David N. Bass

Communications Director and Grants Officer for the John William Pope Foundation. Views expressed are his own.

Posts by David N. Bass (page 1)

  • Fletcher ‘flushes’ private charities in blog post

    In a recent blog post, staffers at the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh asked an important question: What should private philanthropy’s role be during the federal government shutdown? Unfortunately, the Fletcher Foundation’s answer was, charitably put, less than inspiring. Rather than encourage private foundations and individuals to step…
    David N. Bass, October 16, 2013
  • Time for Al Hunt to brush up on IRS law

    Bloomberg columnist Al Hunt got it dead wrong. And that’s being charitable. In a recent syndicated column (picked up by the News & Observer), Hunt stated that the John William Pope Foundation, a nonprofit foundation prohibited by federal law from giving to any cause aside from a tax-exempt…
    David N. Bass, August 27, 2013
  • Homeschool kids are indoctrinated — in liberalism?

    I’ve run into many liberals who look down their noses at families who homeschool. The reasons they do so are legion, but one of the top is their perception that homeschool families tend to be religious and right-of-center in their political beliefs. These liberals are outraged that parents would “indoctrinate”…
    David N. Bass, August 1, 2013
  • ‘Hip Hop’ Republican vying for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat

    The lone Republican running for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s House seat in Illinois has a North Carolina tie-in. He’s waged two unsuccessful campaigns in the Tar Heel State. Not surprisingly for a Republican running in a staunchly Democratic district, he takes some unorthodox positions, according to the Daily Caller: The…
    David N. Bass, December 7, 2012
  • One idea for addressing the student loan crisis

    No, it’s not universal loan forgiveness via the federal government. It’s apprenticeship. Naomi Schaefer Riley blogs at Philanthropy Daily about a growing number of young adults who attend college and hold apprenticeships at the same time. And yes, they get paid. College diplomas may not do much else, but…
    David N. Bass, December 5, 2012
  • Gallup: ‘Pro-choice’ Americans at record low of 41 percent

    Gallup reports that the number of Americans who self-identify as “pro-choice” on the issue of abortion has reached a record low of 41 percent. Americans now tilt “pro-life” by a 9 percentage point margin (51 percent identified as “pro-life”). Significantly, the poll found that more independent voters are identifying…
    David N. Bass, May 23, 2012
  • Latest dispatches from the campaign trail: Friday, May 11, 2012

    George Holding says that he’s not in Congress yet, so “don’t jinx anything” (Dome) Marriage amendment foes vow no let up (Winston-Salem Journal) N.C. Rep. Stephen LaRoque seeks a recount in House District 10 (Associated Press) Scott Keadle may request a runoff with Richard Hudson in…
    David N. Bass, May 11, 2012
  • Latest dispatches from the campaign trail: Thursday, May 10, 2012

    In N.C. House District 82, incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Pittman edged out challenger Jay White (Charlotte Observer) Republican Rep. Julia Howard defeats Bill Whitehead in House District 79 (Winston-Salem Journal) Republican John Szoka scores a decisive win in House District 45 primary (Fayetteville Observer) Stan Bingham…
    David N. Bass, May 10, 2012