Filing Deadlines Extended for Nonprofit Organizations

By the third week of March 2020, governments at all levels had begun to respond to the many questions and issues raised by the COVID-19 emergency, including - most notably - the curtailment or suspension of operations and activities by individuals and entities on account of new stay-at-home orders  and recommendations. The necessary federal emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Read More

Funders Must Step Up – Right Now!

“Funders,” writes nonprofit blogger Vu Le, “this is the rainy day you have been saving up for.”  Recently, we wrote about Mr. Le’s earlier plea for America’s foundations to step up their payouts beyond the “five percent rule” in the federal tax code. In an article last summer, he characterized it as a moral imperative: The ethical argument for foundations to increase their annual payout rate beyond 5% (August 4, Read More

Coronavirus and Nonprofits: Challenges & Resources

What a difference a week makes.  Last week, the news media focused on the minutiae of the primary-election horse race. This week, Americans have been forced to confront the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For the nonprofit sector, the emergency becomes a double-barreled crisis: we are both victims and saviors. This is not an unfamiliar conundrum; there are frequent natural disasters that devastate one area or Read More

Financial Quicksand for Nonprofits

From time to time, we report on the findings of surveys in the nonprofit sector including those related to financial issues. It’s important to stray, occasionally, from the (often confining) prism of commentary by experts, academics, and advisors to hear what the people in the trenches have to say. For instance, we’ve posted about the results of BoardSource’s 2017 “Leading With Intent” Survey as well as the Read More

Philanthropy Thought Leaders: Hot Topics

As we choose the topics for each month’s blog posts, there are certain items that miss the cut-off for no reason other than we have too much to write about - not too little. In the online feeds that each day bring us so much tantalizing information, there are often intriguing articles and writings that have a philosophical “big-ideas” tone. We’ve selected several noteworthy ones here for a brief mention - and Read More

Nonprofit Thought Leaders: 10 Useful TED Talks

From time to time, we engage in random policy wonkery, recommending to readers provocative tidbits from policy experts, observers, and other thought leaders. For example, in Nonprofit Sector Featured in New Slate Series, (August 28, 2018), we highlighted a series that Slate magazine launched in May 2018, featuring noted philanthropy commentator, Felix Salmon.  Titled Introducing the Slate 90: A dive into the Read More

Hot Issues for Nonprofits in 2019

In the philanthropy sector - as in every other - the start of a new year marks an avalanche of fortune-telling: which issues that were big in the past year will continue to dominate news and commentary and which sleeper topics will erupt onto center stage. As part of our dedication to the sector, we've dug into them all. Some of the prognotiscating appears in published articles and blog posts. Some of it also Read More

Donor Data: The New Hostage?

In the immortal words of Saturday Night Live’s Roseane Roseannadanna aka Gilda Radner:     “It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another….” Now you may have to worry about paying a ransom for your nonprofit’s data. The New Data Scam Imagine an organization that has worked hard - for months and even years - to attract and retain donors. It’s signed up 20,000 people who have Read More

Too Many Nonprofits?: A New Analysis

How are the nation’s nonprofits like a herd of animals in a forest? That’s the analogy used by a team of five university experts in nonprofit policymaking in connection with their recently published analysis of the “perennial question” of whether there are too many such organizations in the United States - or room for more. They published the full study, titled A Field Too Crowded? How Measures of Market Structure Read More

Church Feud in Bay Area Erupts

Ask any lawyer about the types of disputes that turn ugliest fast: it’s when family members turn on each other. Divorces are notorious for level of hostility; will contests are often worse. There’s another example: when members of a faith family have a falling out. Sadly, it’s not unusual these days for a national church denomination to be at odds with one or more of its constituent congregations. Often, it boils Read More