Tax bill will not repeal Johnson Amendment | Tax bill will not repeal Johnson Amendment | Hewlett Foundation ramps up giving on climate action
December 15, 2017
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Tax bill will not repeal Johnson Amendment
Tax bill will not repeal Johnson Amendment
The Johnson Amendment has survived a repeal threat as part of negotiations on a final tax legislation deal, with Republicans agreeing to leave the repeal measure out of the final bill. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he would "continue to fight all attempts" to eliminate the measure, as President Donald Trump is expected to continue repeal efforts after pledging in February to "totally destroy" the amendment.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/14),  Nonprofit Quarterly (12/15),  The Chronicle of Philanthropy (12/15) 
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Hewlett Foundation ramps up giving on climate action
The Hewlett Foundation has increased its commitment to climate action by 20% and will invest $600 million in the cause through 2023. "There's a window now, where we think if we get it right, we can really avoid some pretty significant damages going forward," said Jonathan Pershing, environment program director.
Inside Philanthropy (12/14) 
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Girl Scouts launches new STEM initiative
The Girl Scouts launched an awareness campaign and is expanding its Think Like a Programmer initiative in elementary schools with the goal of preparing at least 2.5 million girls for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by 2025. The campaign includes a video in which five Girl Scouts play the roles of current and past female STEM icons.
Fast Company online (12/12) 
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Gates Foundation pledges $300M to help farmers in Asia, Africa
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will invest $300 million in a new initiative to help small farmers in Africa and Asia prepare for the effects of climate change. The funds will be used to research crops that can tolerate rising heat, drought, new weather patterns, and new pests and diseases.
Reuters (12/12) 
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Boards in Action
New York Philharmonic raises $50M under new president
Since assuming her post as the New York Philharmonic's new president and CEO a few months ago, Deborah Borda has helped the organization raise $50 million to offset its ongoing budget issues. Borda, who has also made new executive appointments and delayed costly renovations, said the money gives the institution the stability it needs to focus on new programming and welcome its new music director.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/12) 
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Strategic Leadership
Improving your outlook starts with reframing thoughts
Reframing involves deliberately changing how we think about a negative situation, write Linda Bloom and Charlie Bloom. "Through an understanding and trust of this transformative process, we come to have faith that periods of decline, whether they last for minutes or months, can become periods of vibrancy," they write.
Psychology Today (12/14) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Report: Women gave 63% of #GivingTuesday 2016 donations
Women accounted for 51% of all charitable contributions over a 20-month period, and 63% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday 2016, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Women's Philanthropy Institute attributed the trend to several possible factors, including that women are solicited more often, use social media more and are more likely to support giving circles.
The NonProfit Times (Morris Plains, N.J.) (12/14) 
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More action needed on tropical diseases, says Gates Foundation exec
Fighting neglected tropical diseases has become a global initiative and nonprofits have joined with government agencies and other entities to treat more than 1 billion people worldwide, but more action is needed, says Katey Owen, director for neglected tropical diseases at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While Guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness and other diseases are down, Owen said, they will come back if the sector lets up on its work.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/14) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
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Board diversity: It's time to act!
BoardSource's Leading with Intent study surfaced a hard fact -- even though nonprofit board leaders value board diversity, they're not making it a priority when recruiting new board members. And as Anne Wallestad, president and CEO of BoardSource, says in a recent blog post: "In the social sector, a board that lacks racial and ethnic diversity risks a dangerous deficit in understanding on issues of critical importance to the organization's work and the people it serves." Read more on the BoardSource blog.
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