Impact of the Nonprofit Sector: New Study

“Think you know everything about charitable nonprofits? Think again!”  That’s the teaser on the home page of the new micro site of the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN). It debuts an important new report:  Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives. This 44-page publication, written by NCN leadership and staff, includes (at a single mouse click) “... Read More

Recent Court Cases: Philanthropy-Related

The “eds and meds” is a popular shorthand phrase for two types of powerhouse community institutions: higher education and medical centers. They are generally the biggest employers in a particular locale and strongly influence the economic vitality of a region.  Most - though not all - are nonprofit organizations exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  It’s been awhile since we’ve Read More

Nonprofits and Government Activity: Stay Alert

A few years ago, Jerrold B. Binney, longtime attorney, nonprofit executive, and public-policy official, wrote a short but important article for Nonprofit Information, a website that collects resources for the nonprofit sector. In Nonprofits: Ignore Government Trends at Your Own Risk (August 29, 2017) Mr. Binney explains in clear language why all nonprofit organizations should be alert to what’s happening in Read More

Enlightened Self-Interest in the Nonprofit Sector

There’s an important conversation these days in the nonprofit community on a somewhat unexpected topic: Exploring the Problems and Benefits of Self-Interest in Nonprofits.  That’s how the editors of The Nonprofit Quarterly launched its new series on Halloween 2019. In separate articles published over the next week or so, distinguished experts - Professor David O. Renz, Vernetta Walker, and Ruth McCambridge - Read More

Donor-Advised Funds: New Reform Proposal

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have enjoyed spectacular success in recent years, and the most current data show this trend not only continuing but accelerating.  But along with this popularity has come considerable criticism from many quarters as well as attempts by federal and state lawmakers to regulate them.  Recently, two of the philanthropy sector’s leading scholars, Professors Roger Colinvaux (Catholic Read More

Gifts in Kind: CA Bill Vetoed

During the whirlwind 2019 legislative session in California, lawmakers considered hundreds of bills including one that, if approved, would change the law on how charitable gifts-in-kind (GIFs) are valued for accounting purposes.  Assembly Bill 1181, backed by Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra, “easily passed the Assembly in the spring….” In late summer, the Senate also gave its approval by a wide margin. The Read More

How to Implement the New Overtime Rule

On January 1, 2020, the new federal overtime regulations that affect employers around the nation - including nonprofits - go into effect. We’ve followed the tumultuous progress of these significant changes in federal labor from the time they were first proposed during the Obama Administration through to the official adoption and publication on September 24, 2019. See Overtime Rules - Final … At Last! (October 8, Read More

Your Dot ORG Domain May Soon Cost More

As if there isn’t enough already for nonprofit organizations to juggle and worry over this holiday season as the biggest fundraising period draws to a close. Now, there’s word that the annual cost of your all-important internet “dot ORG domain” name may soon skyrocket - perhaps dramatically.  Why? There’s a drama currently unfolding involving three nonprofits that are part of the “Internet ecosystem” created by Read More

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Hospice Care?

Some time ago, Andy Robinson, an experienced nonprofit consultant and author, attended a 501(c)(3) event that gave him a perspective different from his usual expert perch. He trained for a day as a volunteer for a local hospice.   In that setting, there are standardized guidelines and checklists to evaluate when it’s the right time for a patient’s family to help him or her make an orderly exit from life.   It Read More

Charitable Hospitals Behaving Badly

Over the summer of 2019, there were important showdowns around the United States against certain charitable healthcare systems acting in decidedly uncharitable (and unlawful) ways. The hospital behemoths with overflowing coffers relentlessly hounded patients for every last nickel and dime. The victims included those least able to afford it; people earning just at or above the minimum wage - some of them the Read More