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November 11, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Trump’s Election Fuels Fundraising Jump for News Nonprofits

Journalism Nonprofits See Giving Spike After Trump Win: Several nonprofit media organizations reported big jumps in donations and subscriptions in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, The Washington Post writes. Nonpartisan investigative outlet ProPublica and liberal magazine Mother Jones both said giving was running about 10 times higher than normal on the day after the voting. Read a Chronicle article on left-leaning nonprofits’ response to Mr. Trump’s election.

VA Removing Lawyer Who Ran Now-Defunct Veterans Charity: The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to fire a staff lawyer whose private nonprofit collected millions of dollars but plowed 90 percent of it into fundraising, CNN reports. Thomas Burch also spent funds from the now-shuttered National Vietnam Veterans Foundation lavishly on himself, according to a New York State investigation.

Nonprofits Increasingly Serving as Voice of Urban Communities: Community organizations are taking on roles formerly reserved for government agencies and elected officials in coordinating revitalization efforts in city neighborhoods, particularly low-income communities, The Atlantic magazine’s CityLab writes, citing research by a University of Michigan sociologist.

Obituary: Sue Miller, Transformed United Way Giving in Miami: Leaders of United Way of Miami-Dade credited Ms. Miller, who died of brain cancer at age 81 Thursday, with shifting the group’s fundraising focus from small paycheck deductions to million-dollar donors, pioneering one of the worldwide United Way’s premier major-giving programs, writes the Miami Herald.