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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy

Subject: Most 'Social Donors' Say Will Be Ready to Resume In-Person Fundraising Events Soon

Nonprofit News From Elsewhere

The Department of Agriculture is giving food banks $1 billion to expand and revamp their operations. With the money, which comes from pandemic relief and regular appropriations, the federal government wants food banks to buy more food locally, work more often with “socially disadvantaged farmers,” and reach further into rural and other underserved communities. The food-bank network Feeding America said demand for food aid has risen by 55 percent over the past year and estimates that 42 million people might still not be getting enough to eat “due in part to ongoing Covid-19 economic fallout.” (Associated Press)

With the recent unprecedented growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has also come open dissension within its ranks and debate over its purpose. Most visibly, 10 local chapters broke from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation last year, seeking more transparency and collaboration. But in tandem, some family members of those killed by police say the organization should do more to help them, especially when those families’ foundations struggled to raise funds as the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation took in a record $90 million last year. Leaders of the movement have spun off an arm, called BLM Grassroots, to work with local groups while the national organization will focus on raising funds, making grants, and acting as a think tank. It has also created a political action committee and begun to lobby Congress. One expert said this debate could make the movement stronger by ensuring it grows atop more democratic underpinnings. (New York Times)

Free speech rights, which a corps of former and current lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union hold sacred, now compete uneasily with a host of progressive causes the organization has embraced. Riding a gusher of donations after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the ACLU nearly tripled its budget and hired a host of lawyers, but its free-speech division has not grown beyond four lawyers for a decade. Critically, some of the areas the organization focuses on, including racial justice and women’s rights, can lead it to stances that conflict with First Amendment protections. The group’s tradition of defending the rights of repugnant groups, including Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, runs headlong into “progressive arguments that hate speech is a form of psychological and even physical violence.” A former director of the organization said many groups are fighting for progressive causes, but the ACLU must remain a consistent, steadfast champion of free speech. Its current director said it is “a domestic human rights organization.” (New York Times)

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  • This Nonprofit Is the Face of Restaurant-Worker Equity. But Ex-Staffers Say It’s Discriminatory (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Bush Family Nonprofit’s $5 Million Deal With China Influence Group (Axios)
  • Hackers Stole $650,000 From Nonprofit and Got Away, Showing Limits to Law Enforcement’s Reach (Wall Street Journal — subscription)
  • Major Funding Partner Calls for UNC-Chapel Hill to Grant Tenure to Nikole Hannh-Jones (NC Policy Watch)
  • After Slashing Expenses, the NRA Has Once Again Balanced Its Budget (Trace)

Naming Rights and Donor Controversy

  • U. of Michigan to Keep GOP Chair and University Regent Weiser’s Name on Building (Detroit Free Press)
  • Glasgow U. Bows to Pressure and Removes Name of Billionaire Donors Accused Over U.S. Drugs Catastrophe (Sunday Post)

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