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Charities should provide charity care

Charities should provide charity care
Despite hospitals’ arguing that Obamacare makes it unnecessary for them to care for the poor, California has adopted a policy requiring nonprofit hospitals to earn that tax-favored status by–surprise!–providing charity care. To coin a phrase: damn straight. The faith expressed in Obamacare is touching, actually, considering the Herculean efforts being made by this Administration and... Read more »

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted
The National Labor Relations Board goes after a union-busting nonprofit. Unexpected from a Republican administration, but very welcome. Once more, with feeling: the job of nonprofits is to combat poverty, not create it. And remember, the reason social services aren’t provided by the government is that public sector employees are unionized. The growth of nonprofit... Read more »

Charities should fight poverty, not create it

Charities should fight poverty, not create it
The job of the charitable sector is to fight poverty, not create it. Someone should mention that to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Bravo to the SEIU for calling attention to the issue with a one-day strike of child-care workers. In the wake of the West Virginia teachers’ successful job action, it seems like unions... Read more »
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A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office
This effort in Minnesota brings together a bunch of human-service agencies into a coop of nonprofits which will provide prospective clients with a single entry point–“front door”–to gain access to the services they need while also providing the coop members with shared human-resource, financial management and other back-office functions. Chicago [and other] nonprofits, take note!... Read more »

Credit where it's due to nonprofits

Credit where it's due to nonprofits
Credit where it’s due to nonprofits! The New York Times reports this morning that nonprofit agencies of all kinds–not just those explicitly targeting violence–have reduced the crime rate in American cities. The Nonprofiteer is in shock that the sector is finally getting a tiny piece of its due!

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 »
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Hoarding endowments: How poor students and taxpayers preserve the wealth of private higher education

Hoarding endowments: How poor students and taxpayers preserve the wealth of private higher education
Buried in this story about elite universities’ practice of hoarding endowments while squeezing money from Uncle Sam and poor students is a nugget of information on which the otherwise all-knowing Nonprofiteer has previously failed to focus: that colleges and universities are exempt from the 5% distribution rule which controls hoarding by foundations.  Institutions of higher... 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 »

Remember overtime pay? It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!

Remember overtime pay?  It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!
Remember overtime pay?  The Department of Labor is about to restore it–and yes, nonprofits will have to comply along with the rest of the business community.  Hooray!  And if any nonprofit Board member predicts the end of the world as we know it because of the requirement, ask him/her how much s/he is giving to... Read more »
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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 »
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