June 29, 2012
Issa: House Bill Will Save Nonprofit Postal Rates
The NonProfitTimes is reporting that the section of a U.S. Postal Service reform bill in Congress that would have eliminated discounted nonprofit postal rates during a 12-year period has been eliminated from the legislation.
According to Tony Conway, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Managers in Washington, D.C., Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the leading sponsor of the postal reform bill, H.R. 2309, informed the Alliance that Section 403 of the bill will be deleted when it goes to the House floor for a vote later this summer.
The Times reports that Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for Issa, confirmed the section had been removed. The Alliance had strongly opposed Section 403. The Times continues:
“We have averted a serious problem,” said Meta Brophy, director, publishing operations at Consumer Reports in Yonkers, N.Y., and board chair of the Alliance. “Congratulations to the Alliance members that took the time to educate their Representatives about the importance of this issue. And kudos to Chairman Issa and his colleagues, who recognized the importance of preserving the benefits offered by the nonprofit sector to a healthy civil society, especially now, when the government’s resources have become so overstretched.”
June 28, 2012
Panel Discussion to Examine "Giving USA" Report
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is reporting that its featuers editor, Holly Hall, will tomorrow moderate a panel discussion about this year's "Giving USA" report. The event will be held at the Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal in Washington, D.C. It begins at noon Eastern Time, and will be available via Webcast.
June 27, 2012
Seventeen Entrepreneurs Receive Grants to Promote African Economic Growth
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Western Union, and the Western Union Foundation on Monday announced the names of seventeen U.S.-based entrepreneurs who will receive matching grants to fund innovative business plans and help promote economic growth in Africa through the second African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM II) competition.
Launched in 2009, ADM II is a public-private initiative that works to harness the knowledge and resources of U.S.-based entrepreneurs to advance the ability of small- and midsize enterprises in Africa to secure capital. Forty-four of the nearly five hundred plans submitted — most in the categories of
agribusiness, information and communications technology, and renewable energy —
vied for the top awards.
According to Philanthropy News Digest,
Winning proposals included a Kenyan agribusiness that is implementing
sustainable "zero-waste" practices through the commercial production of
high-efficiency organic fertilizer; the first legal technology provider in
Tunisia; an alternative-power generator in Liberia that utilizes agricultural
waste; and an online medical information delivery system in Nigeria. Each
awardee is eligible for a total investment of up to $70,000, which includes up
to $50,000 in matching cash grants and as much as $20,000 in technical
Commenting on ADM II, USAID administrator, Rajiv Shah, said: "The African Diaspora Marketplace will strengthen and help satisfy demand for locally produced products and services. These businesses will buy, sell, and hire from within the communities they serve, putting money into the local economy, building local capacity, and fueling broad-based economic development."