Donors’ religion disclosed

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

* Donors’ religions were printed on mailing labels for fundraising letters from the Alliance for Retired Americans, prompting concern about how well privacy is protected by nonprofits estimated to raise as much as $940 million a year renting donor lists, The New York Times reported Feb. 11.

* A former White House official says President Bush has not kept his promise to help religious groups deliver social services because his administration is not truly committed to “compassionate conservatism,” the Washington Post reported Feb. 15.

* Tax-shelter schemes involving nonprofits are the target of crackdowns by the Bush administration, Congress and the IRS, the Washington Post reported Feb. 11.

* The House Ways and Means Committee is expected soon to hold hearings on tax-exempt organizations, focusing on current exempt-organizations law, the adequacy of IRS oversight and reporting requirements, and the influence that so-called “527” organizations have on had in political campaigns, Tax Analysts reported Feb. 10.

* A Tennessee millionaire created a foundation he hoped would benefit his state and be controlled by his wife, but it was moved to Mississippi, has been used to buy two sports teams and pay for chartered plane trips, and is controlled by his long-time assistant, prompting a lawsuit that illustrates the pitfalls of even careful estate planning, The New York Times reported Feb. 16.

* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving more than $28 million to help create small high schools in New York and improve school facilities, bring to more than $110 million the total it has given to city schools, the Associated Press reported Feb. 16.

* Never Again Foundation Legal Services, which provides free legal services in civil cases involving abused men and women, plans to open offices throughout the U.S. over three years, The Business Journal in Phoenix reported in its Feb. 9 edition.

* Suggesting a rebound from falling public confidence in charities two years ago after disclosures that only a fraction of donations to several charities went to good causes, a new survey says Scots are giving more time and money to charities, The Herald in Glasgow reported Feb. 15.

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