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

* School districts throughout the U.S. are soliciting private support, with many of them hiring development officers to recruit big donors with a menu of opportunities ranging from corporate sponsorships of the high school prom to advertising space on school roofs, The New York Times reported Jan. 26.

* The American Red Cross says it may seek donations to correct problems that limited its response to Hurricane Katrina, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25.

* Many Boy Scout councils, especially in hot real-estate markets, are considering whether to take advantage of rising property values and sell their camps, sparking struggles over camp land with local residents, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 31.

* The Bush administration has renewed an effort to buy some of the food it uses for aid aboard from foreign farmers rather than those in the U.S., and is seeking the backing of charities that helped defeat the plan last year, Bloomberg reported Jan. 25.

* Pope Benedict XVI said in his first encyclical that the Roman Catholic Church cannot keep quiet when its charity is needed to ease suffering, but that its charity workers should not use their work to proselytize or push a specific political point of view, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25.

* Some foreign governments are starting to criticize international aid agencies for the way they raise and spend money, criticism similar to that of many donors in the U.S. who want more of their charitable gifts to be used as they were intended to be, The New York Times reported Jan. 29.

* Rock star Bono is launched a new partnership to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa that includes several companies and will sell produces under a brand called “Red,” with proceeds used in anti-AIDS programs, the Associated Press reported Jan. 26.

* The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says it will triple its funding commitments for tuberculosis research to $900 million over 10 years, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 28.

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