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

* The parents of Terry Schiavo will let a conservative direct-mail firm sell a list of their financial supporters, The New York Times reported March 29.

* Critics fear a statewide database to track homeless people that will take effect in North Carolina next year will put domestic-violence victims at risk, make fraud easier and discourage homeless people from seeking help, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported March 29.

* A thief stole a laptop computer containing data on nearly 100,000 alumni, grad students and past applicants at the University of California at Berkeley, the Associated Press reported March 29.

* Radio talk-show host Don Imus used his show on March 24 to criticize an article in The Wall Street Journal the previous day that raised questions about financial controls and his personal use of a charity ranch he started in New Mexico for critically ill children, The New York Times reported March 25.

* Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says wealthy people increasingly are misusing a loophole in the law that lets them take a big tax break for donating expensive assets to a “supporting organization” while retaining control of the assets, ABC News reported March 24.

* Jews may be generous donors but do not necessarily support Jewish causes, a trend likely to intensify, so the next generation of Jews need to be educated about their heritage, exposed to Jewish philanthropy and engaged in hands-on philanthropy, Jehuda Reinharz, president of Brandeis University, said in an opinion column March 24 in the Jerusalem Post.

* A growing number of nonprofits have been selling their buildings in New York, in part because strong investment sales in the city can generate funds for critical missions, but also because many nonprofits find leasing space can be easier and less costly than keeping up property, The New York Times reported March 30.

* Portland Impact, a nonprofit in Portland, Ore., is using an employer-assisted housing program offered by HomeStreet Bank to help its workers and volunteers become homeowners, the Business Journal Portland reported March 29.

* Twenty charities are forming the Self-Discipline Alliance of Taiwan’s Public Welfare Groups to promote financial transparency among its members, the Taipai Times reported March 30.

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