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

* A federal appeals court panel in Virginia upheld telemarketing curbs on professional fundraisers hired by charities, saying the federal restrictions were drawn narrowly to protect citizens’ privacy in their homes, the Associated Press reported Aug. 29.

* Nonprofits are big business, accounting for $1.6 trillion in total operating expenditures in 37 nations in 2002 and, in the U.S., growing 77 percent faster between 1977 and 1999 than the rest of the U.S. economy, according to research at Johns Hopkins University, Newsweek International reported in its Sept. 5 edition.

* The IRS said more than 1 million charities and private foundations were registered with the agency as of Sept. 30, 2004, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Aug. 30.

* A new study by Stanford University says charitable spending in the San Francisco Bay Areas accounts for 14 percent of the region’s gross domestic product, twice the national average, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported Aug. 26.

* Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Anne, donated nearly $2.9 million to more than 40 charities since 1999, including $2.2 million to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Boston Globe reported Aug. 28.

* California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger benefits from millions of dollars raised by a network of tax-exempt groups without disclosing that the funds come from major corporations with business with his office, the Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 24.

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