Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Jeff Stein by Jeff Stein Email the author May 8 at 3:20 PM Email the author Marbell Castillo, center, holds her granddaughter Maia Powell, who is insured through the Children's Health Insurance Program. Nurse practitioner Molly Lalonde gives the baby a checkup in Burke, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) The Trump administration is asking Congress to approve a $7 billion cut to the Children's Health Insurance Program as part of a package to reduce a … [Read more...] about Are Republicans really proposing to cut funding for poor kids’ health insurance?
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After eight years at the helm of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, influential community leader Michael Johnson is leaving Madison to take his “dream job” as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati.“I finally agreed to everything last week, but it’s a very emotional decision for my family because I love this community,” Johnson said. “I’ve received so much support.”The Greater Cincinnati branch is the sixth largest United Way in the country, serving 10 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.Johnson came to the BGCDC in 2010, and has been credited with transforming the organization. In a Facebook post listing his proudest achievements, Johnson said the organization served just 1,800 children in 2010, a number that will increase to 8,000 by the end of 2018. The operating budget has grown by 318 percent since his arrival and the BGCDC raised over $25 million.A charismatic media presence, Johnson led community … [Read more...] about Boys and Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson to leave Madison for United Way position in Cincinnati
By Josh Baugh Published 11:07 am, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Mayor Ron Nirenberg will announce during his first State of the City Address today that he’s created a nonprofit to advocate for a modern multi-modal transit system that would be a major legacy for his administration. “ConnectSA” was officially formed Monday by the mayor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, according to a City Hall source. The nonprofit will be led by tri-chairmen and include a board of 20 to 25 members representing the city, Bexar County, the state and each region of the city. The board will meet monthly. ConnectSA’s tasks include gathering community input, gauging public buy-in — and promoting a modern, multi-modal transit plan — and eventually supporting a campaign to convince voters about the benefits of a bolstered mass-transit system in San Antonio. The nonprofit will not receive taxpayer dollars; it will raise private funds for its work. Local Channel … [Read more...] about Nirenberg to announce transit nonprofit at State of the City address
The tedious annual ritual of tax preparation is a chore for many Minnesotans. Nonprofit Prepare + Prosper sees the yearly accounting as something else — a multimillion dollar "money moment," when families in need get some help on tax preparation and, with a return coming their way, some financial coaching on savings, emergency funds and a more stable future. "There is no better time to think about saving," said Prepare + Prosper Executive Director Tracy Fischman. "We really have an opportunity to focus on the financial well-being of low- and moderate-income families." The nonprofit helped people claim $24.6 million in tax returns last year and expects to match those results this tax season. Prepare + Prosper does taxes for free for about 13,000 families and individuals, helping them avoid costly preparation fees and shady operators. To do the work, the nonprofit relies on the help of nearly 600 trained volunteers supervised by staff. Leo Gabriel, a Bethel University professor of … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Prepare + Prosper helps Minnesota families claim $24.6 million at tax time
Crowdfunding leader GoFundMe has agreed to acquire upstart rival YouCaring, the companies announced late yesterday, bringing further consolidation to an already concentrated industry. The companies declined to disclose the terms of the deal, beyond indicating that YouCaring’s brand would over time be subsumed by GoFundMe, as existing YouCaring campaigns wind down. “We’ve had conversations on and off, and now was the right time for it to come together,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon told Fast Company. Even before the acquisition, GoFundMe controlled roughly 90% of the social crowdfunding market in the U.S., and 80% of that market globally, according to the company’s own analysis. But Solomon dismissed concerns that having a single “giving layer for the internet,” as GoFundMe aspires to be, would disadvantage consumers by stifling competition. “We think that it’s ultimately very good for the market to give anyone who wants to raise … [Read more...] about GoFundMe keeps gobbling up competitors, says it’s “very good for the market”