Charities should provide charity care

Charities should provide charity care
Despite hospitals’ arguing that Obamacare makes it unnecessary for them to care for the poor, California has adopted a policy requiring nonprofit hospitals to earn that tax-favored status by–surprise!–providing charity care. To coin a phrase: damn straight. The faith expressed in Obamacare is touching, actually, considering the Herculean efforts being made by this Administration and... Read more »

And the most racist state in the Union is . . .

And the most racist state in the Union is . . .
And the most racist state in the Union is–Wisconsin! A Boston University study finds racism in the north! And the more racism, the more police shootings of black people! (H/t the Nonprofit Quarterly.) The Nonprofiteer realizes this is something of a dog-bites-man story: so new? Though she wouldn’t have expected Wisconsin to be #1 on... Read more »

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted
The National Labor Relations Board goes after a union-busting nonprofit. Unexpected from a Republican administration, but very welcome. Once more, with feeling: the job of nonprofits is to combat poverty, not create it. And remember, the reason social services aren’t provided by the government is that public sector employees are unionized. The growth of nonprofit... Read more »
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Charities should fight poverty, not create it

Charities should fight poverty, not create it
The job of the charitable sector is to fight poverty, not create it. Someone should mention that to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Bravo to the SEIU for calling attention to the issue with a one-day strike of child-care workers. In the wake of the West Virginia teachers’ successful job action, it seems like unions... Read more »

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office
This effort in Minnesota brings together a bunch of human-service agencies into a coop of nonprofits which will provide prospective clients with a single entry point–“front door”–to gain access to the services they need while also providing the coop members with shared human-resource, financial management and other back-office functions. Chicago [and other] nonprofits, take note!... Read more »

Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up

Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up
Last week the Chicago Tribune reported that the Museum of Science & Industry and the Chicago History Museum will raise their admission fees effective February 1, creating a confusing welter of numbers: teens will pay a nickel less at MSI but $3 more at the History Museum, but on alternate Tuesdays when the moon is... Read more »
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Donations to Advance the Minimum Wage Increase?

Donations to Advance the Minimum Wage Increase?
A fascinating proposal for advancing the minimum wage increase: use workplace giving. Naturally, the bosses complain–but it’s the workers’ money!

High-skills volunteers stand out in agency merger

The merger of these two groups dedicated to connecting Chicago nonprofits with volunteer resources will nonetheless leave in place the separate program which asks women to use their professional skills pro bono. As someone who works with agencies to deploy high-skills volunteers, the Nonprofiteer applauds the group’s understanding that there are volunteers, and then there... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?
Dear Nonprofiteer: My daughter’s high school band has a contract with a local music venue under which the band operates two refreshment stands at the venue and in return receives a percentage of food and beverage sales. This produces a profit of more than $50,000 per year, so it’s important to the group. We have... Read more »
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Credit where it's due to nonprofits

Credit where it's due to nonprofits
Credit where it’s due to nonprofits! The New York Times reports this morning that nonprofit agencies of all kinds–not just those explicitly targeting violence–have reduced the crime rate in American cities. The Nonprofiteer is in shock that the sector is finally getting a tiny piece of its due!
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