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Public trust still low

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

* Public confidence in U.S. charities remains low after the Sept. 11 attacks, as 15 percent of people surveyed have a “great deal” of confidence in charities, compared to 25 percent before the attacks, The New York Times reported Sep. 13. After the attacks, media reports raised public concerns that charities were not spending donations fast enough and were planning to use some of the donation money for other issues.

* Brown University received its biggest gift in history, $100 million for financial aid that will eliminate loans for its neediest students, The New York Times reported Sept. 15.

* More than half of working-age residents of Los Angeles County have low literacy, numeracy and comprehension skills, according to a new study, Agape press reported Sept. 13.

* Nearly 32 million people in the U.S. say they have been racially profiled, says a report by Amnesty International USA, and racial profiling is rising with the war on terror, Canada.comNews reported Sept. 13.

* Nonprofits creating new drugs and vaccines for developing countries need more than $1 billion in additional funding, Reuters reported Sept. 17. Roughly 20 public-private partnerships between nonprofits and pharmaceutical companies have formed in recent years to ensure development of low-priced drugs to fight diseases worldwide.

* Austria is ending its civilian service system, which was an alternative to required military service, and local nonprofit leaders say the country will need to create a strong voluntary service to fill the void, diepresse reported Sept. 13.

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