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December 21, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Fledgling Charity Pulls Offer to Big Donors of Time With Trumps

Trumps Distance Themselves From Tex. Group's Fundraiser: A spokeswoman for Donald Trump said neither he nor his sons Eric and Donald Jr. are involved with the Opening Day Foundation, and the newly formed conservation group dropped an offer of private time with the new president for million-dollar donors, the Associated Press reports. The foundation was registered in Dallas earlier this month by friends of the Trump sons, who were listed as co-directors.
 
Google.org Gives $30 Million for Nonprofits' Tech Purchases: The holiday gift was made in the name of the tech giant's employees but, contrary to previous reports, consists not of Google gadgets but of grants for charities to buy tech goods and services from any provider, according to TechCrunch. Google workers donated $24 million more to nonprofits in the company's third annual giving week, double last year's take, USA Today writes.

Tex. Formally Cuts Off Medicaid Money for Planned Parenthood: State health officials filed notice that they will next month end payments from the government health program to the nonprofit, which provides women's health services at 34 Texas clinics, reports The New York Times. Planned Parenthood has been embroiled in a legal battle with the state over the funding threat.

Philanthropy Can Counter Climate-Research Cuts, Science Leader Says: Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, said she is in contact with people in a position to raise "billions of dollars" for climate science if the Trump administration and Congress cut funding for such work, writes BuzzFeed News.

Jedi Group Denied Charity Status by British Regulator: The Charity Commission, which oversees nonprofits in England and Wales, rejected the application by the Temple of the Jedi Order, ruling that Jediism, a belief system drawn from the mythology of the Star Wars movies, is not a religion, BBC News reports.