Nonprofit news roundup for July 21, 2009

New York Times considers seeking foundation grants

The New York Times is exploring seeking grants from foundations for its work, but does not intend to become a nonprofit, say sources at the newspaper, Emma Heald wrote in a blog in July 20 (see New York Times story).

Americans more optimistic about health care, poll says

Americans are feeling slightly more optimistic about their ability to afford the health-care services they need, says a new poll from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Associated Press reported July 21 (see health care story). According to the poll, the public considers President Obama’s effort to change the health-care system an important part of dealing with the current economic situation.

Iowa hospitals see rise in uncompensated care

In another recession-related blow, hospitals in Iowa are seeing a rise in charity cases and unpaid bills, which together increased 74 percent from 2004 to 2008, The Gazette reported July 19 (see hospitals story). The state’s 117 hospitals provided a total of more than $710 million in uncompensated care in 2008, almost 16 percent more than in 2007.

Michigan scholarship recipients raise funds for incoming peers

In an effort to encourage community among students, the University of Michigan is piloting a program in which scholarship recipients are asked to do odd jobs for the school or hold fundraisers to raise money for incoming scholarship recipients, The Ann Arbor News reported July 20 (see college philanthropy story). The new program, called Appreciate and Reciprocate, is voluntary.

New York Times explores opportunities to adapt

With advertising revenue declining and technology changing how people use media, the New York Times is exploring new partnerships and models of operation, The New York Times reported July 18 (see New York Times story). In one example, the newspaper is considering buying photos and a story from a freelance writer who is raising $10,000 on her own to travel to and research a story.

University of Missouri-St. Louis posts record fundraising in 2009

Despite the recession, the University of Missouri-St. Louis logged a record-breaking fundraising year in fiscal 2009, bringing in $26.9 million, an increase of 54 percent over the previous year, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported July 21 (see University of Missouri story).

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