April 1, 2015

Policy/Social Context


10 Mistakes Nonprofits Make with Video

VideoDon’t mistake video as an opportunity to recap your latest marketing brochure. It’s a completely different medium.

What’s Behind the Scathing Critique of NeighborWorks America?

Storms aheadWhen a nonprofit is criticized by House Republicans as “left-wing community organizers,” our antenna goes up to sense an over-the-top attack. NeighborWorks America, the most unlikely “left-wing” group you’ll ever meet, got slapped with that epithet as part of an agenda to defund community-based housing counseling nonprofits.


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  • Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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The Story of the Soft Plea Deal Given to Nonprofit Felon William Rapfogel

SheldonSeventy-nine letters from powerful New York and national Jewish nonprofit and political leaders on behalf of the Met Council’s William Rapfogel, leader of a $9 million theft from the venerable anti-poverty agency, helped get the felon a soft plea-bargained deal.

Texas Domestic Violence Programs May Eliminate One Contracting Middleman

Domestic violenceTexas lawmakers are looking to make state funding procedures more accountable. A new bill would reverse a 2013 bill that slows the flow of money to around 100 programs across the state.

PEN Gives Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo

Je suis charlieRemember how much of what nonprofits do depends on the protection of the rights of freedom of thought and freedom of speech. PEN’s awards to Charlie Hebdo and to Tom Stoppard should be reminders.

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.

Two Pharmacist Associations Oppose Pharmacy Participation in Executions

NewsThe American Pharmacists Association has voted to oppose any participation in the death penalty. In doing so, they joined the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

Virginia Claims Sweet Briar Closing Vote was Precipitous, Unwarranted and Unlawful

Sweet BriarThe Amherst County attorney acting  for the Commonwealth of Virginia moves to block the closing of Sweet Briar College and force the removal of the president and board of directors.