Trump Aims to Get Government Out of National Service: The president’s budget proposal, which calls for ending AmeriCorps and slashing spending on the Peace Corps, breaks with eight decades of support by Republican and Democratic administrations for maintaining and expanding service programs, writes The New York Times. The budget plan states a goal of “returning responsibility to fund national service and volunteerism to the private and nonprofit sectors.”
Tex. Set to Let Groups Block Adoptions Based on Faith: Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign legislation that would allow Catholic Charities and other faith-affiliated adoption-service providers turn down prospective parents on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, or religious beliefs, even if the organizations receive state funding, reports The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Wealthy Arabs Begin to Adopt Public Philanthropy: While giving in the Middle East still focuses largely on zakat — the Islamic tradition of quietly donating a share of one’s wealth annually to help the needy — some Arab billionaires are promoting a broader brand of philanthropy that includes corporate social responsibility and megagifts to tackle social ills, reports CNN Money.
Opinion: G-7 Must Mobilize “New Recruits” to Tackle Migration Crisis: Writing in The Wall Street Journal (subscription), actor and activist George Clooney calls on world leaders meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Sicily to do more to harness business and philanthropy to aid refugees and address root causes of mass migration like war, famine, and corruption.
Journalists in Tex. Capital Launch Nonprofit for Data Reporting: A collaboration among several news organizations, the Austin Municipal Research Institute aims to quickly generate rigorous, original research on which to base coverage of local issues, going a step beyond typical data-reporting practices that rely on existing data, writes the Columbia Journalism Review.
Politically Connected Chicago Nonprofit Leader Convicted of Fraud: A federal jury found Franshuan Myles, head of the youth charity Divine Praise, guilty of putting a $60,000 state grant to personal use, reports the Chicago Tribune. The case drew attention due to Ms. Myles’s and the nonprofit’s ties to several area politicians.