May 27, 2015

White House

Bob Gates: Preserving the Boy Scouts Means Ending Prohibition against Gay Leaders

Bob Gates Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, in his role as president of the Boy Scouts of America, now says ending the organization’s national prohibition against gay leadership is the only way to save it.

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Full, Accurate & Anticipatory Disclosure Would Help Put Clinton Foundation Media Stories to Bed

Hillary-Clinton-redMany of the stories about the Clinton Foundation that have entranced critics of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign could have been nipped in the bud had the foundation anticipated the questions it probably should have.

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Co-author Retracts Study on Changing Same-Sex Marriage Opinions through Direct Contact

LGBTThe results of this intriguing and well-publicized study were thrilling but a little too cozy—and too good to be true.

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A Twitter’s-Eye View of President Obama’s Poverty Summit

BirdsTweets from President Obama’s Poverty Summit at Georgetown University last week may signal specific areas of attention for nonprofits and foundations. 

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92-Year-Old Found Dead Was “Exhausted” by Charity Requests

PoppyOlive Cooke was receiving more than 180 charitable donation requests a month. Did pressure from overzealous fundraisers lead to her doom?

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UT-Austin Admissions Scandal Shows System in Need of Fundamental Board Governance Changes

 

ut-austin-edificeWhat UT-Austin has done to frustrate the efforts of a trustee to uncover information about its admissions scandals contains lessons for nonprofits about transparency, accountability, and the roles of board members.

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Right-to-Die Nonprofit Faces Charges in Assisted Suicide of MN Woman

Right to dieWith a trial underway, Minnesota prosecutors contend that members of the right-to-die group Final Exit Network helped Doreen Dunn commit suicide through helium asphyxiation and then covered up the evidence.

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The Citizens United Campaign for the White House: Bernie Sanders vs. Everyone Else

Bernie SandersNonprofits have long had a stake in reducing the influence of big money on electoral campaigns. In the 2016 presidential election, only candidate Bernie Sanders is willing to make the Supreme Court Citizens United decision into a campaign issue.

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GoFundMe Changes Terms to Quell Crime-Related Crowdfunding

CrowdfundingCrowdfunding sites used to hold themselves at a remove from the campaigns they hosted. Now they find themselves taking greater responsibility for their users’ fundraising ends.

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Nonprofit Teases BSA with Donation to Repeal Ban on Gay Adults

 

Boy ScoutsScouts for Equality is engaging the Boy Scouts for America with an interesting challenge: We’ll give you more than $60,000; you just repeal your discriminatory policy.

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Is Wounded Warrior Project a “Neighborhood Bully” Among Veterans’ Groups?

WWApparently WWP wants to own the military term “wounded warriors,” and it appears willing to spend its donors’ and beneficiaries’ money to secure that ownership.

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Some Concerns about Obama’s New “My Brother’s Keeper” Nonprofit

ObamaGiven the serial problems uncovered with the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration may come to regret this hands-off approach to basic issues in a nonprofit associated with the most powerful political leader in the world.

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Federal Jury Decides the Culpability of the Last of the SEEDCO Defendants

NewsThe long-running federal case about SEEDCO’s falsification of job placements during its implementation of New York City government contracts has come to an end with a relatively minor judgment against the last of the SEEDCO defendants. What does the SEEDCO imbroglio teach the nonprofit sector about ethics and accountability?

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Memory and Silence: Carrying Vietnam Era Antiwar Lessons Forward

AntiwarFor those who did not live through the protests of the Vietnam War era, here are some reflections and lessons from that historic movement as expressed by some of its leaders.

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Obama’s TPP Testiness Emerges at Organizing for Action Summit

TPPThe struggle within the Democratic Party over President Obama’s plans for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track trade authority has nonprofit dimensions, exemplified by President Obama’s comments about TPP opponents at the summit of the Organizing for Action network.

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Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither is Giving: Part 2

GivingThis is the second in a multi-part column by Simone Joyaux about linking autobiography to notions of philanthropy. Make sure you read the first part first.

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Student Thank-a-thon Connects Donors to Recipients of their Generosity

Thank youPutting the final recipients of generosity in touch with donors—that is the heart of this thank-a-thon at the University of Minnesota.

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Religious Freedom as a Legal Defense for Feeding People in Texas

Feeding homelessJoan Cheever was ticketed by police in San Antonio, Texas, for feeding the homeless. Cheever is indignant and tough, and this will not be your typical food fight.

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Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither Is Giving: Part 1

 

GrafittiAs Dale Carnegie said, “You’ll have more fun and success when you stop trying to get what you want and start helping other people get what they want.”

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In 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, Online and Monthly Giving Are Up

Fundraising StudyThis year’s M+R Benchmark Study surveyed 84 nonprofit organizations on their fundraising metrics through social media, email marketing, and online revenue.

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Alabama’s Justice Moore Wins MLK-Themed Award for Work against Gay Marriage

MooreIt’s troubling to find a group of African-American pastors giving Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore an award for his strident opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage.

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Disability Protesters Arrested at White House to Mark 25 Years of the ADA

 

White House Disability RightsDirect action this week at the White House has made a point with the executive branch and the public that persons with disabilities have civil rights to be protected and advanced—particularly in light of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Court of Appeals to Directors of Nonprofits: “Nonprofit” Does Not Mean “No Risk for You”

Risk

 

The business judgment rule offers directors some protection, but it is not an all-purpose shield against claims based on dereliction of duty, let alone disloyalty or self-dealing.

 

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House and Senate Conferring to Come Up with One Really Problematic Federal Budget

Federal budgetBob Greenstein from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has produced a brief but pointed review of what’s wrong with the House and Senate budgets that conferees are now discussing on Capitol Hill.

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Study: Men Engage in “Competitive Helping Displays” When Donating in Response to Attractive Women

AttractionThe next time you hear someone waxing on about how the “new donor” is so darn rational, think about this study.

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New Podcast on Adnan Syed Rises from Crowdfunding Campaign

 

PodcastAfter Serial, a new podcast is searching for the truth and advocating for Adnan Syed’s innocence in the now-famous Hae Min Lee murder case.

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White House and Nonprofits Come Out in Support of Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Minors

 

News40Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn tragically left us too soon, but her death has led to a massive victory for LGBTQ rights.

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Occupy’s “Illuminators” Replace Removed Snowden Statue with Hologram

SnowdenThough living in Russia, Edward Snowden appears to be haunting a park in Brooklyn with the help of local artists trying to spark civic dialogue.

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In Wake of Loss of Corporate Members, ALEC Lashes Out at Nonprofit Opponents

No EmissionsALEC has threatened legal action against Common Cause and the League of Conservation Voters if they continue making false statements.

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Pizza Parlor Closes due to RFRA Protests but Rallies via Crowdfunding

NewsIn the face of the demand for changes to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a pizzeria has become the poster child for the opposite point of view.

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