Giving grows 2.3 percent

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

* A new study shows Americans gave more than $248.5 billion to charity in 2004, up 2.3 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis from 2003, The New York Times reported June 14.

* Charitable donations of cars fell by up to half after tougher tax rules took effect in January, and fundraisers fear problems will grow if Congress tightens rules on deductions for gifts of clothing and household items, Reuters reported June 10.

* A House subcommittee voted to end within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which passes federal dollars to public broadcasters – starting with a 25 percent cut in the group’s budget for next year, to $300 million from $400 million, the Washington Post reported June 10.

* The former president of the James Beard Foundation in New York City was sentenced to one to three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from the foundation, The New York Times reported June 14.

* Barry Munitz has spent lavishly during his seven years as CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust near Los Angeles, receiving more than $1 million in total annual compensation in 2003 while eliminating raises for other employees, the Los Angeles Times reported June 10

* Total cash received by Chinese charities in 2004 totaled 5 billion yuan, or $602 million, just 0.05 percent of China’s gross domestic product, compared to 2.17 percent of U.S. gross domestic product that U.S. charities received, and 0.88 percent of Britain’s gross domestic product that British charities received, China View reported June 13.

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