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December 08, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Nonprofit Newsrooms Continue to See Surge in Giving

Trump's Rise a Boon for Nonprofit Journalism: Outlets such as ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Marshall Project are "having a moment," The New York Times writes, with contributions continuing to arrive at record levels a month after Donald Trump's election victory, potentially presaging a higher profile for nonprofit newsrooms in the media landscape. In the wake of the donation spurt, Deseret News takes a broader look at whether the nonprofit model offers a sustainable solution to the journalism industry's woes. Read a Chronicle article about the election's effect on giving to progressive nonprofits.

Evangelical Group Tussles With Conn. Official Over State Charity Drive: Supporters of the American Family Association flooded Comptroller Kevin Lembo's office with calls and emails after he requested information on the Christian conservative organization's antidiscrimination policies in connection with its place on the list of charities eligible for payroll donations from state workers, reports the New Haven Register.

Mega-Donors Sergey Brin and David Tepper Join "Big Bet" Venture: The Google co-founder and the hedge-fund mogul are the latest philanthropists to join Blue Meridian Partners, which has drawn commitments totaling $850 million from a dozen donors to support nonprofits that serve youths, Forbes writes. Read a Chronicle story about Blue Meridian's formation. [Editor's note: This item has been updated to correct an error in credit for the source article.]

NYC Expanding Use of Hotels as Temporary Homeless Shelters: Twelve percent of New York's surging homeless population is being put up in hotels, triple the proportion in January, and the city is adding hundreds more rooms to the program despite criticism from advocates who say the costly stopgap approach poorly serves needy families, writes The New York Times.

Education-Philanthropy Group USA Funds to Shed Loan-Guarantee Arms: The $1 billion nonprofit is getting out of the student-loan business to cement its shift in mission to supporting education ventures and boosting college-completion rates through grants and investments, writes The Chronicle of Higher Education.

HBO Documentary to Chronicle Buffett's Impact on Business and Giving: The billionaire investor and Giving Pledge co-founder's philanthropy and self-effacing lifestyle will be part of the focus of Becoming Warren Buffett, a biographical film slated to air next month, Deadline reports.