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Nonprofit news roundup for July 9, 2009

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Church camps face financial crunch

Hit with declining use and the recession, hundreds of church camps throughout the U.S. are on the critical list, with administrators considering whether to shut down or cut services, The Associated Press reported July 9 (see church camps story). The president of the Christian Camp and Conference Association says dozens of camps closed in the last three years, and this could be the last summer for many more.

Neighborhood groups raise money to pay for public pools

With the recession making it tougher for local governments to pay many services people have come to expect, and tight budgets in some cities forcing the closing of public swimming pools because they are costly to keep up, neighborhood groups in some communities are raising money to pay for the pools, the Washington Post reported July 9 (see pool fundraising story).

N.C. State fundraiser talks to feds in probe involving former governor

A former fundraiser at N.C. State University who worked with Mary Easley, North Carolina’s former first lady, talked with federal authorities investigating issues involving former Gov. Mike Easley, including how Mary Easley obtained her job, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported July 9 (see fundraiser testimony story). The university fired Mary Easley in the wake of disclosures that her husband, while governor, instigated her hiring.

Charity aims to serve homeless living in Sacramento’s tent city

The day after Sacramento police told residents of a new tent city populated by about 100 homeless people along a Sacramento street they had three days to move, a charity agency asked the city to let it lease land to set up a legal place for those people and others to stay, the Sacramento Bee reported July 8 (see tent city story).

Missouri State breaks its fundraising record

Missouri State University Foundation raised over $15 million for the first time in the fiscal year ended June 30, up $1 million from the previous year, when it also set a record-high, the News-Leader in Springfield reported July 8 (see university fundraising story).

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