Congress poised for nonprofit crackdown

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

* Spurred by scandals at big charities, members of Congress are cracking down on some charitable practices, with senators expected to propose rules to limit some charitable write-offs, The Washington Post reported Nov. 6.

* The founder of online auction site eBay and his wife gave $100 million to Tufts University, its biggest gift ever, and said it must be invested in groups that make small loans to poor people in developing countries, and that Tufts may use only half the income from the investments and must reinvest the remainder in similar loans, The New York Times reported Nov. 4.

* Waldemar Nielsen, an expert on charitable foundations who often challenged them and found them generally timid, inert and unimaginative but saw them as a potential force for public good, died in New York City at 88, The New York Times reported Nov. 4.

* The IRS has told a liberal church in Pasadena, Calif., that it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher delivered just before the 2004 presidential election, the Associated Press reported Nov. 7.

* Katrina relief efforts are hurting giving to some local human-service agencies in Detroit, but most nonprofits say the real problem is the economy, Crains Detroit Business reported Nov. 7.

* A government source says the success of Ramadan charity activities spurred an idea to form an umbrella group to institutionalize efforts to help the poor, The Jordan Times reported Nov. 6.

* The founder of a federation of nonprofits in rural India that in six months enrolled 2,000 of the nation’s 1.2 million nonprofits says it is holding workshops and seminars fo rnonprofits, launching a training  center, planning a bi-monthly magazine and developing a plan for nonprofits to work with government, The Hindu reported Nov. 6.

* Nonprofits in Thaiuland plan to petition the Interior Ministry to ease investment limits that restrict them to bank deposits and government bonds, the Bangkok Post reported Nov. 3.

* Volunteer agencies in Nigeria are calling for greater collaboration with government to handle disasters effectively, Vanguard reported Nov. 3.

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