On Philanthropy: Start planning your year-end giving now
In 2019, U.S. giving to charity totaled nearly $450 billion. Historically, nearly one-third of that amount takes place in December, with 12% of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year!December and last-minute giving is often rushed, not well-planned, nor strategic. In order to maximize the impact of your giving, whether personal or in your business, start planning your approach to year-end donations now. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your donations have a lasting and significant impact.—Engage your family members in conversations about what issues and cause...
Tribune News Service
Bon Jovi digs deep with new '2020' album: 'As you see the world and its injustices, one would hope you grow'
Jon Bon Jovi and the band he has proudly led since 1983 achieved perhaps their biggest blaze of glory as 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the New Jersey-bred singer, songwriter and guitarist isn’t about to rest on his laurels, especially not when the nation is beset with constant social and political unrest, widespread economic woes and the life-changing COVID-19 pandemic, which has struck two of his band mates and his 18-year-old son, Jacob.That is why the Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning troubadour rolled up his sleeves, literally and figuratively, and set out to lend a ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trump seizes on conservative group's claim of fraud in Minneapolis election
MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota called for an investigation Monday into a conservative activist group’s allegations of illegal mail-in ballot “harvesting” in a special Minneapolis City Council election this summer.A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said the department was “in the process of looking into the validity” of the group’s statements. Meanwhile the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said they were made aware of the allegations in the media but had received no information or cases involving so-called ballot harvesting in any elec...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mac Engel: Mike McCarthy is saved by the Dallas Cowboys in miracle win over Atlanta
ARLINGTON, Texas — In his home debut, the Dallas Cowboys saved their head coach from being fired after two games.Mike McCarthy was handed the game ball by his players after his first win as the Cowboys head coach, but he should donate it to charity because he tried to give the game away.The final stat line shows the Dallas Cowboys won 40-39 over the Atlanta Falcons through a series of events that not even the Almighty would have believed possible.They did it in front of an NFL COVID record 21,708 socially-distanced fans at AT&T Stadium, after playing one of the worst halves of football this fr...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Group pitches big changes to Stone Mountain Park's Confederate imagery
ATLANTA — A local activist group made its pitch Monday for a reimagined Stone Mountain Park, asking officials to work with them on a wide-ranging plan to remove, relocate and contextualize the Confederate imagery that defines one of Georgia’s most popular and divisive attractions.Some of those officials — board members of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association — have recently expressed a willingness to address the area’s history more completely. The association is purportedly already discussing additions to the park.But board Chairman Ray Stallings Smith III said sweeping changes like those b...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Crisis within a crisis:' Already endangered by COVID-19, farms and farmworkers face new threat from wildfires
When Brewster, Wash., resident Erandy Montiel heard during the wildfires early last week that a large group of farmworkers had been evacuated to a city park, she went with her mom to see if they could help. Her father, Francisco Montiel, was a farmworker who died of COVID-19 in August, and she has been advocating for more protections for those in the fields and warehouses.“It broke our hearts,” she said of what she saw Tuesday evening.The men she met — foreign guest workers from a labor camp run by a Bridgeport orchard — told Montiel they had spent a cold night without blankets, some in buses ...
The Seattle Times
Steve Bannon co-defendant in border wall scam case fumes over being called 'fraudster'
NEW YORK — The founder of the We Build the Wall charity is outraged by the feds’ description of him as a “fraudster” who used charitable donations for a “lavish lifestyle.”An attorney for Brian Kolfage said Monday that the comments, contained in a press release announcing the indictment of him, former White House adviser Steve Bannon and two others, were “inappropriate.”“We can’t have a situation where the government takes shots, calling my client a fraudster and saying he’s living this lavish lifestyle,” attorney Harvey Steinberg said in a telephonic Manhattan Federal Court hearing.Prosecutor...
New York Daily News
Black activist shot in rural Pennsylvania while marching to DC
At least one person was wounded in rural Pennsylvania when a group of civil-rights activists were shot at while marching from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. — a terrifying scene that was partially caught on a Facebook Live video late Monday night.The footage shows two men coming out of a house in Bedford County, with one of them holding what appeared to be a rifle before several shots could be heard. At least one of the shots struck a Black man who then rushed to a car with blood all over his head.“I got shot in the face,” he was heard telling his friends from the backseat of the vehicle, accor...
New York Daily News
On Philanthropy: Communities and nonprofits need corporate giving now more than ever
Just one year ago, in 2019, U.S. corporate philanthropy increased by 13.4% over 2018 to $21.09 billion. However, those donations represented a mere 5% of the nearly $450 billion in total U.S. giving.Today, the world has changed and we are experiencing the triple whammy of the uncontrolled coronavirus, the long-overdue expansion of the racial justice movement and the deepest economic crisis of our lives. Now is the time when the help of the many businesses that are still profitable is urgently needed. Not only will enhanced corporate philanthropy support nonprofits in the communities in which t...
Tribune News Service
Struggling farmers work with overwhelmed food banks to stay afloat
As the pandemic shut down restaurants this spring, California farmers and ranchers saw their markets drop by half, leaving many with fields full of crops but no buyers. And as millions of people lost their jobs, the state’s food banks needed to triple their food supply.Fortunately for California, the state had a long-standing initiative tailor-made to help with these twin crises. The Farm to Family program, run by the California Association of Food Banks and the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture, pays farmers to send surplus produce to food banks.“All the farmers in California that we...