As the BSA approach their decision to relax their ban on gay involvement in scouting, organizations with strong convictions continue to weigh in.
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Can there be greater strength in fewer numbers for Jewish communities that are no longer able to support separate houses of worship for each of their sharply divided denominations?
The General Manager Charities at the NZ Department of Internal Affairs declares that advocacy of “a controversial point of view is a political purpose.”
If you can judge a man by the company he keeps, what does it mean when the Mormon church has solidly backed your Solomon solution for gay youth in scouting?
In a stand against homophobic activity elsewhere, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Ezran asks to deny CDBG funds to Catholic Charities.
A small group of Catholic women from Britain, America and Australia convened at the Vatican to release pink smoke as a way to advocate for opening up priesthood to women.
As the Catholic Church prepares to consider who will be the next pope, some believe the Church needs a “rebranding” effort, but does that term really capture the charge?
Government working groups in both the U.S. and the U.K. are looking at ways in which they may be able to improve the conditions of charities working with governmental agencies.
The Institute for Works of Religion, otherwise known as the Vatican bank, is “the most secret bank in the world.” Did it play a role in Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise decision to retire?
Sometimes, the best-motivated bequests don’t go as intended, as evidenced by documents recently released about the fundraising of a Catholic organization called the Legion of Christ.
Under Pope Benedict XVI, Catholic charities were pressured to more closely adhere to Catholic Church dogma, but will a new Pope usher in a more inclusive attitude toward charities?
After a three-day meeting in Irving, Texas, the Boy Scouts of America releases a statement saying it needs more time to consider whether to lift ban on openly gay scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America will conclude a three-day meeting today on whether or not to change its policy of banning openly gay members from being Boy Scouts.
A new Obama administration proposal would exempt religious nonprofit employers from having to pay for contraception coverage while including coverage for employees who want it.
The Texas state legislature has cut the state’s family planning programs by two-thirds (or $73 million), but its “Choose Life” plates may provide $30,000 for adoption services.
In Washington, D.C., North Carolina and elsewhere, state-issued motor vehicle license plates have been a thorny issue for governments and nonprofits, and that’s unlikely to change soon.
It is a topsy-turvy world when, despite reassuring estimates about giving, religious and secular charities are aligning themselves with the economic priorities of the superwealthy.
In Egypt, the National Centre For Defence of Freedoms is challenging the freedom of expression of cartoonist Doaa El-Adl and newspaper owner Naguib Sawiris.
The hacktivist group Anonymous says it is “coming after” the Westboro Baptist Church, which plans to picket a funeral in Newtown, Conn. Meanwhile, thousands petition to strip Westboro of its tax-exempt status.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget has begun charging nonprofits for water, a move that has drawn fire from religious leaders. In light of a new proposal, will Emanuel relent or stay the course?
The Gates Foundation awarded seven grants totaling nearly $25 million for collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools, but points of tension remain.
A new report on the financial accountability of nonprofit religious institutions says that the laws on the books are just fine and that all the IRS needs to do is enforce them. Wrong on both counts.
The “Heifer at Hanukkah” program provides value to parents, children and the gift recipient, an attractive fundraising design.
The Vatican has issued new guidelines for Catholic charities, and the rules may have a significant impact on Catholic charities’ ability to collaborate with non-Catholic groups.
Why have the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development rescinded a $48,000 grant to the Land Stewardship Project?
Although an IRS spokesman says that he “misspoke,” even a manager in the IRS Mid-Atlantic region has said that the IRS isn’t doing audits of churches suspected of partisan political activity.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint asking the IRS to investigate whether Catholic bishops are violating rules against electoral partisanship.
For Muslims, today is the Eid al-Adha festival and meat from the festival’s slaughtered animals will be donated to the poor—a responsibility that is becoming, increasingly, shared.
In failing to go after anyone participating in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” the IRS is either giving religious groups above-the-law treatment or opening the door to a partisan charitable sector.
Self-proclaimed messiah Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader to the Moonies, died last week, but his Unification Church remains a massive, multinational, tax-exempt conglomerate.
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