The US Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Trump administration can ask a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The Commerce Department contends that adding the question will give the government a clearer picture of the population, but critics argue that asking about citizenship could discourage some residents from responding and lead to an inaccurate head count.
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A dispute between an Indianapolis HOA and a homeowner over the placement of solar panels could end up changing state law. The Indiana General Assembly is reviewing a bill that would ban HOAs from restricting solar panel placement.
A Texas HOA has reached an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority over a permit for the pumping of groundwater. The authority has agreed not to cause annoyances, while the HOA has acknowledged that it will not oppose the permit based on issues not associated with property rights.
State lawmakers in Texas have filed bills that would prohibit cities from limiting or banning short-term rentals. However, the bills would not affect HOAs' control over short-term rental regulations in their communities. Read more.
HOAs in Washington have been key advocates in the efforts to clean up and protect Loomis Lake, which had been plagued with invasive weeds. HOAs donated money to help, leading to the state offering a $75,000 grant to pay for effective spraying.
There's no such thing as communicating too much, but leaders must communicate effectively by telling inspiring stories and engaging all levels of the organization, writes Robert Ford, president of The Ford Consultancy Group. "When leadership communication is absent during change, as an individual it is the loudest, clearest most powerful message heard," he says.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation launched an educational campaign emphasizing the importance of sustainability at historic landmark sites. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based foundation has used energy-efficient HVAC, solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems to reduce the footprint of a number of sites in the past.
The Seattle Foundation supports the journalistic endeavors of the Seattle Times and has helped the local news outlet raise $5 million since 2013, underscoring how local philanthropy can make a big difference, writes Christine Schmidt. The foundation uses pro-bono sponsorship and referrals to support the Times without making direct donations.
Metrics such as scalability and cost can be misleading when evaluating nonprofits rather than businesses, says Center for Effective Philanthropy President Phil Buchanan. "Measurement is really important, but it's got to be tailored to the particular strategy of the nonprofit," says Buchanan.
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