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Nonprofit news roundup May 11, 2009

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Recession hurts giving, nonprofits in Philadelphia area

Grantmakers in the Philadelphia area are reducing operations, delaying programs and projects, and developing plans that range from moderate to extreme cuts to cope with the economic crisis, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported May 11. Many charities are just getting by, and some are thinking about closing. Preliminary results of a survey of 175 area nonprofits by the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University show nearly half say their financial condition is worse than a year ago, two-fifths have lost sponsorship money, and three-fifths have seen a decline in individual contributions.

Online contests offer fundraising option for nonprofits

Opportunities for nonprofits to win money through online contests are growing, The New York Times reported May 9 (see online fundraising story). On its Facebook page, for example, visitors can vote for one of 10 charities eligible to win part of $3 million Target Corp. will be giving away, while GlobalGiving, an online system that lets donors support charitable causes around the world, is offering a contest that will give U.S. nonprofits a chance to win up to $6,000 and a permanent spot on GlobalGiving’s list of vetted programs.

Nonprofits move ahead with spring charity benefits

Despite the recession, many nonprofits are moving ahead with their spring charity benefits, and trying to cut costs with tactics like holding events in donors’ homes and teaming up with other charities, The New York Times reported May 8 (see charity benefits story).

Arizona attorney general looking into televanglist’s charity network

Arizona’s attorney general says his office is looking at the practices of a network of charities and food banks tied to a Phoenix televangelist to determine whether any action should be taken, The Arizona Republic reported May 10 (see nonprofit investigation story).

Newark Symphony Hall plans capital campaign

The operators of Newark Symphony Hall plan to kick off a $40 million capital campaign by next spring to generate public and private support to renovate the building, The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., reported May 10 (see symphony fundraising story).

Costs of British health consulting examined

Research by the Royal College of Nursing found hospitals and primary care trusts in Britain spent 350 million British pounds, or nearly $529 million, on advice from
external companies, funds that could have paid the annual salary of 9,160 nurses, staffed 330 wards or provided specialist care for more than 250,000 days for babies in neonatal units, the Telegraph reported May 9 (see British health service story).

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