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December 28, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Michelle Obama Slur Costs Job for W. Va. Nonprofit Head

Nonprofit Director Ousted Over Racist Post About First Lady: The Clay County Development Corporation, a social-services group in central West Virginia, fired Pamela Taylor on the day she was to return from a suspension prompted by her calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels" in a Facebook post, reports The Washington Post. The slur led state officials to seek assurances the nonprofit was following antidiscrimination policies and to reconsider its government contracts.

Trump Takes to Twitter to Defend Foundation: Two days after announcing he would close the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the president-elect renewed claims about his philanthropy and insisted all of the fund's spending "goes to wonderful charities," the Associated Press writes. The foundation's tax filings have acknowledged possible self-dealing, and media reports during the presidential campaign documented Mr. Trump's use of its money for personal or business costs.

Safety-Net Hospitals Face Financial Crisis With Obamacare Repeal: Hospitals that have seen charity-care costs drop as millions of people gained health insurance or Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act are likely to suffer severe losses if the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans dismantle the law, The New York Times writes. Read a Chronicle column about the possible impact of the new president's health-care plans.

Opinion: Donor-Advised Funds Have "Democratized Giving": The charitable accounts have surged in popularity because they allow philanthropists of relatively modest wealth to avoid the legal and bureaucratic hurdles that come with forming and running a foundation, two nonprofit leaders write in a Wall Street Journal (subscription) column. Read about the rise of donor-advised funds in The Chronicle's Philanthropy 400 special report.

Cleveland Browns' First Win Nets Windfall for Food Bank: A Cleveland football fan who raised more than $10,000 on GoFundMe to hold a parade if the NFL team went 0-16 followed through on a pledge to give the money to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank if the Browns spoiled their "perfect season," The Washington Post reports. Following Saturday's victory over the San Diego Chargers, the 1-14 Browns matched the donation.