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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 »

Who's missing from the education conversation? Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy

Who's missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy
Who’s missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy.  Is it possible that lack of representation pre-determines the outcome? Thanks to our colleague Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for his sound critique of a Forbes-sponsored forum on the subject.

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens
This op-ed from Sunday’s New York Times is the clearest assessment yet of the troubling choice posed by our reliance on private donors to supply public goods: generosity or democracy?  Of course we’re grateful for assistance in the fight against malaria, or in efforts to improve our parks; but when we’re always depending on the... Read more »
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Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required

Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required
  Giving Tuesday is a mediocre idea made utterly worthless by the notion that people can participate without giving. From the Executive Service Corps: #GivingTuesday is almost here!  Has your organization tapped into this social movement? If you would like to increase brand awareness and engagement for your organization, as part of this movement, there... Read more »

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy
Over on another site, my thoughts about Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy.  If any of the Nonprofiteer’s readers happen to have control over any large pots of money, she hopes they’ll consider following the Rosenwald example. Yes, there’s the “go big and then go home” part–facing today’s needs is... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »
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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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