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May 16, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Hillary Clinton Starts Political-Action Nonprofit

Hillary Clinton Launches 501(c)(4) to "Advance Progressive Values": The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said the new group, Onward Together, aims to harness grass-roots opposition to President Trump's policies by encouraging people to "get involved, organize, and even run for office," reports The New York Times.

Abortion "Gag Rule" Could Affect Global HIV and Malaria Fights: The Trump administration vastly expanded its ban on funding for overseas nonprofits that offer or discuss abortion services, applying the policy to a far wider array of groups receiving U.S. global-health aid, Reuters writes. The move could affect billions of dollars earmarked for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and women's-health programs.

Obama Foundation Fundraising Jumped to $13 Million in 2016: Donations last year to the nonprofit building Barack Obama's presidential library far exceeded its combined collections in 2014 and '15, according to new tax filings, and giving is likely to surge further as the former president joins the fundraising effort in earnest, writes the Chicago Tribune.

In a related story, the Obama Foundation tapped consultant Lynn Taliento to be its chief program officer, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ms. Taliento headed the global-philanthropy practice at McKinsey & Company and has advised Mr. Obama on his post-White House work. Read a Chronicle article on how the former president may pursue favorite causes in the nonprofit world.

Robin Hood Gala Draws $54.5 Million for New York's Needy: A $15 million challenge grant by hedge-fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin keyed giving at the benefit, one of the biggest charity fundraising events in the country, writes Bloomberg. Robin Hood annually raises tens of millions of dollars, much of it from Wall Street titans, to support anti-poverty organizations.

Ex-Bank of America Executive Charged in Charity-Kickback Scheme: Federal prosecutors allege that Palestine (Pam) Ace and her husband, Jonathan Ace, diverted $2.7 million from the bank, where she was a senior vice president, to nonprofits in Boston and Atlanta, from which they demanded a percentage of the donations, according to The Boston Globe.

Texas Seeks U.S. Funds for Health Program That Bars Planned Parenthood: Four years after giving up $30 million from Medicaid so it could exclude Planned Parenthood clinics from a state family-planning program for low-income women, Texas is asking the Trump administration to restore the funding, a move that could effectively allow states to bar the nonprofit with no financial consequences, The New York Times writes.

Feeding America Aims to Get Healthier Products Into Food Banks: The umbrella organization that represents most of the country's food banks and pantries unveiled a comprehensive program to work with farmers, researchers, and other parties to get more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins on its partner charities' shelves, reports The Washington Post.