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* Habitat for Humanity International is engulfed in controversy in the wake of the firing of its founder and president, Millard Fuller, for sexual harassment, the Washington Post reported March 10.

* A Milwaukee jury found the Catholic Archdiocese liable because a volunteer for a Catholic lay group, driving her own car, ran a red light and caused an accident while delivering a statue of the Virgin Mary to an invalid, a decision that will have a chilling effect on volunteerism, Philip K. Howard, chairman of Common Good, said in an opinion column March 17 in The Wall Street Journal.

* Stanford University and Amazon.com have teamed up to support groups whose innovative strategies advance social progress, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported March 17.

* Environmental Defense in New York City has named David Yarnold, editor of the San Jose Mercury, as its new chief, the San Francisco Business Times reported March 10.

* A new report says the number of homeless families living in temporary shelter in Britain has grown to more than 100,000, the most ever, Sky News reported March 17.

* A new survey says Singapore companies donated only 0.21 percent of their pre-tax profit to charity in 2003, compared to 1.6 percent for U.S. firms in 2003, 1.03 percent for Canadian firms in 2000, and 0.95 percent for British firms in 2002, the Business Times reported March 10.

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