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Spin Control: GOP should be careful with fix for McKenna bind

OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans are exercised over a wrinkle in state election laws that restricts some candidates, but not others, from raising money during a legislative session. Their concern is logical, although not necessarily consistent. It goes like this: No state elected official can raise money for a state office while the Legislature is in session. That means Rob McKenna, the state attorney general who would like to be governor, can’t hold fundraisers or dial for dollars while, or shortly before, the legislators are ensconced in Olympia.

Girl Scouts ramp up fundraising

Say “Girl Scouts” and people are likely to answer with “cookies, camp and crafts.” Everyone wants their Samoas or Thin Mints when cookie time comes around, and most organizations would be proud to have created a fundraiser that’s become an American institution. Yet cookie profits are not quite enough to pay for all the Girl Scout programs, so the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are now launching a $1.3 million fundraising campaign to reach the final goal of $2 million.

Ice arena: Welcome to the new Frontier

A nonprofit ice arena in Coeur d’Alene that has been rebuilding since a 2008 roof collapse received a major boost Thursday when Frontier Communications announced a seven-year, $175,000 contribution. As a result, the Kootenai Youth Recreation Organization ice arena on West Seltice Way will be renamed Frontier Ice Arena. The Fortune 500 company provides communication services in rural America and acquired much of Verizon’s landline operations in 2010. The agreement calls for the company to donate $25,000 per year for seven years, Daniel McCarthy, Frontier’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced at a Thursday news conference.

Motorcycle ride cancer fundraiser

The Inland Empire Motorcycle Coalition will hold its 10th annual ride on Saturday to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest. The fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Timber Creek Grill Buffet, 9211 E. Montgomery Ave. Ride check-in is at 9:30 a.m., and closing ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m. at the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s annual summer party at the Calvary Chapel, 511 W. Hastings Road.

Obama raises more than $86 million for campaign, DNC

President Barack Obama collected $86 million combined for his re-election campaign and the Democratic party during the past three months, giving him a large fundraising advantage over the Republican field seeking to challenge him in 2012.

Face Time: Raffle proceeds make Really BIG difference

Every year in July, the North Idaho College Foundation holds its largest fundraiser. Only 5,000 tickets are sold for the Really BIG Raffle, at $100 apiece. The grand prize is a $250,000 home built by, and as a showcase for, the college’s carpentry program. Other prizes include a $20,000 car, a $10,000 boat, a $3,500 vacation and a $2,000 shopping spree. In addition to supporting the carpentry program, the raffle, now in its 18th year, has raised money for scholarships and provided grants for numerous college programs as varied as athletics, human resources and nursing. This year’s drawing will be held July 13.

Trike races help cancer organizations

Bill Heitner was just stopping in for a beer on his way home from work a couple of years ago. He had just moved to the Minnehaha neighborhood, and a friend suggested he stop at Big Sky’s Tavern on Market Street. Heitner instantly liked the place, and he really liked the ongoing fundraising Big Sky’s was doing to help cancer organizations. “My sister Anne Heitner died from cancer, so it was kind of funny that this was the tavern I walked into,” said Heitner. Anne Heitner was a staff artist for The Spokesman-Review, where she drew caricatures and made illustrations until she got sick. She died in 1996 at age 46.

Giving falls short of goals

When it came to charitable giving this holiday season, the Spokane spirit was willing even if the economy is still weak. Four of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent charities reported that donations during their Christmas fundraising drives fell shy of goals, but not for lack of caring.

Riders from Sandpoint focus on autism

For the past 12 years, David and Lisa Barth, of Sandpoint, have cocooned around their small family, maxed out with the day-to-day challenge and joy of raising an autistic son. But now they’ve been inspired to use their experience to raise awareness about autism in this region. A connection with a group of Sandpoint bicyclists taking on one of the country’s biggest endurance challenges in the name of autism has provided that opportunity.

Make sure generosity hits mark, officials say

Top state officials are warning kind-hearted Washingtonians this holiday season not to contribute to corporate greed by giving to fundraising organizations that take too big a cut. About a quarter of commercial fundraisers returned less than 20 percent of money raised through telemarketing and direct mailing to the charities that hired them in the past year, according a report released by the offices of the secretary of state and attorney general.

Allen’s $26 million gift will go to WSU’s animal health school

SEATTLE – Washington State University is getting a $26 million donation from its richest dropout, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the school said Thursday. The gift for the university’s School for Global Animal Health was approved by the university’s Board of Regents on Thursday. The university webcast a news conference and broadcast it at WSU’s satellites campuses throughout the state to formally announce Allen’s gift and begin a $1 billion fundraising campaign, the largest in school history and the first since 1997.

Street-corner donors feed dreams to get back to Africa

Fundraising in a flaccid economy is a challenge. Even established nonprofit organizations are struggling because people hold on to their change and cut back on charity as their paychecks shrink. So when a young woman sets out to raise funds for a return trip to volunteer at a poor, rural hospital in the African nation of Chad, what is she to do?

Street-corner donors feed volunteer’s dreams

Fundraising in a flaccid economy is a challenge. Even established nonprofit organizations are struggling because people hold on to their change and cut back on charity as their paychecks shrink. So when a young woman sets out to raise funds for a return trip to volunteer at a poor, rural hospital in the African nation of Chad, what is she to do?

Honoring fallen heroes

It’s a place to reflect on the sacrifices of others, where fallen heroes will be remembered and future generations will gather to learn under a promise to “never forget.” Yet, among the sobering monuments at the Fallen Heroes Plaza in Coeur d’Alene – the names of the fallen service members etched in granite, the twin basalt towers and 9/11 artifact given to the Lake City Fire Department – there will be the sound of laughter and children playing only feet away.

Museum raises funds for new home

The Cheney Historical Museum has been keeping the history of Cheney, Four Lakes, Marshall, Tyler and Amber alive for years. The people, schools and some incorporated towns have come and gone, but residents can remember when they visit the museum. That all changed on Jan. 6, when the Wren Pierson Building in Cheney was deemed unsafe because of heavy snows last winter. Although the museum’s part of the building wasn’t damaged, the power was turned off and at the time, city officials weren’t sure what the extent of the damage would be. Everything in the museum had to be moved.

Catholic Charities misses fund goal

Emptying the mailbags at Catholic Charities on the morning of Dec. 27 is a coveted job, because that's usually the day the charity reaches its Christmas Collection goal. This Christmas, that wasn't the case.

Christmas Fund 1994 Thousands Benefited From Fund

Organizers of the annual Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund see 1994 as anything but a miss. The fund, which began the day after Thanksgiving, collected $359,153.20, about $37,000 less than the $396,591 raised a year ago. Despite missing the target of $400,000, Christmas Fund Director Ken Trent looks back and sees a list of accomplishments.