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Princeton sued for allegedly ignoring donor intent

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

* A lawsuit brought by the Robertson family, A&P grocery store heirs, contends Princeton University ignored donor intent in using the proceeds of a $35 million gift that has now grown to $650 million, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 7; the school acknowledges mistakes, but says it has been faithful to the donors’ original intent.

* The Canadian branch of the Salvation Army has sued Ming Wa, a former accountant for the charity, for allegedly conducting a phony-invoice operation that defrauded the group of more than $2.3 million, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 31.

* Barry Munitz, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, has resigned amid an investigation by the California Attorney General’s office into allegations he misused trust money; he is required to repay $250,000 to the trust and will be denied a severance package, the New York Times reported Feb. 10.

* Dr. Tachi Yamada, head of research and development for drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline, will become executive director of the global health program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation beginning in June, Forbes reported Feb. 7.

* Michael Pack, the top television executive at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a conservative Republican, resigned after the corporation’s new president forced him to choose between renewing his employment contract or exercising an option giving him $500,000 to produce a documentary, the New York Times reported Feb. 9.

* Charity poker events, which raise money for nonprofits and are illegal in many states, are proving so successful at raising funds that some states are working to legalize the practice, while opponents are questioning whether gambling for charity is appropriate, the New York Times reported Feb. 6.

* In an effort to boost charitable giving, Rick Santorum, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said his top priority is inserting into the pending tax reconciliation bill a provision that would permit tax-free distributions from IRAs for charitable causes, Tax Analysts reported Feb. 8.

* New research by the Charities Aid Foundation, based in London, says Gift Aid, a government policy allowing charities to reclaim the taxes paid on qualified donations by individuals, is now the most popular method of charitable giving in the U.K., U.K. Fundraising reported Jan. 31.

* Tian Di, director of the managing committee of the Children’s Foundation of China, is calling for lower taxes on donations, noting the average donation made by the Chinese population over the last decade was .21 U.S. dollars and only 1 percent of the country’s businesses donate to charity, China View reported Feb. 7.

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