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February 07, 2017

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Top Leaders Leave Support Charity for Church Abuse Victims: Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, stepped down as president a month after the group’s executive director resigned, writes the Associated Press. The nonprofit, which gained renown for confronting the Catholic Church over molestation by priests, said the departures were long planned and unrelated to a lawsuit filed last month by a former fundraiser who claims the group took kickbacks in the form of donations from lawyers for abuse victims.

$25 Million Gift Boosts U. of Minnesota Legal Center for Immigrants: The money from the Robina Foundation will primarily support the university law school’s Center for New Americans, which provides legal help for immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers and has been involved in suits challenging President Trump’s travel ban, the Star Tribune reports. Read a Chronicle story about grant makers protesting the president's actions on immigration.

Obama Donated $1.1 Million During White House Tenure: Veterans’ and children’s causes were the chief beneficiaries of the former president’s largess, which amounted to a little more than 10 percent of earnings from his presidential salary and sales of his books from 2009 to 2015, according to a Forbes review of Mr. Obama’s tax returns.

Conservative Groups Now Leading Charge for Donor Anonymity: The privacy principle established legally in a 1958 case involving the NAACP is being pursued in courts by conservative and libertarian nonprofits seeking — with support from some liberal and civil-rights groups — to block state attorneys general from demanding their donor lists, Fast Company writes.

Opinion: What Makes a Serious Social-Justice Grant Maker?: A column in The Root, an online news site focused on African-American issues, examines the dynamic between wealthy, largely white-led foundations and grass-roots community groups, concluding that the former do not do enough to empower the latter and that “few funders are serious about social justice.”

Opinion: Clinton Global Initiative’s “Spirit Lives”: As the Clinton Foundation winds down its signature offshoot, liberal commentator Joe Conason contends in Foreign Policy that conservative media outlets’ obituaries for CGI are premature. He says some of CGI's key programs continue and that its template for forging corporate, government, and nonprofit partnerships to address social problems has been widely adopted. Read a Chronicle article about the next steps for the Clinton Foundation.