Schools eclipse colleges in foundation giving

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

* Fueled by a new generation of wealthy entrepreneurs concerned about high dropout rates and low achievement levels, grants to support education in kindergarten through 12th grade have eclipsed foundation giving to higher education, The New York Times reported Aug. 21.

* With audiences seemingly growing older and the public less interested in going to concerts, orchestras throughout the U.S. are adopting a range of strategies to attract more people to the concert hall, The New York Times reported Aug. 21.

* Venture capitalists are leading an effort to remake Silicon Valley as a center for social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy, The Washington Post reported Aug. 22.

* A growing number of environmental economists are working at advocacy groups and state and federal environmental agencies, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 23.

* After considering 10 other cities for its new headquarters, YMCA of the USA has decided to stay in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 18.

* Technology is helping people shop for charities, and helping charities track their donors, raise money online and run their operations more efficiently, United Press International reported Aug. 16.

* A nonprofit group has launched a $500,000 campaign promoting Sept. 11 as a national d ay of charitable service, the Associated Press reported Aug. 16.

* The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he donatd $139.3 million of his fortune to 843 organizations last year, compared to $135.6 million to 653 groups in 2003, Forbes reported Aug. 17.

* A top official of the opposition Labor Party in Australia said he has heard the government is considering ending the tax-exempt status for some churches and charities, Catholic World News reported Aug. 16.

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