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  • Raise Your Hand Texas Receives $50 Million for Teaching Scholarships
    By webmaster@philanthropynewsdigest.org (Matt Sinclair) - Wednesday Jul 12, 2017

    The gift from businessman Charles Butt will fund an initiative to provide scholarships for high school students committed to a career in teaching....

    Source: Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
  • Manistee County Community Foundation Receives $15 Million Bequest
    By webmaster@philanthropynewsdigest.org (Kyoko Uchida) - Tuesday Jun 6, 2017

    The bequest from Forest R. Minger, Jr. will create a college scholarship fund and a fund in support of the county's recreational programs and facilities....

    Source: Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
  • WGN America Lands Crime Dramas ‘100 Code,’ ‘Pure’ and ‘Shoot the Messenger’
    By Tim Molloy, provided by
    - Tuesday Aug 8, 2017

    The network has secured the U.S. rights for three crime-focused shows — “100 Code,” “Shoot the Messenger,” and “Pure” — which will join the previously announced Anna Paquin-fronted “Bellevue” to add to the network’s stash of “primecrime” programming.When a high school hockey star wrestling with his gender identity goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder (Anna Paquin) must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart.A gritty political-crime thriller centering on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police, “Shoot the Messenger” follows Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque), a young reporter trying to balance a messy personal life with a burgeoning career. Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder she thinks is gang related, only to find herself slowly drawn into an interconnected web of criminal and illicit sexual activity that reaches into the corridors of corporate and political power.With help from her editor Mary Foster (Alex Kingston), co-worker Simon Olenski (Lucas Bryant), and lead homicide detective Kevin Lutz (Lyriq Bent), Daisy uncovers a cover-up so scandalous it could bring down the government.“Shoot the Messenger” is produced by Jennifer Holness and Victoria Woods for Hungry Eyes Film & Television Inc. in association with CBC Television and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.Inspired by true events, “Pure” is the journey of Noah Funk-newly elected Mennonite pastor-who is determined to rid his community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a transborder smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels. NY, “Justified” as Detective Bronco Novak; and Oscar and Golden Globe Nominee Rosie Perez (“Search Party,” White Men Can’t Jump) as DEA Agent Phoebe O’Reilly.Developed by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), “100 Code” stars Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as New York Detective Tommy Conley and the late Michael Nyqvist (John Wick, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as the by-the-book Swedish detective Mikael Eklund.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Daily Dish
  • Len Herzstein, Giants Balldude, dies
    By Sam Whiting - Tuesday Aug 1, 2017

    Mr. Herzstein was a retired retailer and college math instructor before he spent 18 seasons happily clodhopping after foul balls.While still in the service he was enrolled at University of Notre Dame and then transferred to Stanford University where he earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1948.While at Stanford, he met a fellow student, Ruth Allan, and they married while still undergraduates.After the children were raised, Mr. Herzstein was divorced and moved to the hills of San Bruno to be near Skyline College, where he became an instructor of mathematics and business.Every member of the volunteer foul ball shag team wears a jersey with the word “Balldude” stitched on the back, but Mr. Herzstein customized his by having his name added to it.After a World Series victory in 2010, Mr. Herzstein slapped manager Bruce Bochy a high five and somehow lost his glove in the process.Giants President Larry Baer wrote a letter to Mr. Herzstein on his 90th birthday stating he served as a model and inspiration for many others who longed to be ‘just like Len.’In retirement, Mr. Herzstein served on the San Mateo Community College District Foundation Board, and the California High School Certification Board.A scholarship fund in his name is endowed at Skyline College.In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the Len Herzstein Scholarship Fund at Skyline College.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Sam Whiting
  • William & Mary Law School Receives $5 Million Gift
    By webmaster@philanthropynewsdigest.org (Matt Sinclair) - Thursday Aug 3, 2017

    The gift from the estate of Dorothy Arthur will support programming and scholarships at the W&M Law School....

    Source: Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
  • School choice program raises questions about accountability
    By SALLY HO, Associated Press - Friday Aug 11, 2017

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them.Unlike traditional school vouchers, which are directly funded by the states or in the case of Washington, D.C., the federal government, these programs don't use any public money.Depending on who you ask, the programs are either another avenue for school choice drawing on the generosity of taxpayers, or a workaround to existing bans on giving public money to religious organizations — in this case schools — with a set-up that's ripe for abuse.Nevada lawmakers secured a $20 million boost for the scholarships this year, after Republicans suffered a crushing blow when they couldn't get money for their embattled Education Savings Accounts, a different type of school choice program.Assemblyman Paul Anderson, a Republican, said government transparency laws do not and should not apply to the tax-credit scholarships because the tax component is confidential by nature, and the private sector is handling the rest.The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy say loopholes in the tax code would allow contributors to both eliminate their state tax bill and also get a charitable deduction off their federal taxes, and in some cases, also their state taxes.Carl Davis, the Washington-based think tank's research director, likened the system to a money-laundering tax scheme because the contributions are officially considered donations — even if the scholarship money goes to for-profit schools.EdChoice, a leading school choice advocacy group, defends the tax-credit program, saying it's accountable to parents who can choose to take their kids elsewhere if they don't like a school, even if there are, like in all government programs, some cases of abuse.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Top News Stories
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