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Making a difference without millions – how Americans give

Can everyday people make a difference in their communities without millions of dollars? Researchers believe that philanthropy is far more multifaceted than wealthy individuals writing checks to nonprofit organizations.... Read more»

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Arizona nonprofits to mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 with national day of service

Across the state, many nonprofits are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through community outreach on the National Day of Service and Remembrance. ... Read more»

Asylum seekers dropped off in Arizona towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

As Customs and Border Protection facilities in Arizona began to be overwhelmed by asylum seekers in February and the agency began releasing hundreds, local nonprofit organizations have stepped in to aid asylum seekers in towns that lack infrastructure and resources.... Read more»

Formerly for-profit Grand Canyon University seeks recognition as nonprofit

Grand Canyon University sued the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday in an attempt to force the federal agency to recognize the Christian school’s nonprofit status, as the Internal Revenue Service and state of Arizona already have.... Read more»

Nonprofits seeking public information at record rates

Advocacy groups are filing more lawsuits against the federal government for access to public records than ever before, according to a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal information research center based at Syracuse University.... Read more»

What happens when a dark money group blows off IRS rules? Nothing

To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The group spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so... Read more»

Nonprofits spent money on Az campaigns despite donor warnings

Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eked out wins in both states with help from four so-called “dark money” nonprofits, whose funding can be traced back to the network of organizations backed by the Koch brothers.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Broadway Boulevard project discussed

Ron Spark and Laura Tabili of the Broadway Coalition Steering Committee, plus interviews with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, and Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

Donations from nonprofits to Americans for Responsible Solutions — including a $10,000 contribution from Bette Midler's family foundation — will be returned because the donors violated tax laws, the gun-control group founded by Gabrielle Giffords said.... Read more»

Phoenix charities get middling scores on national ranking of nonprofits

Charities in the Phoenix area ranked 23rd among the nation’s 30 major metro areas for financial performance, accountability and transparency in 2013, according to a recent report. ... Read more»

Soros charitable foundation sometimes leans right

George Soros may be one of the nation’s top liberal political benefactors, but his company’s charitable program encourages employees to donate to any cause they would like — even if it potentially conflicts with his political ideology.... Read more»

Charitable 'matches' used to entice PAC giving

Federal law prohibits companies from donating directly to political candidates, which is why individual employees must voluntarily fund corporate-sponsored political action committees — and their bosses can't force them to donate. Yet one enticement companies are using to attract PAC support is a program that will "match" employees’ donations with contributions to charities of their choosing.... Read more»

Do nonprofits' names imply political activity?

Trevor Potter — a Republican lawyer and president of the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for stronger campaign finance regulations — says that the Internal Revenue Service is right to be on the lookout for organizations with a “significant amount of political activity.”... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Downtown a home for creative class

Downtown is creating a home for the creative class. Co-working spaces such as Gangplank, Connect, Xerocraft and Maker House are popping up across the city center, laying the groundwork for a high-tech hub in the heart of the city, helping to retain those educated young people that were so eager to flee Tucson a few years ago.... Read more»

Gangplank opens new Downtown workspace

Co-working space Gangplank celebrated their grand re-opening in a newly decked-out suite in the historic Pioneer Building downtown Wednesday night. The nonprofit's goal is to offer a welcoming and supportive space for community members to connect, generate ideas, and take successful steps towards their personal business goals. ... Read more»

'Tea Party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

Tea party groups and other conservative nonprofits at the heart of a scandal rocking the Internal Revenue Service have, of late, largely avoided electoral politics, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission filings.... Read more»

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