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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 »

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 »

IRS "Scandal": A Tempest in a Tea Party

The IRS “scandal” involving its investigation of organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names demonstrates yet again that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.  What on first hearing sounds like an abuse of power is actually the IRS’s awkward attempt to comply with the law. Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue... Read more »

Property taxes on nonprofits: the never-ending story

Once again, Pittsburgh seems to be leading the way in challenging the property tax exemptions of nonprofits, particularly nonprofit hospitals.  While the hospitals and other nonprofits complain that this means municipal officials are so desperate for revenue they’ll ignore the good things charities accomplish, in fact the city officials have put their fingers on a... 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 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

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      I'm fully in favor of using taxes to support transfers--I don't insist that my neighbor "give what [s/he] might not ...
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      True; but the Nonprofiteer is increasingly concerned about class distinctions and the Jackson sentence is a perfect example of those.
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