Relief efforts underway for quake victims

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

* With the death toll soaring past 40,000 from the earthquake in South Asia, the United Nations is seeking $272 million for survivors, CNN reported Oct. 11.

* Canadian charities are raising money to support relief efforts in South Asia in the wake of an earthquake Canadian Press reported Oct. 9, while British charities have launched a combined fundraising appeal to benefit quake victims, Reuters reported Oct. 11.

* AlertNet published a list of aid agencies on the scene in the Indian subcontinent, Reuters reported Oct. 10.

* Liberal advocates who hoped Katrina’s exposure of poverty might spur new social initiatives now are fighting to preserve existing programs under heightened attack from conservatives as a result of the storm, The New York Times reported Oct. 11.

* The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund has raised more than $108 million, trailing only contributions to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and likely will raise more tan $200 million, experts say, but questions remain about where the money will go, The New York Times reported Oct. 8.

* Giving circles are growing in popularity but take time to set up and select charities to support, The New York Times reported Oct. 9.

* The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who recused himself from an SEC probe into stock sales by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, serves with Frist on the board of a charity that gives millions of dollars a year to promote democracy, Dow Jones Newswires reported Oct. 6.

* Some Connecticut charities fear they may lose donors as a result of a new state law that lets donors get advance notice that some of their money will go to paid solicitors, the Associated Press reported Oct. 8.

* Some Katrina victims in East Texas who have been calling Red Cross toll-free lines to get debit cards offered by the agency say they get busy signals for hours, and even days, the Houston Chronicle reported Oct. 6.

* Britain’s Charity Commission is moving ahead to fulfill its new role under a new law that charges it with increasing public trust and confidence in charities, CharityTimes reported Oct. 3.

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