Bush boosts faith plan

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* Aiming to boost his stalled effort to speed federal dollars to religious charities, President Bush says the constitutional separation of church and state should not bar religious groups from competing for government funds to help needy people, the Associated Press reported June 2.

* President Bush aims to recruit thousands of religious congregations to hand out material for his re-election drive and register voters, a strategy liberal groups say violates separation of church and state, and that socially conservative church leaders say is a partisan effort in which they will advise pastors not to take part, The New York Times reported June 3.

* Financier and philanthropist George Soros has given $15.8 million to groups working to defeat President Bush, and says he will give more if needed, The New York Times reported May 31.

* Yale has received $110 million from the class of 1954, $90 million of it growing from $75,000 in seed money donated 25 years ago out of frustration with the university’s financial management, The New York Times reported June 1.

* Arts groups in Connecticut will benefit from $16 million left to them as part of a $25 million bequest from the heiress to an Iowa seed-producer, the Associated Press reported May 26.

* While nearly 1 in 10 Americans are veterans, federal data show, veterans account for nearly 1 in 4 of the homeless population in the U.S., and 1 in 3 homeless men, the Los Angeles Times reported May 29.

* Charities in England and Wales will have to prove they offer a “public benefit” under an overhaul of a 400-year-old charity law announced by the charities minister, The Guardian reported May 27.

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