ACLU rejects gift from atheist
A North Carolina philanthropist who is an atheist gave $20,000 to the American Humanist Society to support an alternative prom to replace one a Mississippi school district cancelled after a lesbian said she planned to take her girlfriend, but the American Civil Liberties Union, which is the fiscal sponsor of the group organizing the alternative prom and was contacted by the American Humanist Society, objected to the gift, fearing local reaction to the fact the giver is an atheist, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., reported April 2 (see atheist’s gift story).
Wal-Mart gives over $467 million in U.S.
Wal-Mart Stores gave over $467 million in charitable donations in the U.S. in its most recent fiscal year, up 23 percent from the previous year, Reuters reported April 1 (see Wal-Mart giving story).
Catholic funders arrested on charges he faked gift
A professional fundraiser was arrested on charges he duped officials at a Catholic school in Worcester, Mass., into believing he had a big donor, leading the school to launch a $3 million renovation project it now cannot pay for, the Associated Press reported April 1 (see Catholic fundraiser story).