Charity roundup – Charity deal – Tech funds cut

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

*President Bush and the Senate have reached a deal over a bill to boost public and private aid for charities, The Washington Post reported Feb. 6.

*President Bush’s proposed budget would kill two programs that help give poor people access to technology, The Washington Post reported Feb. 5.  One program helps put computers in schools, while the other helps build technology centers in low-income rural areas.

*Microsoft chief Bill Gates says private philanthropy alone can’t solve the world’s health problems, and he and his wife are giving $50 million to fight AIDS, The Washington Post reported Feb. 3.

*A New York lawyer who died in January left $150 million to New York University, his alma mater, to endow more than 150 faculty chairs over 25 years and pay for scholarships, The New York Times reported Feb. 5.

*eBay chief Meg Whitman gave $30 million to Princeton University, her alma mater, to build a new college, Princeton announced Feb. 5.

*Nonprofit associations in the Washington, D.C., area – home to more than 3,500 associations – told The Washington Post they are seeing a decline in membership dues and attendance at conferences due to the recession, The Washington Post reported Feb. 4. 

*Soup kitchens are teaming up with programs that teach cooking to provide the poor with job skills, the Los Angeles Times reported Feb. 5. 

*An expert says philanthropy in Australia is growing because of the decline of government support in social services, greater awareness of corporate responsibility and the transfer of wealth between generations, The Age reported Feb. 5.  A 1995 report by the Productivity Commission found that trusts and foundations gave $122 million to nonprofits, businesses gave $470 million and charitable bequests totaled $260 million.

*The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation has withdrawn a $38 million gift to the Smithsonian Institution as a result of criticism over the donor’s active role in shaping an American history exhibit the gift supported, Reuters reported Feb. 5. 

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