Slots dispute goes underground

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Billboards for the SugarHouse casino on Delaware Avenue herald a future with slot machines for 22 empty riverfront acres. But it’s a fascination with the past that is drawing new attention – and controversy – to the project.”

Source: Slots dispute goes underground

Nonprofit with for-profit ideas

April 21, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Resources for Human Development is a growing social service agency that manages $165 million in contracts in 11 states. The Philadelphia nonprofit serves people who are homeless, mentally ill, developmentally disabled and drug addicted.”

Source: Nonprofit with for-profit ideas

Awards banquet to help local scholarship fund

April 15, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Donald Birts never ducked his responsibilities, not as a trailblazing businessman or as a philanthropist who has given away hundreds of scholarships over more than two decades through his ‘Ducky Birts Scholarship Fund.'”

Source: Awards banquet to help local scholarship fund

Philadelphia’s Juvenile Resource Center wins MacArthur grant

April 10, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Juvenile Resource Center, the public-interest law firm founded in Philadelphia in 1975 to advocate for children in custody or the child-welfare system, has been awarded $500,000 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.”

Source: Philadelphia’s Juvenile Resource Center wins MacArthur grant

Donations decline from taxpayer refunds

April 10, 2008

USA Today reports, “Donations to charities and state programs through checkoff boxes on state income tax forms are dropping in some states as the number of causes vying for money grows.”

Source: Donations decline from taxpayer refunds

Phila. selected for Solar America City program

April 8, 2008

Inhabitat.com reports, “The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to build solid solar infrastructures. The announcement came at the New Frontiers in Energy Summit 2008 in Denver, Colorado, which is among the 2008 Solar America Initiative (SAI) cities. The overall program goals are to facilitate adoption of solar technology by individuals and businesses and to make solar electricity from photovoltaics a cost-competitive energy choice by 2015.”

Source: 12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

Giving in Pa. doubled from ’95 to ’05, report says

April 8, 2008

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “Charitable giving by Pennsylvania residents and foundations doubled from 1995 to 2005, but giving nationwide increased even more, according to a report released Monday.”

Source: Giving in Pa. doubled from ’95 to ’05, report says

Loss of energy grant will hurt many

April 7, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “More than 60,000 households will be shortchanged by the state’s decision for an early shutdown of its energy-assistance grant program for the poor, according to a new study.”

Source: Loss of energy grant will hurt many

Phila. nonprofit had little oversight under Street

April 3, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Unable to keep pace with its rapidly growing budget, Philadelphia Safe and Sound provided little oversight for the millions in taxpayer dollars it received under former Mayor John F. Street, according to a new report.”

Source: Report: Phila. nonprofit had little oversight under Street

Report Sketches Crime Costing Billions: Theft From Charities

March 31, 2008

The New York Times reports, “The volunteer treasurer of the Madison County Humane Society in Indiana was charged this month with using $65,000 of the charity’s money to buy jewelry and makeup. In San Francisco, the chief financial officer of the Music Concourse Community Partnership was fired after he was accused of taking $3.6 million of the organization’s money to play the stock market.”

Source: Report Sketches Crime Costing Billions: Theft From Charities

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