Bush gives and takes

Here are week’s top nonprofit stories:

* President Bush’s 2005 budget aims to increase spending for religious and community-based social services, and for education tied to the No Child Left Behind law he supports, but the increases come at the expense of other programs, the New York Times reported Feb. 3.  Bush’s budget would leave flat or reduced spending for child care, low-income housing, promotion of clean air and clean water, land preservation and certain education programs.

* United Way of the Bay Area and other local charities are awaiting a final report on PipeVine, which processed donations for United Way but skimmed off millions of dollars, The Mercury News reported Jan. 31. The report will decide how much money was lost and who owes money to whom. United Way expects money from PipeVine, and local charities expect money United Way never paid out.

* Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, Fla., one of the 50 richest community foundations in the U.S., is in a power struggle between second-year CEO Teri Hansen, who wants to redirect the foundation’s focus, and some of Venice’s most prominent citizens, who accuse her of hijacking the foundation’s original purpose to build an empire, the Herald Tribune reported Feb. 8.

* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to build a large office on a new site in the Seattle area, and local developers are scrambling to win the high-profile contract, the Seattle Times reported Feb. 5.

* Demand for computer specialists with database skills is growing as British nonprofits use more technology in fundraising, but nonprofits face the challenge of hiring specialists or training existing staff, both costly options for cash-strapped charities, Online recruitment magazine reported Feb. 4.

— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock

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