July 10, 2014
  • Ruth McCambridge | April 4 2014

    What do donors want?

    RuthThe irony of it all. . . .

  • Rick Cohen | April 3 2014

    Six Changes for Nonprofits as Results of the Affordable Care Act

    ACAThis week, the Affordable Care Act reached its first major benchmark for full implementation. Today’s Cohen Report takes stock of what the ACA has done to reshape some of the contours and functions of nonprofits beyond those that, like clinics and hospitals, are directly involved in the delivery of healthcare services. The ACA-generated changes for nonprofits will only continue and expand.


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  • Exit Agreements for Nonprofit CEOs: A Guide for Boards and Executives

    Work party This groundbreaking article on the topic of exit agreements for nonprofit executives discusses when such agreements are appropriate and what should be considered.


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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.

What Drives High Executive Pay?

RuthWhen discussions break out about executive compensation in the nonprofit sector, it always makes me stop and sigh. I do think that some executives are paid at too high a rate, but mostly what irks me is that there is no connection between high rates of pay and performance.

Searching for Juneteenth: The State of Black Museums — Part II

AAThis is the second of a two-part series on how African-American museums in the U.S. are faring amidst the competition for foundation, charitable, and governmental resources. Part I was an overview of the issues and challenges facing black museums; this piece examines the sources of funding and the strategies that some museums are using to survive and thrive.

Ethical Dilemmas and the Really Big Bucks

RuthBig grants are definitely getting bigger, what with all the billionaires running around—and the goals for capital campaigns are getting much bigger, too.

When PR Ensures the Buck Never Stops

MCIt is very difficult to find examples of people in responsibility actually taking responsibility for the crises and failures of the organizations they lead. In the wake of the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Mary Barra’s recent announcement of the results of an internal probe of automobile recall problems at General Motors, it may be appropriate to ask where the buck stops in those large entities—and in our own.

Eight Sobering Thoughts for Social Impact Bond Supporters

8Among some promoters of social impact bonds, one might find a tendency toward irrational exuberance. They’ll slip into language that suggests the market discipline purportedly inserted into social programming by private capital is much more broadly applicable to a range of social problems than experience so far bears out. We have some enthusiasm-tempering considerations that SIB advocates and critics might reflect upon.