Nonprofitxpress roundup – Cities seek nonprofit funds

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

* Many cities have asked for “voluntary” payments from hospitals, universities, museums and others nonprofits to avoid raising taxes, the Associated Press reported July 2.

* New York City charities spend less on programs and services than the national average, and more on administration and fundraising, Crain’s New York Business reported July 2.

* British payroll charity giving grew nearly 20 percent to 86 million pounds, or more than $143 million, helped by measures that removed the upper limit on donations and added a 10 percent supplement to donations, the Guardian reported June 30.

* Network for Good, an online giving portal, says it cannot account for $2.8 million in donations handled for it by PipeVine, The New York Times reported July 3. Clients and competitors of PipeVine, which closed in June, had estimated losses would total $1 million. Network for Good says it will cover the contributions, which affected 2,300 charities and 19,000 donors.

* New York City will cut its 2004 arts budget by over $11 million to $118.8 million, but avoided another $16.2 million in planned cuts, The New York Times reported July 2.

* A just-released, three-year old audit of the faltering Barnes Foundation, a large Philadelphia art foundation, found rampant mismanagement and questionable spending, The New York Times reported July 2.

* Fox Family Worldwide founder Haim Saban donated $100 million to several charities last weekend, and attacked other Hollywood celebrities’ stinginess, the Guardian reported June 29.

* An Australian official warns that a lack of public trust and church scandals have hurt charities, the Herald Sun reported June 28.

* Colgate University says it raised a record $29.6 million for fiscal 2003.

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