Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 19, 2008

Nonprofits push for government involvement

Despite longstanding wariness of government regulation, nonprofits are asking for more government involvement in philanthropy efforts, The Washington Post reported Aug. 19 (see government story). Many nonprofits are pushing for the creation of a White House office or federal agency to help organize initiatives and mobilize volunteers.

Singers team up to promote cancer research

Fifteen female recording artists, including Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus, are teaming up to record “Just Stand Up,” a single to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer Fundraising Campaign, the Associated Press reported Aug. 19. The proceeds from the single, which will be available exclusively on iTunes Sept. 2, will go to support cancer research.

Nonprofit aims to send public-school grads to college

Detroit College Promise organizers are seeking pledges to fund a pilot program that would provide full college scholarships for all Detroit public-school graduates, the Associated Press reported Aug. 19. The nonprofit, which needs $500,000 to fund the pilot program, has received $40,000 to date.

In brief:

* Many charities founded to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are closing or cutting their budgets because of dwindling donations, the Associated Press reported Aug. 18.

* Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit in Great Falls, Mont., has been victimized by scammers who sent forged $4,000 checks bearing the organization’s name and asked recipients nationwide to wire most of the cash to someone in Georgia, The Havre Daily News reported Aug. 18.

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