Friday, May 27, 2005

ENN: Environmental News Network Inside the World of Nonprofit Finance

ENN: Environmental News Network [[ ENN Sustainable Economy News ]]: "Though nonprofits provide critical services to society there is little understanding of the way in which the nonprofit sector is hamstrung by irrational financial rules the for-profit sector doesn't encounter, according to a new article in the Spring 2005 edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly.

In 'The Looking-Glass World of Nonprofit Money: Managing in For-Profits' Shadow Universe,' Clara Miller, president and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), uses the following hypothetical illustration to show how for-profit and nonprofit financial practices operate in very different ways: '� you're the owner of a restaurant. Your paying guest comes to pay the bill, offers a credit card, and prepares to sign the charge slip. But before signing, the guest says, 'I'm going to restrict my payment to the chef's salary. He's great, and I just want to make sure I'm paying for the one thing that makes the real difference here. I don't want any of this payment to go for light, or heat, or your accounting department, or other overhead. They're just not that important. The chef is where you should be spending your money!'" - Non-profit professionals profit in other ways - Non-profit professionals profit in other ways: "Non-profit professionals profit in other ways

As a member of the boomer generation, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon among my peers. Many who have had successful careers in the private sector are ready to chuck it all and move to the non-profit world. The good news is that many non-profits are welcoming these people with open arms. Nancy Lee, owner of Social Marketing Services, teaches courses on non-profit management at Seattle University and University of Washington. She points out, ``Non-profits are looking for people who are experienced with entrepreneurship, revenue streams, customer service and performance management. They need people who have spent some time in for-profit business and are strategic thinkers.''
What is the appeal of working in non-profit where hours can be just as long, salaries are generally lower and many jobs are contingent upon grant money? Motivation varies, as do the opportunities, based on these Islanders' stories."

news - CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Interview With Juan Williams of National Public Radio

Secy Rice comments on Public Service and Philanthropy On NPR

news - CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Interview With Juan Williams of National Public Radio:
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"SECRETARY RICE: Well, except for the part about women being more powerful. (Laughter.) I don�t like everything I see in pop culture either, but I do know that it�s enormously influential around the world. It�s very attractive around the world. But I would hope that people would see not just some of the rougher sides of American pop culture but would also see a lot of the young people � you know I�m a university professor at heart � and see these young people as � you know the fastest growing activity on college campuses is public service, kids who go to soup kitchens and help out or tutor in the barrios or start programs in poor neighborhoods or mentor kids or deliver food for the elderly. At many universities now you can actually take classes in which you get credit for doing public service. And so I would hope that that part of America�s youth would also be seen abroad because America is one of the great philanthropic societies on the face of the earth, and I mean everything from the high end of philanthropy where people who are wealthy give to universities and give and build foundations and do all kinds of good, to the fact that in churches and synagogues and mosques people give alms to the poor. Or you look at the response of Americans to the tsunami. It was in every community and in every neighborhood and in every church, mosque or synagogue that people were raising funds for the tsunami."

The Conservative Voice - News-The Case for the Flat Tax

The Conservative Voice - News: "The Case for the Flat Tax
Posted by Senior Editor on 2005/5/27 7:52:00

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman and Members of the commission. I am Dick Armey, former House Majority Leader, and currently Co-Chairman of FreedomWorks, a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization with more than 700,000 members that works for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the issue of fundamental reform of the U.S. tax code.

With President Bush leading the call for fundamental tax reform, the American people have a great opportunity to get the reform they have been seeking for years. At the Republican Convention last summer, President Bush revitalized the issue in his acceptance speech when he told the nation, 'The American people deserve�and our economic future demands�a simpler, fairer, pro-growth system.'

That is what the American people want. They know that our current income tax system is broken. It is complex, it is unfair, it inhibits saving, investment and job creation, it imposes a heavy burden on families, and it undermines the integrity of the democratic process. It cannot be repaired by any tinkering or fine-tuning. It must be completely repealed and replaced with a flat income tax." | VCU gets largest gift in its history | VCU gets largest gift in its history: "VCU gets largest gift in its history
$32.5 million pledged in matching funds for School of Engineering


Virginia Commonwealth University has received the largest gift in its history, $32.5 million, which will go to the VCU School of Engineering"

Dateline Alabama-Ringleaders in phone charity scheme sentenced to prison

Dateline Alabama: "Ringleaders in phone charity scheme sentenced to prison

The ringleaders of a law enforcement telephone fundraising scam that bilked $3.5 million from more than 50,000 donors have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Paul Bernal on Wednesday also ordered sheriff's lieutenant Armand Tiano, George Kellner and Matt Kellner to pay millions of dollars in restitution to their victims."

Feelings mixed on donations cap -

Feelings mixed on donations cap - "Feelings mixed on donations cap
Of The Gazette Staff
A proposed change to the rule governing tax deductions on donated items may affect business at Billings thrift stores.
The federal government is concerned that people claiming deductions for charitable donations are reporting more than their items are worth. Any donation more than $5,000 requires an appraisal, but the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is considering a proposal to lower the cap to $500 to help reduce what it thinks represents a $1.9 billion difference"

TODAYonline-Corporate charity in question

TODAYonline: "Corporate charity in question
Singapore companies lack the spirit of selfless giving

Tor Ching Li

SINGAPOREANS seem to know how to give to charity, each having dished out $155 on average to a charitable cause in the past year.
But the corporate face of Singapore seems to be straggling far behind, with less than three in 10 corporations having made donations in the past year.
Even worse, corporations in Singapore donate just 0.22 per cent of their net profit before tax � a staggering seven times less than companies in the United States.
In fact, about half of the $954 million charitable dollars last year came from donations from individuals.
These surprising findings were unearthed in an 18-month study on philanthropy in Singapore, carried out by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).
'Corporate giving here is still quite low compared to other countries,' said Prof Cham Tao Soon, chairman of the Nanyang Fine Arts Foundation, at a panel discussion on 'New realities of giving in Singapore' yesterday.

TODAYonline-Anarchy of Altruism

TODAYonline: "SINGAPORE contributed a total of nearly $200 million to the December tsunami rescue and relief efforts, and non-profit organisations (NPOs) here are concerned that their share of the charity pie will be drastically reduced this year.
At the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's (NVPC) annual conference yesterday, its chief executive officer Mrs Tan Chee Koon said: 'After the tsunami, reality set in. Charities faced the 'anarchy of altruism', an outpouring of people wanting to help without thinking, causing a lot of problems for NPOs."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Welcome to AJC! |'s nonprofit to drop 'Habitat'

Welcome to AJC! | "Founder's nonprofit to drop 'Habitat'
Mark Bixler - Staff
Thursday, May 26, 2005

The fired founder of Habitat for Humanity International said Wednesday that he would rename his fledgling nonprofit, a concession that may ease tension in a nasty dispute that has spilled into federal court.
Millard Fuller said he would announce a new name Saturday for a charity he started after Habitat's board of directors fired him Jan. 31. Fuller had called the organization 'Building Habitat,' but Habitat for Humanity International sued him May 10 claiming the name infringed on Habitat's trademark and would confuse donors. "

Lansing State Journal:Schneider: 7-year-old fundraiser turns down offer from Ellen DeGeneres show

Lansing State Journal:Schneider: 7-year-old fundraiser turns down offer from Ellen DeGeneres show: "Schneider: 7-year-old fundraiser turns down offer from Ellen DeGeneres show
Lansing State Journal

DEWITT - Our go-getter with a heart, 7-year-old Samantha 'Sammy' Williams, got a call Tuesday night from L.A.
It was the Ellen DeGeneres people. They wanted Sammy on the show; Sammy's golden retriever, Sandy, too. All expenses paid.
Speaking for both Sandy and herself, Sammy declined."

Jailed Kushner misses deadline on donations

Jailed Kushner misses deadline on donations: "Jailed Kushner misses deadline on donations
$1 million pledged to Livingston school
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Star-Ledger Staff
Millionaire developer Charles Kushner, who last month began serving a prison term on fraud charges, has been slow to pay a $1 million pledge to the Livingston school that bears his mother's name and has halted talks to donate the landmark Puck Building in Lower Manhattan to New York University. "

US Shows Double Standards and Lack of Respect for NGOs - Empire? - Global Policy Forum

US Shows Double Standards and Lack of Respect for NGOs - Empire? - Global Policy Forum: "US Shows Double Standards and
Lack of Respect for NGOs
By Nick Cater
May 20, 2005
The United States needs to learn respect for international humanitarian law and human rights in dealing with aid agencies, urges commentator and consultant Nick Cater.
For shock and awe, there's nothing to beat an American government spokesperson discussing humanitarian action and revealing both double standards and a failure to grasp the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. Like precision bombing that does 'collateral damage' to their own troops, the officials making these pronouncements often miss the point, whether it�s the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) urging NGOs to promote their American funding in high-risk war zones or the latest State Department verdict on Uzbekistan."

Holding NGOs Accountable - NGOs - Global Policy Forum

Holding NGOs Accountable - NGOs - Global Policy Forum: "Holding NGOs Accountable
Oxford Analytica*
April 5, 2005
Non-governmental organizations raise billions of dollars each year from individuals, private and public sector donors and charitable foundations, including $8 billion so far for the recent tsunami relief. However, there is no accepted benchmark for evaluating the effectiveness of NGOs in their stated missions. Nor are NGOs subject to the same standards of budgetary and governance oversight as listed companies or government officials in democratic states.
NGOs constitute the not-for-profit (NFP) sector of international civil society and include advocacy and lobbying groups, for causes such as women's rights and the environment; service organizations for disaster relief, humanitarian aid and economic development; and policy institutes, think tanks and specialized educational organizations focused on international affairs. "

Reuters AlertNet - Longest bra chain in Cyprus to raise cash for cancer

Reuters AlertNet - Longest bra chain in Cyprus to raise cash for cancer: "Longest bra chain in Cyprus to raise cash for cancer
26 May 2005 10:48:49 GMT

Source: Reuters

NICOSIA, May 26 (Reuters) - British women on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus plan to make the world's longest chain of bras to heighten breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research.
Organisers said they will need at least 90,000 bras and about 10 months to build the chain that they hope will put them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The previous record was a 79,000-long bra chain in Singapore." | News | Article-USPS Assures Mailers On Classification Changes News Article: "The June 1 implementation of the new mail eligibility rule interpretation initially was controversial among non-profits that feared they would be forced to pay higher First Class rates for many common types of non-profit mail unrelated to fundraising. Under a compromise issued by the USPS in a customer service ruling on May 18, the postal service indicated that personal information used in mail that related to any kind of solicitation qualified for the Standard rate.
These included non-monetary requests for volunteers or even prayers in addition to traditional sales and fundraising solicitations. "

The Johnson County Sun-Businesses take charity race lead

The Johnson County Sun: "Thousands of fans, roaring engines and United Ways metrowide will unite at this fall's NASCAR Busch Series race at the Kansas Speedway.

Sprint and Yellow Roadway Corp., both Overland Park corporations, announced Friday they will sponsor the Oct. 8 race on behalf of the Greater Kansas City United Ways. The United Way 300 is the first major race to bear a charitable organization's name."

Winston-Salem Journal | Nonprofits face calls for accountability

Winston-Salem Journal Nonprofits face calls for accountability: "Nonprofits face calls for accountability
Many groups voluntarily adhering to Sarbanes-Oxley reforms

By Richard Craver

The mission of nonprofit organizations is only as effective as the level of trust and accountability they convey to donors and the community, according to local and state officials.
That's why many nonprofit groups in the Triad have agreed to voluntarily adhere to many, if not all, of the standards required of corporate America by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The federal law set new corporate-governance standards in the aftermath of financial scandals at companies such as Enron Corp. and World Com."

The State of Giving (Singapore)

RS1 English: "The State of Giving
May 26, 2005
In this week�s edition of the Singapore Scene, we explore the reality of giving, the realities faced by givers and receivers of charity today.

The National Volunteerism and Philanthropy Center held its fifth annual conference this week and for the first time ever, released in a land mark publication, findings on the giving behavior of Singapore�s individuals, corporations and grant makers.

As the giving scene continues to evolve, what are the emerging trends, approaches and perspectives towards giving? "

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 05/26/2005 | A learner's legacy

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 05/26/2005 | A learner's legacy: " learner's legacy

For 30 years, Vianne Griffin's family has been awarding scholarships to black graduates.


Pioneer Press

When Linda Garrett hands out scholarships tonight at Central High School in honor of her late sister, she won't make a big deal about the milestone.
She might mention that it is the 30th year the Vianne L. Griffin Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Central seniors, but she won't dwell on it.
Graduating seniors aren't focused on the past, she says, and it often takes years for the significance of the scholarship � thought to be the oldest philanthropic fund established by African-Americans in the state � to sink in."

TODAYonline-This S'pore reality charity 'show' has a $50,000 prize

TODAYonline: "This S'pore reality charity 'show' has a $50,000 prize
FIVE non-profit organisations had a taste of what it is like to pitch their cause to a corporate donor at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) conference yesterday � for a $50,000 grant.
According to one of the judges, NVPC board member Madeline Lee, this was to drive home the message that pitching to corporations required a different tact from appealing to the masses.
The 600-strong audience at the event also had a chance to vote for the cause that tugged at their heartstrings most.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

5/24/2005 - Donation Of Dell Printers To Benefit Schools, Nonprofits - Happenings -

5/24/2005 - Donation Of Dell Printers To Benefit Schools, Nonprofits - Happenings - "Donation Of Dell Printers To Benefit Schools, Nonprofits
posted May 24, 2005

On June 2, Gifts In Kind Chattanooga, a program of United Way�s Center for Nonprofits, will be distributing nearly 400 donated Dell printers to about 65 pre-qualified Gifts In Kind nonprofit members with 501(c)3 status and Title 1 schools in Tennessee and North Georgia.

Made possible through a new donation program offered in the U.S. and Canada through Gifts In Kind International�the world leader in product philanthropy�and Dell Inc., eligible nonprofits will receive refurbished Dell All-In-One printers at no cost, a $79-$159 value per printer. The donation will provide assistance to educational programs for children from Kindergarten to the 12th grade, adult literacy efforts, job training, programs for the physically disabled and financially disadvantaged as well as other vital community services" of charity walks creates race for money
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"popular in the past decade, especially among organizations that promote health and wellness, said Walter Sczudlo , executive vice president and general counsel for the Association of Fundraising Profes- sionals in Alexandria, Va. That's in part because the events are inexpensive to organize and reach large numbers of donors, he said.
'If they can raise money to help constituents while encouraging healthy behavior among donors, they're going to try and use those fund-raising techniques,' Sczudlo said."

Verizon Online - Industry News-Survey: Majority of Nonprofits Unprepared for Proposed Sarbanes-Oxley Type of Measures, According to Kintera

Verizon Online - Industry News: "Survey: Majority of Nonprofits Unprepared for Proposed Sarbanes-Oxley Type of Measures, According to Kintera
Business Wire05/25/2005 06:04 AM

In a recent survey of the nonprofit sector, the majority of respondents -- 51 percent -- said that they are not prepared to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley-like regulations currently being proposed by Congress and the Internal Revenue Service. Of those answering the poll question, 'Is your nonprofit prepared to comply with financial regulations if mandated by the U.S. Government?', 49 percent reported they were prepared for compliance measures should they arise. The informal web survey was conducted from March 22 to April 29, 2005 by 'software as a service' provider Kintera(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:KNTA) via its website at "

'Giving circles' offer a way to make a change

'Giving circles' offer a way to make a change: "'Giving circles' offer a way to make a change
By Sonya Baker-Hallett

Women-led, grassroots philanthropy groups are changing the way many Americans give to charity. Known as giving circles, small groups of friends, neighbors, families or acquaintances are proving that the wealthy are not the only ones who can make a difference in their communities.", non-profit bodies urged to look at long-term giving

Channelnewsasia.comDonors, non-profit bodies urged to look at long-term giving

SINGAPORE : Charities raised $954 million last year, and individual Singaporeans donated about 46 percent of it.

Some 42 percent was by grantmakers, while corporations make up the remaining 12 percent.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

E-giving could help buck poor giving trends

E-giving could help buck poor giving trends:

"The Association of Fundraising Professionals reports that online giving is becoming more popular for donors and charities, including churches. Forty-seven percent of organizations indicated they use the Internet to solicit gifts in 2003, compared to 34 percent in 2002." "How people work on nonprofit boards creates two viewpoints
5/24/2005 12:35:27 AM
Daily Journal
Daily Journal

TUPELO - Some people who work with nonprofits worry that if rules get tighter about how professionals can conduct themselves on nonprofit boards, qualified people might not volunteer.

That's part of an argument between North Mississippi Medical Center and attorneys for a class of uninsured people who want the hospital to charge them the same rates as those with insurance.

Attorneys for the uninsured say deals among board members, their friends and the hospital drive up costs. To cover the increasing costs, the hospital charges higher rates to those outside the inner "

Insight News-Fifth National Conference on Black Philanthropy

Insight News: "Fifth National Conference on Black Philanthropy
6/8/2005 00:00am

The Fifth National Conference on Black Philanthropy--Building a Future Worthy of Our Past--will be held June 8-11, 2005 at the Minneapolis Hilton, in Minneapolis, MN. This year�s theme originates from a challenge issued by Bishop John Hurst Adams at the First National Conference, when he inspired and encouraged attendees to move forward with the same tenacity, innovation and generosity, indeed, �building a future worthy of our past.� The goals of the Fifth National Conference are to: � Develop common solutions and strategies that shape African American philanthropy in the areas of individual giving, faith-based philanthropy, grantmaking, and fundraising; � Provide a forum for candid and confidential sharing of information and resources among African Americans in philanthropy; � Provide opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of African Americans in philanthropy; � Continue efforts to educate the public and selected stakeholders about the important contributions of African American philanthropy; and � Promote the development and goals of the National Center for Black Philanthropy, Inc. To Register: toll free: 1-866-999-1700 On-line: "

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story-Selling services to survive in the social sector

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Selling services to survive in the social sector
May 24, 2005
By Louise Chatterton Luchuk

The reality game show Survivor may have just wrapped up for another season, but for most nonprofit organizations, survival is a reality they face everyday. This is particularly true within the social services sector, where government cutbacks and restructured funding practices are creating additional challenges. That's why some innovative organizations are taking a second look at what they are good at and finding new ways to generate revenue.

Take St. Christopher House, an agency that provides services to youth, families, disabled people and seniors in west-Central Toronto. In 2003, the board was facing the reality of closing or reducing programming to meet their budget. Instead of going that route, 'the board asked us to look for other sources of funding,' recalls Odete Nascimento, director of the older adult centre. 'We were good at home support. So, was there a for-profit parallel?' Knowledgeable volunteers and a group of University of Toronto students from the Rotman School of Business explored the feasibility of creating a cleaning business targeted at the growing number of condos and apartments in the King St. West area."

Event shines light on role of nonprofits
'Major impact' on economy, especially Maine's, emphasized

Event shines light on role of nonprofits
'Major impact' on economy, especially Maine's, emphasized
"Event shines light on role of nonprofits
'Major impact' on economy, especially Maine's, emphasized

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
AUGUSTA - The role of nonprofit groups in the state and national economies is significant but frequently overlooked, according to officials of one such organization.

In Maine, nonprofit organizations represent an even greater slice of the state's economy than they do at the national level.

The Maine Association of Nonprofits on Monday held the second annual Nonprofit Day at the State House, with a dozen or so association members staffing booths set up in the Hall of Flags to represent their organizations. At noon, Ruth Vinal, chairwoman of MANP's board of directors, touted the economic role nonprofits play in Maine by reading a prepared statement in the hall." News - Latest News - Unique Volunteering Service Launched News - Latest News - Unique Volunteering Service Launched: "Unique Volunteering Service Launched

By Dan Webber, Community Newswire

Television viewers will be able to donate their time without leaving the comfort of their sofas in a new Media Trust service being launched by James Murdoch, chief executive of BSkyB, today.
Launched to mark the Year of the Volunteer, the service gives digital satellite viewers in the UK the chance to press the red button while watching the Community Channel and search for volunteering opportunities in their region.

All viewers need to do is punch in their postcode and the results will appear on their TV screens."

Centre Daily Times | 05/24/2005 | Tons of stuff fill stadium

Centre Daily Times 05/24/2005 Tons of stuff fill stadium: "Trash to Treasure sale

Tons of stuff fill stadium
Event ensures PSU student discards won't all end up in landfill

By Anne Danahy

UNIVERSITY PARK -- When about 12,500 Penn State students cleared out of their dorms at the end of spring semester, they left a few things behind.
Pair after pair of jeans, enough carpeting to cover Beaver Stadium, and possibly more shoes than Imelda Marcos had.
Years ago, most of it might have ended up in a dump. Now, under the watchful eyes of Trash to Treasure sale co-chairmen Al Matyasovsky and Dave Manos, the shoes, carpets and jeans will find new owners"

Monday, May 23, 2005

And to My Dog, I Leave a $10,000 Trust Fund - New York Times

And to My Dog, I Leave a $10,000 Trust Fund - New York Times: "And to My Dog, I Leave a $10,000 Trust Fund

Published: May 22, 2005
IF you're like many pet owners, you want the best for your dog or cat. You give it premium food, good veterinary care and bring it with you on vacation.
Quick ReadBut what happens to your pet if you die or become incapacitated?
Unless specific provisions have been made, your pet could wind up in a shelter and be put to death. If you plan ahead, though, your pet can be well cared for. In addition to arrangements with friends and family, there is, increasingly, a formal option.
Laws in 27 states - including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and New York - now allow owners to establish trusts for pets. These arrangements set aside money for the care of one or more animals in the event of an owner's disability or death"

MetroWest Daily News - Local News Coverage-Billionaire University club is getting crowded

MetroWest Daily News - Local News Coverage: "

Billionaire University club is getting crowded
By Justin Pope / AP Education Writer
Sunday, May 22, 2005
NEWTON -- Crossing the main quad at Boston College, visitors can't miss the billion-dollar view.

There is Higgins Hall, the recently renovated science center, with its pricey, Gothic exterior. Behind it sits a new, $41 million office building, complete with coffee bar. Down the road, through well-tended grounds, lies St. Ignatius Gate Residence Hall, home to 322 students in suites featuring instant cable and high-speed Internet access.

'I don't think you can ever overinvest in higher education,' says the Rev. William Leahy, BC's president. With an endowment that hit $1.15 billion last year, BC can invest a lot: The school is in the stratosphere of wealth in American higher education. " | NC News Wire-Two billionaire colleges are eight miles apart in N.C. NC News Wire: "Two billionaire colleges are eight miles apart in N.C.

By VALERIE BAUMAN, Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- They're only eight miles apart - a distance on 'Tobacco Road' that breeds competition in everything from basketball to the size of the endowments at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
And even though both rank among the 47 U.S. schools with endowments of at least $1 billion, the public UNC, the flagship campus of the state's public university system, knows just how much it needs to catch up with the private Duke." - Press Release And News Distribution - Sending charitable donations via MPS prohibited - Press Release And News Distribution - Sending charitable donations via MPS prohibited: "RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- Each year, the Department of Defense plays a huge role in delivering relief supplies and assisting in relief operations worldwide. For people overseas who want to contribute, the problem is getting the package where it needs to be.

i-Newswire, 2005-05-21 - However, the military postal service is not an option, said U.S. Air Forces in Europe postal officials. Sending charitable contributions through Air Mobility Command or through the MPS is prohibited.

In Europe, organizations within the command raised money and supplies for the victims of the recent tsunami. The only problem was getting the items to the victims without using the military postal system, said Matt Haacker, USAFE�s postal functional area manager.

With More Private Giving, Bloomberg Forges Ties - New York Times

With More Private Giving, Bloomberg Forges Ties - New York Times: "With More Private Giving, Bloomberg Forges Ties

Published: May 23, 2005
As a self-made billionaire, Michael R. Bloomberg was one of the nation's leading philanthropists well before he ran for mayor of New York in 2001. He has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to a wide variety of causes - mostly to educational institutions and medical research - from his own personal fortune, through family foundations and through his financial information services corporation, Bloomberg L.P.

But in the four years since his first mayoral race, the breadth of his philanthropy has expanded starkly. Now, many more community and cultural groups and social-service organizations in New York City are as likely to be beneficiaries as are medical centers in Baltimore or professorships at Harvard. And as Mr. Bloomberg gears up for a re-election campaign, the vast impact of his charitable contributions - a total of about $140 million in donations last year alone to more than 800 institutions and groups, a growing number of them local - is emerging as a potentially formidable weapon as he cultivates alliances in all five boroughs."

Charity says it never received proceeds from Beverly poker tourney - - Mass. - News

Charity says it never received proceeds from Beverly poker tourney - - Mass. - News: "Charity says it never received proceeds from Beverly poker tourney
May 21, 2005
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Police are investigating a pair of charity poker tournaments after the organization that was supposed to benefit said it hasn't received any money.

The 'Texas Hold 'Em' tournaments were held at Beverly's Franco-American Club on March 6 and April 17, and were advertised as a benefit for the New York-based Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. But a spokesman for the charity said it hasn't received a dime.
'It's not something we authorized and we're not happy with how things have shaped up,' spokesman Peter Cleary told The Salem News."

Afleet Alex Aids Cancer Charity

Afleet Alex Aids Cancer Charity: "Afleet Alex Aids Cancer Charity
By John Scheinman
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, May 22, 2005; Page E17
BALTIMORE, May 21 -- Flush in the face of one of the most incredible Preakness victories in the race's 130 years, Afleet Alex's trainer Tim Ritchey managed to compose himself and talk about Alex's Lemonade Stand.
The pediatric cancer charity, created by Alexandra Scott when she was 4 years old in 2000, has raised more than $1 million as thousands of lemonade stands have been set up around the country."

Peterborough Today: CHARITY: Fund-raisers use a bit of push and shove

Peterborough Today: News, Sport, Jobs, Property, Cars, Entertainments & More: "CHARITY: Fund-raisers use a bit of push and shove
CROWDS of people turned out to cheer on a man as he pushed a pea with his nose through Peterborough city centre in the pouring rain.
Organisers of the charity fund-raiser had estimated that it would take Philip Stephenson about three hours to roll the chick pea from The Broadway Theatre, in Broadway, to the Guildhall, in Cathedral Square.

But the former homeless convict, who says he has had his life turned around by Christian United People (CUP), managed to complete the arduous task in half the time.

The quirky challenge was staged to raise cash for a new refuge centre in the city centre. Organisers are trying to raise �45,000 to get it up and running."

TODAYonline-Fewer, less stringent recommendations for IPCs

TODAYonline: "Fewer, less stringent recommendations for IPCs
Govt accepts many suggestions about fundraising, disclosure

Tor Ching Li

AFTER nearly 18 months of handwringing, Singapore's some 870 Institutes of Public Character (IPCs) � non-profit organisations authorised to receive tax-deductible donations � can finally heave a collective sigh of relief.
Not only has the Council on Governance of IPCs (CGIPC) relaxed and reduced its stringent 'mandatory recommendations' for fundraising and disclosure procedures, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has now approved most of its suggestions, modified some and adopted the rest as 'best practices' rather than law.
IPCs will have till Jan 1, 2007, to comply with the 19 recommendations � 15 of which refer to mandatory requirements and the rest, guidelines.
. | Top Stories | Donation problems, logistical challenges arise from tsunami relief efforts | Top Stories | Donation problems, logistical challenges arise from tsunami relief efforts: "Donation problems, logistical challenges arise from tsunami relief efforts
VANCOUVER (CP) - When the tsunami ripped through Southeast Asia last December, the rest of the world responded with an unprecedented amount of humanitarian relief.
But aid workers, NGOs, and volunteers still working to distribute billions of dollars in donations are faced with almost insuperable logistical challenges." | Women form charitable group | Women form charitable group: " recently formed group of area women intends to lay the groundwork for what they hope will be a robust charitable organization for years to come.
The Women�s Initiative in Philanthropy, a group formed in partnership with the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, hopes to educate community members about systemic area problems and work toward lasting solutions for such issues."