Despite ‘donor fatigue’, giving seen strong

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

* Despite predictions that giving to aid victims of natural disasters like Katrina and the tsunami and Pakistan earthquake would produce “donor fatigue,” 2005 was a good year for U.S. charities, The Washington Post reported Jan. 9.

* Many charities say giving by itemizers could be hurt by a provision in the Tax Relief Act of 2005 passed by the Senate that would allow non-itemizers to deduct their charitable contributions, Tax Analysts reported Jan. 9.

* Billionaire Boone Pickens is giving $165 million to Oklahoma State, his alma mater, the biggest gift ever to an NCAA athletics program, the Associated Press reported Jan. 11.

* U.S. oil companies are making charitable contributions in African nations with oil fields, but some advocacy groups in the West say that instead of sprinkling donations to developing countries, the firms should be pushing their governments to prove they are spending oil money mainly on public needs, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 10.

* In a growing number of poor countries, nonprofits are being hired to run clinics and hospitals, letting international donors and concerned governments cut through or work around dysfunctional bureaucracies to improve health care and efficiency at modest costs, The New York Times reported Jan. 8.

* With only 1 percent of China’s 10 million companies donating money or in-kind support to people in need, a senior Chinese officials says businesses and millionaires should give more, China View reported Jan. 6.

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