Owners of condo units in a Chicago 70-floor high-rise, along with the board, have voted to cap rental units at 25% of the building's total and ban anyone from controlling more than 2% of the units. These measures are intended to protect the building from developers seeking a deconversion.
Florida lawmakers have filed a bill for the 2020 legislative session that would prevent HOAs from prohibiting the parking of police vehicles in certain areas. The proposed bill comes in response to an HOA sending a letter to a police officer and her spouse stating that they would be fined if they continued to park a marked police vehicle in their driveway.
A New Jersey HOA has reached a compromise with a homeowner who says federal law allows him to install a flagpole in his front garden. Initially the HOA claimed the flagpole was a violation, but it now has agreed to allow the Vietnam veteran to install a non-permanent flagpole.
A condo board in Alberta, Canada, is being asked by a quadruple amputee to install automatic doors, which could cost up to $7,500, to help her better access the building. However, the board considers doors with an automatic push-button system a security issue because the doors would be open for an undesirable length of time.
CAMICB's CE Review Committee met to approve nearly 100 new courses that qualify for CMCA recertification credits. That means webinars, classes and on-demand learning is available to CMCAs from California to Dubai. Managers who need CE credits by April 1 can find a list of close to 1,000 pre-approved programs on CAMICB's List of Approved Continuing Education. Approved topics include pets, insurance, effective communications, board elections and more. Email CAMICB with any questions.
People in the US are the most generous worldwide, according to the World Giving Index report compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation that surveyed 1.3 million people globally. Seventy-two percent of US-based respondents say they're willing to help strangers, 61% donate money and 42% volunteer their time.
GoFundMe will release two new tools for nonprofits in November: a donate button that can be added to any website and a platform known as GoFundMe Charity. Nonprofits will be able to run digital campaigns featuring customized pages within the platform and utilize analytics.
IBM has awarded its first quarterly Open Source Community Grant of $50,000 to Girls Who Code. The goal of the grant is to "promote nonprofits that are dedicated to education, inclusiveness, and skill-building for women, underrepresented minorities, and under-served communities," IBM says.
Miracle Flights, a nonprofit based in Las Vegas, has expanded its mission and services to incorporate free flights for veterans in need of medical care in addition to pediatric patients. The organization, which has flown more than 128,000 children and their families since its creation in 1985, delivered $1.28 million in services for the 2017-18 fiscal year and has reserves in excess of $44 million.
Seattle nonprofit Mary's Place is preparing to open a state-of-the-art shelter for struggling families in a 63,000-square-foot space in one of Amazon's new buildings. Amazon donated the space, which will be home to as many as 275 people at a time, and will cover the utilities, maintenance and security for at least 10 years.
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