Katrina giving stirs fear of donor fatigue

Here the top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* Some nonprofits in the Washington, D.C., area worry that corporations that have raised millions of dollars for Katrina relief may reduce their giving to other causes, the Washington Post reported Sept. 26.

* A lawsuit by American investors against an Ontario college that in 1998 received a donation from a Toronto businessman who since has been sanctioned by the Ontario Securities Commission is believed to be the first of its kind and could set an important precedent as charities face more questions about their donations, The Globe and Mail reported Sept. 27.

* A decision by Queen’s University to return a $1 million gift to a donor because he pleaded guilty to fraud has led charities throughout Canada to consider the issue of when to give money back, The Globe and Mail reported Sept. 23.

* Giving a big share of all donations after a disaster like Katrina to single agency like the Red Cross that defines itself only as a first-responder and not as a rebuilder is not the best choice for Americans, who ought to give a much bigger share to local charities and other international “brand-name” relief agencies with expertise in rebuilding communities, the president and CEO of Operation USA said in an opinion column Sept. 25 in the Los Angeles Times.

* Whether looking for charities after a disaster or looking at appeals during the holidays, donors can take steps to help make sure their dollars have an actual impact, MarketWatch reported Sept. 28.

* A new survey says the U.S. has 700,000 more millionaire households this year than in 2003, CNN/Money reported Sept. 28.

* A report says charities in Singapore agreed to make their operations more open following a scandal involving the city-state’s biggest fundraising institution, Business Day reported Sept. 25.

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