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They might not be National Security Agency spies, but prospect researchers have more and easier access to data than ever. Researchers can find where you live, where you work, what you do, frequency and recency of donations, and your propensity to give, all without secret court orders or the complicity of data carriers.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) of Columbia Falls, Maine, started by mistake. It was 1992 and Karen Worcester’s company, Worcester Wreath Co., bought about 5,000 too many wreathes. The Worcester family decided to bring those wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and place them on graves of soliders. More than two decades later, WAA’s yearly revenue tops $4.5 million.
The ongoing reorganization of Girl Scouts of the USA (GUSA) has carved more than a quarter of the 325 employees from the national headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.
On the same day that state health exchanges debuted, the federal government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years in a Congressional showdown over funding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In his brief spot on NPR recently, sports writer and commentator Frank Deford noted that 16,000 volunteers had been recruited to help at the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey slated for Feb. 2, 2014. Remarking on the millions of dollars involved in this commercial event, he asked: “Why would anybody volunteer to work for free for the Super Bowl? Would you volunteer to work free for Netflix or Disney World?”
There’s no official count but the guess is that roughly 140,000 words have been expended in the General Ramblings column over the years. Many words have seen repeated use, such as of, and, that, who, whom. There have been many humorous words and occasional harsh language but verbiage has generally been tempered in a voice of idea exchange.
The American Red Cross’s $307 million hasn’t fixed it yet, and neither has the Robin Hood Foundation’s $73 million. The New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, devastated by Super Storm Sandy one year ago this month took lifetimes to build and “was destroyed in hours, and will take months and years to rebuild,” said Roger Lowe, senior vice president of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based American Red Cross.
“There was no warning, not like for hurricanes or blizzards. During this period, we knew we were in a drought. It started raining and people said, ‘well, we need the moisture.’ But then it didn’t stop.”
Benjamin Jealous was just 35 when he was selected to run the NAACP. He was one of the youngest chief executives in the nation, running one of the oldest advocacy organizations.
Fresh off a settlement with the state attorney general’s office, a California veterans charity has filed suit against its longtime direct mail vendor, seeking more than $5 million in compensatory damages.
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