Rethinking Nonprofits’ Disaster Planning

Recently, Bryan McQueenly raised a provocative issue to his neighbors in an op-ed in the Ventura County Star. In The Real Costs of Disasters for Nonprofits, this Southern California-based CEO of a 501(c)(3) asserts that the reality of recurring - and, indeed escalating - natural disasters poses a serious threat to the short- and long-term viability of most Golden State nonprofits. Like other residents of Ventura Read More

Cause-Related Marketing: New Aggressive Enforcement

In the 1980’s, the American Express company tried out an advertising technique that had not been done before. The financial services giant joined with the nonprofit organization that was leading the fundraising campaign to pay for restoring the Statue of Liberty.  This experiment was a huge success for both sides. Here’s how it worked: American Express launched an advertising campaign to sign up new Read More

Top-Heavy Philanthropy Creates Risks for Democracy

An important report released in November 2018 by the Washington-D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies raises the alarm about a troubling trend in philanthropy and charitable giving in the United States. Traditionally, American charities have been broadly supported by “low-dollar and mid-level donors.” In recent years, though - and particularly as the nation emerged from the 2008 economic crisis - there has been Read More

Shutdown: Fallout for Nonprofits

The recent federal government closure was the longest in U.S. history, causing incalculable pain, financial and otherwise, most directly to the workers and contractors who went without paychecks. There were serious ripple effects, too, through the economy as a whole. And the important work of government stopped for almost a month, creating backlogs for the foreseeable future which may never be fully remedied The Read More

MacArthur Foundation Launches New $100 Million Competition

In 2016, the world-renowned MacArthur Foundation took a huge leap of faith when it announced its bold 100&Change contest. The challenge for applicants: present a proposal to “solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.” Who was eligible: any organization or collaboration “working in any field, anywhere in the world.” The prize: a $100-million grant. The project was more successful than even Read More

Troubling Policies at  Purdue’s (Formerly For-Profit) Arm

Since the end of World War II, “proprietary” post-secondary institutions have popped up around the nation, taking advantage of generous G.I. benefits to lure students into programs that often were shady and didn’t produce serious education or vocational training. Governments of both parties cracked down from time to time on these mostly small operations. About thirty years ago, it all changed. Suddenly, “large Read More

More About GDPR and Nonprofits

Back in early March 2018, we posted The EU Data-Privacy Law That May Affect U.S. Nonprofits (GDPR) to alert readers of a set of rules in the European Union that may apply to more than a few American organizations. There are hefty penalties for violations; the 2016 law included a grace period until May 25, 2018, after which these penalties would take effect. We correctly guessed that few readers back in March had Read More

UBIT Transportation Rules: Interim Guidance

By the fall of 2017, GOP leaders of Congress were determined to pass a major tax overhaul before the end of the year. But much of the detail work had not yet been done. They moved draft legislation through each chamber so quickly that many lawmakers were unable to read all, or even a substantial part, of the proposed additions and amendments to the federal tax code before the scheduled votes. Nevertheless, The Read More

UBIT Transportation Rules: Interim Guidance

By the fall of 2017, GOP leaders of Congress were determined to pass a major tax overhaul before the end of the year. But much of the detail work had not yet been done. They moved draft legislation through each chamber so quickly that many lawmakers were unable to read all, or even a substantial part, of the proposed additions and amendments to the federal tax code before the scheduled votes. Nevertheless, The Read More

Charities’ Congressional Wish List

It’s safe to say it's a new day in the U.S. Congress. There’s an entirely different House of Representatives after the blue wave of November 2018. Of course, there’s still a GOP-controlled Senate and White House, so the power dynamics won’t significantly change. Nevertheless, the lower chamber has the power of the purse; controlling appropriations is a significant cudgel.    In addition, Democrats now control Read More