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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy

Subject: Nonprofit ‘Salary Secrecy’ Targeted in the Name of Pay Equity

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The furor over critical race theory is being funded at least in part by an obscure foundation that gives money to organizations leading the charge and is linked to a vocal opponent of race or gender equity efforts, including in philanthropy. James Piereson, president of the William E. Simon Foundation, appears as the most involved official, by far, among four officers and managers listed on the Thomas W. Smith Foundation’s most recent Form 990 filings from 2019. The Thomas W. Smith Foundation has given more than $12.7 million “to 21 organizations attacking critical race theory,” which in addition to the Manhattan Institute, include the Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Claremont Institute, and the Federalist online magazine, among others. (Popular Information)

A few recent controversies over workplace conduct and diversity issues shed light on problems that tend to plague small arts nonprofits. Staff or board members have left institutions in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York State, and Oklahoma in the last couple of years, complaining of improprieties or inequities. These organizations, which offer visibility and support to rising artists, often operate with few resources and little oversight, and decision-making can suffer. Board members might lack expertise or not understand their responsibility to confront questionable ethical situations, or sometimes high-profile executives use their ability to woo artists or donors to escape consequences for inappropriate behavior. (Artnet News)

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  • Lee Pelton Has a Bold Vision for the Boston Foundation, but You’ll Need to Wait for the Details (Boston Globe)

Fighting Poverty

  • Pandemic-Driven Hunger Is Making the World More Unequal (Washington Post)
  • Providence, R.I., Guaranteed Income Experiment Will Give 110 Families $500 a Month for a Year (Boston Globe)
  • Maine to Make School Meals Free for All Students (Associated Press)

Arts and Culture

  • Calif.'s Nonprofit Theaters, Facing a Shaky Future, to Get $50 Million in Aid (New York Times)
  • Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Museum Workers Redouble Union Efforts (Bloomberg Law)
  • Seattle’s Intiman Theatre starts new chapter with a new home and a membership option that can cost less than Netflix (Seattle Times)
  • Genius at Work: 29 MacArthur Fellows Show Their Art in Chicago (New York Times)
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