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Religious Revenue Down

church moneyThe giving by individuals to religious organizations is down from 50 percent of all donations made in 1974 to just about 31 percent today says the annual publication Giving USA. Behind religious organizations (31 percent), education issues came in second with 16 percent of all donations and human services at 12 percent.

Still, most donations came from Individuals (72 percent), followed by foundations (15 percent), bequests (8 percent), and corporations (five percent).  Donations, however, remain an American tradition, “more people give, than vote,” said Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President of The Curtis Group during a panel discussion on philanthropy at the Hudson Institute in Washington.

However, Ruth McCambridge, editor and chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, see problems with the top 7 percent witnessing their wealth increase by 28 percent while the rest saw their wealth decrease by 4 percent since the Great Recession.  “It’s a relationship problem between the mega rich and the rest of society,” she says, referring to the fact that most donors give to others and causes they are familiar with.

Nonprofit fundraising numbers are close to returning to pre-recession levels earlier than expected reveals statistics from Giving USA. Most researchers predicted giving wouldn't return to pre-recession levels, realized in 2007 at $349.50 billion, until 2018.

Instability in Nigeria

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While Nigerian Ambassador Adebowale  Adefuye  tried to emphasis that there is a lot of good happening in Nigeria,  many of those at Representative Karen Bass’ African Policy Breakfast on the instability in Nigeria had additional thoughts.

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $510 billion, making it the largest economy in Africa, Adefuye boasted.  In second place is South Africa, which is worth $370 billion. However, the ambassador failed to mention that Nigeria’s GDP per head is only $2,700; South Africans are more than twice as rich.

Participants at the breakfast showed deep concern for the kidnapped 200 young women, but also used words such as “corruption” and “political disenfranchisement” to characterize the Nigerian government and the rise of the Boko Harem.  The ambassador also failed to answer how a government intolerant of gays and lesbians for cultural, historical, and religious reasons can win over an organization that is intolerant of "women equality" and “western education” for the same reasons.

He says the US is “monofocused” and countered that one in ten Blacks in the world are Nigerian, that the Boko Harem’s weapons are coming from Libya, and that the vigilantes are housed in only three of Nigeria’s 36 states.

The United States government invests about $700 million a year in Nigeria, largely its military - - or about the amount of money New Jersey Governor Christie had to cut from every state department to keep this year’s New Jersey state budget balanced.

U.S. Election 2014

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The New South – White:  Since 1990, Georgia has gone from being 71 percent to 60 percent White, North Carolina from 76 percent to 69 percent White, and Virginia from 77 percent to 69 percent White.

The New South – Non-White:  During the same period, the non-White population has grown in Georgia from 30 to 43 percent, in North Carolina from 24 to 32 percent and in Virginia from 25 to 33 percent. The largest increase of the non-White population has been among Hispanics (Spanish cultured) who can be of any race including of African descent.
The New South - Impact in Georgia: Georgia is a red state, but not so red as to be out of reach to the Democrats. Romney carried it in 2012, but got only 53% of the vote. Over 30% of the population is Black and nearly all of them are Democrats. If Senate Democrat Michelle Nunn get all of them to vote and also win 29% of the White vote, she will win. But that is a pretty big "if." Minority voters are notorious for skipping midterm elections, so she has her work cut out for her. On the other hand, she had no primary opponent and has spent the year until now raising money and setting up a ground game - - reports Electoral-Vote.Com.

jody hinceJody Hice believes that First Amendment (free speech) protections do not apply to Muslims, homosexuality is a disease like alcoholism, and women must obey their husbands. He won the Republican primary for a House seat in Georgia on Tueaday. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum supported Hice's opponent because they felt Hice was too far to the right. He is expected to win in November in the Republican district.

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Ben's Chili Bowl Opens at
National Airport

Ben’s Chili Bowl is now open at Washington National Airport.   The historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location celebration included a performance by another DC icon, the Chuck Brown Band.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”  Ben’s is near the Terminal B/C checkpoint.

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Washington , DC
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers
of the Civil Rights Movement
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street, NW
Thu, July 24, 6:30p-8:30p, free

Summer Spirit Festival
Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae,
BZB Marketplace
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD
Sat, Aug 2, 3p, $

The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Jack Morton Auditorium
The George Washington University
805 21st St. NW
Sat, Aug 2, 2p-7.30p

DC Africa Festival
DC Office of African Affairs
Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Sun, Aug 3, 12p–6p, free

New York City
Motown: The Truth Is a Hit
Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture
515 Lenox Ave
Through Sat, Jul 26, Free

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Harlem Week
Sun, July 27-Sat, Aug 23

St. Paul, MN

The Green Party of the United States
2014 Annual National Meeting
Macalester College
Thu, July 24-Sun, July 27

Wilmington, DE
Annual Peoples’ Festival 4Peace Tribute
to Bob Marley

Tubman Garret Riverfront Park
Sat, Jul 26, 12p-10p, $

On The Road to Freedom: The Civil Rights Act
of 1964
featuring C.R. Gibbs and Frank Smith
H.U.R Voices
SiriusXM Channel 141
Fri, July25, 3p ET

Report Says: 25% Prison Population Reduction OK

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A new report from The Sentencing Project finds that the three states that led the nation in reducing prison populations during the past decade experienced substantial declines in crime as well. Coming at a time of a national crime drop, the crime reductions in New York, New Jersey, and California generally outpaced national rates.

The report, Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States, documents a 26% reduction in the prison populations of New York and New Jersey between 1999 and 2012, and a 23% decline in California from 2006 to 2012. During these periods violent crime rates declined more substantially in these three states than at the national level. Property crime rates in New York and New Jersey also outpaced national declines, while in California the reduction was slightly below the national trend.

“We now know that we can achieve substantial reductions in prison populations without compromising public safety,” stated Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project and co-author of the report. “There’s no reason to believe that we can’t see greater reductions in the coming years as well.”

Note: You will find other intersting articles by incarcerated Tyrone Colbert (pictured top) and others in The Other Side department.
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IRS Makes Creating Charities Easier

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Organizations raising $50,000 or less per year and assets of $250,000 or less will find it easier to apply for charity status.  Instead of a 26-page application, you will complete a three-page online registration and pay only $400. The new 501(c)(3) form, 1023-EZ, is available now.

“This is a common-sense approach that will help reduce lengthy processing delays for small tax-exempt groups and ultimately larger organizations as well,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The change cuts paperwork for these charitable groups and speeds application processing so they can focus on their important work."

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