The North Country Children's Museum in Potsdam, N.Y., has received a $15,000 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation, allowing it to reach its $1 million fundraising goal and bringing it closer to opening its doors. "We are eager to open our doors to serve the community and the timing of this grant assures we can achieve our mid-April timeline," said Sharon Williams, the museum's executive director.
National Geographic has narrowed its $25,000 Chasing Genius contest down to 10 finalists with innovative tech-based solutions to tackle major world issues. One of the finalists, PocketChange, has proposed a microdonation button for Facebook that would be prompted by issue-related posts and would allow users to seamlessly donate 25 cents to $2 to charities.
A black-white wealth gap persists in the US, according to a study by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau. Data based on outcomes for millions of children now in adulthood show black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys from similar backgrounds.
Last year, Vail, Colo., began regulating short-term rentals and requiring homeowners to obtain a rental license. HOAs can use the new rules to track those operating without a license.
A ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals reversing thousands in fines by the Turtle Rock HOA represents a setback for all HOAs in the state, according to attorney Beth Mulcahy. HOAs in Arizona must create and publicly approve a list of fines, or fines cannot be enforced.
An illustrator turned to Twitter to help identify the only unnamed person in a photo of scientists at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales -- a young black woman among more than 30 men. Social media users did research and made suggestions, before the woman was identified as Sheila Minor Huff, now 71 and retired after a career in federal government.
The US nonprofit sector employed more than 10.6% of the nation's workforce in 2013, yet 50% of organizations struggle financially and up to 8% are technically insolvent, writes Bruce DeBoskey. Philanthropists can combat the issue, he writes, by ensuring nonprofits have enough funding for overhead, offering less restricted funding and encouraging restructuring and mergers.
Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill to cap the charitable giving eligible for the state's 5% percent tax credit, limiting the amount to $10,000. "It is shortsighted to cap deductions," writes John Killacky, executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vt. "Any gains in tax revenue would come at the expense of the already undercapitalized nonprofits."
Graphic designer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and various comic book industry leaders are partnering on a new anthology focused on Puerto Rico's post-Hurricane Maria recovery, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting El Puente and other nonprofits. The text will feature DC Comics characters and Puerto Rican heroine La Borinquena.
Freelance industrial designer Rashard Glover formed a company to make at least five prosthetic arms a month through an after-school program to be given away free of charge. His nonprofit Global Glover Technology is seeking grant money to develop into a national program.