Policy & Advocacy
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9/17/2019

One Texas HOA mandates every homeowner to have a surveillance camera or smart doorbell and to pay for the surveillance expense as part of their association dues. Some owners don't like paying for the security requirement, but law enforcement says the move could reduce crime.

9/17/2019

In California, when a board member misbehaves, the board can reprimand the person or ask the person to resign. Removal is a possibility but only when the option is part of the bylaws; otherwise, the courts would have to approve the removal or members of the association would have to vote to remove the person.

9/17/2019

One HOA resident in Mississippi planted a banana tree in a huge pothole to draw attention to the issue, but it was later removed. "I think the homeowners' association doesn't like it, but if it gets fixed, it's worth it," he said about the action he took and the possibility of getting fined for it.

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9/17/2019

A Florida HOA has backed off its request to have a police officer park her cruiser in the garage due to an association rule regarding government-issued vehicles. While the HOA is allowing the officer to park in her driveway since she was granted permission from the previous board, the HOA rule remains in effect.

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WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
9/17/2019

Sweetgreen has pledged $1 million to FoodCorps to help the nonprofit bring healthier lunches to school cafeterias. The funds will be spread across three focus areas, including adding a "flavor bar" for sauces and a "tasty challenge" that allows students to try and vote on various recipes featuring fruits and vegetables.

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Fast Company online
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9/17/2019

Nonprofits and the federal government could simplify the rules surrounding donor disclosure by making IRS Form 990, Schedule B available to the public, as it already bars anonymous contributions, writes Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. Donors who want to remain anonymous could also opt to give to organizations that aggregate gifts such as United Way and community foundations, he writes.

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Forbes
9/17/2019

Progress is being made on the UN's sustainable development goals, but more work is needed to meet the 2030 deadline for curbing child mortality and improving education, Bill Gates says.

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9/17/2019

The onePulse Foundation has purchased land in Orlando, Fla., to build a museum paying homage to the victims of a 2016 mass shooting that resulted in 49 deaths. The museum will be built near the site of the former Pulse nightclub, and a memorial will be placed at the site.

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9/17/2019

The Walton Family Foundation has named Caryl Stern its new executive director, effective in January. Stern previously served as president and CEO of UNICEF USA for 12 years.

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The Associated Press
9/17/2019

Women need to get comfortable with using their wealth to support philanthropy because they can achieve sweeping change and help future generations, says Women Moving Millions board member Mona Sinha. "Breaking barriers and being wealthy or even inheriting wealth is a wonderful thing because you can share that and change other people's lives," Sinha says.