Wayfair: How Is It Affecting Nonprofits?

Wayfair is a giant retailer of home furnishings and decor that sells products online.  If you watch at least 15 minutes of television a day, you will have heard its ubiquitous jingle – “Wayfair, you’ve got what I need.” It’s a pleasant-enough tune but the sheer repetition all day every day turns it into a cloying, demonic, force eventually compelling you to log on to Wayfair.com and look at lamps and area rugs you Read More

Artificial Intelligence & Nonprofits: A Primer

Most people expect to understand and be comfortable with Artificial Intelligence (AI) about as soon as they conquer - say - ancient Sanskrit. It’s one more weird technology thing, many fear: a science fiction nightmare that will take over our lives or - worse still - replace us altogether. It’s tough to work up enthusiasm for, much less welcome, a scary new storm cloud like that rolling in from the Read More

The Census Citizenship Question & the Supreme Court Cliffhanger

In 13 Famous TV Cliffhangers That Still Get Fans Talking, we’re reminded that Hollywood executives take delight in leaving fans over the long hot summer with the agony of worrying about the fate of a beloved (or hated) television-series character.  Perhaps the most sensational cliffhanger in TV history is the final scene of the 1979-80 season of the CBS hit, “Dallas.” J.R. Ewing, played by the late Larry Hagman, Read More

Recent Nonprofit Issues: Developments

There are important updates to certain stories we’ve covered in the last several months or so.  Issue: 2020 Census In the weeks leading up to the June 28th end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term, the controversy over the Administration’s proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census form was “shaping up to be a mess of historic proportions.”  On June 27, 2019, the high court issued a Read More

Have Any TCJA ’17 Problems for Nonprofits Been Fixed?

Members of Congress are taking their customary six-week summer break, leaving behind a mountain of unfinished business. Among these important matters are fixes for parts of the controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA ‘17) directly or indirectly affecting nonprofit organizations. Since the effective date of January 1, 2018, there’s been little more than hot air and hand-wringing from our distinguished Read More

Philanthropy Pros: Priorities & Pain Points

“Is my organization normal?”  That’s one of the most common questions the philanthropy experts at BDO hear from organizational leaders. And because of the diversity in the sector - mission, scope, size - the matter of evaluating “performance to ensure sustainability” is a “perennial challenge" for these people in the trenches. For the last three years, BDO's Institute for Nonprofit Excellence has conducted Read More

Blockchains & Nonprofits: A Primer

According to BDO’s most recent Nonprofit Standards benchmarking survey, almost 75% of CEO respondents expect to invest in more technology in the coming year. A corollary finding is that many of them find the vast scope and array of these new products “bewildering.”  In this sphere, some of the loudest chatter has been about cryptocurrency - and a particular form of it: Bitcoin. It has been around for a Read More

Who “Owns” Tipitina’s Foundation?

In August 2018, The Nonprofit Quarterly ran a story titled Who ‘Owns’ Your Nonprofit? It’s not a new article. Written 15 years earlier, it “remains” so much “a classic” that the editors know it’s a good idea to keep posting it from time to time because too many nonprofit boards keep getting the answer wrong. To be clear right out of the gate, the ownership issue for a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization is Read More

More Thoughts from Philanthropy Thinkers

In June, we posted Philanthropy Thought Leaders: Hot Topics to highlight just a few examples of the useful and provocative commentary popping up regularly from expert observers and leaders of our sector.  Continuing on this month - and it may turn into a regular series - we present introductory tidbits and links to a few more worthwhile articles with a “philosophical ‘big-ideas’ Read More

Move Over, GDPR: Here Comes CA’s New Data Privacy Law

Until recently, if you asked random Americans if they recognize the acronym “GDPR,” you’d get blank stares and glazed eyes in response. It’s short for “General Data Protection Regulation.” Enacted by the European Union in 2016, it went into effect right away, but the drafters included a long transition period: no active enforcement until May 25, 2018.  Beginning in the first half of 2018, people on this Read More