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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 »

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 »
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Amazon for charity

Amazon for charity
Amazon for charity? The Nonprofiteer hesitates to post the following because she read the New York Times’ expose of Amazon; but if you still use Amazon for your shopping, you might as well make sure it benefits your favorite charity. Amazon’s “Amazon Smile” for non-profits donation program . . . [is] free to use and... Read more »

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients
Here’s some new research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients.  Query whether the ‘discomfort’ many doctors report in soliciting donations from patients is distinguishable from the discomfort most people report in soliciting donations in general.  Who likes to ask for money?  And especially in hospitals, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for doctors to... 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 »
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"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"

"Don't ask for grants when the stock market is down, because rich people are easily frightened"
This article suggesting that nonprofits not ask for grants when the stock market goes down may simply be a bit of friendly common-sense advice: don’t ask people for money when they’re frightened.  But it reads to the Nonprofiteer like a really offensive demand that operating nonprofits have sympathy for foundations which have many multiples of... Read more »

Free consulting for nonprofits

Free consulting for nonprofits
The Executive Service Corps offers free consulting for nonprofits in return for a donation.  The Nonprofiteer passes along this information against her own financial interests! Chicago Rising is a fundraising campaign for Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC) to support local nonprofits and public agencies working to alleviate pressing social issues impacting the lives of millions... Read more »

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object. Don't.

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object.  Don't.
The Nonprofiteer is irate (so new?) about the response of some nonprofits to the Department of Labor’s proposal to adjust overtime regulations, so workers are entitled to overtime if they make $50K a year or less. (The current ceiling is less than $24K, below the Federal poverty level.) As reported by our indispensable colleague Rick... 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 »
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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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