Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 13, 2008

NFL, a nonprofit, reluctant to disclose salaries

The National Football League, a tax-exempt organization, has resisted new rules from the IRS requiring nonprofits to disclose the salaries of “key employees,” The New York Times reported Aug. 11 (see NFL story). The league, which is classified as a trade association, argued that it should not have to reveal the salaries of employees earning more than $150,000 per year, since it does not receive public donations.

Fund launched to aid arrested illegal immigrants

Boston financier Robert Hildreth is helping launch a fund to bail out illegal immigrants arrested in workplace raids, National Public Radio reported Aug. 11 (see immigrants story). The National Immigrant Bond Fund, which now has about $200,000, will provide half of the bond needed to release detainees.

Work begins on King memorial

The foundation building a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C., announced that construction has begun, and that the foundation has received an additional $4 million in donations, The Washington Post reported Aug. 13 (see MLK story). The project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2010, received $3 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

US Airways raffle to benefit Charlotte charities

US Airways has launched a $100,000 raffle to raise funds for charities in the Charlotte, N.C., area, The Charlotte Business Journal reported Aug. 12 (see raffle story). North Carolina residents can make a $10 donation to one of 25 participating charities to enter the raffle, and 10 winners each will receive $1,000 and a vacation package to Puerto Rico.

In brief:

* Charles W. Anderson, chief executive of the United Way of the National Capital Area for five years, plans to step down to take a job at United Way of America’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Va., The Washington Post reported Aug. 12.

* Gregory Colley, former CFO of San Francisco-based nonprofit Music Community Concourse Partnership, faces the possibility of nearly 15 years in prison on charges of embezzling $3.9 million from the nonprofit, The Associated Press reported Aug. 12.

* Graciela Italiano Thomas, president and CEO of Thrive by Five Washington, a nonprofit that funds early learning programs and research, will leave her post at the end of August, The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Aug. 12.

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