Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 5, 2008

Medical University of South Carolina sets record

Medical University of South Carolina raised a record amount in gifts and pledges over the 2007-08 fiscal year, amounting to more than $67.4 million, The Post and Courier reported Aug. 5. The largest portion came from gifts and matching funds from foundations and nonprofits, while individual benefactors contributed more than a third.

Richmond nonprofit director charged in murder-for-hire

Caren T. Brown, executive director of Richmond nonprofit Children Without a Voice, was arrested and charged with giving $2,000 to an undercover police officer to kill her former boyfriend and his wife, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Aug. 5. Brown told the officer she was upset with the custody arrangement for her 11-year-old son.

Washington, D.C., threatens to cut ties with two nonprofits

Washington, D.C., officials say they will no longer do business with two nonprofits building housing for poor neighborhoods unless the organizations make significant changes, The Washington Post reported Aug. 4 (see housing story) [subscription only]. East of the River Community Development Corp. has run out of funds to complete a 21-house development, and the Anacostia Economic Development Corp. has been criticized for shoddy workmanship on a development completed two years ago.

Citgo gives $1.5 million to Maryland nonprofit

Citgo is making a $1.5 million donation to the Silver Spring nonprofit group CASA of Maryland to help fund educational, training and economic-development programs for low-income and immigrant workers, The Washington Post reported Aug. 5 (see Citgo story) [subscription only]. Critics have alleged that the Venezuelan oil company is trying to gain support among low-income Americans to embarrass the Bush administration.

In brief:

* Nashville Mayor Karl Dean approved $1.8 million in city funds to be used for pre-development work on the Museum of African American Music, Art and Culture, The Nashville Business Journal reported Aug. 4.

* Bryan Klann, former vice president of sales for the nonprofit division of Sage Software, took over as chief sales and marketing officer of MPower, a software provider for nonprofits, the company reported Aug. 5.

* Alumni funding for the State University of New York has increased, combating the results of sharp budget cuts imposed by Gov. David Paterson, The Democrat and Chronicle reported Aug. 5.

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