Anti-Clinton Book and Secret Recordings at Center of FBI Inquiry: FBI agents' examination of the Clinton Foundation started with the controversial book Clinton Cash and gained speed with statements by a suspect in an unrelated corruption inquiry about alleged deals involving the charity. But senior law-enforcement officials regarded the recordings as worthless hearsay, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Melinda Gates Brings Gender Focus to Foundation's Work: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair has put empowerment of women and girls at the center of the massive grant maker's work on poverty and hunger, The Wall Street Journal (subscription) writes in naming Ms. Gates one of its innovators of the year.
Disparate NYC Foundation Leaders Dole Out Billions for Good: The Observer spotlights the varied backgrounds and giving priorities of the heads of 10 of the biggest New York-based philanthropies, including the Ford, Doris Duke, and Edna McConnell Clark foundations. Read a Chronicle column on Ford Foundation President Darren Walker's decision to join the board of PepsiCo.
Buffalo Museum Tops $100 Million in Three-Month Fundraising Sprint: The Art Newspaper breaks down how the city's Albright-Knox Art Gallery completed what the arts journal said "may be the fastest capital-raising campaign in U.S. museum history," keyed by a $42.5 million matching gift from financier Jeffrey Gundlach.
Russian Officials Seal Off Amnesty International's Moscow Branch: The human-rights group has complained of harassment by Russian authorities, who in recent years have cracked down on international nonprofits, BBC reports. Moscow authorities said Amnesty had fallen behind on the rent for its office in the city, which the organization denied.
Stars' Charities Carry On Newman's Own Legacy: The New York Times writes about philanthropic ventures by celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Kevin Bacon that were inspired by the late Paul Newman, who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charity through sales of his branded food products. Another article in the Times' fall special section on giving rounds up charity-focused smartphone apps.
Nonprofit and Commercial Broadway Partners End Comet Fight: Theater nonprofit Ars Nova, which commissioned the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, has reached an accord with its for-profit production partners in a dispute over credit for the upcoming show, writes The New York Times.