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Nonprofitxpress roundup – Churches urged to bond

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Compiled by Donnie Stanley

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

*Pushing his plan to increase government support for religious charities, President Bush urged wealthy churches to team up with poor churches, The New York Times reported Feb. 11.

*The director of the Chicago–based Benevolence International Foundation, suspected of giving money to Osama bin Laden, struck a plea bargain with prosecutors and admitted to giving donations to Chechnyan and Bosnian rebel fighters in the 1990s, but he did not admit ties to terrorism, The New York Times reported Feb. 11.

*Thirty-four of the 81 fellows in the Cisco Community Fellowship, created by San Jose-based Cisco Systems to help employees laid off in 2001 by giving them a chance to work at nonprofits for a third of their pay, returned Cisco jobs recently, The Mercury News reported Feb. 14.

*Facing allegations of fraud and mismanagement, the United Way of the National Capital Area will not run the Combined Federal Campaign, a fundraising drive among federal workers, The Associated Press reported Feb. 14.

*New York City arts groups are cutting performances, exhibitions, operating hours and staff, and blaming the weak economy, declining tourism, budget cuts and lower donations, The New York Times reported Feb. 11.

*Real estate mogul Donald Trump, criticized for giving too little to charity, pledged $1 million over four years to match first-time gifts of $10,000 or more from donors to United Way of New York City, The New York Times reported Feb. 11.

*Cuban-American billionaire Alberto Vilar accused wealthy Britons of giving too little to charity, compared to Americans, and called for big donations, regardless of an individual’s income, The Times Online reported Feb. 6. British workers give half a percent of their income to charity, compared to 2 percent by Americans.

*Black Entertainment Television CEO Robert L. Johnson and John Pepper, former chairman of Proctor & Gamble, each pledged $3 million to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, The Washington Post reported Feb. 7.

*The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and The Vaccine Fund have selected the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health to lead a three-year $30 million effort to step up development of the rotavirus vaccine. The vaccine, used to prevent the leading cause of severe diarrhea-related deaths among children, will be available worldwide. The effort is funded by the Children’s Vaccine Program, which is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

*Aiming to build its liberal clout among Wisconsin arts groups, the founder of the Argosy Foundation, expected to have assets of more than $1 billion in a few years, says it will have more money and influence than the conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Feb. 9.

*Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania has hit its $100 million fundraising goal, and will try to raise another $15 million to build an arts center.

*Longtime treasurer and board trustee William T. Golden donated $5.25 million to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for new programs on science policy, The New York Times reported Feb. 13. It is the largest private gift given to an association.

*Many Britons don’t understand which organizations are considered charities, says a survey by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, a British umbrella group for 600 United Kingdom charities, the Guardian Unlimited reported Feb. 12.

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