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Nonprofitxpress roundup – Oxfam shuns war charity

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Compiled by Donnie Stanley

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

*The 12 member agencies of Oxfam International say they will not take money for relief work in a war in Iraq from any government that takes part in the conflict, and will not work in areas of Iraq under military control, Reuters reported March 4.

*In oral arguments in a case involving consumer-fraud charges against a telemarketer that pockets most of the money it raises for a veteran’s charity, the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to favor arguments by top U.S. charities that oppose limiting protections for charitable solicitation, The New York Times reported March 3.

*The Better Business Bureaus’ Wise Giving Alliance, a national watchdog for charities, has set new standards for how much charities should spend on programs, fundraising and administrative costs, Associated Press reported March 3. The alliance also released a new “seal of approval” that charities can for ads, web sites and marketing materials.

*Plans by the Coca-Cola Foundation to give $1 million to the charitable arm of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and for Coke to distribute the academy’s education messages, have prompted criticism that the deal represents a conflict of interest, The New York Times reported March 4.

*In an operational shift, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will award grants to nonprofits through third-party groups, which will assume a larger role in distributing funds, Chicago Business reported March 2.

*Ralph Dickerson Jr., who doubled annual revenue to $135 million in his 15 years as president of the United Way of New York City, will retire at the end of the year, Crain’s New York Business reported March 3.

*In the largest single endowment pledge ever for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, two anonymous donors have asked the clubs board to raise $25 million in donations by Sept. 30, promising to match those dollars at the time of their deaths, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported March 2.

*Philanthropic and corporate foundations in Kansas City say they are cutting back on funding for capital campaigns, at a time when a new survey shows that Kansas City area community-serving groups have a record number of campaigns under way, The Kansas City Star reported March 6.

*For the first time since its creation, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fund has raised less money than the charity of the late Diana’s husband, The Prince’s Trust, the Guardian Unlimited reported March 5.

*Chinese officials blame the funding problems of China’s charities on the nation’s tax system and government failure to appreciate the role of wealthy citizens, the China Daily reported March 5.

*A university survey of Australian nonprofits, which contribute an estimated 4.7 percent of gross domestic product, account for 6.8 percent of the workforce and receive an estimated $2.8 billion a year from Australians, found the nonprofit sector may need a special regulator, The Age reported Feb. 27.

*Starting next year, a new charities commission in New Zealand will be responsible for registering charities, monitoring their activities and providing support to the charitable sector, the New Zealand Herald reported March 3.

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