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September 19, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Some Heavy Hitters Absent From Last Clinton Global Initiative

Shine Is Off Clinton Global Initiative as Final Meeting Opens: The 12th and final annual meeting of the Clinton Foundation offshoot — known for drawing and securing philanthropic commitments from a glittering array of celebrities, world leaders, and corporate titans — begins Monday on a note that is “a little less global, lighter on initiative, and absent one Clinton,” Bloomberg writes. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will skip the New York gathering convened by her family’s charity, as will several longtime corporate sponsors. The initiative has raised $125 billion in pledges since its inception in 2005 but is among the philanthropic activities the Clintons are winding down to avoid potential conflicts of interest if Ms. Clinton becomes president. Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on the Clinton Foundation’s possibly Clinton-less future.

ONE Campaign Says Refugee Crisis Diverting Aid Budgets: An analysis by the antipoverty charity said countries are increasingly allocating global aid funding to cover the costs of supporting refugees within their own borders, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. The ONE Campaign said such “in-donor” spending amounted to $13.9 billion last year and hampers work to meet international humanitarian challenges such as eradicating disease and extreme poverty. The organization issued its findings ahead of a major United Nations summit Monday on the refugee and migrant crisis.

Nonprofits Backed by Drug Makers Help Shape Policies on Painkillers: A little-known coalition of pharmaceutical companies, trade groups, and industry-supported nonprofits has worked to derail government efforts to curb Americans’ use of prescription painkillers, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press. Amid growing controversy over opioid addiction and overdoses, the Pain Care Forum has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade on lobbying and research characterizing chronic pain as a health epidemic and touting painkillers to fight it, the news outlets report.

Former U. of Louisville President Exits Campus Foundation: James Ramsey’s resignation as president of the University of Louisville Foundation reduces the likelihood of a legal fight between the nonprofit campus affiliate and the university’s trustees, who had demanded his ouster, according to The Courier-Journal. Mr. Ramsey resigned in June as the university’s president but had retained his post at the foundation, which has drawn scrutiny for paying millions of dollars to supplement the salaries of Mr. Ramsey and two other ranking university officials. Two major university donors threatened to withhold funding unless the foundation, which oversees the university’s $681 million endowment, undergoes a forensic audit.

$80 Million Gift Backs Center for Energy Studies at Dartmouth: The donation from Canadian oilman Arthur Irving, his family, and his company will cover half the estimated cost of establishing the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at the Ivy League college, The Globe and Mail of Toronto writes. Dartmouth said the new center will integrate science, technology, business, policy, and global politics to advance knowledge of energy issues and train future leaders in the industry. Mr. Irving is the chairman of Irving Oil, a fuel producer and exporter based in New Brunswick.

Donation to Detroit Med School Hinges on Doctor Staying: Food and sports moguls Mike and Marian Ilitch made a $7 million gift to Wayne State University two years ago on the condition that the chairman of its medical school’s surgery department remains in place, reports the Detroit Free Press. Under a gift agreement, installments on the five-year pledge to fund development of surgical technologies can be canceled if Donald Weaver leaves Wayne State for any reason. Experts said the condition is unusual but not unique and reflects a shift in higher-education fundraising as donors get more specific about how they want their largesse spent.