Politics stalls bill

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* Frustrated by party politics stalling the CARE charity bill that would affect tax deductions and federal funding, Sens. Rick Santorum and Joe Lieberman plan to attach the bill an unrelated tax measure going before the Senate soon, the Washington Times reported March 16.

* Five private agencies working on AIDS prevention in India received $47 million from the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which now has paid over half of its $200 million pledge to fight AIDS in India, the Associated Press reported March 15.

* United Way Community Services in Detroit will cut funding to all 127 of its agencies by 27.2 percent, its largest cut ever, and will lay off 34 of its 127 member staff, because it has not met its fundraising goals since 2001, the Detroit News reported March 10.

* With studies tying one in three deaths in the U.S. to unhealthy behaviors like smoking, poor eating habits and physical inactivity, Grantmakers In Health is asking health funders to help Americans adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles.

* Among 127 environmental groups in the Western U.S., 35 of 127 laid off employees in 2003, 15 percent reduced employee benefits, and executive directors’ salaries averaged $48,585, says a survey by Training Resources for the Environmental Community.

* Board elections at the Sierra Club are creating controversy between sitting members and outsider nominees over immigration issues that affect the environment, The New York Times reported March 16.

* Asset values of British charities grew 7 percent, on average, in 2003, with more than two in three charities reporting growth, though over half say fundraising has been harder during past five years, the Guardian reported March 16.

— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock

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