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Nonprofit hospitals under fire

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Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* Provena Covenant Medical Center in Chicago is fighting to win back the local property-tax exemption it lost in February in the face of questions about the way it treated the uninsured, including aggressive debt collections, The Wall Street Journal reported June 29. The nonprofit hospital already has paid more than $2 million in local property taxes.

* Political and civic leaders have asked Resurrection Health Care Corp., one of the Chicago region’s biggest hospital systems, to spend more money caring for poor patients, the Chicago Tribune reported June 30.

* A donor to high-profile charities and institutions when he was a corporate CEO, Michael Bloomberg since becoming mayor of New York City has turned his philanthropy to smaller cultural groups and charities, many which he knew little about before taking office, The New York Times reported June 28.

* A study suggests Britons living in poor regions give more to charity than do those living in wealthier areas, United Press International reported June 27.

* A study says income at the top 500 British charities topped 8.6 billion pounds last year, or nearly $15.6 million, up 42 percent from 2001-02, The Guardian reported June 30.

* Britain’s Charity Commission says top British charities fail to explain their work, and some do not meet legal requirement, the Guardian reported June 30.

* Britain’s Home Office says private schools must show a “public benefit” to keep their charitable status and tax breaks, the Guardian reported July 1.

* Microsoft has launched the Australian arm of its global charity and will donate $40 million over five years in bridging the digital gap in partnership with three Australian charities, AustralisnIT reported June 28.

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