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Foundation trustees quit; Gates funds vaccine; United Way accounting questioned.

Here are this week’s nonprofit headlines:

* Only four members remain on the board of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, down from 13 two years ago, with three members, including chairman Michael Morrisey, resigning over disputes with Carl Schramm, the new president and CEO, the Kansas City Star reported Sept.5. Following the resignations, the foundation reappointed a former board member and Schramm supporter, the Star reported Sept. 11.

* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give $55 million to the International Vaccine Institute to help develop a vaccine for dengue fever, which affects 50 to 100 million people each year in nearly 100 countries, the Associated Press reported Sept. 10.

* As part of its fundraising totals, United Way of the Bay Area counted donations from AT&T that it did not raise or distribute, raising questions about United Way’s overall fundraising figures, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sept.9.

* IBM will give computers and English-to-Spanish web-site translation software to six Latino nonprofits in New York City as part of a $1 million program in six cities, Crain’s New York Business reported Sept. 9.

* Philanthropist Alberto Vilar, co-founder of fund management firm Amerindo, is falling behind on some of his $258 million in pledged donations, but argues that charities should not be so quick to dump delinquent funders, The Economist reported Sept. 11.

* Congress should require foundations to spend their money on worthwhile causes, not on their own expenses, a foundation president says in a guest opinion column in the Washington Post Sept. 8.

* The 3 percent average pay raise for nonprofit staff in Britain last year was on par with for-profit raises, although 93 percent of the raises were basic cost-of-living increases, the Guardian Unlimited reported Sept. 8.

* An independent manager will be appointed to run the Futurebuilders investment fund, a 125 million pound, or $200 million, project to fund technology, staff training and capital projects for British nonprofits, The Guardian Unlimited reported Sept. 12.

* Saying the conversion of nonprofits to corporate entities is against the spirit of charitable activity, India’s finance minister wants to correct what he sees as a gap in the regulation of charities, the Financial Express reported Sept.9

* More than half the employees at New Hampshire-based Timberland Co. chose to work there because of its charity policies, such as allowing employees to take one week each year with full pay to help local charities and offering a philanthropy day for its 5,400 workers to help on various charity projects, The Wall Street Journal reported Sept.9.

— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock

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