Calif. Steering $20 Million in Emergency Grants to Health Groups: The state program aims to shore up community and Planned Parenthood clinics facing shortfalls as the Trump administration and congressional Republicans look to cut federal spending and undo the Affordable Care Act, Reuters reports.
Opinion: ‘Short-Term’ Giving No Answer for Jeff Bezos: Writing an open letter in Forbes to the Amazon billionaire — who issued a Twitter call last week for advice on whether to focus his giving on long-term impact or immediate, life-saving results — philanthropy consultant Jake Hayman calls the short-term approach “a flawed strategy based on a misunderstanding of how social change happens and a longing for personal gratification.” Share your view on how Jeff Bezos should structure his giving.
“Sham” Cancer Charity to Pay $350,000 in N.Y. Settlement: The Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation will also shut down under the agreement with the state attorney general’s office, which found that more than 90 percent of the charity’s fundraising take went to an outside solicitor who effectively ran the organization, the Associated Press writes.
Opinion: David Rubenstein a “Different” Kind of D.C. Billionaire: The New York Times’s Sunday Review profiles the philanthropist and financier, who has given tens of millions of dollars to support Washington cultural institutions and historical monuments and regularly hosts bipartisan social gatherings aimed at rekindling comity in the politically polarized capital.
Merger Produces Bicoastal Fundraising-Tech Firm: Telosa Software, founded by Silicon Valley philanthropist Susan Packard Orr to offer donor-management solutions, is uniting with DonorCommunity, a Florida company that provides cloud-based fundraising tools, reports the Miami Herald. The new outfit, called Arreva, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale but will maintain a Palo Alto, Calif., office.
Portland Marathon Governance Draws Federal Scrutiny: The Justice Department has opened an investigation into possible conflicts of interest at the nonprofit event, according to Portland television station KGW. The organization’s two board members collect six-figure salaries for their service and head a for-profit events company that says on its website that it works on the marathon.