* One billion children worldwide live in poverty, one in three lives in a dwelling with either a mud floor or over five people to a room, and 134 million school-age children have never been to school, a new UNICEF study says.
* Less than six months after she was hired, YWCA CEO Patricia Ireland was fired after many conservatives protested that her liberal views on homosexual rights and abortion clashed with the YWCA’s Christian values, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. Dorris Daniel-Parkes, former human resources director, was named interim director.
* Senate Democrats may block a unanimous consent agreement to amend the charity bill and send it to conference committee because they have felt excluded from conference negotiations on other bills, Congressional Quarterly reported Oct. 23. Democrats instead may send amended versions back and forth between the House and Senate floors to ensure they can participate.
* Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa, the final step before sainthood, and said a life of charity is the true life of a Christian, the Associated Press reported Oct. 20.
* The European Union, Ford Foundation and other groups are giving $8.3 million for a new Sesame Street television program, featuring Middle Eastern characters and situations, to be aired in Israel, Jordan and the Palestine region, the Associated Press reported Oct. 20.
* Frances P. Bunnelle, the late South Carolina philanthropist, gave $34 million to the Community Foundation Serving Coastal South Carolina, the Associated Press reported Oct. 12.
* The Baltimore Fund, a venture fund financed by the Open Society Institute and Annie E. Casey Foundation to stimulate economic growth in Baltimore, began its investment program with a grant to a manufacturing company to help double its workforce, the Baltimore Sun reported Oct. 15.
* The Kauffman Foundation is shifting from leadership chosen by its benefactor to outside professional leadership, a difficult adjustment for many large foundations, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. Several former board members and local nonprofits question the new direction and its CEO, Carl J. Schramm, who has nearly halved the staff and is making larger grants to fewer groups.
The Scottish Charities Office, which receives complaints from the public about the way charities are run, is investigating 56 Scottish charities for possible mismanagement, BBC News reported Oct. 19.
— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock