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6/19/2018

Four HOAs are suing Fayetteville, N.C., in federal court to try to make the city repair dams damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The HOAs claim that the dams, despite being privately owned, are the responsibility of the city because they had become part of the city's flood-control system.

6/19/2018

Virginia's Albemarle County is contemplating rolling back some short-term rental restrictions by allowing such stays only in the rural parts of the county. Opponents are concerned about neighborhoods not governed by HOAs, a negative impact on communities and an off-street paved parking requirement for non-HOA residents.

6/19/2018

The HOA of the Grand River subdivision close to Richmond, Texas, is at odds with a family over a 600-foot retaining wall to prevent flooding. The HOA's management company referred Hans and Lene Deula to the county, which approved the wall, but construction was halted after the HOA said it did not OK the wall.

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6/19/2018

Retail sales have grown 5.9% during the past 12 months, leading Capital Economics Chief US Economist Paul Ashworth to predict GDP growth to measure at over 4% for the second quarter. However, Wells Fargo Investment Institute Investment Strategy Analyst Craig Holke expects just 2.9% growth for the year, stating that it would take "more significant, unexpected retail sales growth" for the organization to increase its growth expectations.

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6/19/2018

One of Napoleon's hats, dropped at the Battle of Waterloo where the French were defeated by a European coalition, sold for about $407,000 at auction on the 203rd anniversary of the battle. That hat is one of 19 known remaining hats of the about 120 Napoleon was said to have worn.

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6/19/2018

Grant requests are more likely to be approved when they're preceded by personal contact with the decision-maker, especially when it comes from the head of the organization, writes The Nonprofit Quarterly's Nonprofit Whisperer. Organizations should also strive for a "culture of philanthropy" that involves everyone in the fundraising process and set realistic goals based on the previous year's numbers.

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Nonprofit Quarterly
6/19/2018

Fifty-five percent of donors gave at least four charitable contributions to their favorite organization in 2017, regardless of income, a Community Brands report says. "Think through and plan your appeals -- what are you asking for, what type of gift are you hoping for and who are you asking," the survey's authors advise.

6/19/2018

Noncompliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation could cost a small nonprofit nearly $12 million, making a strong case for nonprofits of all sizes to take action now, says Road Warrior Creative CEO Amber Hinds. She recommends several steps and tools, such as the GDPR Framework WordPress Plugin, to help comply with the rules.

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6/19/2018

Growing High Point has begun purchasing and using land in High Point, N.C., for urban farming in response to food insecurity in the area. "We've found specific people that we're working with right now to become urban farm leaders, so they will grow in the gardens and take that food over to the farmers market and also sell in the neighborhoods at urban farm stands," says the nonprofit's Victoria Hensley.

6/19/2018

San Francisco nonprofit Field Ready specializes in innovative fixes for common yet serious issues in Syria and other areas with humanitarian crises. In Syria, the organization uses old airbags to create kits that can save people trapped under collapsed buildings.

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