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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 »

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 »

Impact Investing: MacFound and CCT respond

Impact Investing: MacFound and CCT respond
The MacArthur Foundation today shared with the Nonprofiteer its letter to the Sun-Times disputing claims that impact investing will diminish rather than strengthen nonprofits.  In the spirit of equal time, its letter is reproduced in full here.  The Nonprofiteer remains unpersuaded that lending is the best use of philanthropies’ considerable resources. May 2, 2016 Mr.... Read more »
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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 »

Low pay at nonprofits: a worm's-eye view

The Nonprofiteer rarely publishes the work of anyone else, but if ever there was a case for an exception it’s this post about the low pay at nonprofits.  ProgChik drills down into the f***ed-up world of nonprofit compensation (or nonprofit noncompensation, as the case may be).  Many thanks to the author for permitting me to... 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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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 »

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 »

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 »
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State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update

State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update
State Payments to Nonprofits During Budget Impasse The Executive Service Corps reports: In a conference call on Tuesday, September 8 with 23 members of her Nonprofit Advisory Council, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger talked about the process that nonprofits can follow to request and expedite payments from the state. . . . If you are... Read more »
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