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    PNS Daily News - January 28, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the LDS Church is supporting laws that protect LGBT Americans; and federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup; and a new report shows that income inequality may be worse than previously reported.

Philanthropy

PHOTO: Students from Oregon State University Cascades spent last year's MLK Day helping at the Bend Community Center. This year, the list of Central Oregon projects has grown from 10 to 22. Photo credit: Michelle Bauer.

BEND, Ore. - It's less than a week until the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday in King's name has become a national day of service, and some Oregonians have taken that mission to heart. In Central Oregon, Volunteer Connect has lined up 22 projects for chari ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer advocates suggest if you want to get the most bang for your buck with your charitable donations in 2015, you should first do some homework. Credit: M. Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - Now that 2015 has arrived, some people are making decisions about how to get the most bang for their buck with their charitable contributions in the new year. Local advocates suggest you do some research before you donate. Jackie MacKnight, director of community relations for th ...Read More

PHOTO: The Maine Community Foundation, which has lent helping hands to almost every nonprofit organization in the state, will be 32 years old next year. It is commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s first community foundation. Photo credit: Artotem/Flickr.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - America is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation, begun in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. Locally, the Maine Community Foundation will be 32 next year. Meredith Jones, president and CEO of the Foundation, says it dates back to a summer resident, Bob Blu ...Read More

Photo: South Dakota is offering scholarships to students willing to work for 3 years. Picture by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state will partner with businessman T. Denny Sanford to begin the Build Dakota scholarship program. Sanford will donate $25 million, which the state will match. The program would provide 300 scholarships per year to students who commit to ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP of Pennsylvania has a Fraud Watch website that's available to all consumers to learn how to prevent fraud, which is especially high during the holidays. Graphic courtesy AARP of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA - December is a time to make merry, and scammers have their own ideas for how to celebrate at others' expense. Mary Bach, who chairs AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force in Pennsylvania, said the organization has initiated a Fraud Watch Network to counteract them. "There are lots and lot ...Read More

PHOTO: The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for scammers. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a free, online resource guide so Californians can protect themselves from holiday scams. Photo credit: Batman2000/FeaturePics.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It may be the season of giving, but it's unfortunately the season of taking too. Whether it's an online shopping scam, gift card fraud or a fake charity asking for donations, AARP fraud expert Sally Hurme says always think twice before giving out personal information. "Whether ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a ...Read More

PHOTO: Scammers have found ways to grab cash right off of gift cards, a problem that seems to peak during the holidays. Photo credit: J. Oster.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It is the season of giving - but for con artists, it's the season of taking, and consumers have to be wary. Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP South Dakota, said the group has developed some tools to outsmart the scammers through its Fraud Watch Network. For example, she sai ...Read More

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