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Google taps Brilliant to lead philanthropic efforts

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

* Ending a lengthy search, Google named Larry Brilliant, a former high-tech executive and physician with extensive experience in nonprofit public health, as the head of its corporate philanthropic giving, partnership and investment programs, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 22.

* To improve communication and collaboration in handling disaster response, Microsoft is donating $41 million in cash and software to NetHope and the International Working Group on Emergency Capacity Building, which plan to upgrade their technology systems and create online forums to foster better information exchange, the New York Times reported Feb. 22.

* The Combined Federal Campaign, the federal employees’ annual fundraising effort that raises about $250 million a year for 50,000 nonprofits, plans to eliminate requirements that charities limit their overhead expenses, and that employees donate to charities only in donors’ geographic areas, the Washington Post reported Feb. 10.

* Singapore Management University created the Lien Foundation Center for Social Innovation, the first such center in Asia dedicated to promoting the nonprofit sector by encouraging increased participation and better management, Today Online reported Feb. 10.

* Summary Information Returns, filings regarding the activities and achievements of British charities with annual incomes of over Ł1 million, or $1.7 million, are now available online for public access through the Charity Commission, PublicTechnology.net reported Feb. 21.

* In an attempt to save wildlife and aid builders, the new conservation bank industry has received national attention now that 70 new banks throughout the U.S. are providing innovative ways to finance habitats for endangered species, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 22.

* The Second Chance Act, the first American legislative plan for dealing with recidivism, while not yet debated in Congress, would benefit from the use of private nonprofits to manage adult prisons, David Pozen wrote in a guest column published by the Boston Globe Feb. 21.

* In Britain, where on average 64 percent of the population donates over Ł5, or $8.74, a year to charity, market analysts Mintel found that citizens over 65 are the most generous, with 75 percent donating a minimum of Ł5 a year, whereas young people aged 15 to 24 give the least, with only 44 percent donating that much, Daily Mail reported Feb. 17.

— Compiled by Laura Newman

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