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"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"

"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"
This article suggesting that nonprofits not ask for grants when the stock market goes down may simply be a bit of friendly common-sense advice: don’t ask people for money when they’re frightened.  But it reads to the Nonprofiteer like a really offensive demand that operating nonprofits have sympathy for foundations which have many multiples of... Read more »

Effective Altruism Probably Isn't

Effective Altruism Probably Isn't
Last Sunday’s New York Times included a column by economist Tyler Cowen lauding the currently fashionable notion of “effective altruism.”  The Nonprofiteer responded to Professor Cowen in an e-mail she reproduces here in full: Dear Mr. Cowen, Your August 16 article lauding “effective altruism” failed to note the central weakness of this form of economic... Read more »

Free consulting for nonprofits

Free consulting for nonprofits
The Executive Service Corps offers free consulting for nonprofits in return for a donation.  The Nonprofiteer passes along this information against her own financial interests! Chicago Rising is a fundraising campaign for Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC) to support local nonprofits and public agencies working to alleviate pressing social issues impacting the lives of millions... Read more »
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Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object. Don't.

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object.  Don't.
The Nonprofiteer is irate (so new?) about the response of some nonprofits to the Department of Labor’s proposal to adjust overtime regulations, so workers are entitled to overtime if they make $50K a year or less. (The current ceiling is less than $24K, below the Federal poverty level.) As reported by our indispensable colleague Rick... Read more »

Nonprofit hospitals as charities: Illinois gets it right

Nonprofit hospitals as charities: Illinois gets it right
Are nonprofit hospitals charities? Some years ago the Nonprofiteer took on the issue of defining all nonprofits as charities for the purpose of exemption from property taxes, noting that the issue was particularly relevant to the “eds and meds” component of the sector.Last week the New Jersey courts held that “nonprofit hospital” is, if not... Read more »

One day's pay is not enough

One day's pay is not enough
If you give one day’s pay, does anybody really feel it? The Nonprofiteer has been contemplating this question ever since she received information about a new promotion to assist people in Ethiopia. She gets the point that a dollar purchases way more in Ethiopia than it does in the US, but she keeps wondering how... Read more »
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"Gift" is not a verb!

"Gift" is not a verb!
“Gift” is not a verb! The Nonprofiteer wants to know what jerk-off decided that the verb “give”–a perfectly splendid word, from which we derive the noun “gift”–should be replaced with the verb “gift,” as in, “I gifted the ACLU some stock.”  No, you didn’t: you GAVE it some stock, which it received as a gift.... Read more »

Too many volunteers, not enough positions

The nonprofit community rarely has too much of anything.  We live in an economy of scarcity, where you buy a roll of toilet paper instead of a carton because you don’t have carton-sized cash on hand; where requests for raises are met with an incredulous “You didn’t go into the nonprofit world to get rich;”... Read more »

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof, At A Time

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof,  At A Time
Want to end homelessness among young adults?  The 750 Club Apartment Project is for you. The Nonprofiteer loves everything about this idea: it’s long-term, it’s concrete (literally) and it brings an overwhelming problem down to a level at which people can see how to solve it. Bravo to Windy City Times and the AIDS Foundation... Read more »
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The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability

The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability
The myth of nonprofit sustainability dogs every charity in the sector. Not only must we have world-changing ideas and sound plans for how to execute them, we must know how to continue executing them indefinitely—even before we’ve started. So a 21-gun salute to this guy, who has finally said aloud what we’ve all been thinking.... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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      True; but the Nonprofiteer is increasingly concerned about class distinctions and the Jackson sentence is a perfect example of those.
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