Category: corporate "giving"

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!

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 »

Amazon for charity

Amazon for charity
Amazon for charity? The Nonprofiteer hesitates to post the following because she read the New York Times’ expose of Amazon; but if you still use Amazon for your shopping, you might as well make sure it benefits your favorite charity. Amazon’s “Amazon Smile” for non-profits donation program . . . [is] free to use and... Read more »
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Stop giving charity and start giving jobs

Stop giving charity and start giving jobs
A word to the corporate wealthy: stop giving charity and start giving jobs. Or, perhaps even more to the point, stop withdrawing jobs so that people are compelled to accept your charity. If you, like the Nonprofiteer, wouldn’t have thought to look to a travel writer for the most clear-sighted account of corporate philanthropy-or-do-you-say-hypocrisy, you... Read more »

Public Benefit Corporations? All Corporations Should Operate for Public Benefit

Public Benefit Corporations?  All Corporations Should Operate for Public Benefit
Three cheers for Adam Huttler, who said what the Nonprofiteer has been saying about Public Benefit Corporations, only better.  (H/t You’ve Cott Mail, without whose sharp eyes and scissors none of us would know anything.) Kickstarter is getting a lot of ink for having “converted” from for-profit to Public Benefit status, meaning that its business... Read more »

"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 »
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Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time
Finally somebody says it out loud: much corporate volunteering is a waste of time, simply a way for corporations to preen for prospective employees by pretending to support nonprofits.  The suggestion that corporations instead give employees a certain number of volunteer days each year—in addition to sick days and vacation days—would improve things slightly, because... Read more »

Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required

Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required
  Giving Tuesday is a mediocre idea made utterly worthless by the notion that people can participate without giving. From the Executive Service Corps: #GivingTuesday is almost here!  Has your organization tapped into this social movement? If you would like to increase brand awareness and engagement for your organization, as part of this movement, there... 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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