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Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* Faced with widespread belief that donors overstate the value of vehicles they donate to charity, Congress is considering a limit on the tax-deductible amount of car donations, The Wall Street Journal reported March 25.

* Nonprofits in California received less than 40 percent, on average, of donations raised through for-profit fundraising groups in 2002, and one of four of those charities received less than 15 percent, the Associated Press reported March 30.

* The number of nonprofit jobs in Maryland grew 3.1 percent in 2002 with 6,800 positions added, while for-profit jobs fell nearly 1 percent, with 10,800 jobs cut, the Baltimore Sun reported March 31.

* More than 90 percent of six million poor people who need AIDS drugs worldwide are not receiving help because of money shortages and battles over patents on antiretroviral drugs, The New York Times reported March 28.

* Johnson & Johnson donated rights of an anti-HIV gel drug to the nonprofit group International Partnership for Microbicides to help prevent the spread of HIV to women, who account for half of new HIV infections worldwide, Reuters reported March 29. Development of the drug will take up to 10 years.

* Frustrated by lack of accountability at nonprofits, eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar plans to transform the Omidyar Foundation into the Omidyar Network to give money not only to nonprofits but also to for-profit companies with a social mission, BusinessWeek reported March 25. The foundation would lose its tax breaks.

* The number of requests for pre-Passover aid, a tradition rooted in Jewish law, will likely grow by half in Israel this year to 266,000 families, Israel National News reported March 24.

— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock

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