Fighting physician bailout

Here are the week’s top nonprofit headlines:

* To stop more doctors from quitting, a growing number of hospitals are offering malpractice insurance through nonprofit entities known as “captives,” BusinessWeek reported in its Feb. 7 issue.

* A new requirement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that cities actually count their homeless populations before local homeless agencies can qualify for federal funds that this year will total nearly $1.5 billion has prompted Los Angeles, Atlanta and San Jose and Palo Alto, Calif., to hire and train homeless people to help conduct the count, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 1.

* The IRS issued regulations requiring some big corporations and tax-exempt groups to electronically file income tax or annual information returns, Tax Analysts reported Jan. 31.

* The IRS, in a legal memo, spelled out standards on how U.S. charities must handle international grantmaking activities, Tax Analysts reported Jan. 31.

* Aid agencies urged leading developing countries to cancel the debts of poor nations, saying poverty kills more people every week than died in the recent tsunamis in South Asia, Reuters reported Feb. 2.

* The Smithsonian Institution received $10 million from Roger and Victoria Sant of Washington, D.C., to establish a Center for Marine Science at the National Museum of Natural History and to create an endowed chair for ocean research, the Associated Press reported Jan. 31.

* The FBI is investigating whether the Greater Alabama Boy Scout Council padded its membership totals, the latest problem in the U.S. into whether the Boy Scouts have inflated their rolls, the Associated Press reported Jan. 26.

* The new Software Freedom Law Center, backed by $4 million from Open Source Development Labs, will provide free legal advice and litigation support to nonprofit open-source software projects and developers throughout the world on issues involving software licenses, patents, copyright and intellectual property law, the Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., reported Feb. 1.

* The Mozilla Foundation, which worked with thousands of volunteer programmers to build the free Firefox web browser that is beginning to cut into the dominance of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, has launched a campaign to persuade websites to adopt open standards and welcome all browsers, and is accepting online donations at to support its efforts to preserve choice and innovation on the internet, BusinessWeek reported in its Feb. 7 issue.

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