Nonprofit news roundup for July 8, 2008

British fundraisers still a rare breed

Fundraising is a challenging career option, combining commercial-sector skills with strong social values, but though demand for fundraisers is rising in Britain, applicants are still hard to come by, The Guardian reported July 7 (see fundraising careers story). Increasingly, British charities are setting up in-house graduate training schemes to fill the gap in fundraising, marketing and communications.

University renames building after gossip columnist

A naming gift at The University of Pennsylvania is creating controversy as the name of William Penn’s secretary, one of the university’s first trustees, is replaced with that of late gossip columnist Claudia Cohen, The New York Times reported July 6 (see University of Pennsylvania story). Cohen was a former wife of Ronald O. Perelman, the
billionaire New York businessman who acquired the right to rename the prominent building when he donated $20 million to his alma mater in 1995.

Attorneys ask to dismiss terrorism-financing case

Attorneys for the five defendants in the terrorism-financing case against the Holy Land Foundation scheduled for retrial in September have asked a judge to dismiss the
case, The Dallas Morning News reported June 5 (see Holy Land Foundation story). They accuse federal prosecutors of misconduct they say resulted in last fall’s mistrial.

Grassley considers ‘next steps’ in ministry probe

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has issued a memo saying his staff is consulting with Senate lawyers about “next steps” in an increasingly acrimonious investigation of the finances of televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s ministry, said Jane Norman in a blog at The Des Moines Register July 8 (see Grassley probe story). The Dallas Morning News has posted the text of the memo in its blog.


In Brief:

* Nonprofit activists must reconcile limited access to G8 leaders at the summit currently underway in Hokkaido, Japan, with a growing list of demands, many linked in “awkward ways,” The Financial Times reported June 7.

* The Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project is a joint effort by Maryland nonprofits, elected officials and courts to train lawyers to take on foreclosure cases and advise at-risk homeowners, The Baltimore Sun reported July 8.

* A landmark buyout would put the U.S. Sugar Corp., the nation’s largest sugar grower, out of business in six years, but fill a gaping hole in Florida’s long-stalled Everglades restoration, The Miami Herald reported June 25.

* Nineteen New York child-care centers have been referred to prosecutors for possible criminal investigation over misuse of funds, The New York Times reported July 3.

* A “21st century” zoo would prioritize the well-being of animals over exhibition – appealing to a new audience and opening up new revenue-generating opportunities, said Neil Trent and Cindy Machado of the Marin Humane Society,in an opinion column at the San Francisco Chronicle June 27.

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