Category: equality

And the most racist state in the Union is . . .

And the most racist state in the Union is . . .
And the most racist state in the Union is–Wisconsin! A Boston University study finds racism in the north! And the more racism, the more police shootings of black people! (H/t the Nonprofit Quarterly.) The Nonprofiteer realizes this is something of a dog-bites-man story: so new? Though she wouldn’t have expected Wisconsin to be #1 on... 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 »

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 »
Advertisement:

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 »

Harvard, free tuition and affirmative action

...

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 »
Advertisement:

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 »

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!  
Advertisement:

Gender Gap in Pay Persists in Social Enterprise--but women are happy!

Gender Gap in Pay Persists in Social Enterprise--but women are happy!
A study from the UK shows that the gender gap in pay persists even in social enterprises, but that women social entrepreneurs are nonetheless happier than their male counterparts.  The Nonprofiteer wonders if this means that women are particularly stupid, or if we’ve just learned to be content with the crumbs we get. We find... Read more »
  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Meet The Blogger

    Nonprofiteer

    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.

  • Tags

  • Recent posts

  • Recent Comments

    • 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…
      Read the story | Reply to this comment
    • fb_avatar
      so, let me understand ... my child’s booster club at a public school for a sports team has issued a…
      Read the story | Reply to this comment
    • 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…
      Read the story | Reply to this comment
    • fb_avatar
      So, if a booster club is asked by staff to collect student fees for art supplies, then turns the fees…
      Read the story | Reply to this comment
    • Volunteering is the better work opportunity to help the communities. Becoming a volunteer always makes you feel better. There are…
      Read the story | Reply to this comment
  • Advertisement: