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California Hospitals Halved Charity Care Spending Following ACA

Hospitals in California have been spending significantly less on charity care for low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation and Kaiser Health News, reports.


Grantmaking for Human Rights Efforts Totaled $2.8 Billion in 2016

Foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives totaled $2.8 billion in 2016, up from $2.4 billion in 2015, a report from Candid (formerly Foundation Center) and the Human Rights Funders Network finds.


Electronic Filing of Nonprofit Tax Returns Signed Into Law

President Trump has signed the final version of a bill requiring the electronic filing of nonprofit tax returns and the release of those forms to the public free of charge in a searchable, machine-readable format.


Soros, Koch Partner to Launch Foreign Policy Think Tank

Two mega-philanthropists at opposite ends of the political spectrum—George Soros and Charles Koch—have teamed up to launch a think tank focused on shifting U.S. foreign policy away from "forever war," the Boston Globe reports.


International Humanitarian Aid Totaled Nearly $29 Billion in 2018

International humanitarian assistance totaled a record $28.9 billion in 2018, an increase of 30 percent since 2014, but up just 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, a study by Development Initiatives finds.


Charitable Giving Up 0.7 Percent in 2018, Giving USA Finds

Produced by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 (executive summary) found that total giving in 2018, adjusted for inflation, fell 1.7 percent on a year-over-year basis, with an increase in giving by foundations and corporations offset by a decline in individual giving. The reports authors suggest that the sharp year-end decline in the stock market as well as the changed tax policy environment, including a doubling of the standard deduction, likely had a dampening effect on giving. Various studies suggest that, as a result of the change, the number of households that itemized their deductions may have dropped from more than 45 million in 2016 to between 16 million and 20 million in 2018.


Report Outlines Solutions for Closing Racial Gaps, Advancing Equity

A report from the Urban Institute calls on civic leaders, advocates, elected officials, and philanthropists to address the legacy of structural racism in the United States and advance racial equity by taking steps to close four large equity gaps between people of color and white people.


Survey Finds College Students Divided Over Free Speech vs. Inclusivity

U.S. college students are divided over whether protecting free speech under the First Amendment is more important than promoting a more inclusive society, a report from College Pulse and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds.


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