Charity Navigator Announces New Service

New Jersey-based Charity Navigator (CN) is “the country’s leading online charity evaluation service.” A 501(c)(3) itself, this organization helps donors make informed decisions about spending their charitable dollars. It gives information and data for about 1.6 million nonprofits including evaluations of these organizations' financial condition, accountability to the public, and transparency in operations.” Charity Read More

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Berkshire Museum Drama Heats Up

Recently, in Controversial Decision for Berkshire Museum (10/11/17), we reported on an uproar last summer in the art world. The trustees of this 100-year-old institution in  Pittsfield, Massachusetts, had announced a decision to sell some 40 valuable and cherished works of art at a Sotheby’s auction set for November 2017. The board explained this plan was based on the Museum's perilous financial situation: an Read More

Charity Shenanigans of the Billionaire-Philanthropist Doctor

In “Patient-Advocacy Nonprofits’ Dark Ties to Industry,” we examined some practices in the nonprofit sector that need a huge dose of sunlight on them to expose apparent conflicts of interest. Specifically, we referred to the often too-cozy relationships between patient-advocacy organizations and drug companies or other healthcare businesses that fund them. This post tells the tale of  Patrick Soon-Shiang, M.D., a Read More

Patient Advocacy Nonprofits’ Dark Ties to Industry

In recent years, the secretive relationships between healthcare businesses and physicians have been exposed, leading to some much-needed reforms of the sordid practice of doctors being paid to direct patients to certain prescription drugs or to medical products or services. Two new studies - just announced in the national media - may bring needed sunlight to another unsavory trend: the incestuous connections between Read More

MacArthur $100-Million Contest Semifinalists Announced

Early last summer, we reported in “The MacArthur $100-Million Grant Contest,” on the launch by the highly regarded MacArthur Foundation of an exciting contest: there is to be a $100-million award for a “single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. “Big problems require bold solutions.” That was the pitch for “proposals from any sector” with  no preferred “single field or Read More

Renewed Efforts to Rein In College Endowments

Over the past year or so, there’s been significant attention and discussion about the multi-billion-dollar endowments enjoyed by some of the nation’s most prominent colleges and universities. There have been “growing concerns in recent years about the massive nest eggs of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.”   These criticisms arise against a background of record-breaking fundraising. In Read More

Labor and Employment Law – New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over,  it’s time to start making resolutions for the New Year. As a small business or nonprofit organization, January is the perfect time to look forward and ensure you have the best employment foundation and plan for the coming year. For example, do you have an employee handbook? When was the last time it was updated? Did all of your employees receive the most Read More

Charities in the Courtroom: Part 1

Although, occasionally, a high-profile charity scandal hits the headlines, most people are unaware that nonprofits go to court (or are summoned there by others) on a fairly regular basis. This unawareness may arise from blissful ignorance of all the laws that apply to charitable organizations - some unique to the philanthropic mission and others that apply across the board. It may arise from something vague Read More

Nonprofits and Cybersecurity: Make it a Priority

Not long ago, Harvard University was hacked. So was Penn State University. But they are huge institutions - you may be thinking - likely to interest cyber thieves. That may have been the mindset of the directors of the Utah Food Bank until - in a single data breach - hackers stole personal and financial data of over 10,000 donors: names,  addresses, email addresses, and credit card numbers. Hacking is big news Read More