• Michael Schaefer

    Hate can be a very vague and subjective term in today’s era of 24/7 spin. People are smart enough to figure out a charity’s values by visiting its website. They do not need someone or a group to do their thinking for them. Making one group the arbiter of hate smacks of extreme politics at best.

    The 990 form remains a superficial tool as a basis for an evaluation of a charity. More efforts should be made to change this form … again.

  • Paula Reynolds Grant Services

    Part of me resonates with whomever made the decision, against any and all better judgment. If we are to flag hate groups, may we also flag poorly managed nonprofits that still somehow demonstrate good financials? May we flag nonprofits with boards who bicker, obstruct, and put their own needs before the needs of the people they are supposed to be helping? May we flag nonprofits with executive directors whose fingers are bleeding from working 29 hours a day because their board isn’t doing their job? May we flag nonprofits with volunteers who are tapped out because of the high cost of volunteering? Guidestar knows that every application asks if you discriminate. We don’t need Guidestar to tell a funder that a nonprofit is a hate group. It’s insulting. Someone is on a bandwagon and it’s not the appropriate platform. But I like the bandwagon.