NPQ has always cautioned that ignoring your public policy context is akin to turning over the keys to your house and having to ask permission to sleep on the couch. And of all the aspects of your public policy context, the scaffolding of tax structures is king
Sometimes power is wielded in the most penny ante (but destructive) ways in nonprofitland. When does the wielding of positional power become an abuse and what should you do about it? The Nonprofit Ethicist is here to answer even the most mundane and sordid of questions.
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How many professional ethicists respond to questions that cite Sun Tzu and The Art of War with answers drawn from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes? NPQ’s Nonprofit Ethicist finds answers to ethical conundrums concerning ugly confrontations among staff and board members, dysfunctional executive directors, and organizations chasing money in logic, philosophy, and literature. Remember to weigh in with more.
Few things are more loathed by the public than taxes, and our cultural models encourage us to view government as something to be resisted and our tax system as a faulty or rigged vending machine. So how do we change these entrenched ways of thinking? The FrameWorks Institute has some ideas.
When it comes to taxation, our country isn’t broke, just twisted—with a system skewed to favor the super-rich. What can nonprofits do to help? The author proffers seven ways to promote tax progressivity.
Participatory Budgeting allows communities to shape their own fiscal destiny. Originating in Brazil and spreading across Latin America, it has now arrived in the United States. Where is PB headed, and what hurdles does it face?
In order to weigh in on tax reform, nonprofits must first understand how states raise their money—which, thanks to murky documentation, is no easy feat. This investigative report delves into state taxation schemes and how they affect the nonprofit sector.
Given the economic crunch, it’s no surprise that traditionally tax-exempt entities are being squeezed by local governments. When done without conversation, as in levies, this is problematic—but nonprofits would do better to come out fighting by making a strong case that the public actually want to see tax dollars devoted to their missions.
You may think that a personnel committee is a necessity for a well-functioning board, but Dr. Conflict assures you otherwise. The board governs but does not manage the organization; personnel matters are not its job.
Many groups are interested in building an online hub of shared resources that will get members “on message,” but few do what it takes to get it right. This study shows how, by joining forces, a network of organizations reframed the discussion of the “war on terror.”
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