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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 »

Stop giving charity and start giving jobs

Stop giving charity and start giving jobs
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 »
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New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients
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 »

Donations by wealthy patients: why not?

Donations by wealthy patients: why not?
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 »

Public Benefit Corporations? All Corporations Should Operate for Public Benefit

Public Benefit Corporations?  All Corporations Should Operate for Public Benefit
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 »
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"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"

"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"
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 »

Effective Altruism Probably Isn't

Effective Altruism Probably Isn't
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 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 »
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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 »
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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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