Charity Conflicts, Self-Interest, and More

Along with the hordes of ghosts and goblins roaming the American landscape on Halloween were altogether too many nonprofit organizations and leaders out in plain sight committing brazen acts of chicanery and impropriety.  It’s probably no coincidence, then, that the folks at The Nonprofit Quarterly chose October 31st to launch its new Fall 2019 series on conflicts of interest and self-interest in the nonprofit Read More

Struggling to Measure Charitable Impact

For nonprofit leaders today, it’s no longer good enough to have programs and activities that are popular and apparently well-received or to have services that beneficiaries often use.  Recently, more and more funders are insisting that grant recipients demonstrate “impacts” of the funding they provide. That’s according to a recent “benchmarking survey,” Nonprofit Standards (June 2019), from BDO’s Institute for Read More

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