Nonprofit news roundup for July 15, 2009

Clinton says foundations don’t give enough in rural America

Former President Bill Clinton told a conference on rural philanthropy that efforts by charitable foundations to help rural America have been “woefully inadequate,” The Associated Press reported July 14 (see rural philanthropy story).

Charities wary of government’s ‘cash for clunker’ program

Some charities that fix donated cars and give them to low-income people fear they and their constituents will suffer as a result of the federal government’s $1 billion new program to pay people to get rid of their gas-guzzling cars and buy new ones that are more energy-efficient, National Public Radio reported July 14 (see charity autos story).

Actor spending two days in plastic box to fight hunger

Actor David Arquette, the star of Scream, is spending two days in a plexiglass box atop the Madison Square Garden marquee in New York City to raise $250,000 to fight hunger and raise awareness about the problem, The New York Daily News reported July 15 (see Arquette charity story).

Metropolitan Opera chief earned $1.5 million in 2008

Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, earned $1.5 million in the fiscal year ending in July 2008, up 36 percent from the previous year, Bloomberg reported July 14 (see Metropolitan Opera story). Since then, Gelb and all other staff have taken a 10 percent pay cut, part of the opera’s effort to weather the economic downturn.

Recent college grad starts own charity to serve younger girls

A young Harvard grad started a nonprofit based on an initiative she launched as a college freshman to mentor younger girls because she could not find groups willing to work with undergraduates, U.S. News and World Report report July 14 (see young nonprofit leaders story).

British private schools risk losing charitable status

Private schools in England and Wales are being ordered to offer a “significant” number of free spots to students who cannot afford their fees, or risk losing their charitable status, the Guardian reported July 14 (see British private schools story).

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