Opinion | Martin Regg Cohn: Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good

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In the dying days of the last Liberal dynasty, I documented how fundraising had reached a fever pitch — with frenzied ministers weighed down by donation quotas adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep their seat at the cabinet table. Pressured into action, then-premier Kathleen Wynne imposed tough new rules to reform Ontario’s “wild west” of fundraising.

In 2016, her government prohibited corporate and union contributions. It backed up the ban with a requirement that all donors sign a formal declaration that they weren’t getting around the ban by slyly funnelling big money through individual donations from various corporate officers of the same company.

Upon taking power, the Ford government bizarrely revoked the required declaration. It’s still illegal to subvert the ban yet, strangely, the Tories no longer require you to pledge compliance in writing (lest you be held to it?).

Wynne’s campaign finance reforms offered

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MU tops $1.4 billion in fundraising campaign | Higher Education

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After eight years of giving, the “Mizzou: Our Time to Lead” fundraising campaign has passed $1.4 billion.

The campaign was publicly launched at Mizzou Arena in 2015 to much fanfare, including a performance from MU alumna Sheryl Crowe and an appearance from then student-athlete, now Olympian, J’den Cox, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The goal of the campaign, which had already raised $650 million in a silent phase starting in 2012, was clear: MU would raise $1.3 billion by June 30, 2020.

MU reached that number in March, more than three months early, and has now exceeded the original goal by raising $1.4 billion as of Sept. 25, according to an MU news release. This money has gone toward scholarships, research and improving the university’s infrastructure.

According to MU, the larger “Our Time to Lead” campaign is credited with a 101% increase in the university’s endowment, which totaled around $1.17

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Fundraising continues for White Mills Christian Church | Worship

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White Mills Christian Church is raising money for a new building and, despite the pandemic, is trying to reach a goal of $400,000 by the end of 2020.

The new building will attach to the current Christian life center, located at 231 Cave Road in White Mills, and replace the current sanctuary. It will have a sanctuary, greeting area, restrooms and church offices to increase capacity from 150 to about 250.

Pastor Tim Dennis said the original sanctuary was built in 1912 and has had several additions through the years.

“Time, gravity, termites and settling has taken a toll on the old building,” he said. “We plan to include a better staging area, better lighting and be more engaging with regard to present day technology.”

Dennis said the building project is part of a long-term plan that began 20 years ago with the purchase of property, completion of a Christian

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Fundraising goes on as Leah Still marks 5 years cancer free

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Leah Still planned to celebrate five years cancer free with a dinner at her favorite steakhouse.The 10-year-old daughter of former NFL player Devon Still had to settle for a home-cooked meal when the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans.Shoutouts, though, lauding her recovery from entertainment and sports stars ranging from Kevin Hart to LeBron James were a pretty sweet reward for a girl who raised cancer awareness and funds during her own fight with the disease.Leah Still was amazed James sent a video message telling the fifth grader, “I just want you to know that I’m still right there with you because you will always be one of my favorites.” “I was really shocked and happy,” she said.Still was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer that affects primarily infants and young children. She needed a stem-cell transplant, and her blood vessels and liver would become infected … Read More

Annual Lions Club fundraising dinner set for this week – News – Austin American-Statesman

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While most other fall events around the area have been canceled in recent weeks, one perennial event, the annual Lions Club Spaghetti Fundraiser, will go on Thursday.

The event will again take place at the Bryan County Community Building but with a different twist, according to club President Mark Swearingen.

Although there will be an opportunity to dine in, the group is focusing more on takeout orders and even delivery.

“It’s going to be somewhat different with the pandemic situation,” Swearingen stated. “People can still eat at the Community Building, but there will be limited seating available. We are encouraging people to take orders to go but this year, if someone wants to call in an order of 10 or more dinners, we will be glad to deliver.”

Serving times will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for dinner. Cost is $10, which include spaghetti,

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Sky Broncos’ fundraising efforts yield more than 100,000 happy returns | WMU News

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Contact: Deanne Puca
Photo of Sky Bronco members standing at the back of an open truck of returnables.

Members of the Sky Broncos precision flight team raised $10,000 by collecting and returning more than 100,000 bottles and cans this summer.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—When faced with funding challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, members of Western Michigan University’s precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, launched a campaign to collect and return bottles and cans for cash.

About 15 students, head coach Marty Coaker and faculty advisor Ryan Seiler saw an opportunity last spring when stores were not accepting recyclable returns, anticipating people would be eager to unload the mounting piles accumulating at their homes. And, they were right.

Coaker and his team put the word out on social media in April and began traveling across the state for pickups. A few months later, the group netted about $10,000—or more than 100,000 returnable bottles and cans—for their efforts.

“It snowballed. The response was

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Eliot Jackson’s Grow Cycling Foundation Announces Additional Supporters & Fundraising Goals

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When Eliot Jackson launched the Grow Cycling Foundation to promote diversity and equality in cycling last month, the reaction here was overwhelmingly supportive. Equity in education, access, and opportunity do not inherently exist for all, and it will take hard work and commitment to make sure the sport and experiences we love are accessible to everyone.

A month later we wanted to share an update.

First off, thank you for the support. The cycling community’s donations have topped $15K already, not including any of the corporate donations. Every little bit helps—please consider donating.

One of Grow Cycling’s first projects is building a world class pumptrack in a historically diverse neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The foundation has made a lot of progress on the pumptrack logistics, and an announcement about its location will be coming very soon.

Some things are bigger than an individual or a company, so Pinkbike and the

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New Black cultural centre at heart of fundraising campaign by Ottawa artist

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OTTAWA - SEPT. 16, 2020 - Afro-Canadian poet/rapper Wise Atangana in front of the

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OTTAWA – SEPT. 16, 2020 – Afro-Canadian poet/rapper Wise Atangana in front of the

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis prompted an outpouring of creativity from Ottawa-area slam poet-musician Wise Atangana as part of a quest to understand the roots of systemic racism.


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“When he died in front of everybody, that was a big push,” said the 34-year-old Cameroon-born artist. “It made me very interested in understanding systemic racism: What is the cause? What are the consequences? What’s the solution?” 

He started to research the issue, and the words began to flow into poems and then songs. He worked incessantly, staying up long past his children’s bedtime. In a month, he wrote and recorded demos of 30 songs, more than enough for an album. 

After whittling it down to 12 tracks

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Ivanka Trump Austin Sept. 16

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Representatives have not disclosed details about the event.

AUSTIN, Texas — Ivanka Trump will be in the Austin area for a fundraising event for her father, President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, KVUE has confirmed.

However, representatives remained tight-lipped on the details, saying only that the fundraising event is closed to the press.

According to TrumpVictory.com, an event map for the Trump campaign, a handful of other events are also scheduled Wednesday in the Austin area:

Trump Victory Youth MAGA Meet-Up

TCRP West Travis HQ
6601 Vaught Ranch Road
Austin, Texas

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks are slated to attend.

Williamson County Trump Victory MAGA Meet-Up

Georgetown Community Center
445 E. Morrow St.
Georgetown, Texas

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks and Texas GOP Chairman Lt. Col. Allen West are slated to attend.

Williamson County Women for Trump Wednesdays

Williamson County Republican Party HQ

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Salvation Army starts red kettles holiday fundraising in September, hoping to ‘rescue Christmas’

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CHICAGO (WLS) — The red kettles and bells may seem out of place in September, but this year the Salvation Army has started their holiday fundraising early due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their “Rescue Christmas” fundraising campaign began Monday.

“In the history of the Salvation Army, this is the first time we are starting early,” said Capt. Tomas Valladares, Salvation Army.

Bell-ringers are typically seen closer to the holidays and the cold winter season, part of the holiday season sounds on bustling Chicago streets.

The organization offers food, shelter and support year-round, and wants to be there for the increasing number of families who need help this year.

“With the help of everyone, we have hope that we can help all those families, that’s why we are out here so early,” Valladares said.

The Salvation Army and many other non-profits anticipate charitable contributions to be down

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