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Newseum Budget Draws Heavily on Parent Group's Endowment - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Newseum Budget Draws Heavily on Parent Group's Endowment - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
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Spending endowment to float operations is a red flag. How common is the practice? 

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Guest opinion: IRS problems go way beyond the conservative groups

Guest opinion: IRS problems go way beyond the conservative groups | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Since the IRS acknowledged improper targeting of conservative groups on May 10, the nations attention has been on 501(4) organizations that were put through the wringer in terms of questioning and delays while applying for tax-exempt status.
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Cooks Gone Wild

Cooks Gone Wild | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
There is a price to pay for willful ignorance sustained at someone else’s expense. Paula Deen will have a long time to consider what she might have done better or differently; or perhaps stopped doing...
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Paula Deen: When your brain disconnects from its moral compass, it's easy to lose your way. 

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Five Nonprofits Maximizing YouTube's Nonprofit Program

Five Nonprofits Maximizing YouTube's Nonprofit Program | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Launched in 2007, YouTube's Nonprofit Program has gone through multiple changes over the last six years. Initially the program was only offered to qualified U.S. nonprofits and the benefits were li...
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Online resources boost capacity of nonprofits to seek donations

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Senators Seek to Know Why Charitable Deductions Matter

Senators Seek to Know Why Charitable Deductions Matter | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The two Senators leading the process of crafting legislation to overhaul the tax code are giving their colleagues a month to make their cases for such tax breaks.
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uh oh

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Advocacy: the dark art of influencing policy

Advocacy: the dark art of influencing policy | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Policy-making is not an entirely rational business. NGOs therefore need to understand the people and master the complex processes that lead to change, says Ben Shepherd
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Thinking about educating policy makers and being an advocate for your cause? Food for thought.

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Understanding grant-makers

Understanding grant-makers | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising, says getting the relationship right between grant-makers and fundraisers is essential
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I'm glad somebody does. :) 

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IRS wasn’t fond of Open Source, either - Programming

IRS wasn’t fond of Open Source, either - Programming | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The "Be On the Lookout" - BOLO - list that the United States Internal Revenue Service was using in November 2010 didn't just list "Tea Party" and "Progressive" as...
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RU a beneficary of open source software? Here's another take on for-profits banning together as a commnity of interest to do business as a 501c3. IRS targeted their 501c3 applications .. 

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Civil Society and Significant Change—Are We Ready? (SSIR)

Civil Society and Significant Change—Are We Ready? (SSIR) | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Given the scope and urgency of the many changes facing the social sector, it’s time to build new bridges for cross-sector and cross-generation learning.
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Depends on who you ask. :) 

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'Impact' vs. 'Overhead': How Should Charities be Judged?

'Impact' vs. 'Overhead': How Should Charities be Judged? | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Grading nonprofits by “overhead” is officially out. The heads of Guide Star, Charity Navigator and BB Wise Giving Alliance, the three major organizations that evaluate non-profits for
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Talk about an about-face; and long overdue.

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N.C. Nonprofits Fight Plan to End Deductions and Cap Sales-Tax Refund - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

N.C. Nonprofits Fight Plan to End Deductions and Cap Sales-Tax Refund - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
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Is Florida next? 

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Fundraising's Recovery Could Take Until 2018

Fundraising's Recovery Could Take Until 2018 | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
At current giving levels, it will take organizations at least six more years to raise as much as they did before the recession started in 2007, researchers predict.
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Having a hard time fundraising? 

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How 9 Leading Nonprofits Evaluate Policy Advocacy

How 9 Leading Nonprofits Evaluate Policy Advocacy | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Measuring the efficacy of advocacy is a critical step toward garnering financial support for it.
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Thinking as a nonprofit about doing advocacy and public policy work? Here's food for thought.

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PhilanTopic: Silence Isn’t Golden

(Mark Rosenman is an emeritus professor at the Union Institute & University and directs Caring to Change, an initiative that seeks to improve how foundations serve the public. In his last post, he urged PhilanTopic readers to assess how they...
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Naming names that cite worst fundraising practice. Have nonprofits said enough about where they stand on the issue?   

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Inside Philanthropy: Grant seekers should focus ask on fit with grantmaker’s mission and goals

Inside Philanthropy: Grant seekers should focus ask on fit with grantmaker’s mission and goals | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
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A nontraditonal path to leading a Foundation and the culture shock that comes with it. Funding people is still a big part of the judgement call in making gants.

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Charities' Evil Twin

Charities' Evil Twin | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
It has not been that long ago, if you used the term “charitable organization,” people generally understood what you meant, in a broad, compassionate, nonprofit sort-of-way. The Good Samaritan part of...
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The SuperPacs unleashed by Citizens United are the evil twin of the charitable world,.  .  

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Daily Kos: 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and the rest. A primer.

Daily Kos: 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and the rest. A primer. | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Let me try to answer all of this in one place, because it's getting asked a lot.

First off: review this chart prepared by the Alliance for Justice . Learn it, memorize it, love it. It breaks down ...
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Terrific primer on what's what and what is not. 

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Rural Philanthropy: Beyond Grantmaking

Rural Philanthropy: Beyond Grantmaking | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
One of our favorite rural journals celebrates a community foundation that transcends being a mere grantmaker.
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Is rural on your radar? Check out the Rural Yonder online journal,

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The Information Not-So-Superhighway

The Information Not-So-Superhighway | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
We often refer to high-speed internet as the “information superhighway.” The term was popularized during the ‘90’s to describe the digital and internet communication systems and networks that are...
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A free, web-access plan proposed by the PBC Broadband Coalition failed to gain approval from the CRA Board Boytnon Beach recently. A recent article by the President of the Ford Foundation highlights why we should be worried about our lack of progress in making the case.   

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Changing What It Means to Serve - Huffington Post

Changing What It Means to Serve - Huffington Post | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Changing What It Means to Serve
Huffington Post
These companies are redefining service and changing the very definition of corporate philanthropy and engagement. For a new breed of companies, service is now an integral part of business strategy.
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Corporate responsibility is investing in a community' bottomline. 

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Reports raise issue of nonprofits' effectiveness

Reports raise issue of nonprofits' effectiveness | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Three reports about charities and the nonprofit sector were published recently and created quite a stir.
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Five of the charities mentioned on the "worst" list  are located in Florida. The aftemath prolifierates. 

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It's Time for Real Talk About Real Nonprofit Overhead Costs

It's Time for Real Talk About Real Nonprofit Overhead Costs | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Instead of "do more with less," we ought to be asking -- and providing -- what nonprofits need in order to be successful. The balance sheet doesn't begin to tell the whole story.
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Minn. Nonprofit Leaders Eye Huge Generational Wealth Shift - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Minn. Nonprofit Leaders Eye Huge Generational Wealth Shift - Philanthropy Today - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
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The Florida Philanthropic Network will be publishing soon its statewide research to assess the opportunities for transfer of wealth for Florida charities. Don't miss it!  

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Three Charity Advisers Ask Donors to Stop Focusing on Overhead Costs - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

Three Charity Advisers Ask Donors to Stop Focusing on Overhead Costs - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Three Charity Advisers Ask Donors to Stop Focusing on Overhead Costs Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) “The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs—commonly referred to as 'overhead'—is a poor measure of a...
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See my article on the subject..It' a Scarey Ride on lilly15.Tumblr.com

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