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U.S./world – Charity roundup – United Way, Irvine tap chiefs

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It was a busy week for charity.

President Bush wants to form a civil defense service made up of volunteers, The New York Times reported Nov. 9.

Bush also gave Senate leaders a scaled-back plan to give federal dollars to religious charities, the Times reported Nov. 7.

The Times reported Nov. 12 that payments from funds set up to assist victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could violate federal tax laws.

And members of Congress attacked the American Red Cross for deciding to withhold more than $200 million donated to support victims families, the Times reported Nov. 7.

The United Way of America named Brian Gallagher, former president of United Way of Central Ohio, as its new CEO, The Washington Post reported Nov. 7.

The James Irvine Foundation named Mary G.F. Bitterman, who since 1993 has been president and CEO of KQED in San Francisco, as its new president and CEO.

The Public Broadcasting Service has cut 59 positions, or more than 10 percent of its staff, in the face of a slumping economy that has hurt corporate underwriting, the Associated Press reported Nov. 5.

Nonprofit groups are remaking advertising campaigns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The New York Times reported Nov. 8.

And in a policy reversal, the Salvation Army said it would offer domestic-partner benefits to its workers, allowing the charity to compete for taxpayer dollars from San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Nov. 2.

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