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Nonprofit news roundup for Feb. 20, 2008

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Public TV’s glory days gone?

Public television’s audience has been shrinking rapidly, making the usual outrage caused by the Bush administration’s ritual budget cut attempt harder to muster, wrote Charles McGrath in a New York Times opinion column Feb. 17. Public radio, however, has been a surprising success, growing to 30 million listeners from 2 million in 1980.

Charity does politics for N.C. congresswoman

North Carolina Rep. Mary McAllister has been accused of using staff and resources at her nonprofit Operation Sickle Cell for political work, The Fayetteville Observer reported Feb. 19. The State Auditor’s Office found files related to campaign activities and bills on the organization’s computers.

Princeton announces gap-year program

Princeton University will send one in 10 of its freshly admitted students for a year of service abroad before they even set foot on campus, The New York Times reported Feb. 19. The program, said to be the first of its kind, is expected to launch in 2009 and will provide need-based financial aid.

Electronics go green

Electronics companies are racing to the green line in a contest to be the most environmentally conscious, said a New York Times blog Feb. 5. The journey, however, often is hindered by industry design tricks and a glut of material that can’t be refurbished.

James Brown’s kids dispute trust

Singer James Brown left the bulk of his fortune to charitable trusts, an act five of his children attribute to undue influence from former advisers hoping to profit, The New York Times reported Feb. 8. Brown’s children are questioning why several ex-trustees did not disclose the existence of an earlier will, which could cast doubt on the artist’s intention to leave his estate to charity.

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