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Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 15, 2008

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Gates Foundation awards grants to fight hunger

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $17.6 million to combat the global food crisis, the Associated Press reported Aug. 14 (see hunger story). The World Food Programme will receive $10 million to help feed children, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers in Africa; the remaining $7.6 million will go to Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps and Oxfam America.

Diocese launches study to assess fundraising support

The Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, is launching a study to see whether there is support for a major fundraising drive after a clergy sex-abuse scandal led to bankruptcy, The Des Moines Register reported Aug. 15. The diocese, which gave $37 million to victims of sexual abuse, also has hired a new development director to head fundraising efforts.

University promotes Community Change card

The University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with the Boston Main Streets program, is promoting the Boston Community Change card among the university’s more than 75,000 students, faculty and staff, The Boston Globe reported Aug. 15. When used at participating businesses, the card provides customers with an earned cash rebate and gives a portion of each purchase to the Boston Main Streets Foundation and a nonprofit or school of the customer’s choice.

In brief:

* The Sorenson Legacy Foundation gave a $12-million gift to the University of Utah to help construct a new art center and support an interdisciplinary arts education program for schoolchildren, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Aug. 14.

* Westminster College is searching for new funds after a Salt Lake City donor who pledged $3.4 million was charged with fraud and passing bad checks, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Aug. 12.

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