Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

Americans Donated $358 Billion In 2014 For Record Donations

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A man walks past the damaged Oxford Tavern on April 30 in Baltimore. Richard Sung Kang's liquor store and bar was hit by looters during a riot over the police-involved death of neighborhood resident Freddie Gray. The doors and windows were broken and cash and inventory stolen, leaving shelves bare. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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For Baltimore Businesses, Aid For Riot Repair Is Not Coming Fast Enough

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Ruby Corado, second from right, and Selena Cruz whip their hair around playfully while joking with Lazema Mills, left, and Giselle Gartzog, right, at Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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Trans In Transition: Finding Friends And Community In D.C.

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Ruby Corado runs Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Corado also has 22 beds in transitional housing for transgender adults and youth who would otherwise be homeless. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

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FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

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States with implemented or planned online voter registration. Danny DeBelius hide caption

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Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

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After Police Are Charged In Gray's Death, Baltimore Awaits Next Steps

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Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges

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Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

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Voters in Los Angeles County, Calif., cast their ballots in 2012. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

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Several states are considering measures restricting how welfare benefits can be used. In Kansas, a bill on the governor's desk will bar recipients from spending their benefits on movies, swimming or casinos, or from withdrawing more than $25 per day from ATMs. Brownie Harris/Corbis hide caption

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On Welfare? Don't Use The Money For Movies, Say Kansas Lawmakers

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A big crowd turned out for the March of Dimes walkathon in Gainesville, Fla., in early March. But overall, the March of Dimes' March for Babies raised $3.5 million less in 2014 than it did the year before. Elizabeth Hamilton/Gainesville Sun/Landov hide caption

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Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

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After a long day at the Somali American Community Center he founded in Clarkston, Ga., and then at an after-school program, Omar Shekhey drives a taxi to earn extra money. Often he gives his earnings to refugees to help them with expenses. Kevin Liles for NPR hide caption

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Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

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"This is just one more development in the ongoing debate about voter identification, but it is by no means the last word," the ACLU's Dale Ho said. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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