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December 29, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Boston Charity Chief Got $1.34 Million Pay Boost

Mass. Nonprofit Tops Up President's Pay by Seven Figures: Board members at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston said the $1.34 million payout to Barry Shrage in 2014 — which came on top of his $563,000 in salary and benefits — served to compensate him for years of underpayment relative to leaders of similar nonprofits, The Boston Globe reports. Browse The Chronicle's database showing compensation for executives at the country's biggest charities and foundations.

Major Aid Groups See Escalating Challenges in 2017: The United Nations is appealing for $22.2 billion to deal with health, hunger, and conflict-related crises in more than 30 countries, the Thomson Reuters Foundation writes in an article surveying relief charities about their priorities for the coming year.

Reporter Recounts His Year of Following Trump Charity Money: The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold, whose coverage made the president-elect's philanthropy, or lack thereof, a major campaign issue, writes a behind-the-scenes account of his investigation into Donald Trump's giving claims and the questionable activities of his foundation.

African-American Financier Funds Scholarships for Boko Haram Victims: Private-equity mogul Robert Smith is paying for 24 Nigerian girls rescued from the terrorist group to attend an elite university in their country, Quartz writes. Termed a "quiet billionaire," Mr. Smith, the second-richest black American, has largely shied from the public eye in his work and philanthropy.

Soliciting Firms Kept a Third of Money They Raised for Charities in N.Y.: A review by the state's attorney general on fundraising in 2015 found that professional solicitors got $379 million of the nearly $1.1 billion they drew from state residents for charity campaigns via telemarketing, direct mail, and online appeals, Buffalo Business Journal reports.

More Cities Using Meters to Collect Change for Homeless: Parking-style meters are popping up in downtowns nationwide as local officials seek to discourage panhandling and direct donors' loose coins into a pool for homelessness programs instead, a practice that has come under fire from advocates for the homeless, writes the Associated Press.

Trump Discusses Veterans-Care Overhaul With Nonprofit-Hospital CEOs: Meeting with leaders of some of the country's most prominent nonprofit health systems, the president-elect raised making it easier for former military members to seek care outside the government-run Veterans Affairs system, which could mean big financial gains for private hospitals, according to Bloomberg.