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November 01, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Yogurt Mogul's Refugee Advocacy Draws Ire From Right

Billionaire Donor's Migrant Stance Attacked by Alt-Right: Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of yogurt company Chobani, has been hit with a torrent of often racist criticism on social media and right-wing news sites over his efforts to hire and help refugees, including accusations that the Turkish immigrant of Kurdish decent is trying to flood America with Muslims, writes The New York Times. Read a Chronicle profile of Mr. Ulukaya.

Medical Charities Turn Attention From Coping to Cures: The New York Times reports on the rise of “venture philanthropy” in medicine, with a growing number of charities focused on curing serious illnesses rather than treating and coping with them. The shift is transforming the processes of drug discovery and securing federal approval for new medications, the paper writes as part of a special section on philanthropy.

$50 Million Simmons Gift Supports Dallas Park Project: The donation from Annette Simmons, the widow of Texas industrial tycoon Harold Simmons, supports the Trinity Trust, which is developing a 285-acre green space along the Trinity River, Dallas Business Journal reports. 

Chelsea Clinton Takes "Parent" Role at Family's Charity: Hacked emails published by WikiLeaks show Chelsea Clinton raising alarms five years ago about blurred lines between Clinton Foundation officials' charitable and business work, indicating she foresaw that donor relationships might prove problematic for her mother’s presidential prospects, theFinancial Times (subscription) writes.

Nonprofits Fund Classical-Music Reviews at Boston Globe: The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation will help cover a critic's pay for 10 months in a pilot program aimed at slowing the decline in classical-music coverage, reports The New York Times. The move raises questions about journalistic independence, but donors said the Globe would retain full editorial control over the critic's work.

First Lady's D.C. Legacy Includes Growing Food Nonprofit: The Washington Post writes about DC Greens, a charity launched in 2009 by a local schoolteacher who took part in the groundbreaking for Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden. The organization now has a multimillion-dollar budget and a staff of 12 focused on improving District communities' access to healthy food. Read a Chronicle article about the first lady's activism on obesity and nutrition.