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Charities should provide charity care

Charities should provide charity care
Despite hospitals’ arguing that Obamacare makes it unnecessary for them to care for the poor, California has adopted a policy requiring nonprofit hospitals to earn that tax-favored status by–surprise!–providing charity care. To coin a phrase: damn straight. The faith expressed in Obamacare is touching, actually, considering the Herculean efforts being made by this Administration and... Read more »

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted

Union-busting nonprofit gets busted
The National Labor Relations Board goes after a union-busting nonprofit. Unexpected from a Republican administration, but very welcome. Once more, with feeling: the job of nonprofits is to combat poverty, not create it. And remember, the reason social services aren’t provided by the government is that public sector employees are unionized. The growth of nonprofit... Read more »

Charities should fight poverty, not create it

Charities should fight poverty, not create it
The job of the charitable sector is to fight poverty, not create it. Someone should mention that to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Bravo to the SEIU for calling attention to the issue with a one-day strike of child-care workers. In the wake of the West Virginia teachers’ successful job action, it seems like unions... Read more »
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Hoarding endowments: How poor students and taxpayers preserve the wealth of private higher education

Hoarding endowments: How poor students and taxpayers preserve the wealth of private higher education
Buried in this story about elite universities’ practice of hoarding endowments while squeezing money from Uncle Sam and poor students is a nugget of information on which the otherwise all-knowing Nonprofiteer has previously failed to focus: that colleges and universities are exempt from the 5% distribution rule which controls hoarding by foundations.  Institutions of higher... 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 »

Low pay at nonprofits: a worm's-eye view

The Nonprofiteer rarely publishes the work of anyone else, but if ever there was a case for an exception it’s this post about the low pay at nonprofits.  ProgChik drills down into the f***ed-up world of nonprofit compensation (or nonprofit noncompensation, as the case may be).  Many thanks to the author for permitting me to... Read more »
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When is a nonprofit health insurer just another greedy insurance company?

Finally someone calls out a BlueCross BlueShield licensee for what it is: a business operating under the protection of nonprofit status, rather than a true nonprofit health insurer.  Admittedly the Nonprofiteer has a dog in this fight, having been insured by the selfsame licensee, Health Care Services Corporation, until it discontinued her PPO policy and... 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 »

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 »
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Gender gap in nonprofits, the sequel: we're worse paid, AND there are fewer of us

Gender gap in nonprofits, the sequel: we're worse paid, AND there are fewer of us
More gender gap! GuideStar reports that there are fewer women running nonprofits this year than last, AND that we’re paid worse.   No wonder we do this work!  
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