August 09, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Death of Volunteers Prompts Suit Against Nonprofit

Parents Sue Charity Over Daughters’ Deaths on Volunteer Trip: The families of Summer Robertson and Alice Barnett, who drowned in 2014 during a trip to South Africa organized by British volunteerism nonprofit Lattitude, contend the group did not sufficiently advise its charges about the danger of riptides at the unsupervised beach where the young women were swimming, BBC News reports.

Cities Back Off Panhandling Laws as Courts Step In: Dozens of cities have repealed restrictions on begging to head off litigation by antipoverty groups, which have won a series of rulings against such measures, reports The Wall Street Journal (subscription). Federal judges in several states have found that the ordinances unconstitutionally limit free speech.

ACLU Giving Surge Becomes Issue in John Oliver Libel Case: Coal company Murray Energy, which is suing the comedian over a critical report on his HBO satire show, says a court should disqualify an ACLU brief supporting Mr. Oliver because it benefited financially from the program, Reuters writes. Murray cited Mr. Oliver’s on-air call after the election for viewers to donate to a roster of progressive groups, but the list did not include the ACLU. Read a Chronicle article about the ACLU’s postelection fundraising success.

Effective Altruism Gains Ground in New York: The Wall Street Journal (subscription) attends a gathering of young professionals from the growing ranks of Effective Altruism NYC, the local outpost of the movement to maximize giving efficiency, as they discuss and debate how to deploy their charitable dollars to do the most possible good on issues like poverty and animal welfare.

U. of Louisville Donors Give $2 Million for Audit of Campus Nonprofit: The James Graham Brown and C.E. and S. foundations will offset most of the cost of a forensic financial review of the University of Louisville Foundation, the Courier-Journal writes. The two grant makers, which have given the university tens of millions of dollars, demanded the audit last year as a financial scandal engulfed the campus nonprofit.