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June 16, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Congressional Ballgame Raises $1 Million for D.C. Charities

After Shooting, Congressional Baseball Game Doubles Fundraising: Ticket sales for the annual charity benefit skyrocketed in the wake of a gunman’s attack Wednesday on a field where Republican lawmakers were practicing, reports Roll Call. Last night’s game, won by the Democrats, raised more than $1 million for four Washington nonprofits, compared to $500,000 in 2016.

Ill. Nonprofits Lose Legal Round in Fight Over State Nonpayment: An appeals court upheld a Cook County judge’s dismissal of social-service providers’ case, saying the matter belongs in the Court of Claims that handles suits against the state, writes the Chicago Tribune. The charity coalition Pay Illinois Now is seeking payments held up by a protracted state budget stalemate; it also filed suit in St. Clair County, where a ruling is pending, NPR Illinois reports. Read a Chronicle article on Illinois nonprofits’ advocacy push on the budget impasse.

Report’s Graphics Lay Bare Inequity in Nonprofit Leadership: Fast Company shares charts from a new study by the Building Movement Project that it says buttress the research group’s case that systemic bias rather than a lack of ambition or qualifications prevents people of color from ascending the leadership ranks at charitable organizations. Read a Chronicle column by the leaders of the Building Movement Project on the racial gap in nonprofit leadership.

Racial-Justice Group Launches Digital Project With Google Backing: Built with $2 million from Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, the Equal Justice Initiative’s Lynching in America website uses data visualizations, oral histories, and other means to trace the history of racial violence in the decades after the end of slavery, TechCrunch writes. Read a Chronicle feature on the Equal Justice Initiative and its founder, Bryan Stevenson.

Spanish Billionaire’s Cancer Giving Spurs Safety-Net Debate: Amancio Ortega, founder of the Zara clothing chain and one of the richest people in the world, has given hundreds of millions of euros to buy cancer-care equipment for hospitals in Spain, drawing praise from patients but criticism from some health officials and politicians who say the country’s public-health system, buffeted by government austerity measures, should not be dependent on philanthropy, Bloomberg writes.