Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:
* Federal authorities say a scheme to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to get cash to Katrina victims has resulted in the indictment of nearly 50 people, the Washington Post reported Dec. 27.
* Retail-trend analysis says a year of natural disasters has prompted many consumers increasingly to want to tie gift-giving to worthy causes, USA Today reported Dec. 19.
* Charitable giving in Canada is expected to exceed $7 billion in 2005, the highest ever, and Canadian charities are being transformed by fewer donors giving much bigger gifts and seeking more control over how their funds are spent, The Globe and Mail reported Dec. 19
* Unlike U.S. nonprofits, charities in Canada are not required to disclose how much they pay their executives, prompting many observers to say it is time that executive compensation be disclosed, The Globe and Mail reported Dec. 19.
* Google has given away $33 million in free advertising to 850 nonprofits over two years, helping them attract more donors and people in need, USA Today reported Dec. 27.
* Oxfam, the international relief agency, wants to help fight poverty by tripling its donor base to 1.5 million people in 100 days, the Guardian reported Dec. 27.
* A survey by Intangible Business found Cancer Research UK’s brand is worth 202.2 million pounds, or $351 million, making it the most valuable charity brand in Britain, ThirdSector reported Dec. 21.
* Russia’s upper house approved a law curbing nonprofits, a move critics say will hurt the growth of civil society, the Associated Press reported Dec. 27.
* A state report says telemarketers soliciting donations for charities in New York State kept 63 percent of funds they raised for those charities in 2005, the Associated Press reported Dec. 21.
* Ben Schuurmanhess, a 71-year-old Canadian millionaire, plans to make donations to charities until his money runs out, The Canadian Press reported Dec. 22.