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October 24, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Clinton Camp Was Worried About Foundation’s Gender Pay Gap

Clinton Foundation Had Large Gender-Pay Gap, Emails Suggest: Discrepancies in pay between top male and female employees at the Clinton Foundation were so large that campaign staffers for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton feared reporters would notice, CNN reports, citing emails hacked from the account of John Podesta, Ms. Clinton’s campaign chairman. Among the highest-paid employees listed on the foundation’s 2014 tax filing, nine men made $291,000, on average, while four women made $210,000, though many of those men outranked the women. The charity's 2013 return shows an even wider gender-pay gap for top employees. Donna Shalala, president of the foundation, said in a blog post that reports of pay inequity at the charity are inaccurate and are based on only a subset of the foundation’s salaries. Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article about the slowly closing gender gap in nonprofit CEO pay.  

Tenants Angry With L.A. Housing Charities After Being Relocated: Residents of Rolland Curtis Gardens, a housing complex that serves low-income families near the University of Southern California, say Trust South LA and Abode Communities — nonprofits that fight for affordable housing — misled them about how much money they would receive to relocate while their current home is being rebuilt, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some tenants also say they’ve had trouble finding housing that accepts Section 8 vouchers and are concerned they won’t be able to move back to Rolland Curtis when it reopens in 2018. Robin Hughes, president of Abode Communities, said there was no effort to mislead tenants.  

R.I. High Court to Hear Vanderbilt-Mansion Case: The Rhode Island Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on two lawsuits about disagreements over a plan to erect a visitors center on the grounds of the historic Vanderbilt family mansion known as the Breakers, writes the Associated Press. Dozens of Vanderbilt family members and preservationists have opposed the idea, saying that building a visitors center would mar the national historic landmark. The Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansion, says the center would be built in a little-used area of the property and would better serve the mansion's 400,000 annual visitors with improved ticketing facilities, restrooms, and an area to purchase food.

N.H. Grant Maker Launches $100 Million Effort to Aid State's Needy Children: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation says it’s working with hundreds of nonprofits and businesses in a decade-long effort called New Hampshire Tomorrow, reports the Associated Press. Officials with the foundation say the effort is aimed at narrowing the "opportunity gap" for the state's children by investing in early-childhood development and youth sports and expanding affordable education, among other efforts. About 11 percent of New Hampshire children live in poverty. 

Twin Cities Nonprofits Boost Pay to Compete with For-Profit Employers:  As nonprofits nationwide struggle amid a tide of minimum-wage increases and new overtime rules, some Minneapolis-area groups say they want to offer their employees a “living wage,” reports the Star Tribune. They include nonprofit developer and builder Aeon, which this year raised wages for its lowest-ranking employees to $15 an hour, and homelessness-charity People Serving People, which raised its minimum pay to $14.50 an hour. The minimum wage in Minnesota rose to $9.50 per hour in August. Not all charities in the region say they can afford to raise pay, writes the Tribune, as many report that they are already floundering in their efforts to pay the state’s new minimum wage.