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Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 29, 2008

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Area agencies react to ousting of United Way CEO

The ousting of Gloria Pace King, president and CEO of United Way of Central Carolinas, was a necessary decision, say many of the agency’s beneficiaries, The Charlotte Business Journal reported Aug. 29 (see King story). While some leaders of area groups that received grants from United Way believe the move will help restore public confidence, others worry the controversy will negatively impact this year’s fundraising campaign. The United Way board asked King to leave her post after a public outcry over her compensation package, which topped $1.2 million last year.

Nonprofit under fire for political ads

The nonprofit American Issues Project sparked controversy for sponsoring television advertisements linking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to a 1960s radical activist, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 29 (see advertisements story). Critics of the advertisements argue the organization is violating a law that allows nonprofits to spend large contributions on advertising only if they do not have the “major purpose” of affecting the outcome of elections. The organization’s lawyer says the advertisement’s purpose is not to influence elections, but to promote conservative causes.

Program selects 29 clinical scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program announced the selection of 29 physicians to begin two-year fellowships to study healthcare at four U.S. universities in July 2009, The Earth Times reported Aug. 28. The program is designed to create new leaders in American medicine and improve healthcare organization and administration.

In brief:

* Charities operating internationally are creating a new trend by offering donors trips abroad to see first-hand how their contributions are being spent, MSNBC reported Aug. 28.

* An amendment to a state law will require New York nonprofits to collect sales tax on a variety of products and services, including online sales and equipment rentals, Business First of Buffalo reported Aug. 29.

* A Long Island resident donated his winning $3-million lottery ticket to his church, The New York Daily News reported Aug. 28.

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