Rockefeller names new chief

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City named Judith Rodin, former head of the University of Pennsylvania, as its next president, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Aug. 25.

* Stanford University, which educated Google’s co-founders in its computer-science doctoral program, owns stock in the search-engine firm valued at $179.5 million, and earned $15.6 million through the sale of shares as part of this month’s initial public offering, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 23.

* Nonprofit hospitals, which make up 85 percent of the roughly 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., have been under growing pressure to defend their tax-exempt status and the practice of often charging the highest prices to uninsured patients, USA Today reported Aug. 24.

* A former Hollywood fundraiser was sentenced to over five years in prison and must repay $3.79 million to victims he scammed during celebrity charity events, the Associated Press reported Aug. 23.

* Many U.S. college sports programs are requiring season ticket holders to make additional donations to the school to keep their premium seats year-to-year. USA Today reported Aug. 25.

* After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government froze assets of two charities and accused them of aiding terrorism, but the government still has not proven they were guilty, raising concerns of civil liberty abuses, the Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 24.

* The nonprofit Private Sector Council is merging into the Partnership for Public Service, the Washington Post reported Aug. 23. Both nonprofits focus on helping federal agencies improve their operations.

* The British government created a new type of nonprofit, Community Interest Companies, to help encourage social enterprise, but critics fear the new nonprofits could protect their assets from creditors and shelter assets of affiliated for-profit companies, Associated News Media reported Aug. 22.

* Bank of Scotland is launching three credit cards and will give a portion of every 100 British pounds customers spend to one of three charities, the Edinburgh Evening News reported Aug. 21.

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