Posts tagged "NFP"

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 »

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 »

Stupid Human Tricks: How not to recruit a nonprofit Board

The Nonprofiteer thanks a faithful reader for offering this example of how not to recruit a nonprofit Board. Faithful Reader received the following e-mail, though–as she notes–”I am not even a supporter. I may have given them money once but I have no memory of doing so.” Dear Members and Friends, Some years are better... Read more »

The Platonic Ideal Statement of Nonprofit Board Member Responsibilities

Though written originally for an arts organization, this statement of nonprofit Board member responsibilities will work for every nonprofit group.  Responsibilities of Board Members 1. Attend monthly board meetings to review operations of the company. • Board meetings are an opportunity for the Executive Director to report on the company’s current programs and plans.... Read more »

Food Pantries Aren't Charity, They're Justice

Food Pantries Aren't Charity, They're Justice
Too many appeals to support food pantries come across like those ASPCA ads with the skinny big-eyed dogs and cats; but this isn’t about pity, it’s about justice. The video shows Long Island Food Not Bombs arranging to feed and clothe its community on the day before Thanksgiving. What’s so great about it is that... Read more »

Worse than Obamacare: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Over on, the Nonprofiteer recounts her battle with private health insurance, as a counterweight to the recent spate of Obamacare horror stories. Here’s the money graf: I went straight to Blue Cross to buy health insurance because I don’t qualify for a subsidy and didn’t see any reason to grapple with–or burden– But every... 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 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

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