Amazon for charity? The Nonprofiteer hesitates to post the following because she read the New York Times’ expose of Amazon; but if you still use Amazon for your shopping, you might as well make sure it benefits your favorite charity. Amazon’s “Amazon Smile” for non-profits donation program . . . [is] free to use and... Read more »
A word to the corporate wealthy: stop giving charity and start giving jobs. Or, perhaps even more to the point, stop withdrawing jobs so that people are compelled to accept your charity. If you, like the Nonprofiteer, wouldn’t have thought to look to a travel writer for the most clear-sighted account of corporate philanthropy-or-do-you-say-hypocrisy, you... Read more »
Here’s some new research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients. Query whether the ‘discomfort’ many doctors report in soliciting donations from patients is distinguishable from the discomfort most people report in soliciting donations in general. Who likes to ask for money? And especially in hospitals, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for doctors to... Read more »
The Nonprofiteer is shocked, shocked! that some medical centers are asking doctors to help secure donations by wealthy patients. Because after all, with every possible medical need met by our current system, why should hospitals even think about getting additional money? What’s that you say? There are still unmet needs? Then asking people who have... Read more »
Three cheers for Adam Huttler, who said what the Nonprofiteer has been saying about Public Benefit Corporations, only better. (H/t You’ve Cott Mail, without whose sharp eyes and scissors none of us would know anything.) Kickstarter is getting a lot of ink for having “converted” from for-profit to Public Benefit status, meaning that its business... Read more »
More gender gap! GuideStar reports that there are fewer women running nonprofits this year than last, AND that we’re paid worse. No wonder we do this work!
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 »
This article suggesting that nonprofits not ask for grants when the stock market goes down may simply be a bit of friendly common-sense advice: don’t ask people for money when they’re frightened. But it reads to the Nonprofiteer like a really offensive demand that operating nonprofits have sympathy for foundations which have many multiples of... Read more »
Last Sunday’s New York Times included a column by economist Tyler Cowen lauding the currently fashionable notion of “effective altruism.” The Nonprofiteer responded to Professor Cowen in an e-mail she reproduces here in full: Dear Mr. Cowen, Your August 16 article lauding “effective altruism” failed to note the central weakness of this form of economic... Read more »
The Nonprofiteer aspires to be as witty as her colleague at Nonprofits With Balls, but til then she shares his most recent post.