(Seattle Times)  Though the nation is aware of many nonprofits facing despair from the troubled economy, anecdotes never get easier to hear.  A nonprofit ballet studio called the Pacific Chamber Ballet in Lynnwood, Washington, has closed, due to the recession, after 27 years of operation.  Judith Ross, dancer and founder of the Pacific Chamber Ballet, needed 20 more students to remain open–the equivalent to $1,300.00–but because of tough economic times, she could not survive.  Mrs. Ross has given up much in order to keep the studio running, most notably not paying herself a salary for 10 years.  Mrs. Ross said, “I do this because it’s my passion.”  Mrs. Ross plans to give her landlord notice October 1.

(Forbes)  In North Dakota, over 300 charities run gambling operations, chiefly in bars, to raise money for everything from the arts to people with disabilities.  Currently, the state levies a 3% excise tax on bingo and pull tabs along with a gambling profits tax that increases depending on the profits won.  The 2011 Legislature will consider a 1% tax on wagers before winnings are paid.  In the tough economic times, heads of charities in North Dakota are grateful for this prospect.  Charlie Bremseth, director of Listen, Inc., said “It’s difficult enough for charities to raise money in this economic climate.  To have the North Dakota Legislature take a look at this as a way of helping charities … is just a real blessing.”

(The Age)  The Australian Football League is giving $400,000 to charities and charitable projects; four major groups will receive $100,000 each:  Ladder, Reach,  Reclink, and the AFL Cape York Alliance for Education and Training.  Two hundred seats will also be distributed to charities and people who would not otherwise be able to watch the match.