Nonprofit news roundup April 29, 2009

Members quit United Way in Washington, D.C.

Citing a steady drop in workplace giving in the Washington, D.C., region, and continuing lack of trust in the local United Way since a scandal in the past 10 years, 21 local nonprofits have dropped their memberships in United Way and joined Community 1st, a new competitor, the Washington Post reported April 29 (see United Way article).

Son’s lawyer questions Brooke Astor’s charity

Charity was not necessarily the top priority for socialite Brooke Astor, the lawyer for her son argued in a criminal trial in which the son is charged with conspiracy to defraud his mother by getting her to change her will, The New York Times reported April 28 (see Brooke Astor charity article). In wills she executed between 1953 and 1993, Astor left none of her own money to charity, and the millions she did bequeath came from her husband’s foundation, which required the money go to charity and could not be spent on anything else, her son’s lawyer argued.

One in three Rhode Island nonprofits see red ink in future

A survey by United Way of Rhode Island finds one in three nonprofits operating in the state say they will end the year in the red as their funding resources shrink in an economic crisis that is fueling demand for their services, Providence Business News reported April 27 (see Rhode Island nonprofits article).

Recession hurting nonprofits in Asian Pacific region

Aid groups and other nonprofits and charities are reporting the recession is resulting in a decline in giving and other philanthropic support, with groups in the Asian Pacific region getting hit particularly hard, Radio Australia reported April 28 (see Asia Pacific charity article). Entrepreneurs and large corporations no longer have deep pockets, leading to job losses and program cutbacks in the nonprofit sector.

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