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Nonprofitxpress Roundup – House OKs Head Start

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Here are the latest nonprofit headlines:

* The House narrowly passed a Head Start bill to allow eight states to take control of local Head Start programs, freeing them from federal regulations, the Washington Post reported July 25.

* Comedian Bob Hope, who died July 27, helped raise over $37 million for charities in Coachella Valley, Calif., through the Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament, the Los Angeles Times reported July 29.

* Saying the Metropolitan Opera in New York did not use the money as she wished, the estate of its largest individual donor, Sybil B. Harrington, is suing the Met for $5 million of the $33 million she donated, The New York Times reported July 24.

* Haverford College in Pennsylvania sued to collect unpaid pledges of $5 million from J. Howard Marshall II, the oil tycoon known for his marriage to Anna Nicole Smith, the Wall Street Journal reported July 24.

* The Freddie Mac Foundation named Gregory J. Parseghian, the recently appointed CEO of Freddie Mac, as board chairman, the Washington Post reported July 26.

* The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia will spilt from the management firm Glenmede Trust Co. to become its own legal entity, allowing more grant flexibility and tax benefits, the Philadelphia Enquirer reported July 23.

* The Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C., fears the government’s antiterrorism donor guidelines will hurt corporate matching programs, and suggests a government-maintained list of suspected groups.

* The U.S. government’s antiterrorism guidelines might hurt funding of nongovernmental organizations that help to curb international extremism and terrorism by alleviating poverty, encouraging tolerance, and providing education and healthcare, the top two officials of the Asia Foundation said in an opinion column in the Christian Science Monitor July 29.

* Americans increasingly are donating living organs to people they do not know, The New York Times reported July 27.

* Many car-donation organizations blur the line between charity and for-profit sales, prompting some states to file complaints about misled donors, the Boston Globe reported July 27.

* Australian Democrats accused the government of plans to eliminate the charity tax status of nonprofits engaged in lobbying, but the government treasurer Peter Costello said the plan would affect only groups whose sole purpose is lobbying, The Courier-Mail reported July 30.

* Australian charities raised $414 million in 2001-02, or $274 million in U.S. currency, up just $4 million, or $2.6 million in U.S. currency, less than the inflation rate, the West Australian reported July 24.

* Several Swiss charity scandals are causing more donors to investigate how much of their money actually goes to the needy, Swissinfo reported July 27.

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