Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 27, 2008

Drop expected in education fundraising

Though education fundraisers in the U.S. have enjoyed an average of 7 percent growth in funds raised each year, that’s expected to drop to 5.3 percent a year beginning July 2008, says a forecasting tool developed by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Professional Fundraising reported Aug. 27. Critics of this forecasting tool have pointed to recent successes, including a Virginia Tech campaign that hit its $1-billion target.

Number of uninsured Americans declines

The number of Americans without health insurance dropped by more than a million in 2007 to 45.7 million after a steady six-year increase, says Census Bureau data, The New York Times reported Aug. 26 (see insurance story). The drop is the result of growth in government-sponsored health insurance programs, especially those aimed at children, officials say.

Program teams philanthropy and business

The Global Social Benefit Incubator, a two-week program at Santa Clara University, helps nonprofits pair their philanthropic ideas with a solid business model, The Christian Science Monitor reported Aug. 27 (see GSBI story). The program pairs nonprofit leaders with Silicon Valley experts to mass-produce products and promote services for charitable purposes.

Medical pot clubs closed down

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has ordered a crackdown on medical pot clubs that cropped up after the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which allows patients to use marijuana for medical purposes, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Aug. 27 (see marijuana story). Pot clubs such as Today’s Health Care Club in Northridge, Calif., have been shut down for violating proposition guidelines requiring them to act as nonprofits.

In brief:

* Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, a New Mexico-based nonprofit that works to prevent and treat respiratory diseases, will move its research center to Kannapolis, N.C., The Salisbury Post reported Aug. 27.

* The Supreme Court of Kentucky ended a seven-year legal battle when it ruled that the University of Louisville fundraising unit, as a government entity, must disclose the names of 47,000 donors to its foundation, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Aug. 26 [subscription only].

* Monkeys show concern for others’ welfare and enjoy giving to their peers much in the way humans do, says a study by the Yerkes Research Center at Emory University, Reuters reported Aug. 25.

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