Nonprofitxpress roundup – Catholics pare Boston drive

Here are the top nonprofit headlines:

* In the wake of its sex-abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of Boston has launched a drive to raise $9 million, down from its goal of $17.4 million last year, when it raised only $8.6 million, and from $16.2 million it raised in 2001, The New York Times reported April 25.

* New data from a consortium that represents 105 fundraising groups shows that British charities are getting less from charitable bequests, the Independent reported April 26.

* New research by shows that fundraising methods in Britain are so unsophisticated that spontaneous donations account for roughly 80 percent of all charitable giving by individuals, who generate only 3.2 percent of the 6.7 billion pounds a year, or $10.65 billion, raised by charities, The Guardian reported April 28.

* Congress converted President Bush’s plan to boost religious charities into a package of charitable tax incentives after the White House underestimated opposition from both liberals and conservatives and failed to use Bush’s clout to push his plan, the Washington Post reported April 23.

* The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $70 million to the center for human-genome research at the University of Washington, the Seattle Times reported April 24.

* Robert Egger is returning to the D.C. Central Kitchen after serving as interim chief of the troubled United Way of the National Capital Area, the Washington Post reported April 25.

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