The Vermont Legislature passed a new tax measure Saturday that will prevent residents from deducting charitable contributions from their state income tax filings in exchange for a 5% tax credit on donations up to $20,000. "Charitable gift caps effectively eliminate the incentive to give additional dollars above the cap," leaders from 32 nonprofits argued in a letter last month.
Music education and community outreach are central to the Las Vegas Philharmonic's operations, says President and CEO Jeri Crawford. The nonprofit's new Music Van works with children of all ages, performs music therapy for seniors and puts on community events with opportunities to play instruments.
Nonprofits can engage the public and turn awareness efforts into donations with a communications strategy that includes well-written messages, social media, media relations and donor outreach. First, develop a concise message, then use it to develop a media-relations plan that targets a specific audience, leverages storytelling and enlists media personnel to interview or otherwise engage with the organization.
Marie Stopes Kenya and Ideo.org have developed Future Fab, a new brand platform that encourages the use of contraception in Kenya. The brand centers around the idea "own your future" and uses examples of young women pursuing various dreams, like attending college or playing soccer.
Opposition from Democrats and conservative Republicans led the House of Representatives to reject a massive farm bill in a floor vote today. A dispute over pending immigration legislation kept conservatives from supporting the bill.
According to how much space special investigations documents take up at the National Archives, the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton -- which continued even after Clinton left office -- was the largest probe, with 3,149 cubic feet of documents. The Watergate investigation has 1,362 cubic feet, and the Iran Contra probe has 1,948 cubic feet.
Thousands of Palestinians were injured and 60 were killed in a single day of protests this week while one Israeli soldier suffered minor injuries -- a contrast that suggests Israel has had a "disproportionate response," says United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. The International Criminal Court has warned that the escalating violence could justify an investigation.
More than 16,000 babies have been born in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh in the past nine months, and only 3,000 of them were delivered in medical facilities, according to UNICEF. "Around 60 babies a day are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma and, at times, rape," says UNICEF representative Edouard Beigbeder.
Climate change will play a larger role in driving human migration than violence or political conflicts, warns Ovais Sarmad, deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sarmad says rising sea levels, destructive storms and droughts will drive increasing numbers of people from their homes, and he urges the global community to welcome those displaced by weather.
Cybercrime facilitates a host of other criminal activities, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, illicit arms sales and money laundering, says Yury Fedotov, director-general of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Digital money laundering is expected to double in the next two years, and Fedotov urges global leaders to tackle the issue.