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July 12, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Knight Foundation Arm Sues Over Trump’s Twitter Blocks

Knight First Amendment Institute Sues Trump for Blocking Twitter Users: The center, a project of the Knight Foundation and Columbia University, contends the president’s use of Twitter to communicate about his administration makes his @realDonaldTrump account a “public forum” and that he violates the free-speech rights of users he blocks for posting critical responses to his tweets, Bloomberg reports. Read a Chronicle article about the Knight-Columbia institute.

Melinda Gates Hits Trump Policies as Foundation Commits $375 Million for Contraception: In a blog post, Ms. Gates said the funding, supplementing more than $1 billion her foundation has already given to a program to expand women’s access to birth control, is a response to proposed budget cuts she said would undercut family-planning services worldwide, GeekWire writes.

$850,000 Paycheck for Philadelphia Public-Media Chief Ignites Ire: Finance-news site MarketWatch looks at the evolution of nonprofit executive salaries in light of reports on the pay package for Bill Marrazzo, president of public broadcaster WHYY, which drew criticism from staffers at the donor-supported station. Experts say high-six-figure pay reflects increasing corporatization and competition for executive talent at big nonprofits. See The Chronicle's compensation database detailing pay for top executives at big charities and foundations.

Gustavus Adolphus College Gets Anonymous $40 Million Gift: The donation from an alumni couple who asked not to be identified will fund scholarships and building renovations and boost the endowment of the private liberal-arts institution in St. Peter, Minn., the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Philanthropy Is Foundation of Texas Billionaires’ New Golf Club: Dan Friedkin, head of business consortium the Friedkin Group, and Robert McNair, owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans, opened Congaree with a giving-based membership model that requires the South Carolina club’s “ambassadors” to contribute to an affiliated foundation and participate actively in its mission to offer educational, vocational, and golf instruction to underprivileged youths, Forbes writes.