Nonprofitxpress roundup – ‘Chaos’ in Iraq chills aid

Here are the week’s nonprofit headlines:

* Citing a chaotic reconstruction effort in Iraq, three big U.S. humanitarian groups have opted not to take part in a long-term effort to connect and ease tension among Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups, The Wall Street Journal reported May 29.

* A new study suggests religious charities may not be more effective than secular groups, countering an assumption behind plans by President Bush to increase federal support for faith-based groups, the Washington Post reported May 25.

* Some top U.S. foundations have hired a high-powered conservative lobbyist to push for the U.S. House to drop a plan to increase the grants that foundations must make each year, The New York Times reported May 28.

* Microsoft could increase the value of its software donations over the next three to four years to $1 billion from $205 million last year, but some critics fear the software giant’s philanthropy is designed to increase its already commanding market power, The New York Times reported May 26.

* While only 5 percent of the 200,000 biggest U.S. nonprofit use the Web to raise money, experts say technology can be a critical tool to help nonprofits be more effective, The New York Times reported May 26.

* Britain’s leading educational philanthropist has called for a radical overhaul of the country’s tax rules to give bigger breaks to wealth donors who contribute to their schools, the Independent reported May 27.

* In the wake of a probe into the finances of a cancer-research charity, the executive for Scotland said it could get a watchdog to oversee charities by the end of the year, the Edinburgh Evening News reported May 26.

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