Day: September 20, 2016

Louisville’s Community Foundation left a piece of its heart in San Francisco

Just because the Community Foundation of Louisville bears the city’s name doesn’t mean all its biggest grants go to local charities.

The foundation’s newest IRS tax return shows it gave $6.3 million to the Schwab Charitable Fund in San Francisco during the year ended June 3o, 2015 — its single-biggest gift during the period, and one far larger than its top gifts in the previous two years.

schwab-charitable-fund-logoThe Schwab Fund — which is affiliated with the discount brokerage of the same name — is an enormous donor-advised charity that gives money to other non-profits across the country at the direction of its individual donors. Indeed, some of those nonprofits are back here in Louisville.

The Schwab grant accounted for more than 22% of the total $28 million in grants made by the Community Foundation during the year. Here were the top 10:

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In its 2013 and 2012 years, the Community Foundation also made large contributions to San Francisco charities — in both cases, the San Francisco Foundation — but nowhere near as large as the one to Schwab.

In both those years, the Community Foundation’s single-biggest grants went to 21st Century Parks, the non-profit that developed and maintains the sprawling Parklands of Floyds Fork, a group of four parks on 3,700 acres in eastern Jefferson County. Here were the top 10 those years:

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Although the Louisville Community Foundation supports many local charities, it doesn’t limit its grants to the city. In fiscal 2014, only about $600,000 of the $28 million in grants came from the foundation’s unrestricted funds. The rest was made according to the terms of about 230 individual donor-advised funds it manages.

In its tax returns, the foundation doesn’t identify how much each of those donor-advised funds contribute, so there’s no way to know why so much money went to the Schwab Charitable Fund.

The Schwab Fund’s own tax return doesn’t offer a definitive answer, either. In its 2014 year, the fund made $1.1 billion in grants to more than 17,000 different non-profits — including nearly 30 back here in Louisville; indeed, one of those was 21st Century Parks, which got $105,000.

Photo, top: The Golden Gate Bridge, with the San Francisco skyline in the distance.

New York attorney general asks for $900M in penalties against UPS over untaxed cigarette shipping case

A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 8:10 a.m.

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UPS: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking $872 million in penalties from UPS for allegedly shipping 683,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes to residences and unauthorized sellers — charges the shipper denied at the start of a trial yesterday. The cheaper cigarettes attracted young people who are disproportionately lured to smoking by lower costs, lawyers for Schneiderman say. UPS’s lawyer, Carrie Cohen, said the company was in full compliance with the law and that the dispute was triggered by the city and state mistaking cartons of legally shipped “little cigars” for cigarettes (Bloomberg).

Watch the just-released trailer for Lawrence’s new ‘Passengers’ sci-fi adventure, hitting screens Christmas week

Jennifer LawrenceBoulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Four starsSony Pictures early today released the first trailer to the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, where they unexpectedly wake up 90 years early during a 120-year-long journey to an interstellar colony aboard a 5,000-plus passenger spaceship. Here’s the 2:42-minute trailer:

The film, for which Lawrence, 26, is getting paid a whopping $20 million, is generating buzz because it includes her first on-screen sex scene.

Pratt, 37, is perhaps best known for the big screen’s “Jurassic World” last year and television’s “Parks and Recreation” comedy series.

“Passengers” is scheduled for a Dec. 21 release — 91 days, 15 hours and 9 minutes from now, according to Boulevard’s exclusive Jennifer Lawrence “Passengers” Countdown Clock™.

Iowa Papa John’s employee run over in parking lot by cellphone thief

The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants*.

Crime scene tapeA man ran over a Des Moines Papa John’s Pizza employee with his car in the restaurant’s parking lot after stealing another employee’s cellphone Sunday afternoon, according to a police report.

The victim of the hit-and-run told police he and a co-worker ran outside after seeing an unknown man in the passenger side of the co-worker’s car in the parking lot, according to the Des Moines Register. When the man saw the two employees running outside, he reportedly grabbed a cellphone out of the car and jumped into his own vehicle. The suspect locked his car’s doors, according to the report.

The the hit-and-run victim started pounding on the suspect’s car windows until the suspect put the car in reverse and ran over the victim’s legs.The victim sustained cuts and scrapes to his elbows and legs, the newspaper said.

Taco Bell

In Ohio’s Washington Township, two suspects robbed a Taco Bell restaurant of an undetermined amount of cash at gunpoint Monday night, according to police. No employees were hurt during the robbery, according to WDTN.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 outlets in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants across the U.S. and in five other nations. With that many locations, crimes inevitably occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.