at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University from selling a
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This May Look Like A Quaint Cabin But The Truth Will Surprise You

This May Look Like A Quaint Cabin But The Truth Will Surprise You | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
The ESCAPE cabin was designed by architect/artist Kelly Davis. Don't let the outside fool you.
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Income gap grows in Florida, study finds

Income gap grows in Florida, study finds | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Income inequality is expanding in Florida, with the highest earners accounting for almost 69 percent of total income growth in the state over the past three decades, says a new report from a Washington, D.C. , think tank.
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Homeless expert issues warning to Sarasota County

Homeless expert issues warning to Sarasota County | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Robert Marbut issued a warning Thursday about what Sarasota County can expect if it does not change the way it is dealing with homelessness.

Via Greg Luberecki
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The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living Dangerously | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Opinion and Commentary from the Charitable Sector
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No look-back at the past year is complete without a domestic recounting inclusive of the tragic and profane. 

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Nonprofit developing statewide veterans center

Nonprofit developing statewide veterans center | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
By Todd Cohen RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is home to over 800,000 veterans, including over 8,800 estimated to be homeless, or about one in five of people in the state who are homeless.
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Philanthropy in North Carolina is on the move.

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