FEC delays ruling

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* The Federal Election Commission said it probably would not rule on nonprofit advocacy ruling by its self-imposed deadline of May 13, the New York Times reported April 16. The FEC has not set a new deadline for ruling on whether 527 groups and some 501(c) nonprofits need to register as political committees and face contribution limits.

* Medical schools received 45 percent of $21.4 billion the federal government gave to colleges and universities for research in 2002, says a report that may fuel criticism that government support for human-health research is lopsided, The Wall Street reported April 20.

* MBA programs that emphasize social and environmental stewardship are on the rise and many U.S. business schools have added ethics, nonprofit work and corporate social responsibility to their curriculum, The Associated Press reported April 13.

* Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry gave $43,735 to charity in 2003, or 12.6 percent of his adjusted gross income of $347,000, Bloomberg News reported April 17. Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, filed separate tax returns that were not disclosed.

* Teresa Heinz Kerry, board chair of the Howard Heinz Endowment and Heinz Family Philanthropies, represents a new breed of philanthropists, not content to just write checks, who tie funding to nonprofits’ business practices, The Associated Press reported April 16.

* Calling its overhaul of 400-year-old charity laws imminent, the British government says it will publish a draft charity bill by mid-May, the Guardian reported April 7.

* While claiming to have ethical investment policies, many British charities, churches and other groups invest in arms companies, says the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, which is launching a “clean investment campaign”, the Guardian reported April 8.

* Facing growing demand for services, nonprofits in South Africa lack social workers lured by higher-paying government and overseas jobs, News 24 reported April 6.

— Compiled by Jennifer Whytock

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