April 25, 2015

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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”

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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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Hail to the Houndstooth: The Distinctive Charitable Fundraising Arm of the University of Alabama

HoundstoothThe unusual situation of the Crimson Tide Foundation isn’t just that it purchased the home of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and ferries him and potential ’Bama players around during recruiting trips in a foundation-owned airplane, but that the 501(c)(3) foundation doesn’t feel the need, legally or otherwise, to file a Form 990 with the IRS.

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Ellen Pao’s Gender Discrimination Suit and the Implications for Nonprofits

NewsEllen Pao lost her gender discrimination case against VC firm Kleiner Perkins, but she brought the question of gender discrimination in the Silicon Valley high-tech sector to the public’s attention—and it’s not going to go away.

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The Hunger Game: Beasty Wins Facebook’s Social Good App of the Year

NewsA social good video game app that capitalizes on convenience and fun spotlights the movement to digitize charity.

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More on the Obama Administration’s Track Record on Government Openness

TPPThe Washington Post’s Paul Farhi has a new and devastating piece about the Obama administration’s poor grades on the issue of federal government transparency and disclosure.

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A Museum’s Unpaid Pledges Raise Questions on Capital Campaign Preparedness

Royal MuseumThe Royal Ontario Museum has produced a great cautionary tale about the need for clear policies relative to pledges made during capital campaigns.

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Wikileaks and NYT Partner to Release Secret TPP Treaty Text

WikileaksWikileaks and the New York Times collaborate on an unusual project—revealing hitherto secret details of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. 

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Indiana Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Law Sanctioning LGBT Discrimination

LGBT discriminationIndiana passes a law that will allow business owners to refuse service to anyone they perceive as restricting their religious freedom—like the LGBT community.

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Indiana’s Small Businesses Are “Open for Service” in Face of New Law

NewsNPQ is always interested in the dynamics of organic responses by citizens to what strikes them as failures of governance. Here is one organized by a nonprofit among small businesses in Indiana.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization

HallwayResearch shows that an organization’s culture dramatically affects its effectiveness. Culture is pervasive, affecting all areas of the organization, including fund development.

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Public Accountability in the Balance when Gov’t Agencies Create Nonprofit Wings

CurtainA new and growing trend among public agencies is to create affiliated 501(c)(3) arms for fundraising and other purposes, but they could create issues of transparency and accountability.

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The Nonprofit Ethicist: Divided Board Loyalties and Fundraising Quandaries

EthicistFrom confusions around duty of loyalty to the advisability (or not) of regifting gifts in kind, there is no complicated situation that the Nonprofit Ethicist cannot untangle. 

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Europe Takes Up Protection of Government Whistleblowers

WhistleEuropean government officials and human rights advocates are debating what more governments can do to protect whistleblowers, and the answer is a lot.

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A “Shark Tank” Competition for Nonprofits Emerges in Boston

SharksIn Boston, venture capitalist Todd Dagres says he is organizing a Shark Tank-style competition for early-stage nonprofits and he’s inviting contestants.

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Komen’s Brinker Signs on to Brief Linking “Traditional Conservative Values” and Marriage Equality

BrinkerNancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, published an explanation of why she signed on to an amicus brief arguing in favor of marriage equality—along with around 300 other Republicans.

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Truth or Charity? The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits

Poverty There is indeed a choice between the “easy” way of fundraising that resonates to false beliefs, and the respectful and social change oriented way of fundraising.

 

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“Email’s Not as Awesome as It Used to Be”: Highlights from M+R Benchmark Study

Benchmark StudyThis year at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, M+R shared some interesting trends in metrics from their upcoming Benchmark Study. Although email list growth is still increasing, growth is much slower than in previous years.

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Fundraisers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Fundraisers often complain about board members. It’s fine to vent frustrations, but the solution to your problems will often be found in your own mirror. Simone Joyaux advises a little self-audit.

 

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