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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Giving Tuesday Should Come Before Thanksgiving

Giving Tuesday Should Come Before Thanksgiving
The Nonprofiteer has been ambivalent about Giving Tuesday, the phenomenon which designates today as the day for charitable giving. The press releases she’s received on the subject are overwhelmingly of the “If you buy X on Tuesday it will benefit Y” variety, and thus one more example of commerce’s highjacking charity. The Nonprofiteer isn’t all... Read more »

Billionaire Rejects Giving Pledge: 'Give Money to MBAs'

Billionaire Rejects Giving Pledge: 'Give Money to MBAs'
The new definition of chutzpah*: billionaire Scott McNealy’s argument against the Giving Pledge.  He claims it would be better for society to give money to MBAs to start new businesses. It’s so convenient, isn’t it, when what’s better for society turns out to be exactly what’s best for you?  And no one could doubt that... Read more »
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Public school funding should come from the public (duh)

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)
In the department of, “It’s about time someone said that!”–a group of wealthy people in Philadelphia condemn the use of philanthropy [especially by Eli Broad] to control public education, and argue that public school funding should come from the general public–or, as it’s sometimes called but only in whispers, taxation. H/T The Nonprofit Quarterly And... Read more »

Cash Transfers to Poor People: Is the simplest solution the best?

Cash Transfers to Poor People: Is the simplest solution the best?
Check out this fascinating piece about how well cash transfers –the simple process of providing money directly to poor people–seem to work. In addition to the program results, the article offers a quick summary of attitudes about poverty from the left and the right, each of which (the article suggests) makes the problem more complicated... Read more »

Strategic Philanthropy Exposed As Nonsense: Just Write the Damn Check!

Bill Schambra’s takedown of so-called strategic philanthropy is delicious, and completely accurate.  While it’s a great idea to search for root causes of social problems, many of them don’t have a single cause.  Or if they do, it’s a cause not curable by philanthropy, e.g. poverty. The essence of his argument: Having a lot of... Read more »
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News flash: Philanthropy is Wealth Solving Problems of Its Own Creation

Warren Buffett’s son has figured out that the proud towers of philanthropy are built on the rotten foundations of inequality and excessive wealth accumulation. The Nonprofiteer gives him credit for being willing to say this aloud–it’s usually left unsaid, one of those things everyone in the club understands but which might be misconstrued by the... 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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