Oversized hammer

Charity | Hurricanes derail Congress from dealing blows to nonprofits
by Joel Belz
Posted 12/24/05, 12:00 am

Charitable organizations of all kinds and all sizes-including hundreds of evangelical Christian groups-are breathing a sigh of relief. A dreaded piece of federal legislation that would have made life harder for nonprofits seems to have been derailed.

Along the way, many conservative groups have found themselves battling a long-time friend-Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), primary sponsor of the unpopular legislation. Only the force and fury of two giant hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, could slow down the powerful senator.

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Stamp of approval

Charity | Bush administration reverses policy for faith-based rehab
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/10/05, 12:00 am

When thousands of men and women working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction at Teen Challenge centers across the United States bow their heads to give thanks for their daily bread this week, they'll have an additional reason to be thankful: A reversal of Bush administration policy means residents of the Christian-based treatment program won't be forced to choose between food stamps and faith-based recovery.

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Homeless holiday

Charity | Is a $20,000 soccer trip really the best way to help the homeless?
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/23/05, 12:00 am

On the sidelines of a soggy soccer field in Charlotte, N.C., Stephanie Johnson sips Gatorade and hollers to her teammates: "All right now . . . Ya'll bring it home." The 45-year-old Maryland native never imagined she'd find herself playing defense on an amateur soccer team, primarily for one reason: Ms. Johnson is homeless.

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