Big donations up

New charity laws proposed; regulators warns donors.

* The 60 biggest donors in the U.S. made donations and pledges totaling $5.9 billion in 2003, up from $4.6 billion in 2002, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported in its Feb. 19 issue. Bequests by those donors grew 50 percent to $2.7 billion in 2003, while pledges fell by more than half to $959.6 million.


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