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Nonprofitxpress roundup – United Way chops staff

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Compiled by Donnie Stanley

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

*Netting only $13 million in its annual fund drive, down from $45 million a year ago, the United Way of the National Capital Area is cutting its staff by 40 percent, The Washington Post reported Jan. 31.

* The March of Dimes has launched a $75 million effort to reverse an increase in premature births, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 30.

* To promote planned giving worldwide, the Indianapolis-based National Committee on Planned Giving has formed a network of charities – including the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and European Association for Planned Giving — to oversee and manage gifts from bequests, The Indianapolis Star reported Jan. 27..

*Faced with a shrinking endowment, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation pared giving for 2003 to $200 million from $250 million last year, and consolidated six funding areas into three core programs, The Mercury News reported Jan. 27.

*Citizen Corps, the Bush administration’s new volunteer effort, will get $45 million from Congress, not the $200 million it wanted, USA Today reported Jan. 28.

*With lower attendance, a plunging endowment and six key staff departures, the Pittsburgh Symphony is struggling, The New York Times reported Jan. 25.

*Facing smaller assets and contributions, board members of arts groups are getting tough on budgets, trying to balance finances and program quality, The New York Times reported Jan. 28.

* Nineteen Jewish groups in the Denver area raised $19 million in a three-year endowment initiative backed by the Rose Community Foundation and Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.

*Charities are starting up businesses to generate income and provide job training to employees, The Associated Press reported Jan. 28.

*Increases in operating costs and people needing help are forcing many charities in Australia to turn away individuals, says a report by the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Associated Press reported Jan. 30.

*Charities and voluntary groups in Scotland will share a funding package worth 6 million pounds, or $9.8 million, to help community programs deliver better services, the Edinburgh News reported Jan. 27.

*Australian employees can have charitable donations deducted from their before-tax pay in a new system designed by the Tax Office in Australia that will give taxpayers an instant tax break, The Age reported Jan. 30.  About one-third of Australian taxpayers fail to claim donations as tax deductions.

*The American Dental Association merged its four charitable groups to form the ADA Foundation.  The foundation uses contributions to support emergency dental care in disaster areas, dental research and dental health programs, and plans to create a national endowment for dental education.

*The Ms. Foundation for Women is asking parents to take sons as well as daughters to work on April 24 to help youngsters learn about the workplace.

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