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Nonprofitxpress roundup – Deal seen on faith plan


* The main sponsor in Congress of a plan by President Bush to give tax breaks and other help to charities has agreed to remove a provision that would have helped religious groups compete for government grants, The New York Times reported March 29.

* A new report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals says charitable fundraisers in Canada fared better than their U.S. counterparts in weathering the sluggish economy and stock market, the Canadian Press reported March 23. Nearly 63 percent of Canadian respondents to an AFP survey said they raised more money in 2002 than in 2001, compared to 49 percent of U.S. respondents, while 24 percent of Canadian respondents said they raised at least 20 percent more money in 2002, compared to 17 percent of U.S. respondents who said they raised that much.

* UNICEF says children in crisis regions throughout the world are suffering from the war against Iraq because donors will not confirm aid to other humanitarian emergencies before knowing how much money is needed in Iraq, pressetext.Europe in Vienna reported March 19.

* Some aid agencies say U.S.-led troops invading Iraq will have to care for 16 million Iraqis, nearly two-thirds of the country’s population, who depend on government supplies of food, Society Guardian in London reported March 20. The agencies are worried about how the U.S. and its allies plan to handle the task.

* The U.S. plan to rebuild Iraq leaves much of the work to private U.S. companies, sidelining U.N. development agencies and big nonprofits, The Wall Street Journal reported March 17.

* Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, Calif., a nonprofit network of five radio stations that provides programming for dozens of outlets, combines reporting and advocacy – including criticism of the war in Iraq — to provide what its leaders say is a perspective absent at mainstream news outlets, The Wall Street Journal reported March 24.

* Some U.S. technology firms are starting to expand into emerging markets abroad and doing business by teaming up with nonprofits and foreign governments, The New York Times reported March 23.

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