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

More Federal Aid to Religious Institutions

The latest chapter in the chipping away of the wall between church and state was announced in early May 2018 by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. She set the stage to “loosen federal regulations on religious universities” in connection with federally administered funding. It’s the most recent example of the potentially far-reaching impact of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Read More

Nonprofits and Disaster Preparedness

Each year at the start of hurricane season in the U.S., we’re reminded of the enormous potential for damage and disruption. Of course, natural disasters can (and do) strike anywhere - often without any warning. Disaster planning and preparedness are not the same in 2018 as they were even a decade or so ago. In addition to more advanced weather-prediction tools to give us more advance warning for certain types of Read More

Nonprofit Sector Featured in New Slate Series    

Slate Magazine has been a “daily magazine on the web” for over two decades. The publication describes itself as a “general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture” featuring a “strong editorial voice and witty take on current events.” One of Slate’s earliest projects was the Slate 60 series which featured the top-giving philanthropists in the Read More