The lucrative six-figure speaking fees being paid to Hillary Clinton for speeches at universities have attracted much criticism—too high, too much money being paid to a presidential candidate. Our concern is different: The speaking fees being paid to Clinton (which she says she turns over to the Clinton Foundation) constitute the “repurposing” of donations and tax payments to colleges and universities for the Clinton family’s own philanthropic agenda and might in some cases be purchases of recognition and face time with an expectation of future favors should Hillary Rodham Clinton become the second President Clinton.
Kate Barr of the Nonprofits Assistance Fund joined Nonprofit Quarterly for a special webinar where Kate shared vividly illustrated cautionary tales about how to avoid common nonprofit financial traps. This is the kind of material you could ask your board and emerging leaders to watch. A stitch...
Governance / Voice
With all of the talk about the need for good trustees, there are a number of excellent reasons to NOT sit on a particular board of directors. Gene Takagi lists a dozen.
One of our favorite cartoons from back in the day is POGO and one of our favorite quotes from the little guy is “We have met the enemy and he is us” from a cartoon that was a shout out about environmental ruination. In this case, Ted Ford Webb uses it as a title for this great piece on how, in...
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Ruth McCambridge | 25 June, 2014
When discussions break out about executive compensation in the nonprofit sector, it always makes me stop and sigh. I do ...
Rick Cohen | 23 June, 2014
This is the second of a two-part series on how African-American museums in the U.S. are faring amidst the competition ...
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Judith Randall | 12 February, 2014
The lack of a well-run volunteer program leads to a terrible collection of missed opportunities.
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Steve Zimmerman | 1 April, 2014
You may have heard of the Dual Bottom Line: the idea that strategic choices must serve both mission impact and financial viability. But how do you turn this idea into a quantitative decision-making tool? Blue Avocado columnist Steve Zimmerman summarizes the Matrix Map approach in this article adapted from the book he co-wrote with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Choices for Financial Viability.