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The Complete Unacceptability of Torture, Part II

Andrew Napolitano isn’t the only one who’s right about the complete unacceptability of torture.  A wise man I know was right about it when it really counted: in 2005, when it was still going on and people were claiming it was essential to our safety.  The whole essay is worth your time, but if you’re... Read more »

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 »

Who's missing from the education conversation? Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy

Who's missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy
Who’s missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy.  Is it possible that lack of representation pre-determines the outcome? Thanks to our colleague Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for his sound critique of a Forbes-sponsored forum on the subject.
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Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens
This op-ed from Sunday’s New York Times is the clearest assessment yet of the troubling choice posed by our reliance on private donors to supply public goods: generosity or democracy?  Of course we’re grateful for assistance in the fight against malaria, or in efforts to improve our parks; but when we’re always depending on the... 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 »

A meditation about food, for Thanksgiving

A meditation about food, for Thanksgiving. The Nonprofiteer just went shopping at her neighborhood Jewel (a mid-level supermarket, between Aldi and Whole Foods) and spent $114 on food for herself.  Nor was she wildly extravagant: she bought fruits and vegetables, a bag of shrimp and some turkey sausage, applesauce and pudding, butter and angel hair... Read more »
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If you're as confused about social media as the Nonprofiteer . . .

you may want to investigate Social Media for Nonprofits.  SM4NP describes itself as “the premier conference series devoted to social media for social good.” They’ll be in Chicago on October 29 offering a seminar on social-media fundraising.  Details here.  The group has a scholarship fund for small nonprofits; details on that here.

What's wrong with this picture? Yale's endowment spending policy

What's wrong with this picture?  Yale's endowment spending policy
From a press release describing Yale’s endowment earnings and endowment spending policy: Yale’s endowment earned a 20.2% investment return for the year ending June 30, 2014.  The endowment value grew from $20.8 billion on June 30, 2013, to $23.9 billion on June 30, 2014, net of spending.  The University benefited from investment gains of approximately... Read more »

Exploiting war on ISIS and the people who will fight it

Can you imagine a charity exploiting war on ISIS? The Nonprofiteer just received an e-mail from “Destroy ISIS Gear” inviting her to purchase t-shirts celebrating the nation’s decision to attack ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  The purchase was framed as a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a fine organization devoted to... Read more »
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Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask

Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask
Once again, thanks to Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for this article highlighting the importance of Cooperative Extension services to nonprofits.  As the article explains, Cooperative Extensions date from the early 20th Century, when the U.S. was still predominantly rural, and were intended to provide assistance mostly to communities with agricultural issues.  But they... 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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