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

* Nonprofits increasingly are asking donors to give money to support operations, arguing they need to spend a lot on administration and fundraising to grow and attract quality staff, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 26.

* Charities say it pays to court donors at the end of the year, when bankers and brokers get big bonuses and people are in a giving mood, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 29.

* It has become common practice for college athletic boosters, at the suggestion of AAU coaches, to give cash recruiting inducements in the form of tax-deductible donations to AAU programs that are set up as nonprofit charities under IRS guidelines, the Washington Post reported Dec. 31.

* The lack of a philanthropic base in South Mississippi may have cost the region donations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Sun Herald in Gulfport reported Dec. 29. Mississippi-based groups received only 3.7 percent of contributions after the Gulf Coast hurricanes, compared to 8.9 percent for Louisiana, according to a Foundation Center report, the newspaper says.

* Wealthy people in Los Angeles give nearly twice as much to charity as do wealthy people in the Bay area and other parts of California, according to a study of 2004 tax data by San Francisco-based NewTithing Group, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Dec. 26.

A New Jersey based nonprofit worker center offers a special debit card that lets immigrants without checking accounts or credit cards keep their cash safe and shop at stores and online, The New York Times reported Dec. 30.

* Oprah Winfrey has spent five years and $40 million building a school in South Africa for impoverished girls, a project the South African government had planned to support but did not in the face of reported criticism that the school was too elitist and lavish for such a poor county, Newsweek reported in its Jan. 8 edition.

* In partnership with former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, a top aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King III has co-founded a new nonprofit, Realizing the Dream, that marks a break with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which his mother founded shortly after his father’s death in 1968, The New York Times reported Dec. 31.

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