PNS Daily Newscast - May 28, 2020 

A grim milestone as U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 100,000; and 'housing justice' advocates fear folks who lost their jobs could lose their homes.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - OR: Philanthropy

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or

PHOTO: Oregon lawmakers are being asked to reinstate a crop-donation tax credit for farmers who grow extra produce for food banks and other nonprofit hunger-fighting groups. Photo credit:

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are being asked to revive a charitable tax break for farmers who grow crops to donate to their local food banks and other nonprofit groups. The state used to offer a 10 percent tax credit for crop donations, but it wasn't enough to cover costs of harvesting the

PHOTO: Yard and garden cleanup are just some of the tasks for volunteers on this National Day of Service. Close to 200 people in central Oregon have signed up for three major painting and fix-up projects for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy Volunteer Connect.

BEND, Ore. - For many Oregonians, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is more than a federal holiday - it's a day to honor Dr. King's legacy by volunteering. Almost 200 people have signed up for three big one-day projects in central Oregon. They are cleaning or painting today at community centers in Bend an

PHOTO: At the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, girls visit an incarcerated parent twice a month as part of

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Holidays are bound to be tough for kids with a parent in prison, and that's the case for about 1.75 million children in the U.S. A new report from Volunteers of America says resources to support these children and their caregivers are limited. For girls whose mothers are servin

PHOTO: With the investment and support of the Oregon IDA Initiative, Guadalupe and Antonio Avila-Guzmanís family have achieved their dream of owning a home in North Portlandís Portsmouth neighborhood.

PORTLAND, Ore. - There's one end-of-year gift idea that does double duty in Oregon. Donations to the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative (IDA) mean lower state taxes for the donor - and more money for the program to use to match the savings of lower-income Oregonians. IDA participants s


SALEM, Ore. - It's the Oregon Attorney General's list of who's been naughty - or at least, could be nicer - in the world of charitable solicitations. Groups on the "20 Worst Charities" list spend less than one in four of the donation dollars they receive on their charitable causes. For some of the g

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Education Association Foundation is the charitable arm of the teachers' union. It administers a fund donated by school employees and the public. Teachers or other school workers apply for small grants (typically up to $100) to help a student get new glasses, clothing, sho

PORTLAND, Ore. - About 1,500 Oregonians already have their goals in sight for the New Year. They are saving money for a house or vehicle, to go to college or start a small business. The amount they're able to save may be small, but it is tripled with matching money when they complete the Oregon Indi

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