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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 »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I serve on the board of a non-profit. I am growing increasingly uncomfortable with the practices of our board president and am not sure what to do. First, she’s a bully and people are afraid of her. When she encounters people who do not agree with her, they quickly become deemed “inappropriate” and... Read more »

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 »
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Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved?

Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved?
Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved? As the Nonprofiteer predicted long ago, the fights between local governments and nonprofit organizations over taxes are growing rather than subsiding.  This article about Louisiana’s re-evaluation of property tax exemptions for nonprofits and this one about a Louisiana hospital’s decision to give up its 501c3... 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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    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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