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FYI: Only one out of three New York nonprofits met all of the Better Business Bureau’s standards this year, according to the watchdog’s annual holiday Giving Guide, which surveyed 676 groups. Among the report’s other findings: Only 41% of nonprofits contacted by the BBB could provide an annual report, and 13% of the groups could not submit enough financial or program information to even determine compliance with the BBB’s standards. “This past year has been a challenging one for New York charities,” said Ronna Brown, president of the BBB serving Metro New York. “The economic recession has left some charities struggling to maintain their revenues, while the need for their services continues to grow.” The annual Giving Guide will be released before Thanksgiving and can be purchased for $10 at the BBB site. [11/6/03]

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