Thursday, June 18, 2009
The New York Times reports that "President Dmitri A. Medvedev introduced legislation on Wednesday to ease some of the regulatory burdens on nonprofit groups. The current law was approved under Mr. Medvedev’s predecessor, Vladimir V. Putin, who asserted that hat foreign governments were using the groups to meddle in Russia’s affairs." No details yet on the bill's contents. For discussion of the Russia's current regulation of nonprofits, link here and here
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) has issued a call for contributions. Here is the text of the CFC.
Call for Contributions
ISTR 9th International Conference
"Facing Crises:Challenges and Opportunities Confronting the Third Sector and Civil Society"
The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce that the Call for Contributions for the 9th International Conference is published on our website (www.istr.org/conferences/istanbul/). The conference will be held at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 7-10, 2010.
The Call is currently available in English and Spanish; Arabic, Chinese, German and French languages will be added in the very near future.
The deadline for submissions is October 19, 2009.
For more information, see the ISTRwebsite at: www.istr.org/conferences/istanbul/
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Some for-profit newspapers have reduced the size of their staffs in the face of financial difficulty. In order to fill the gap in investigative reporting, they may soon be relying more heavily on the work of nonprofit organizations devoted to investigative journalism. As reported in the New York Times, the Associated Press announced that it will distribute work by four such organizations: ProPublica ("journalism in the public interest") Center for Investigative Reporting ("journalism dedicated to revealing injustice") The Center for Public Integrity ("investigative journalism in the public interest") The Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication. (The AP is itself operated as a nonprofit cooperative owned by 1,500 U.S. daily newspaper members, who elect its board of directors.)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued a report that claims that the U.S. government's actions in the fight against terrorism "have created a climate of fear that chills American Muslims’ free and full exercise of their religion through charitable giving, or Zakat, one of the “five pillars” of Islam and a religious obligation for all observant Muslims." The report, entitled "Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity: Chilling Muslim Charitable Giving in the “War on Terrorism Financing." The New York Times'' Stephanie Strom wrote about the new report on Monday, June 15.