Spread Haiti donations out, expert says…

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Spread Haiti donations out, expert says

In order to ensure long-term rebuilding can occur in Haiti in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake, donors should spread their contributions out over time, Perla Ni wrote in a column in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Jan. 18 (see Haiti giving story). Food and medical aid will be needed during reconstruction efforts, which could take years or even decades.

Donations for Haiti pour in

If donations continue at the current rate, contributions bound for Haiti could surpass those donated in the wake of the 2004 tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 15 (see Haiti donations story). Social-networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flikr are being used to raise money and awareness in the wake of the earthquake, The Telegraph reported Jan. 18 (see Haiti social-networking story). Americans are giving at what could be a record pace to help Haitians, with an estimated $150 million coming in during the first five days after the earthquake, ABC World News reported Jan. 17 (see U.S. Haiti giving story).

California ACORN affiliate splits from parent

The California affiliate of ACORN has split from its parent to become an independent nonprofit, a move some say could spark other splits in the network, The Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 13 (see ACORN story). California ACORN aims to distance itself from the larger community-organizing group, which came under fire when employees provided questionable advice to undercover activists.

Estate-tax suspension likely to harm nonprofits

With the estate tax suspended for 2010, there now is no tax advantage to leaving money to charities instead of heirs, a reality that makes donating more expensive and could dampen contributions to nonprofits, Robert Frank wrote in a blog in the Wall Street Journal Jan. 13 (see estate tax story).

Conexus gets $3 million from Lilly Endowment

Conexus, a program of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, received $3 million from the Lilly Endowment to support the state’s advanced-manufacturing initiative, The Indianapolis Business Journal reported Jan. 15 (see Conexus story). The effort aims to help Indiana become a leader in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Fraud policy blocks some donations bound for Haiti

In an effort to cut down on fraud, some banks’ automated systems block “unusual first-time payments” to charities, a policy that is preventing would-be donors from giving money to help in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, The BBC reported Jan. 16 (see Haiti online fraud story).

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