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November 15, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Apple Opens Payments Service to Charity Gifts

Apple Reverses Course on Processing Mobile Donations: The tech behemoth announced its Apple Pay system will now support charitable gifts by users, TechCrunch reports. Some 20 major U.S. and global nonprofits will take part in the launch. Apple had previously barred its mobile apps from collecting donations via the company’s electronic-payment service.

Industry Conventions Add Charity to Agenda: Philanthropy is taking a place alongside business and revelry at trade groups’ annual meetings, The New York Times writes, noting a growing trend of volunteer outings, fundraising events, and in-kind giving at gatherings of professional and industry organizations.

Ohio U. Revising Naming Policy Following Roger Ailes Flap: The Post of Athens, Ohio, looks at how the institution is adding a morality clause to its naming-rights guidelines after deciding in September to return a $500,000 donation and remove his name from the campus radio station’s newsroom. The ex-Fox News chairman has been accused of being a sexual predator. See a Chronicle advice piece on crafting a naming policy.

Voters in Several Cities OK Billionaire-Backed Soda Taxes: Philanthropists Michael Bloomberg and Laura and John Arnold were major donors to campaigns in San Francisco; Oakland, Calif.; Boulder, Colo.; and other locales to institute levies on sugary drinks, the Associated Press writes. Mr. Bloomberg said his foundation is backing grass-roots efforts to counter beverage-industry lobbying.

Warren Alpert Foundation Gives $27 Million More to Brown U. Med School: The donation supports the Alpert Medical School’s Brown Institute for Translational Science, The Brown Daily Herald reports. The school was named for the late Mr. Alpert following a $100 million gift from his foundation in 2007.

Wash. Nonprofit Threatened After Advertising for Activists: Washington CAN!, a community-organizing network in Seattle and Spokane, received dozens of threatening voicemails from Donald Trump supporters after Fox News posted articles about its post-election Craigslist ad, Seattle weekly The Stranger writes. Fox’s posts implied a link between the ad and alleged funding of anti-Trump protests by large liberal groups.