Nonprofitxpress roundup – Accused Ford chair stays

Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

* The Ford Foundation board will keep Paul A. Allaire as chairman, despite his recent settlement with federal regulators over charges of accounting fraud while chairman and CEO of Xerox, The New York Times reported July 8.

* President Bush supports a House bill to let several states to take control of their Head Start programs and add an academic focus to their current health and nutrition emphasis, The New York Times reported July 7.

* The biggest Chicago nonprofits bring in more money than those in other major U.S. cities and pay their CEOs the most, the Chicago Sun-Times reported July 7.

* A bill to keep foundations from counting overhead as part of what they are required to give to charity each year means they no longer could count trustee and executive compensation, which makes up a big part of their overhead, The New York Times reported July 10.

* 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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