Bush again pushes funding for religious groups

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

* Telling the Southern Baptist Convention a compassionate society would depend more on religious groups to deliver social services, President Bush revived his call for a law to let religious groups with federal contracts consider faith in making hiring decisions, the Associated Press reported June 21.

* GlaxoSmithKline announced the first alliance between a major drugmaker and a charity to tackle AIDS, the Telegraph reported June 22.

* The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is making 43 grants totaling $437 million to public-health scientists to find new ways to attack the world’s toughest health problems, The New York Times reported June 28.

* Oxfam, the international charity, said the poorest victims have benefited the least six months after the tsunami in South Asia and the huge relief effort that followed in its wake, the BBC reported June 25, with charities saying completion of rebuilding in areas stricken by the tsunami could take 10 years, the Irish Examiner reported June 26.

* Wachovia Corp. has teamed up with the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers to provide $1 billion in financing to minority audo dealers over five years, the Charlotte Business Journal reported June 27.

* A “self-appointed spokesman for the homeless” told a summit on homelessness organized by the Conservative Party in Britain that homelessness charities were making homelessness worse by “mollycoddling” homeless people, the SocietyGuardian reported June 28.

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