Category: children's issues

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 »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit exclude someone for being a pain in the ass?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit exclude someone for being a pain in the ass?
Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit exclude someone for being difficult?  I am involved in a nonprofit organization through a high school band program.  We have a parent whose student has been removed from the program due to grades.  Do we have to allow the mother to attend our monthly booster meeting?  We are a public... Read more »

State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update

State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update
State Payments to Nonprofits During Budget Impasse The Executive Service Corps reports: In a conference call on Tuesday, September 8 with 23 members of her Nonprofit Advisory Council, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger talked about the process that nonprofits can follow to request and expedite payments from the state. . . . If you are... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

"Quirky" college application questions display schools' bias

Last Sunday’s New York Times article lauding “quirky” college application questions infuriated the Nonprofiteer (and what doesn’t?). Despite her joy at having attention paid to her alma mater for something other than right-wing economics, she couldn’t help but notice that these are an example of what happens when nonprofits become more preoccupied with themselves than... Read more »
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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 »

The Jackson sentence: Why are their children special?

The Nonprofiteeer doesn’t wish to be vengeful, but she must admit that it infuriates her to learn that the Jackson sentence allows Jesse Jr. and his wife Sandra to serve their prison terms one at a time so that one parent will always be free to take care of their children. Oh, it’s a fine... Read more »
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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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    • In reply to Ton gen:
      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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