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The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating?

Today’s query: is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating? Dear Nonprofiteer, I’m on the board of a small, but national, non-profit.  We have been incorporated as a non-member, board-operated nonprofit and designated a 501 (c)(4). We originally created a mechanism by which our affiliated state organizations could participate in the election of board members. ... 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.
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Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time
Finally somebody says it out loud: much corporate volunteering is a waste of time, simply a way for corporations to preen for prospective employees by pretending to support nonprofits.  The suggestion that corporations instead give employees a certain number of volunteer days each year—in addition to sick days and vacation days—would improve things slightly, because... Read more »

"Gift" is not a verb!

"Gift" is not a verb!
“Gift” is not a verb! The Nonprofiteer wants to know what jerk-off decided that the verb “give”–a perfectly splendid word, from which we derive the noun “gift”–should be replaced with the verb “gift,” as in, “I gifted the ACLU some stock.”  No, you didn’t: you GAVE it some stock, which it received as a gift.... Read more »

Ten Things That Make for Great Nonprofits

An outfit called the Horatio Alger Association provides this infographic showing ten things that make for great nonprofits.
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Too many volunteers, not enough positions

The nonprofit community rarely has too much of anything.  We live in an economy of scarcity, where you buy a roll of toilet paper instead of a carton because you don’t have carton-sized cash on hand; where requests for raises are met with an incredulous “You didn’t go into the nonprofit world to get rich;”... Read more »

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof, At A Time

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof,  At A Time
Want to end homelessness among young adults?  The 750 Club Apartment Project is for you. The Nonprofiteer loves everything about this idea: it’s long-term, it’s concrete (literally) and it brings an overwhelming problem down to a level at which people can see how to solve it. Bravo to Windy City Times and the AIDS Foundation... Read more »

The Complete Unacceptability of Torture, Part II

Andrew Napolitano isn’t the only one who’s right about the complete unacceptability of torture.  A wise man I know was right about it when it really counted: in 2005, when it was still going on and people were claiming it was essential to our safety.  The whole essay is worth your time, but if you’re... Read more »
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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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    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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    • In reply to Richard Davis:
      I'm fully in favor of using taxes to support transfers--I don't insist that my neighbor "give what [s/he] might not ...
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    • In reply to Unree Polnetz:
      True; but the Nonprofiteer is increasingly concerned about class distinctions and the Jackson sentence is a perfect example of those.
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      To be fair, Andrew and Lea Fastow of Enron fame enjoyed the same deal. Once a white couple gets ...
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