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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 »

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy
Over on another site, my thoughts about Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy.  If any of the Nonprofiteer’s readers happen to have control over any large pots of money, she hopes they’ll consider following the Rosenwald example. Yes, there’s the “go big and then go home” part–facing today’s needs is... Read more »

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality
Now here’s a shocker: for profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality. The Nonprofiteer can’t imagine that the profit motive has anything to do with a business’s decision that labor is a cost center instead of the very thing we’re selling.  After all, every penny paid a worker is a penny out of shareholders’... Read more »
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What social entrepreneurship won't do (and its advocates won't tell you about)

What social entrepreneurship won’t do: This piece is a particularly acute account of the way things work, or don’t, in the nonprofit sector. The money graf, for the Nonprofiteer’s money: An uncomfortable truth: there are important social goods that nobody really wants to pay for. If you’re selling a product like an iPhone or a... Read more »

Crossing boundaries: the Nonprofiteer's theater reviews

Herewith the latest of the Nonprofiteer’s theater reviews. As some of you know, when not being more powerful than a locomotive about charity and philanthropy, the Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, mild-mannered (well . . .) Chicago theater critic. For years she’s kept a strict separation between her two worlds, until a few days ago when... Read more »

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them
A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them. So thanks to the Independent Sector for endorsing a nonprofit living wage. About f***ing time. Independent Sector Board of Governors Calls on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations to Pledge to Pay Living Wage to All Workers (WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014) – Independent Sector’s... Read more »
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Grants to nonprofits: lawyers doing good

Surprise grants to nonprofits? Nonprofit executives spend most of the time begging for money, so the Nonprofiteer will understand if they find it difficult to imagine that there’s a pool of dollars somewhere just awaiting their requests. But there is such a pool: cy pres awards, from the unclaimed proceeds of class action settlements. After... Read more »

The Live Below The Line Campaign: Smart Advocacy or Global Slumming?

The Live Below the Line Campaign asks celebrities (and the rest of us) to spend a day or five eating on $1.50 a day.  Is this smart advocacy,  or is it global slumming? Like its American counterpart the Food Stamp Challenge  the campaign purports to give privileged people the opportunity to experience the deprivations of... Read more »

If fewer people volunteer, does it really matter?

If fewer people volunteer, does it really matter? Volunteering has hit its lowest rate in more than ten years, according to the Labor Department. So why does the Nonprofiteer keep getting announcements of great waves of volunteering? When LinkedIn launched its Volunteer Marketplace in January, it reported that 81% of its members are interesting in... Read more »
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An Increased Minimum Wage: Two out of Three Economists Recommend It for their Readers Who Earn Wages

An Increased Minimum Wage: Two out of Three Economists Recommend It for their Readers Who Earn Wages
Even before the State of the Union put the issue squarely on the table, economists have been arguing for and against an increased minimum wage. On January 4, Gregory Mankiw counseled against such an increase, arguing that if we think poor people don’t make enough money the entire society should pay for an increase, in... 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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