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December 19, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Trumps Drop Charity Auction of Coffee With Ivanka

Online Auction of Meeting With Ivanka Trump Canceled: The CharityBuzz page offering a coffee date with Ms. Trump, designed to raise money for her brother's Eric Trump Foundation, came down after ethics experts raised concerns that it offered bidders special access to the soon-to-be first family, writes The New York Times.

In other Trump transition news, Politico reports on sparring in the president-elect's inner circle over leadership of a planned nonprofit to promote his agenda, and the Associated Press writes that the Donald J. Trump Foundation gave $10,000 in 2003 to support an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Cleveland's Catholic Charities Uncovers $1.9 Million Theft: The charitable arm of the Diocese of Cleveland fired a longtime employee after discovering what it said was a seven-year fraud scheme and has referred the matter to law enforcement, The Plain Dealer writes.

Austria to Turn Over Hitler's Birth Home to Charity: The vacant house, which the Austrian government took possession of last week, will be offered to a group that works with disabled people, CBS News reports. Officials had initially planned to demolish the building, which has become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.

Opinion: "Venture Philanthropy" Poised for Move Into Journalism: A surge of new support for public-interest reporting presages a "banner year" for philanthropic investment in revitalizing journalism, Jim Friedlich, CEO of the Institute for Journalism in New Media, writes in the NiemanLab media blog. The institute is the nonprofit owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer.