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August 15, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Crowdfunding Sites Nix Appeals for Charlottesville Suspect

Major Fundraising Sites Reject James Fields Campaigns: Citing internal prohibitions on promoting hate speech and violence, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and other mainstream crowdfunding firms say they will not host legal-defense appeals on behalf of the man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at Saturday’s white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing one woman, Reuters writes.

MarketWatch reports that GoFundMe campaigns for counterprotesters injured in the weekend clash have topped $100,000 and other appeals are raising money for local civil-rights groups such as LGBTQ organization Charlottesville Pride and the Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia.

Fearing Clash With Libya, Aid Groups Halt Mediterranean Rescues: Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, and German charity Sea-Eye suspended migrant-rescue missions over concerns that the Libyan Coast Guard, which is receiving Italian and European Union support to curb human trafficking and stem the flow of migrants, could harass or detain their boats and crews, reports The Wall Street Journal (subscription).

Nev. Goodwill Unit Enters Bankruptcy After Big Bond Issue: Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada, which runs dozens of Las Vegas-area donation centers and stores, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization 20 months after taking on some $22 million in debt to purchase more retail facilities, Bloomberg reports. The charity said the expansion, a sales downturn, and rising operating costs precipitated the move.

Small Early-Education Charity Wins Big Donors’ Attention: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Sheri Sobrato, a daughter of Silicon Valley property billionaire John Sobrato, are among the financial backers of 10 Books a Home, a Bay Area nonprofit that offers two years of highly personalized tutoring for low-income, preschool-age children, Forbes writes.