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Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?

Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I have served on several nonprofit boards in the past few years and I have observed that the majority of these Boards are wasteful of public money. One such Board is a particular offender: the Board Chair (who was a bully throughout her reign) completed her term as Chair and as a member... Read more »

Impact Investing Is No Substitute for Philanthropy

Impact Investing Is No Substitute for Philanthropy
This letter to the Sun-Times by Phillip Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of Chicago’s Black Star Project, ably summarizes everything that’s wrong with the recent announcement by the MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and the Calvert Foundation that they plan to join forces to lend money to nonprofits, a behavior they style “impact investing.”... Read more »

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients
Here’s some new research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients.  Query whether the ‘discomfort’ many doctors report in soliciting donations from patients is distinguishable from the discomfort most people report in soliciting donations in general.  Who likes to ask for money?  And especially in hospitals, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for doctors to... Read more »
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Donations by wealthy patients: why not?

Donations by wealthy patients: why not?
The Nonprofiteer is shocked, shocked! that some medical centers are asking doctors to help secure donations by wealthy patients.  Because after all, with every possible medical need met by our current system, why should hospitals even think about getting additional money? What’s that you say?  There are still unmet needs?  Then asking people who have... Read more »

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 »

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality
Now here’s a shocker: for profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality. The Nonprofiteer can’t imagine that the profit motive has anything to do with a business’s decision that labor is a cost center instead of the very thing we’re selling.  After all, every penny paid a worker is a penny out of shareholders’... Read more »
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Dear Nonprofiteer, Is "nonprofit ethics" an oxymoron? How to handle a conflict of interest?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is "nonprofit ethics" an oxymoron?  How to handle a conflict of interest?
Dear Nonprofiteer, I am contacting you because I have become embroiled in an nonprofit ethics situation and I found you on the internet during one of my insomnia-fueled web searches. I recently got fired from my volunteer position on the Finance Committee of a San Diego nonprofit by its board president. (I am not on... 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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