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And the nonprofit tax exemption beat goes on: can hospitals be considered charities anymore?

And the nonprofit tax exemption beat goes on: can hospitals be considered charities anymore?
This article reviews the changes in health care which make more tenuous hospitals’ claims for nonprofit tax exemption.  If Medicaid or insurance will reimburse them for every bit of care they provide, how can they be providing charity care?  And if they’re not providing charity care, why should they be considered eligible for nonprofit tax... Read more »

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits: The Beat Goes On

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits: The Beat Goes On
This review of the past year’s decisions about what constitutes a “charity” for the purposes of property tax exemption reminds the Nonprofiteer that ravenous municipal and state governments are not going to look away any time soon from the wealthy hospitals and universities in their midst. Perhaps they’ll continue to negotiate PILOTs (Payments in Lieu... Read more »

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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Nonprofit hospitals as charities: Illinois gets it right

Nonprofit hospitals as charities: Illinois gets it right
Are nonprofit hospitals charities? Some years ago the Nonprofiteer took on the issue of defining all nonprofits as charities for the purpose of exemption from property taxes, noting that the issue was particularly relevant to the “eds and meds” component of the sector.Last week the New Jersey courts held that “nonprofit hospital” is, if not... Read more »

Donors Forum to Illinois: Budget Cuts Hurt More Than They Help

A rigorous analysis of the Donors Forum’s worthy effort to demonstrate that budget cuts in Illinois hurt more than they help.  The state’s budget cuts are not even penny-wise but certainly pound-foolish.  As ever, gratitude to the Nonprofit Quarterly‘s Rick Cohen.

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 »
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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 »

Enrich Illinois: Raise Alcohol Taxes

As the State Legislature struggles with means to raise revenue, it’s missing the most obvious way to enrich Illinois: raise alcohol taxes.  Check out this article I  wish I’d written for the full argument, or just accept my quick-and-dirty version: it’s more dangerous to get drunk than to get stoned, so while we’re acknowledging one... Read more »

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)
In the department of, “It’s about time someone said that!”–a group of wealthy people in Philadelphia condemn the use of philanthropy [especially by Eli Broad] to control public education, and argue that public school funding should come from the general public–or, as it’s sometimes called but only in whispers, taxation. H/T The Nonprofit Quarterly And... Read more »
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News flash: Philanthropy is Wealth Solving Problems of Its Own Creation

Warren Buffett’s son has figured out that the proud towers of philanthropy are built on the rotten foundations of inequality and excessive wealth accumulation. The Nonprofiteer gives him credit for being willing to say this aloud–it’s usually left unsaid, one of those things everyone in the club understands but which might be misconstrued by the... Read more »
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