Month: March 2016

FTC wins court victory against scammers; very little money recovered

The FTC won a “major” victory against two nonprofits that scammed 95% of funds away from services; since the money has been spent, very little will be recovered. “The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced a major victory in its efforts to crack down on sham cancer charities that pulled […]

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Catholic Charities of Chicago, a cautionary tale for nonprofits

What can happen when governments fund nonprofits to perform their charitable work; the case of Catholic Charities in Illinois gives a negative example: it struggles to shore up a $25M loss. “An upcoming fundraiser is being counted on by Catholic Charities to help fill the gap left by $25 million […]

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New book claims foundations help keep people in poverty

The Self-Help Myth explores the role foundations have played in supporting the conditions that keep people in poverty without giving them opportunities to get out of poverty. “Foundations have long have poured millions of dollars into activism by California farmworkers to improve their well-being and the state’s agricultural system. “Yet today […]

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On tearing down Doris Duke’s home

There are always new ways for foundations to repudiate their founders’ donor intent. But the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has come up with a new wrinkle. They are honoring the memory of their founder by tearing down Doris Duke’s childhood home, in which she lived until her death in 1993. […]

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