July 10, 2014

Democratic Activism

Will Hobby Lobby Feel Financial Blowback from Customers?

Hobby LobbyWill Hobby Lobby feel any financial blowback from that portion of their potential customer base that finds the recent SCOTUS decision unpalatable?

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Is IRS Denying Nonprofit Status to Open Source Software Groups?

IRSThis article in Network World suggests the IRS may be averse to approving nonprofit status for nonprofit groups making Open Source software.

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The “People’s Opera” May Rise Again, But It’s a Waiting Game for Buyers

POThere are potential buyers waiting to be given the chance to buy and resuscitate the New York City Opera, and one of them thinks the board, grinding its way through bankruptcy proceedings, is dragging its collective feet!

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Carmel Tea Party Argues for Municipal Transparency

TeaEven the Tea Party can get something sort of right. In Carmel, Indiana, a local Tea Party group is pushing for enhanced standards of municipal government transparency.

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Community Foundation CEO Steps Down After 20 Years and Leaves Ideas for the Future

LightsBefore Nancy Kieling accepted a job at the Princeton Area Community Foundation twenty years ago, she had never heard of a community foundation. In six months, she will leave behind an organization that has established strong community ties between donors and nonprofits that her successor will be charged with cultivating and expanding beginning January 1st.

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Boards and Magical Thinking

TreeWild ambition to create change and good governance can easily coexist, and NPQ believes that working for the impossible to become possible is what this sector is all about. Perhaps that requires some thinking beyond the most practical of bounds, but we don’t know how many times over this past year we have written the phrase, “But where was the board?” in relation to an enterprise that failed much to the surprise of its governing body. Here, Kathy Ridge discusses what she has found working with organizations on the brink.

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A “Classic Case” Merger: What Tends to Make Them Work

crossing tracksTwo sheltering programs in the Greater Atlanta metropolitan area are merging and their situation provides a “classic case” of the factors that often underlie a successful merger.

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Anti-Abortion Protestors Move In on Clinics after SCOTUS Buffer Zones Decision

BarrierOn Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that provided for a 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinics providing abortions. The Saturday after, protestors showed up in greater numbers in Boston and Worcester, pushing beyond that previously established line.

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Seeking What Makes Us Valid as People and as Organizations

ShellAuthenticity sometimes seems like a rare commodity – yet it is valuable beyond words in the work we do. Here we reprint a moving speech by Paul Hogan to the Buffalo Society of Artists about art, mental health and personal and organizational purpose.

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Color Guard at the NYC Pride March Will Be Boy Scouts

ScoutHow long will the BSA hold out on its regressive exclusionary policy excluding openly gay scout leaders? Parts of their operation are beginning to peel off, as is exemplified by the color guard for the 44th Annual NYC Pride March, scheduled for this coming Sunday, which will be made up of contingent of openly gay and allied Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and volunteers.

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Occupy Activists Pitch Lessons for Future Movement Building

125In the continuing flow of articles about the future of the Occupy movement, two Occupy activists think that the future is something like the Tea Party’s role in the Republican Party.

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What Can We Learn from New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013?

NYCAs the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 takes effect in New York, is there anything we can learn from it, or are there any trends we should watch out for?

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Operating Above Its Financial Skill Level Not Good for This Nonprofit

NewsNPQ has a lot of empathy for new organizations that misunderstand the level of skill they need to do decent financial management, but it is important to learn your lesson the first time you realize that you may not have the hands on deck necessary to manage to the requirements of a nonprofit.

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The Pentagon’s Retrograde View of Nonprofits and Civil Society

Anti-WarThe Pentagon is supporting research on the causes of and solutions to domestic unrest; it views social protest—which nonprofits see as essential to healthy civil society—as destabilizing.

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Looking for Signs of the U.S. Antiwar Movement

Anti-war signIraq has become a locus of sectarian strife in the Middle East that demands a response—a decision one way or the other—from the U.S. government that bears responsibility for this broken country. After years of quiescence in response to the Obama administration’s bombing campaign in Libya, surge in Afghanistan, and drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, is the nonprofit antiwar movement going to revive around options for U.S. action in rapidly disintegrating Iraq?

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Atomic Veterans Advocate Acie Byrd Dies

AtollIn a world of people who live with self-congratulatory proclamations about their supposed impact on public issues, important examples of people who have really done something with their lives as nonprofit public policy advocates and movement leaders can get lost. “Atomic Veteran” advocate Acie Byrd died last month, and he deserved the attention and recognition that he didn’t seem to get.

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San Jose Rep Theater Goes Under; Latest Down in Recent Arts Upheavals

SJRAs onlookers, it appears to us to be a very dangerous time for performing arts organizations, and this week the San Jose Repertory Theatre declared itself out of business. Reportedly, the move will immediately precede a bankruptcy filing.

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Palestinian-American Activist Faces Deportation

OdehRasmea Odeh has been a respected, award-winning Arab-American nonprofit advocate in Chicago for many years, but because of her failure to mention in her naturalization papers that she had served time in an Israeli prison, the Department of Homeland Security had her arrested and wants her deported.

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Nonprofits, Remember Tiananmen Square!

Tiananmen SquareTwenty-five years ago, one young men displayed unmatched courage by stopping four tanks rolling toward protesters in Tiananmen Square. Nonprofits should remember and honor the Tiananmen protests and bring that message to the dialogue between U.S. philanthropists and Chinese oligarchs.

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Resource for Activists: Free Database on Class Action Lawsuits

NewsLegitimate class-action lawsuits are an important check on private corporations that would otherwise run roughshod over consumers’ interests. A nonprofit called Consumer Action has an online free database for consumers to search for class action lawsuits that are open for claims and others that are still pending.

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Daniel Ellsberg Stands Up for Edward Snowden—Will You?

EllsbergSecretary of State John Kerry thinks Daniel Ellsberg was a patriot, but Edward Snowden a “coward” and “traitor.” While nonprofits are debating free speech and First Amendment issues such as 501(c)(4) regulations and campaign finance court decisions, just as important is the issue of the extent of government invasion of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans, including nonprofits themselves.

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Tea Party Patriots Criticizes Reid’s “Targeting” of Koch Brothers

FlagsTea Party Patriots thinks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has unlawfully attacked the rights of Charles and David Koch as engaged citizens in our democracy.

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PETA vs. SeaWorld: The Creative Tactics and Tech that Drive PETA’s SeaWorld Campaign

SeaWorldPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been fighting to have Tilikum orca released from SeaWorld in Orlando since 1998. This article, reprinted from NTEN: Change, examines how PETA has pursued this goal, including using the CNN documentary Blackfish as a springboard.

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Hero Philanthropy a Dangerous Bet: Somaly Mam’s Story in Question

SMA Newsweek cover story examined the dramatic tale of sex slavery activist Somaly Mam and found it to be in some part untrue. What will happen to the foundation named for her, which she has now left, and when will philanthropy realize that cults of personality may not be serving it well?

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Gates Foundation G4S Divestment Gives Activists a West Bank “Win”

G4SThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has quietly cut its investment in the massive British security firm, G4S. This might be a victory for one of the divestment movements currently on the national stage.

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Former Defense Sec. Bob Gates and the Boy Scouts: Do the Right Thing!

BobGates has decided he will not fight the battle on gay scout leaders at the BSA, but does he have a choice?

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Are Nonprofits the Future of Work? Rifkin’s New Book Promotes a Redistributive Economy

RifkinJeremy Rifkin’s new book asserts that increased productivity coupled with advances in digital technology will fundamentally change the shape of labor in society, requiring the economy to shift dramatically. Rifkin writes that nonprofits will be at the center of the new world of work.

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Rembering Maya Angelou

AngelouWith gratitude for her startling and resonant voice, NPQ remembers Maya Angelou, dead at 86.

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What Funders Want: Nonprofits that Need Their Support…But Not Exclusively

PieA nonprofit that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in New York State had to learn a tough lesson about relying too heavily on contributed income. Three years after flirting with failure, the board and staff have built a sustainable organization, fueled largely by earned income from a new initiative.

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