April 15, 2010; Third Sector Online | It’s not only Labour and the Tories that have nonprofit policy positions teed up for the upcoming parliamentary elections next month. The UK’s Green Party just issued its party platform, the manifesto Fair is Worth Fighting For, calling for £2.5b to be invested in what we would call community development financial institutions such as community banks and credit unions. The Greens would create a non-compulsory program for volunteering by young people. Most intriguingly, they would “strip private schools of their charitable status.” The manifesto would gradually assimilate private schools into public (as we know them) school systems, and those that refuse to migrate to the state sector would be taxed like for-profit businesses.—Rick Cohen
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Rick joined NPQ in 2006, after almost eight years as the executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Before that he played various roles as a community worker and advisor to others doing community work. He also worked in government. Cohen pursued investigative and analytical articles, advocated for increased philanthropic giving and access for disenfranchised constituencies, and promoted increased philanthropic and nonprofit accountability.