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Pittsburgh Y Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization

May 11, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has filed for a formal reorganization under Chapter 11 in U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Y plans to close two facilities next month but is still responsible for about $75 million in net physical assets, about 25 percent more than a typical YMCA of its size.

Net Neutrality Rollback Set For June 11

May 10, 2018       Andy Segedin      

The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the rollback of Net Neutrality rules will take place on June 11, representing an end to Obama-administration regulations put in place in 2015. The five-person commission voted to roll back the rules in December by a 3-2 vote.

LDS To Drop Scouting To Launch Its Own Program

May 9, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Almost precisely five years after Boy Scouts of America (BSA) changed its membership policy to allow openly gay youth members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), which ultimately endorsed the policy change, announced it will end its century-old relationship with the scouting organization at the end of next year. LDS was the first charter organization of BSA in 1913 and represents about 425,000 of the 2.3 million youth members today, or about 18 percent.

Gates Foundation Commits $158M To Economic Mobility

May 7, 2018       Andy Segedin      

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $158 million over the next four years to identifying and breaking down barriers to domestic economic opportunity.

Lilly School Selects Dutch Scholar For International Chair

May 7, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Pamala Wiepking, Ph.D., will be the inaugural Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy and visiting associate professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Your Nonprofit Has RATs Spying On You Right Now

May 7, 2018       Lisa Traina      

When speaking on encryption and surveillance at Kenyon College in April 2016, James Comey, then the director of the FBI, divulged that he’d placed a piece of tape over the camera on his personal computer.

BSA Changes Program Name, Marketing To Entice Girls To Join

May 2, 2018       Paul Clolery      

The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) will change the name of its largest program to Scouts BSA as the push continues to welcome girls into the organization. The name change announcement was buried in a press release announcing a new marketing initiative called Scout Me In.

SVCF HR Leader Steps Downs, Investigation Continues

May 2, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

The top human resources executive at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) stepped down, the second top executive to leave the organization within two weeks.

Blackbaud Acquisition Ups Its Position in Higher Ed

May 1, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Blackbaud took another step into the higher education technology and fundraising market, acquiring Reeher, a St. Paul, Minn.-based predictive modeling platform for colleges and universities. The sale price was $40 million.

Politics Hampering Philanthropy In 40% Of The World

April 30, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

While the regulatory conditions for philanthropy have shown improvements in six of the 11 regions around the world since 2015, the overall philanthropic environment in about 40 percent of countries and economies evaluated remains restrictive. Political environments present significant challenges to philanthropic activity.