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For nonprofits, government money is appealing, but might not help the bottom line

For nonprofits, government money is appealing, but might not help the bottom line. But a lot of that reality is under nonprofits' control.

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The Value of Charting Impact | Tactical Philanthropy

The Value of Charting Impact | Tactical Philanthropy | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
On Friday, Bob Ottenhoff wrote about the new Charting Impact initiative that gets nonprofits to answer five questions as part of a public report that is (RT @tactphil: The Value of Charting Impact: A review of the new project to measure nonprofit ...
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The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox

The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
More and more of us are trying to help others out, via nonprofits. However, it’s getting tougher out there, either to locate legit, effective nonprofits, or to run ‘em. The folks at Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and GreatNonprofits are beginning to solve the problem.
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Impact of Mission | NONPROFIT CHALLENGES

We need to change the minds and hearts of our donors so they focus more on how lives are being changed with the money raised and less on a formulaic financial reporting approach.
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Pennsylvania Community Foundation Leads Budget Protests - State Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Pennsylvania Community Foundation Leads Budget Protests - State Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
Community foundations have traditionally preferred to influence public policy with a light, often unseen hand. They have been happy to let the community’s more partisan voices paint their protest signs and shout out their sharp demands.

But the times may be changing...
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A Strategy Map for Results-based Budgeting | SparkAction

A Strategy Map for Results-based Budgeting | SparkAction | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
A Strategy Map for Results-based Budgeting: Moving from Theory to Practice By Mark Friedman Prepared for The Finance Project

September 1996 About The Author: Mark Friedman is an independent consultant, formerly with the Center for the Study of Social Policy. He is a member of The Finance Projectís Working Group on Results-based Planning, Budgeting, Management, and Accountability Systems.
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Many US charities facing increased demand, signs of fiscal stress

Many US charities facing increased demand, signs of fiscal stress. Smaller charities, those with less than $3 million in total expenditures and which make up 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit organizations, saw disproportionate...

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'New normal': Nonprofits struggling with budget cuts - Wisconsin State Journal

'New normal': Nonprofits struggling with budget cuts - Wisconsin State Journal | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
'New normal': Nonprofits struggling with budget cutsWisconsin State JournalA quarter of Wisconsin nonprofits responding to a survey about their financial health do not have the cash reserves to ensure their survival beyond a month - one sign of a...
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NO to new fees and taxes for nonprofits - the donors forum blog

NO to new fees and taxes for nonprofits - the donors forum blog | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
Here in Illinois, we are #1 in the country for late payment, #3 for contracts failing to cover the full cost of services, and #3 for contract terms changing in mid-stream -- all external pressures constraining the ...
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UConn building 'data collaborative' for nonprofits - Hartford Business

UConn building 'data collaborative' for nonprofits - Hartford Business | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
The University of Connecticut has been chosen by the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority to develop the “Connecticut Data Collaborative,” a shared, web-based tool...
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What is Reasonable Nonprofit Compensation? A Guide to Avoid IRS Penalties - The Nonprofit Quarterly

What is Reasonable Nonprofit Compensation? A Guide to Avoid IRS Penalties - The Nonprofit Quarterly | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
What is Reasonable Nonprofit Compensation? A Guide to Avoid IRS PenaltiesThe Nonprofit QuarterlyNPQ is the Harvard Business Review for the nonprofit sector.
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How to Save Community Development from a Budgetary Free-Fall

How to Save Community Development from a Budgetary Free-Fall | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
 State nonprofit community development associations can’t simply close up shop because their states are in various stages of budgetary free-fall.
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State Senator Dan Kotowski to Take Lead on Spending Reform and Budgeting for Results

State Senator Dan Kotowski to Take Lead on Spending Reform and Budgeting for Results | Strengthening Illinois | Scoop.it
"Budgeting for Results will help us confront waste, fraud, corruption and mismanagement," Kotowski said. "It will allow us to cut, fund and reform programs based on performance and production, not politics and special interest. Our citizens will then see a better result for the price of government.”
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