Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:
*Spooked by the Sept. 11 attacks, sex abuse by Catholic priests and child kidnapping, a growing number of public school districts are requiring parents to undergo criminal-background checks before they can work as volunteers, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 26.
*Fearing damage to the annual fundraising drives they are about to kick off, local United Ways want probes into their affiliate in Washington, D.C., to conclude quickly, The New York Times reported Aug. 24.
*A coalition of national higher education associations has launched CampusCares, an initiative to promote and encourage individuals on college campuses who serve their communities.
*The National Parkinson Foundation in Miami and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in New York are merging and will be known as The Parkinson Foundation. Annual contributions will exceed $20 million, the organization says.
*ASPIRA Association, the only national nonprofit devoted solely to the educating Puerto Rican and other Latino youngsters, will receive the 2002 Leadership IS Award from Independent Sector at its annual conference Oct. 27 in Cleveland.
*The Texas attorney general’s office has sued the $50 million-asset Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation in Dallas, charging officials of the family philanthropy with using it to give themselves huge salaries and benefits, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 30.
*Britain’s chief charity commissioner has called on its biggest charities to be more open about their performances and finances, including how they spend millions of pounds in donations they receive every year, the Guardian reported Aug. 27.