Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:
* President Bush will hold a White House summit in March to urge corporations and foundations to donate more money to churches and religious charities, the Associated Press reported July 25. Administration officials say they will focus attention on big companies with policies limiting or barring donations to religious charities, the Los Angeles Times reported July 26.
* Faced with tougher competition for private donations and taxpayer dollars, cultural groups in New York City are spending millions of dollars on lobbying, part of a growing trend among nonprofits to hire professionals to push for public support, The New York Times reported July 25.
* With state funds expected to decline, Oxford and Cambridge have launched new fundraising efforts, bringing them closer to the practice at U.S. universities that, unlike their British counterparts, devote entire departments to fundraising and marketing, the International Herald Tribune reported July 25.
* The Charity Commission in Britain is set to launch a campaign to encourage more people to volunteer as charity trustees, PublicTechnology.net reported July 21.
* The Charity Commission, which regulates 190,000 registered charities in England and Wales, published an annual report saying 325 investigations were completed that safeguarded 34 million pounds, or $59.1 million, in charitable funds, and that nearly 6,300 new charities were registered, eGov monitor reported July 20.