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Charity roundup – Phone curbs – Arts groups team up

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Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

Aiming to revive his plan to boost federal support for religious groups that deliver social services, President Bush is working with leading Democrats, won’t try to let religious groups receiving federal aid discriminate against job-seekers whose views or lifestyles they oppose and will be sensitive to constitutional fears about mingling church and state, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 25.   

The Federal Trade Commission wants to create a national registry that consumers can call to block telemarketers, including those soliciting charitable donations, from phoning them, The Washington Post reported Jan. 22.

Arts groups in Silicon Valley will look for ways to team up on marketing, fundraising, ticket sales and databases, thanks to $1 million in support from two foundations, The Mercury News in San Jose reported Jan. 22.

Lorillard Tobacco Co. has told the American Legacy Foundation it will file a court complaint alleging the foundation’s anti-smoking ad blitz violates a 1998 legal deal between the tobacco industry and 46 states, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 23.

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago says it raised nearly $67.3 million in 2001, the ninth straight year it set a record, despite the challenges U.S. charities faced after the Sept. 11 attacks. The total, up $2 million from 2000, was the second-highest among Jewish communities in the U.S., trailing only New York.

Hollywood mogul Mike Ovitz hasn’t fulfilled his 1997 pledge to help rebuild the UCLA Medical Center that was damaged by an earthquake, The New York Post reported Jan. 25.

Quark has formed a foundation to support education, health and training, and has invested $3 million in it, Macworld reported Jan. 24.

Oxfam, the international relief group, says it is raising more money online than by telephone, the Guardian reported Jan. 24.

WBUR-FM, a public radio station in Boston, is selling a wide variety of products online, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 24.

Microsoft chief Bill Gates and his charitable foundation invested $500 million in October in Cox Communications, the fifth-largest cable company in the U.S., The Washington Post reported Jan. 25.

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