Red Cross reaches out to minorities

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

* Responding to harsh criticism it treated them coldly in the Katrina relief effort, the American Red Cross has launched an aggressive effort to reach out to racial and ethnic minorities and add more of them to its volunteer network, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5.

* The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will make $84.3 million in grants to help prevent newborn illness and death in 18 developing countries, Medical News Today reported Dec. 5.

* CARE USA has named Dr. Helene Gayle, a senior health executive at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as its new president, the first woman and first African American to head the international relief agency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Dec. 3.

* A new breed of donors like David Cheriton, a Stanford University professor whose $200,000 investment to help two Stanford students start Google has grown to hundreds of millions of dollars, are being a lot more selective in their giving, picking specific needs to address with their giving, The Globe and Mail reported Dec. 5.

* British banks are set to turn over to youth and community charities several hundred million pounds held in dormant accounts, Reuters reported Dec. 6.

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