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April 21, 2017

Daily News Roundup: India Blocks Foreign Funding of Gates Grantee

Gates-Backed Nonprofit Snared in India Crackdown: India's government, which has blocked thousands of charities from accepting foreign funding in recent years, extended the ban to the Public Health Foundation of India, one of the country's largest health nonprofits, reports The New York Times. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a major donor to the organization, funding tobacco and HIV programs.

David Rockefeller's Will Sets Asides $700 Million for Charity: The document, made public this month, includes eight- and nine-figure donations to family foundations, cultural and educational institutions, and conservation groups and directs the bulk of the banker and oil heir's massive art collection to the Museum of Modern Art, Forbes writes. Read a Chronicle article on the coming windfall for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund following its co-founder's death.

Melinda Gates, Women's March Organizers Among Time 100: The magazine's 2017 list of the world's most influential people includes several others recognized for philanthropy and social advocacy, including Chobani yogurt mogul Hamdi Ulukaya for his commitment to hiring refugees, Mauritanian antislavery campaigner Biram Dah Abeid, and teenage transgender-rights activist Gavin Grimm.

Charity Network Boss Says Nonprofits Must Go Digital or Die: Billionaire entrepreneur Todd Wagner, whose Dallas-based company oversees charity-auction and sweepstakes websites like Prizeo and Charitybuzz, offers his view of fundraising's tech-focused future in a Dallas Morning News profile. Read a Chronicle report on how companies like Mr. Wagner's are reshaping celebrity philanthropy.

White House Intervened to Free Charity Worker Jailed in Egypt: The Trump administration negotiated privately with Egyptian officials ahead of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's recent Washington visit to secure Aya Hijazi's release, The Washington Post reports. The Egyptian-American co-founder of a Cairo children's charity returned to the United States Thursday after three years or pretrial detention on questionable charges of child abuse and trafficking.

Civic-Minded Job Seekers Gravitating to Nonprofits: Authorities on public-sector hiring say millennials seeking a sense of social purpose in the workplace are turning away from state and local government agencies and instead pursuing nonprofit careers, despite the prospect of lower pay and benefits, according to a Governing magazine column.

Ivanka Trump to Give Book Proceeds to Charity: The $200,000 unpaid portion of Ms. Trump's advance for her new book Women Who Work will be split between the National Urban League and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, writes The New York Times. She established the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund to steer book proceeds to nonprofits that advance economic opportunities for women and girls.