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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.

Black poverty and white poverty are not the same, and here's why

Black poverty and white poverty are not the same.  As Ta-Nehisi Coates demonstrates in this brilliant article in The Atlantic, African-Americans have been subjected to continuous, intentional and organized theft by a kleptocracy masquerading as a democracy.  If you’re not angry by the time you’re done reading about how the US government maintained black poverty... Read more »

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 »

A meditation about food, for Thanksgiving

A meditation about food, for Thanksgiving. The Nonprofiteer just went shopping at her neighborhood Jewel (a mid-level supermarket, between Aldi and Whole Foods) and spent $114 on food for herself.  Nor was she wildly extravagant: she bought fruits and vegetables, a bag of shrimp and some turkey sausage, applesauce and pudding, butter and angel hair... Read more »

Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask

Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask
Once again, thanks to Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for this article highlighting the importance of Cooperative Extension services to nonprofits.  As the article explains, Cooperative Extensions date from the early 20th Century, when the U.S. was still predominantly rural, and were intended to provide assistance mostly to communities with agricultural issues.  But they... Read more »
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Elite colleges and income inequality

Everyone who cares about education, diversity or income inequality should read David Leonhardt’s excellent piece about the elite colleges which have improved the representation of poor and working-class kids–and the ones which haven’t.  The list of colleges from highest- to lowest-scoring on this metric provides food for thought. Idea: look up your alma mater on... 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 »

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them
A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them. So thanks to the Independent Sector for endorsing a nonprofit living wage. About f***ing time. Independent Sector Board of Governors Calls on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations to Pledge to Pay Living Wage to All Workers (WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014) – Independent Sector’s... Read more »
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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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