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December 06, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Sandy Hook Nonprofit Makes Waves With New Ad

Newtown Charity Issues Chilling Ad on School Shootings: The PSA for Sandy Hook Promise juxtaposes a budding high school romance with background images of a bullied student showing signs of incipient violence, writes The Washington Post. The nonprofit, which works to prevent gun violence, is led by parents of children killed in the 2012 elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Jared Kushner Family's Fund Gave to West Bank Settlements: The Seryl and Charles Kushner Family Foundation has donated some $58,000 to charities that back the Israeli settlements, which U.S. policy has officially opposed since 1967, The Washington Post reports. President-elect Donald Trump has said Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a foundation co-director, might be his Middle East peace envoy.

Opinion: Assessing 2016's Big Ideas for Social Change: The New York Times's Fixes column, which examines solutions for pressing social problems, revisits some of the most promising projects it covered this year in areas such as education, the environment, and public health and the larger interpersonal or technological strategies behind them.

Marcus Foundation Pledges $38 Million to Hillel International: The five-year grant from the family fund headed by Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus and his wife, Billi, will support a new leadership-development program by the global Jewish student organization, Religion News Service reports.

Opinion: New Study Shows Why Charity Can't Replace Safety Net: The paper by Texas A&M researchers suggests families' lingering financial uncertainty in the wake of the Great Recession could foster a long-term drag on giving, which Slate columnist Jordan Weissman says undercuts the notion that charity would make up for cuts in government programs.