‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ to boost charity

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* Because of terms demanded by Walt Disney Co. in agreeing to sell the controversial Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11 after refusing to distribute it, charity will get 60 percent of the movie’s net profits, expected to total tens of millions of dollars, and Disney will pick the charity or charities, The Wall Street Journal reported July 2.

* With audiences, donations and recording activity declining, executive pay at American orchestras has soared while annual raises for players have shrunk, The New York Times reported July 4.

* Because of his huge contributions to Houston charities, Kenneth Lay could face sympathetic jurors in a trial for his role in the Enron financial scandal, BusinessWeek reported July 8.

* Richard Grasso, ousted last year as chairman of the New York Stock Exchange over his $188 million pay package, directed more than $24 million of stock exchange funds to charities in his eight years as chairman without disclosing how the money was being used, Bloomberg news reported July 8.

* New class-action lawsuits allege six nonprofit hospitals in five states overstated the charity care they provide and pressured uninsured patients for payment, bringing to 27 the number of hospitals named in 15 states, the Associated Press reported July 7.

* In the face of complaints about its timeliness, California’s attorney general is revamping a web site to give donors up-to-date data on charities in the state, the San Francisco Chronicle reported July 2.

* Private charitable trusts in New Zealand want data to be withheld from a new public register for charities so donors can remain anonymous, The Dominion Post reported July 6.

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