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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
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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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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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Walmart “Offended” by Pushback on Charity Aimed at Walmart Employees

Walmart “Offended” by Pushback on Charity Aimed at Walmart Employees | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
The retail giant is saddened by those who found their internal charity program shocking. Other observers are saddened to find that such programs are necessary.
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The Coming Community College Leadership Exodus

The Coming Community College Leadership Exodus | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Six leading community college organizations have joined forces to address an important yet little-known challenge facing community colleges across the U.S.: the impending departure of hundreds of presidents.
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Heinz Fund's Head Resigns Amid Reported Fracking Dispute - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Heinz Fund's Head Resigns Amid Reported Fracking Dispute - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
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Fiscal Crisis Reshaped How Donors Give - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

Fiscal Crisis Reshaped How Donors Give - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) Fiscal Crisis Reshaped How Donors Give Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) The sluggish economy is no longer a strong influence on how much donors plan to give, but the Great Recession has changed how...
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Nonprofits say foundations unaware of their needs

Many nonprofit leaders say key challenges their organizations face are off the radar of foundations, which they say do not use their resources to help address those challenges, a new report says.
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This theme is unlikely to be unique to North Carolina nonprofits. What do you think?  

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Harvard asks donors for $6.5 billion - Reuters

Harvard asks donors for $6.5 billion - Reuters | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Economic Times Harvard asks donors for $6.5 billion Reuters Gates, who was ranked by Forbes magazine this year as the world's second-richest person behind Mexico's Carlos Slim, joked about his decision to leave the university during a talk before...
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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

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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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Out of the Ashes of the Coal Economy, a Bright Future?

Out of the Ashes of the Coal Economy, a Bright Future? | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
The last couple of years have brought substantial new economic challenges to Appalachian Kentucky. Already saddled with being one of the poorest regions in the country, mountain communities are being hit hard by steep layoffs in the coal industry.
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Building permanent endowment for distressed communities...this is a compelling a case as you are likely to find. 

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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students. 
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The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy

The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Gifts that keep government running are well-intentioned, but they undermine America's commitment to distributing public benefits equitably and transparently.
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Giving #2030Now: every contribution counts

Giving #2030Now: every contribution counts | Philanthropy for what? | Scoop.it
Today an incredible array of speakers presented their #2030Now words and vision and encouraged audience members from not only New York but from all (Giving isn't only about wealth, it's also about ideas and energy to create change social media for...
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Talking about charity seen as key to kids' giving

The best way to get children to give to charity is for parents to talk to their kids about giving, rather than just setting an example for their children and making donations themselves, a new stud...
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