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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - OR: Philanthropy

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released an assessment of The Oregon Community Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation. (Kyle Pearson/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's largest source of funding for nonprofit groups has built a strong network statewide, according to a new report. The Oregon Community Foundation, the eighth largest of its kind in the country, distributed $103 million in 2015 to fund charitable causes and scholarships. Lis

PHOTO: Students from Oregon State University Cascades spent last year's MLK Day helping at the Bend Community Center. This year, the list of Central Oregon projects has grown from 10 to 22. Photo credit: Michelle Bauer.

BEND, Ore. - It's less than a week until the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday in King's name has become a national day of service, and some Oregonians have taken that mission to heart. In Central Oregon, Volunteer Connect has lined up 22 projects for chari

PHOTO: One important aspect of planning a charitable food drive is determining how to get heavy barrels from the donation site to the local food bank. Photo courtesy Community Connection of Northeast Oregon.

MEDFORD, Ore. - It's the time of year when generosity comes to the forefront, and if a charitable food drive is on the list for your business, church, or city, there are some good ideas around the state for making it work. Carmen Gentry, food bank manager at Community Connection of Northeast Oregon

PHOTO: Food banks say much of the produce left behind after a harvest would rot or be plowed under if farmers aren't allowed to deduct at least some of their costs of picking and transporting it for donation. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The future of some types of charitable deductions is on the line as Congress returns to work this week and an Oregon senator may hold the key. Oregon Food Bank is one group awaiting action on the America Gives More Act. It's a package of provisions that includes reinstating federa

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill

PHOTO: Oregon Food Bank picks up 1,000-pound bins of onions every other week from River Point Farms in Hermiston, for distribution to emergency food pantries across the state. Photo courtesy River Point Farms.

HERMISTON, Ore. - As farmers spend the next few months bringing in their bounty, Oregon Food Bank is asking more of them to rethink what they do with the produce that is perfectly good to eat but not quite good enough to market. Food, almost past its prime, is often donated to food banks, but it req

PHOTO: Fresh food and farmers were on hand, along with representatives of the Oregon Food Bank, when Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation on Thursday reinstating and increasing the Crop Donation Tax Credit. Photo credit: Kara Walker, Office of Oregon House Republicans.

SALEM, Ore. – Encouraging farmers to plant an extra row or acre of food for charity is the goal of the Crop Donation Tax Credit signed into law on Thursday by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The state used to have a 10 percent tax credit to help farmers offset the cost of planting and harvesting food d

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or

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