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Ford invests in public broadcasting

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

* The Ford Foundation is investing $50 million over five years in public television, public radio and other media groups, aiming to spur creation and distribution of public-affairs programming, especially on international affairs, The New York Times reported May 10.

* IRS data show that low-income earners overall gave 1 percent of their income to charity in 2003, compared to 3.1 percent given by high-income earners, although among those who actually gave, low-income donors contributed 26 percent of their income, compared to 3.4 percent contributed by high-income donors, The New York Times reported May 8.

* Two public schools in Raleigh, N.C., have formed nonprofit foundations to raise money, prompting other schools in the region to study creating their own foundations, The News & Observer reported May 10.

* A federal indictment alleges Stuart P. Levine, a Chicago-area millionaire philanthropist, used a charitable foundation and medical school for personal gain, the Chicago Tribune reported May 10.

* Habitat for Humanity International is suing its ousted founder and his new charity, Building for Habitat, saying its name could confuse donors and hurt the original group’s reputation, the Associated Press reported May 11.

* The Atlanta-based James M. Cox Jr. Foundation, whose vice president is chairman of media conglomerate Cox Enterprises and owns land in Montana, wrote a letter to the University of Montana in response to its solicitation of a gift, saying not to expect a donation until Montanans show more appreciation of out-of-state landowners, the Associated Press reported May 10.

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