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Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up

Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up
Last week the Chicago Tribune reported that the Museum of Science & Industry and the Chicago History Museum will raise their admission fees effective February 1, creating a confusing welter of numbers: teens will pay a nickel less at MSI but $3 more at the History Museum, but on alternate Tuesdays when the moon is... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?
Dear Nonprofiteer: My daughter’s high school band has a contract with a local music venue under which the band operates two refreshment stands at the venue and in return receives a percentage of food and beverage sales. This produces a profit of more than $50,000 per year, so it’s important to the group. We have... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?
Dear Nonprofiteer, I am on the board of an Arts Oriented 501(c)(3) that I believe is experiencing Founders Syndrome.  There are two members of the seven person Board of Directors who founded the organization in 2007 with term limits of three, two year terms yet they are still serving in the chair and co-chair positions... Read more »
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The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... 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 »

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 »
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Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit require donations?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit require donations? My daughter takes band class at our local public high school. There is a parent group that supports the band. The parent group is a 501(c)(3) organization. Every year, the parent group decides on an operating budget which in turn determines what they call a “fair share” payment... 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 »

First World Problems Need Solutions, Too

First World Problems Need Solutions, Too
A newcomer to the nonprofit sector recently mentioned to the Nonprofiteer that one of his co-workers, an immigrant from Pakistan, dismissed most of Newbie’s concerns as “First World Problems.” This is in keeping with a recent spate of articles and books claiming that the only charity worthy of the name is alleviation of poverty in... 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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    • In reply to Leubna Asad:
      No, they cannot make mandatory any requirement to pay or participate: it's a public school, so children can't be excluded…
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      so, let me understand ... my child’s booster club at a public school for a sports team has issued a…
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      I don't have enough facts to answer. It's certainly legal for a booster club to solicit contributions from parents, and…
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      So, if a booster club is asked by staff to collect student fees for art supplies, then turns the fees…
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