Charity abuse spreads, IRS chief says

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

* The IRS commissioner told a Senate hearing that “technical manipulation and outright abuse” are spreading from the commercial sector to parts of the nonprofit sector, The New York Times reported April 6.

* Foundation giving grew to $32.4 billion, the most ever, reversing two straight years of declines, The New York Times reported April 4.

* Half the $2 billion in taxpayer funds available to charities considered “faith-based” by the White House went to religious charities in 10 states and the District of Columbia, the Associated Press reported March 31.

* A financial scandal at United Way’s National Capital Area chapter has spurred charities to try to show donors their contributions will be well spent, the Washington Post reported April 6.

* The Pew Charitable Trusts practice “castor-oil liberalism,” using their assets to push causes like campaign-finance reform, registration of young voters and saving for retirement that do not reflect the conservative principles of its founders, Martin Morse Wooster, a senior fellow at the Capital Research Center, said in an opinion column April 1 in The Wall Street Journal.

* A new report by the Australian Council of Social Service suggests two thirds of social-service charities in Australia are not able to help everyone who seeks help, ABC Online reported April 4.

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