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

* Over half of wealthy Americans say they would not decrease their giving if Congress repealed income tax benefits, and most would increase their donations if nonprofits spent less on administration and more clearly demonstrated the impact of donations, says a new study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 26. These high-net-worth Americans represent 3.1 percent of households and two-thirds of charitable donations, or $126 billion last year.

* Foreign private organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, both of which did not properly file registration material for a new Russian law regulating their operations, were forced to suspend work in their Russian offices, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. The law, backed by President Putin, has received sharp international criticism for its rigorous paperwork and vague language, which could allow any group to be audited and closed on a pretext, officials say.

* Giving to America’s largest charities rose 13 percent to $62.7 billion last year, according to an annual survey of 400 charities by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 23. The increase is one of the largest since the Chronicle began the survey 16 years ago.

* With 46.6 million Americans without heath insurance, some hospitals have begun providing free preventative care to patients with chronic diseases, thereby saving the high costs of repeated emergency care, The New York Times reported Oct. 25.

* The United Network for Organ Sharing, which has been under contract with the U.S. government since 1986 to oversee the organ transplant system, often fails to detect and fix problems at derelict hospitals and regularly keeps its findings hidden from patients and their families, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 22.

* More than eight in ten M.B.A. students say business should work to improve society, and almost as many want corporate social responsibility included in their coursework, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

* The corporate world has increasingly embraced Indian philosophy, which emphasizes non-economic motivations and a more holistic approach to business that takes into account the needs of shareholders, employees, customers, society and environment, Business Week reported Oct. 30.

* Over the next five years, Connecticut businessman Samuel Heyman will donate $20 million to Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit he founded in 2001 to focus attention on the importance of attracting talented individuals to government jobs, The Washington Post reported Oct. 24. Heyman hopes the donation will help establish the partnership as a long-term player in the federal community.

Compiled by Laura Newman

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