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ACLU declines $1.5 million

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Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories:

* The ACLU has declined $1.5 million from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, claiming their rules, designed to ensure that their funds do not unknowingly support terrorists, violate civil liberties, the New York Times reported on Oct. 19.

* The Bush administration is working through a series of rule and budget changes to “dismantle” Section 8, a program that provides housing vouchers for about 2 million low-income families and senior citizens, the New York Times said in an editorial Oct. 16.

* Patti Davis, daughter of the late President Reagan, has filed a lawsuit against the Salvation Army, saying it cancelled a speaking engagement because of her support of stem-cell research, without paying cancellation fees, the Houston Chronicle reported on Oct. 19.

* The wealth gap between white and minority families continues to grow, with the net worth of white households 11 times that of Hispanics and 14 times that of blacks, the New York Times reported on Oct.18.

* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives about $1.2 billion a year to libraries, the Pacific Northwest, education and health, with its largest grant so far, $750 million, given to launch the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Mercury News reported on Oct. 14.

* The Charities Aid Foundation of the U.K. is encouraging planned giving as part of the country’s National Giving Week in an effort to raise overall donations, citing research that shows that four in 10 people could afford to double their gifts to charity, the Guardian reported on Oct. 18.

* The Charities Aid Foundation survey also found that almost half of lower-income people are likely to give extra cash to charity, while only one in four with higher incomes would do the same, the Guardian reported on Oct. 14.

* Singapore charities are being asked to disclose more information about how donations are used, part of a series of recommendations from a panel appointed by the government to look into the country’s nonprofit sector, the Straits Times reported on Oct. 15.

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