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Social Entrepreneurship: "Entrepreneurs Don't Do MBAs" - The director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship believes that although MBAs are an important part of efforts to scale businesses, entrepreneurs do not spend the time or resources necessary to obtain the degree themselves.
Six Changes for Nonprofits as Results of the Affordable Care Act - The Affordable Care Act has changed the operating environment for nonprofit hospitals and clinics, but its implementation will also change the way nonprofit organizations outside of the medical sphere operate. (04.03.2014)
UK Healthcare Social Enterprises Saw Massive 121% Growth in 2013 - While social enterprises in the SE100 index grew by 42% last year, those addressing healthcare issues saw substantially more growth. It is expected that this market will continue to expand as the elderly population increases. (04.02.2014)
Will Social Investment Tax Relief Inspire an L3C Turnaround? - The Social Invesment Tax Relief Act in the UK could clear a path for legal change in the US and thereby facilitate the reinvigoration of the L3C business form. (04.01.2014)
Soliciting Charitable Dollars in NV? New Law Requires State Registration for Most Organizations - Effective January 1, 2014, nonprofit corporations soliciting funds in Nevada are subject to higher disclosure requirements. (03.31.2014)
Disappointing News for VC and Entrepreneurs Re: the Startup Visa - While the proposed "startup visa" appeared to be making progress in both the House and Senate late last year, bills addressing the issue appear to have stalled. (03.27.2014)
California Law Would Redefine Activist Nonprofit Staff as Lobbyists - David Chiu, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, has sponsored legislation to subject nonprofit staff to the same filing, reporting, and training requirements that private sector lobbyists are obligated to meet. (03.26.2014)
New Delaware Statute Aims to Help Corporations Correct Old Mistakes - Starting April 1, corporations organized in Delaware will have a statutory protocol to retroactively remedy "defective corporate acts." (03.25.2014)
It's Time for New Hampshire to Encourage Benefit Corporations - The benefit corporation is gaining ground, with more states passing legislation to enable them regularly. Molly Kelly, representative for NH District 10 thinks that New Hampshire should be next. (03.24.2014)
Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations - Law firm Ropes & Gray provides a brief analysis of developments from the past year and a look at what the future holds for US tax-exempt entities. (03.20.2014)
Draft Tax Reform Act of 2014 Proposes Profound Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations - Dave Camp's draft tax reform legislation is the result of three years of work, dozens of hearings, and 11 Tax Reform Working Groups. (03.19.2014)
CA Republican Senators Block Campaign Disclosure Bill - This bill would have required politically active nonprofit organizations to disclose certain information about their contributors. (03.18.2014)
Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not a Charitable Institution - Failure on the part of the Acton Institution to participate as "part of the educational system that's provided by the state and supported by public funds" might have caused the problem. (03.17.2014)
Legislator Proposes to Eliminate Flexibility in Name and Purpose - A California legislator has proposed legislation that would re-label flexible-purpose corporations. (03.13.2014)
Maine Panel OKs Bill to Let Businesses Hold Fundraisers - A local restaurant was recently ordered to stop holding fundraisers for charity. (03.12.2014)
Bill to Give Ethics Agency More Audit Power Clears CA Legislature - This bill will give auditors more control over political nonprofits. The bill was inspired by an illicit contribution in 2012. (03.11.2014)
State and Local Governments Still Looking to Nonprofits for Tax Revenues - The Mayor of Pittsburgh wants nonprofits with annual revenues over $1 million to pay a payroll-preparation tax. (03.10.2014)
Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia - The Bill passed the GA Senate by a wide margin, with 43 votes in favor and only 8 against. (03.06.2014)
The Camp US Tax Reform Proposal: What's Inside? - A previous news article mentioned that the proposed tax legislation could eliminate tax deductions for donations less than 2% of an individual's salary. This article explores the other provisions of the proposal. (03.05.2014)
Obama 2015 Budget Would Cap Chritable Deduction at 28% for Top Income Earners - Taxpayers in the top 3% may have a substantially lower cap on the percentage of their income that they can donate and deduct on income taxes. (03.04.2014)
IRS Hit from All Political Stripes on Nonprofit Rules - Participants on both sides of the aisle would like the IRS to pare down new rules pertaining to 501(c)(4) organizations. (03.03.2014)
House Tax Plan Would Limit Charitable Deduction - Proposed plan would make donations under 2% of donor's income non-deductible. (02.27.2014)
Adjustments Needed in Some Partnership Terms - The IRS issued new regulations pertaining to partnerships in January, 2014. (02.26.2014)
Missouri Senate Endorses Looser Food Prep Requirements for Nonprofits - Previous legal limitations prevented nonprofits from serving food prepared in private kitchens at public events. (02.25.2014)
SBA Loan Fee Reductions Help Small Business Owners Nationwide - The SBA has taken steps to ensure that small business owners still have access to capital in the current economic environment. (02.24.2014)
Florida's New LLC Act from the Lender's Perspective - The Revised Limited Liability Company Act passed last year in Florida was a comprehensive rewrite. (02.20.2014)
Sharing Data for All the World to See Helps Charities Do Better Work - Making data freely available facilitates collaborative efforts and can lead to greater success. (02.19.2014)
How Your Small Business Can Spread the Love to Your Community - In the wake of Valentine's Day, a few ways for your team to spread the holiday cheer to the community and increase your social presence. (02.18.2014)
The Case for Including Benefit Corporations in Next Generation Innovation Conversations - Changes in traditional business operations need to be accepted in order to build the economy of the future. (02.13.2014)
Were New Proposed IRS Nonprofit Regulations Prepared in Secret? - Proposed changes to regulations pertaining to 501(c)4 organizations were allegedly drafted in 2013. (02.12.2014)
How-to Guide: Funding Your Social Enterprise With and Without Money - Jonathan May addresses common misconceptions about the funds needed to start a social enterprise. (02.11.2014)
Crowdfunding's Effect on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern - If people are giving to social enterprises, are they still going to give to traditional nonprofits? (02.10.2014)
Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round - Seed investors and venture capitalists have drastically different reasons to invest in startups. (02.06.2014)
Nonprofits and Those Who Support Them Should Talk Openly About Finances - Financial health is frequently overlooked in discussions between funders and nonprofit leaders. (02.05.2014)
Minnesota Benefit Corporation Structure Fits Between For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations - Proposed legislation could bring the Benefit Corporation to Minnesota. (02.04.2014)
New Map for Finding Do-Gooding Businesses Across the US - This Good World is a large, interactive map designed to support social businesses. (02.03.2014)
New California Employment Laws for 2014 - The increased minimum wage isn't the only change that businesses operating in California need to be aware of in 2014. (01.30.2014)
Pay-for-Success Projects Spread to More States - These programs are under way in a few select locations, but the idea is gaining traction. More than twelve states are considering public-private partnerships of this nature. (01.29.2014)
Doing Business with the Government: Administrative Challenges Faced by Nonprofits - Cost Accounting Standards are only the beginning. From timekeeping requirements to subrecipient monitoring, there are many challenges nonprofits face when they do business with the government. (01.28.2014)
Office of Advocacy Comment to the SEC Re: Crowdfunding - The Office of Advocacy explains its concerns regarding the proposed crowdfunding regulations based on input from small business representatives. (01.27.2014)
Time to Send Out 1099s: What to Know - As tax time approaches, small businesses need to be sure to provide the appropriate forms to those people and organizations they do business with. (01.23.2014)
California Issues Guidance on Nonprofit Property Owners Hosting Solar - Solar arrays could impact more than power bills for California nonprofits. They might alter tax-exempt status as well. (01.22.2014)
New Charity Watchdog Appointed for NY State - James Sheehan will be New York's new Charities Bureau chief. (01.21.2014)
For Community-based Nonprofits: Local Government Politics is a Must Do - Business and politics necessarily go hand-in-hand. Nonprofits must be even more connected with the political process than traditional for-profit organizations. (01.16.2014)
What's In the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Nonprofits? - Likely to go up for a vote today, the new omnibus appropriations bill contains higher spending levels than the original House-proposed bill. (01.15.2014)
Social Entrepreneurs Lobby Lawmakers for New Business Structure - A bill to create benefit corporations in Connecticut made it through the House last year but failed in the Senate. Social entrepreneurship activists are working to pass the legislation on a second attempt. (01.14.2014)
North Carolina Officially Abolishes the L3C - North Carolina ceased to recognize the L3C legal structure on January 1, 2014. (01.13.2014)
Governor Cuomo Signs New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 - In mid-december of 2013, Governor Cuomo signed the Non-Profit Revitalization Act. The new law contains provisions on audit filing, oversight procedures, corporate transactions and other issues. (01.09.2014)
IRS Announces Streamlined Process for Retroactive Reinstatement of Exemption - The IRS has made it easier for small organizations to have tax-exempt status reinstated retroactively, saving those organizations that qualify a significant amount of money. (01.08.2014)
Want to Get Sued? Fire Someone and Say "You Aren't the Right Fit" - Explaining why you're teminating an employee is difficult. Explaining the wrong way can get you sued. (01.07.2014)
Sales Tax Expansion to Impact Donations to Some Nonprofits - New state-level sales tax laws in North Carolina could reduce the revenues of certain nonprofit organizations and increase book-keeping requirements. (01.06.2014)
Nearing a Budget Deal, Congress Remembers the Appropriations Process - As nonprofit lobbyists know, once a budget deal goes through, the battle for sub-sets of designated funds will begin. (12.19.2013)
New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013: What You Need to Know - Brooke Pollak, Associate at Day Pitney LLP, itemizes the impacts of the legislation. (12.17.2013)
DC's Oldest Nonprofits Must Go On Record Or Face Dissolution - DC Nonprofits incorporated in 1962 or earlier are "Old Act Corporations." This status came with reduced reporting requirements, but that is about to change. (12.16.2013)
Why Businesses Fail: A Data Expert Explains it All - Thomas Thurston is applying big data in an attempt to figure out why some businesses fail and some are successful. (12.12.2013)
Taking Action: WEF Launches 'Learning Exchange' on Impact Investing - The World Economic Forum's collaborative effort with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative has launched. This is an attempt to facilitate cross-sector collaboration. (12.11.2013)
Social Entrepreneurship Tips from Annie's, Patagonia, and Fund Good Jobs - A few of the better-known social enterprises provide brief advice about the elements of their operations they think led to their success. (12.10.2013)
Nonprofit CEO Explains Entrepreneurship Through Punk Music - Ned Breslin discusses the similarities between individuals attracted to entrepreneurship and those who participated in the punk scene. (12.10.2013)
Peoria's First Benefit Corporation Shuts Down - The first benefit corporation started in Illinois will soon be closing its doors. (12.09.2013)
"Locavesting" Meets Crowdfunding Meets Social Entrepreneurship - Seattle-based Community Sourced Capital's crowdfunding platform also allows people to make loans to local organizations. (12.02.2013)
Treasury Releases Proposed Guidance on 501(c)(4) Political Activities - Yesterday, the Treasury released proposed guidance regarding the requirements as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. (11.27.2013)
Crowdfunding: The Real Thing is Almost Here - Although the operations of crowdsourcing sites that do not provide equity stake in companies will remain the same, the proposed rule set that came out of the SEC recently could be a game-changer for equity-based crowdfunding. (11.26.2013)
State Rep Introduces House Bill 66 to Establish New Corporations With a Mission - Kentucky might become the 20th state to permit the formation of benefit corporations. (11.25.2013)
SEC Mulls Including Advisors as 'Accredited' Investors - Traditionally, only a limited group of individuals were permitted to invest in new securities. The SEC is considering increasing the breadth of the 'accredited investor' definition to include those with professional certifications. (11.21.2013)
Senator Offers Overhaul of Corporate Tax Code - In an attempt to encourage domestic corporations operating internationally to bring profits back into the United States, Senator Max Baucus has proposed new corporate income tax legislation. (11.20.2013)
Camp Tax Reform Draft Could Drop by January - A much-anticipated tax reform bill from the House Ways and Means Committee could arrive as soon as December or January. (11.19.2013)
Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter - After a rejection from Kickstarter, two entrepreneurs built an open-sourced web-site to raise funds and to enable other entrepreneurs to do the same without the limitations that established crowdfunding sites impose. (11.14.2013)
US Bill Introduced to Simplify Mobile Workers' Taxation - The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act could make tax fillings much easier for those individuals and organizations that do business in multiple states. (11.13.2013)
North Carolina Becomes the First State to Drop L3Cs - North Caolina might have been the first state to permit the formation of L3Cs, but recently they also became the first state to eliminate this organizational form. (11.12.2013)
Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast - It's easy to get caught up in building a product, but more entrepreneurs need to account for longer term sales and marketing expenses when raisins initial funds. (11.08.2013)
Empowering Women Social Entrepreneurs in India - A new program in India seeks out female social entrepreneurs in order to provide training. (11.06.2013)
For Social Entrepreneurs, What Comes First: Business or Mission? - Social enterprises voluntarily confront some of the most difficult and widespread social problems in addition to the challenges that traditional startups face. How do they balance their time and efforts between making money and solving their chosen problem? (11.05.2013)
Missouri, Kansas Should Change Law to Allow Benefit Corporations - With the advent of social enterprise business models, twenty different states are allowing entrepreneurs to record a social mission in their organizational documents. These new business formats are spreading quickly, and some say that Missouri and Kansas should permit them as well.
Ore. Charity’s Spinoff Firm Shows Growth of ‘Hybrid’ Model - The recent creation of a for profit organization by a nonprofit in Oregon is yet another indication that the hybrid organizational model is taking hold in the nonprofit sector. (10.30.2013)
SEC Releases "Crowdfunding" Rule - New legislation could permit entrepreneurs and start-ups to seek equity investment from individuals over the internet. (10.29.2013)
What to Know About Changes to Home-Office Deduction - As more and more small businesses are operated out of residential space, information on the management of tax deductions and the distribution of costs between personal and business accounts is becoming more and more important. (10.24.2013)
Business Lessons from Sriracha Entrepreneur David Tran - Tran started a business to solve a problem, not to make money. (10.23.2013)
Death, Monks, and Social Enterprise - Funeral Home operators lose their case. An attempt to prevent monks from manufacturing and selling coffins has failed. (10.22.2013)
How to Use IRIS; A Simple Guide - IRIS is a free, online tool that helps impact organizations quantify their performance. (10.16.2013)
Why Too Many Entrepreneurs Don't know How to Raise Capital - If you want to scale, bring on new hires, or move your business in a new direction, you may need credit financing to do so. (10.10.2013)
Top Campus-Based Resources for Aspiring College Entrepreneurs - University campuses provide an extraordinary atmosphere for young entrepreneurs. If you can balance business and academic necessities, there are a tremendous number of resources available to help you succeed in both realms. (10.08.2013)
Want Social Change? Make Politics Part of the Equation - Social entrepreneurs should consider political involvement as a viable way to bring about social change. (10.03.2013)
Skoll Foundation & HuffPost Launch First Crowdfunding Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs - A new entrepreneurship challenge has the potential to distribute up to $1 million in funding from the Skoll Foundation. (10.02.2013)
Interview With Bill Drayton, Pioneer of Social Entrepreneurship - Forbes Asia managed to get Bill Drayton on the phone. The ensuing interview was encouraging, to say the least. (10.01.2013)
New Crowdfunding Platform Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production Sources - If you're hesitant to invest in cool gadget pitches on crowdfunding platforms, your instincts are valid. (09.26.2013)
Forbes' "30 Under 30" Social Entrepreneur Democratising Access to Education - Beth Schmidt founded Wishbone, an online platform designed to link at-risk youths with donors to help fund college or reach other educational goals that would otherwise be unattainable due to financial barriers. (09.25.2013)
Open Thread: Working With Big Corporations - In an attempt to build the impact of a small business, it is likely that entrepreneurs will consider partnerships with large corporations. (09.24.2013)
US Startups Freed to Solicit Funds Fight SEC Over Disclosures - Small businesses think that potential SEC disclosure requirements will negate benefits created by JOBS Act (09.23.2013)
Social Entrepreneurs Dare to Change the World - Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll World Forum, published this piece, the first in a series, to address social entrepreneurship, its place in the world, and the challenges that face those brave individuals who head down this path. Check back in the weeks to come to find further installments. (09.19.2013)
Social Entrepreneurship Can Reduce Welfare Costs in ME - In a candid chat with Gulf Business, Hult Prize CEO Ahmad Ashkar discusses why he thinks the time is ripe for social entrepreneurship in the Middle East. (09.18.2013)
Why Milton Friedman Could Love Social Entrepreneurship - Friedman was the ultimate capitalist, but he would have delighted in the idea that the business of a business can be a social good. (09.17.2013)
Social Business Summit 2013: All Roads Lead to Bulacan - The Enchanted Farm stands as an example of what can be achieved when the government, private sector and the voluntary sector come together with a united vision. (09.16.2013)
5 Ways to Avoid Failure, From Social Enterprises That Didn't - Organizations share the lessons they learned from failed endeavors. (09.13.2013)
How to Transition into Social Enterprise - Tips on the approach to a career transition and commentary on common pitfalls along the way. (09.12.2013)
7 Simple Tips for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs who Want to Change the World - Adam Lowy describes his approach to starting a social enterprise. (09.10.2013)
Rockefeller Philanthropists Seek Impact - Projection puts impact investment at $400 billion by 2020. (09.09.2013)
Help for Social Startups - Social entrepreneurs are turning to local incubators for funding and support and in DC, there are two groups that are helping local startups. (09.05.2013)
Bethlehem, Allentown Part of National Trend Seeking Payments from Nonprofits - The national trend of local governments requesting payments from local nonprofits continues, particularly in Pennsylvania. (09.04.2013)
Social Media Policies: The Case of the Turtle Creek Chorale - Should your nonprofit organization have a social media policy? What should be included? One organization is experiencing backlask to its policies. (08.19.2013)
‘Hybrid’ Organizations a Difficult Bet for Entrepreneurs - Why would anyone want to form an organization that is very difficult to finance? Two scholars are exploring this question as 'hyrid' organizations are becoming more popular. (08.12.2013)
Philanthropic Facilitation Act H.B. 2832 - Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced legislation to jump-start economic development in rural and urban areas. The Philanthropic Facilitation Act would make it easier for foundations and other philanthropic organizations to contribute financially to job creators across the country. (08.01.2013)
With Skoll Foundation Support, Citi Provides Financing for Innovative Social Enterprise KickStart International - Citi Microfinance and Citi Commercial Bank today announced US$2,000,000 in financing to support KickStart International, a non-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures, and sells high quality, low-cost irrigation pumps for use by smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa. (07.30.2013)
Peter Buffet on the "Charitable - Industrial Complex" - In an op-ed yesterday, Peter Buffett describes his personal history with philanthropy and his thoughts on how the sector could promote real solutions. (07.29.2013)
Delaware Creates Benefit Corporations; Governor Signs Legislation - Delaware Governor Markell signed the benefit corporation legislation today to create socially-conscious corporations. (07.17.2013)
Unpaid Interns May Be Too Expensive - Given recent class-action lawsuits against for-profit companies, there is much confusion about the legality of working with unpaind interns. (07.08.2013)
PepsiCo Will Support 200,000 Arab Social Innovators - PepsiCo has announced that it has allocated over $2 million to assist 200,000 social entrepreneurs in four major Arab countries. (07.08.2013)
Delaware's Governor Expected to Sign Benefit Corp Legislation in July - Delaware Governor Jack Markell is expected to sign the Public Benefit Corporation bill into law on July 17, 2013. (07.03.2013)
Opinion: Make the IRS Heed the Law on Tax-Exempt Organizations - IRS regulation allows 501(c)(4)s to spend money, not exclusively, but primarily on social welfare activities. (07.01.2013)
Research Finds Rising Number of 'Hybrid Organizations' Across Sectors - A recent publication from Associate Professor of Business Administration Julie Battilana of the Harvard Business School documents the rise of hybrid organizational structures that blend the boundaries of traditional non-profit and for-profits. (07.01.2013)
Nexus: Helping Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors Change the World - High net-worth inheritors are looking to make a difference in the world through partnerships with wealth management organizations such as Nexus. (06.26.2013)
IRS Controversy Could Cause Tax-Exempt Processing Slowdown - Social sector organizations should be aware that there will be ongoing delays for work handled by the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. (06.26.2013)
Online Donations to Nonprofits Increased 14 Percent in 2012, New Study Says - Online donations were up 14% last year, raising the donation total to $2.1 billion. (06.25.2013)
New York State Updates Oversight of Nonprofits - New York State recently enacted The Nonprofit Revitalization Act which reforms the state's laws governing nonprofit organizations. (06.25.2013)
IRS Offers Fast-Track for Advocacy Groups Awaiting Tax Exemptions - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a report yesterday annoucing a stremlined process for organizations applying for social-welfare group status. (06.25.2013)
1959 IRS Rule is at the Center of Tea Party Scandal - A 1959 rule that allows tax-exempt groups to get involved in politics has been criticized for opening a loophole that has been used by various organizations to enter the world of public policy and politics. (06.24.2013)
Impact Investing Happens in NYC: Investor's Circle Launches New Local Network - Investors' Circle of NYC is launching a local impact investing network. (06.21.2013)
Tax Reform Options for Tax-Exempt Organizations - Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP attorneys review the June 13, 2013 U.S. Senate Committee on Finance paper describing tax reform options for tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving currently under consideration. (06.20.2013)
Socially Responsible Investing Moving from Upstream to Mainstream - A survey of 1,300 green businesses will be showcased this week at the annual Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability conference in Boulder, CO. (06.20.2013)
Hedge Fund Managers Don Hairshirts and 'Impact Investing' at Monaco Meet - In the wake of the Bangladesh factory tragedy, managers at a recent meet in in Monaco discussed opportunities in impact investing to take a more socially conscious role in investing while making a return at the same time. (06.19.2013)
B-cause They Can: Benefit Company Law Finally Gets Kitzhaber's OK - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed the state's benefit corporation bill into law about two weeks after the Oregon Senate approved the mesaure by a 22-8 vote. (06.19.2013)
Smart Money has Global Impact; Tune In To Learn How - Philanthropist, entrepreneur, and investor James Lee Sorenson speaks with Devin Thorpe on his work with Mission Markets. (06.18.2013)
Open Society Announces Fund to Support New Nonprofit Leaders - Open Society Foundations has created a $2-million fund to assist new nonprofit leaders. (06.18.2013)
Corporate Governance: A Primer on Board Member Evaluation - Bloomberg Law has put together a great resource about evaluating board members of corporations. (06.18.2013)
'America's Worst Charities' List Criticized By The Association Of Fundraising Professionals - The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) released a report published by CNN ranking charities titled "The 50 Worst Charities in America." (06.18.2013)
Senate Finance Committee Releases White Paper on Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving - The Senate Finance Committee released a cooperative, bipartisan 19-page report detailing options to change regulation of tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving. (06.18.2013)
"Self-declared" Exempt Organizations: Change Is In The Air - The IRS recently announced it is undertaking a voluntary compliance check with 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), and other organizations that were able to "self-declare" tax-exempt status. (06.17.2013)
Goldman Sachs to Finance Early Education Program - Goldman Sachs and Chicago investor J.B. Pritzker are investing up to $4.6 and $2.4 million, respectively, in a social impact bond in Salt Lake City. (06.14.2013)
Lawyer Touts Social-Conscience Investing - Bruce Campbell, corporate lawyer and head of Boulder-based Campbell Law Group PC, is a champion of impact investing. (06.13.2013)
Oregon Becomes the Second State to Authorize Benefit LLCs - Multiple states currently offer benefit corporations, but the only other state to offer the benefit LLC legal structure option is Maryland. (06.13.2013)
Shareholder Value: Investors Must Learn to Respect Long-Term Thinking - Impact investing and methods used to measure it may be the model for the corporate sector in comparing social, environmental, and financial returns. (06.12.2013)
Small Business Administration Announces $50 million in Early Stage Fund - At a G8 session on impact investing, it was announced that an Impact Investment Fund will receive up to $150 million, a $70 million increase. (06.11.2013)
Can Investors Make Money in Social Services? - A competition initiated by Harvard University and the Rockefeller Foundation has selected six states to develop social impact bonds and will be providing them with technical assistance. (06.11.2013)
The Benefit Corporation: Does it Benefit For-Profit Entrepreneurs? - The benefit corporation legal structure is B Lab's answer to the question of how a social entrepreneur can incorporate a for-profit business that has a social or public benefit mission. (06.10.2013)
Five Takeaways: The G8 and Social Impact Investing - Five takeaways from the dedicated G8 June 6 meting on impact investing. (06.10.2013)
Social Stock Exchange Launches - David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, launched the Social Stock Exchange with hopes to place London at the center of the multi-billion dollar global social impact market. (06.07.2013)
Can Social Entrepreneurs Be the Cure For Sequestration? - With government cuts in programs to under-served populations, social entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge to better serve their communities. (06.07.2013)
Nevada Joining Benefit Corporations Wave - The legislation permits a benefit corporation structure for companies to focus on environmental and social performance in addition to profits. (06.06.2013)
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Recognizes Four Lex Mundi Member Firms for Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions in 2013 - The Fourth Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards honored four law firm recipients for their hard work and dedication in providing pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs. (06.06.2013)
G8 Leaders Embrace Impact Investing With New Funds - U.S. and U.K. governments are expanding their support for socially conscious entrepreneurs, according to announcements made at the G8 Social Impact Investing Conference in London. (06.06.2013)
Closing in on the Crux of Impact Investing - Authors Thornley and Clark of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke are collaborating on The Impact Investor, a project looking at the now over 300 impact investing funds from the last decade and mining the outcomes to determine best practices. (06.05.2013)
We Must Get Investors Onto the Ladder of Social Finance - Rodney Schwartz is the chief executive of ClearlySo, which helps social entrepreneurs to raise capital, and a self described "ladderist". (06.05.2013)
Q&A With Arun Gore Of Gray Ghost Ventures: 'Social Impact Needs Scale' - Arun Gore of Gray Ghost Ventures gives an interview with Esha Chhabra about the global impact investing scene. (06.05.2013)
Cozy Corporate Directors Raise Their Pay to $1,000 an Hour - Pay, tenure, and age are all trending upward in the boardroom as directors average salary now tops in at over $1,000 an hour. (05.31.2013)
Impact Investing: Raising the Profile and Opportunity in Africa - Given the high unemployment rates, one viewpoint suggests that all investment in Africa is impact investment, while others see a more narrow interpretation. (05.31.2013)
Are Social Impact Bonds The Future Of International Development? - Social Impact Bonds, or SIBs, have drawn increased interest from governments and nonprofits as a valuable tool in the realm of international development. (05.30.2013)
Putting the "Venture" Back into Venture Philanthropy - Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford, highlights the important differences between venture capital and venture philanthropy. (05.29.2013)
15 Young Go-getters You'll Want to Meet - In this update to PBS NewsHour's Agents for Change series, we meet 15 young entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who are making an impact in the world through innovative business models. (05.29.2013)
Michigan Organization Makes History As First 'Do-It-Yourself' Benefit Corporation - A Michigan based health start up has incorporated using benefit corporation language under existing corporate law of Michigan. (05.28.2013)
Program-Related Investments Lost Steam in the Bad Economy - Despite a steady stream of press around program-related investments (PRIs), there has been a decline in the past ten years on the actual number of PRIs made and the size of the investments. (05.23.2013)
Pierre Omidyar, Steve Case And Mike Milken On The Business Case For Impact Investing - Advancing the conversation for impact investing, Forbes convened Steve Case, Pierre Omidyar, and Mike Milken, to discuss the potential for impact investing. (05.23.2013)
Young Chilean Social Entrepreneur Targets Poverty Across Oceans - An interesting story of social entrepreneurship across national and continental boundaries, a Chilean business student launched an enterprise in Kenya. (05.23.2013)
How Carol Peppe Hewitt & Slow Money NC Are Raising Funds for Farmers Via Loans - A creative platform for raising capital, specifically targeted at the local ag and artisan works industries, has taken off in North Carolina. (05.22.2013)
Will Women Billionaires Make Better Philanthropists? - The first self made female billionaire to sign on to The Giving Pledge, Sarah Blakely, is raising the question posed in the title of this piece. (05.22.2013)
Change.org Receives Omidyar Venture Capital Funding - Online petition platform Change.org has received $15 million in venture capital investment from Omidyar Network. (05.21.2013)
SEC’s White Picks Two Top Lieutenants - Ms. Mary Jo White filled two senior ranks at the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday with appointments. (05.16.2013)
Call It What You Like - New Investing Approach Gains Followers - Sustainable investing does not necessarily mean additional risk or limited returns. (05.16.2013)
New York State Attorney General Proposes to Reform Charity Laws - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and several key legislative committee chair men have proposed changes to New York state laws governing the non profit sector. (05.15.2013)
Reinventing The Corporation - The article highlights the attraction that top young talent has towards corporations with a strong social responsibility element. (05.15.2013)
Colorado Benefit Corporations Bill Passes Legislature - The Colorado Legislature recently passed the bill establishing benefit corporations and now awaits signautre from Colorado's Governor. (05.13.2013)
IRS Apologizes for Scrutiny of Certain Applications for Tax-Exempt Status - At the ABA Section of Taxation Spring Meeting on May 10th, Lois Lerner replied to a question with an apology regarding whether certain organizations were flagged for additional review based keys words in the organizations' names. (05.13.2013)
Africa Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Announced at World Economic Forum - In Cape Town, South Africa, at the World Economic Forum on Africa, five social entrepreneurs received “Africa Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” awards. (05.10.2013)
How the California 25102(f) Exemption Can Help you Sell Securities - In this post, Cutting Edge Capital walks us through California’s Section 25102(f) of the Securities Code which allows private securities offerings to “friends and family” with limited regulation. (05.09.2013)
Interview with R. Todd Johnson on California Flex Purpose Corps - In an interesting interview with innov8social.com, R. Todd Johnson discusses the Flexible Purpose Corporation legislation, which he co-authored, and was adopted in California. (05.09.2013)
Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations - Proskauer's Jamie Bowles shares details about recently released information from the IRS regarding when organizations may solicit funds online. (05.09.2013)
Patagonia Commits ‘$20 Million & Change’ in Venture Funding - Patagonia yesterday launched an internal fund to invest in environmentally responsible startups focused on clothing, food, water, energy and waste. (05.08.2013)
‘Crowdfunding’ Site Uses Donations to Lend a Helping Hand - Benevolent, a nonprofit “crowdfunding” platform established to help people overcome one-time economic obstacles, is expanding from its Chicago base to four other U.S. regions. (05.08.2013)
House Committee Lays Out Options for Altering Charitable Deduction - The House Ways and Means Committee released a 558-page report on tax code reform. (05.07.2013)
Have Corporations Found a Friend in the Supreme Court? - The most pro-business Supreme Court since WWII recently threw out a class action suit against Comcast. (05.06.2013)
In Venture Capital Deals, Not Every Founder Will Be a Zuckerberg - Thinking of seeking or accepting venture capital for your Social Enterprise? As the New York Times and Inc.com have both reported, fraud monitoring software firm Bloodhound Technologies was recently sold for $82.5 million dollars. (05.03.2013)
Announcing the 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship Finalists - Echoing Green has released the list of finalists for the Echoing Green and Black Male Achievement Fellowships of 2013. (05.03.2013)
New Scholarship: The Impact of the Benefit Corporation Legislation - From the Hastings Law Journal, we see the impact of Benefit Corporations Legislation explored by J.D. candidate Ian Kanig in a 41 page note titled, "Sustainable Capitalism through the Benefit Corporation: Enforcing the Procedural Duty of Consideration to Protect non-Shareholder interests". (05.02.2013)
Interview: Pro Bono Still a 'New Concept' in Spain - Read about Fundacion Fernando Pombo founder Carmen Pombo as she discusses the development of her foundation and the concept of pro bono, only two years old in Spain and is directed only towards work with NGOs.
A New Primer on Legal Structures for Socent - Non Profit Law Blog brings us a primer on 3 principal structures for non profits creating a social enterprise. (05.01.2013)
World’s First Stock Exchange for Social Enterprises - TrustLaw Connect discusses the worlds first stock exchange for social and environmental businesses: iX. (05.01.2013)
Schwab Foundation Releases Report on Scaling Social Innovation - The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has released its’ “Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation”. (04.29.2013)
White House Budget Drives Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds Forward - The White House has included in its’ most recent budget proposal $500 million earmarked for “pay for success” programs, including a $300 million fund to incentivize state and local governments to develop Social Impact Bonds. (04.24.2013)
Oregon Considering Adoption of Benefit Corporation Structure - The Oregon House is planning to consider a bill that would create benefit corporations in the state. (04.16.2013)
Skoll World Forum Kicked Off Today - The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship launched today and is available via live feed. (04.10.2013)
Impersonation of Charitable Organizations Listed as a Top 2013 Tax Scam - The IRS included impersonation of charitable organizations in its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2013. (04.01.2013)
Dan Pallotta Ted Talk on Charity Surpasses 1 Million Views - In the talk, Mr. Pallotta calls into question whether the nonprofit sector has a role to play in changing the world given the massive scale of social problems. (03.27.2013)
Many Charities Still Plagued by Financial Challenges - The 2013 Nonprofit Finance Fund's annual survey of close to 6,000 organizations indicates that many nonprofits continue to experience economic challenges. (03.25.2013)
Proposed Amendments to Delaware Corporation Law: Public Benefit Corporations - Proposed amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, including a public benefit corporation, have been submitted to the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. (03.21.2013)
Opinion Piece Calls into Question Toms Shoes Model - A New York Times opinion piece by the head of a social enterprise calls into question the model of buy one, give one. (03.20.2013)
Small Grant Makers Lead Gains in Foundation Giving, Says Study - Preliminary findings indicate that giving from small foundations (assets under $50 million) increased by 9% last year. (03.19.2013)
House Bill Would Improve Tax Benefit for Volunteers’ Mileage - A bill, the Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act, was introduced on Friday and provides for the same tax benefits for volunteers of tax-exempt organizations who drive as individuals who drive for their for-profit jobs. (03.18.2013)
Patent Law Changes Become Effective Tomorrow - Section 3 of the America Invents Act goes into effect which will usher in the first-inventor-to-file system. (03.15.2013)
Camp Small-Business Discussion Draft Proposes Reforms to Passthrough Rules - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp released a legislative discussion draft of proposals to simplify tax rules for small busineses. (03.13.2013)
Arizona House Approved Benefit Corporation Bill - The Arizona House has approved a bill to make benefit corporations a legal structure option in the state. (03.11.2013)
Oxford University, Kellogg Foundation Launch Impact Investing Program - The University of Oxford Said Business School and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced the launch of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme. (03.06.2013)
Regulators Crack Down on Classifying Workers as Contractors - A wide variety of industries are currently under scrutiny for treating some workers as contractors instead of as employees. (03.05.2013)
IRS Expands Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program - Businesses and tax-exempt organizations may qualify to participate in a program to achieve certainity about worker classification. (03.04.2013)
IRS to Speed Up Public Disclosure of Groups That Lost Charity Status - The IRS announced plans to provide more frequent updates to the list of organizations that automatically lost their tax-exempt status. (02.28.2013)
Lawmakers and Law Professor Drafting Benefit Corporation Legislation in Florida - The Florida Bar is working closely with lawmakers and a law professor to draft a supplement current legal structures with a benefit corporation in Florida. (02.27.2013)
Nonprofit and Foundation Executive, Board Compensation Limits Under Review - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering three bills that would limit compensation of nonprofit executives. (02.26.2013)
Summary of “What Should the Law of Social Enterprises Be?” - Unsectored co-hosted a discussion in Washington, D.C. with American University Washington College of Law and posted a summary of the conversation. (02.25.2013)
IRS Sued Regarding its Monitoring of 501(c)(4) Organizations - Dr. David Gill is suing the IRS to challenge the legitimacy of 501(c)(4) organizations after one of them, American Action network, campaigned against him in Illinois. (02.21.2013)
New Bill May Bring Benefit Corporations to Nevada - A Nevada Assemblyman announced on his website that he plans to submit legislation authorization the creation of benefit corporations in his state. (02.20.2013)
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013 - The Schwab Foundation has announced the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013. (02.19.2013)
New Hampshire LLCs: New Statute & Increased Protections - The new act, which entirely modifies the law governing LLCs in New Hampshire, is designed to be user-friendly by providing an “off the shelf” operating agreement designed with small businesses in mind. (02.13.2013)
Kauffman Foundation's 2013 State of Entrepreneurship Address and Panel Discussion - Watch Kauffman President and CEO Tom McDonnell, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran present solutions to financing entrepreneurship to strengthen the nation's economy. (02.12.2013)
House Committee to Examine Charity Tax Breaks - The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a hearing this week on February 14th to examine the charitable tax deduction. (02.11.2013)
Exempt Organizations 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Workplan: The IRS Says It's All About Form 990 - Guidestar offers a summary and thoughts on the recently-released Exempt Organizations Division Workplan. (02.07.2103)
Congress Urged to Require Charities to File 990s Online - A new report from the Aspen Institute notes that though individual Form 990s are available, there is difficulty in obtaining aggregated public data from these returns.
Democratizing Entrepreneurship: An Overview of the Past, Present, and Future of Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). (02.05.2013)
Today: Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities - A Book Talk with Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman at American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. (01.31.2013)
Business Accelerator Program Accepted First Nonprofit Organization - Y Combinator decided to invite nonprofit organizations to join after noting that building one is not much different than building a for-profit startup. (01.29.2013)
Bill Gates Discusses His Plans to Solve the World's Biggest Problems - Gates writes that measuring impact will be key in tackling and successfully solving some of the world's most pressing problems. (01.28.2013)
Philadelphia Council Considers Plans to Raise Revenue from Nonprofits - Two Philadelphia Council members discussed plans to raise revenue from teh city's nonprofit organizations. (01.25.2013)
Lack of Money Hampers Expansion of Nonprofit Programs, Study Finds - A new report reveals how much trouble nonprofits are having in raising the funds necessary to properly expand their programs. (01.24.2013)
Taproot Foundation & LinkedIn Partner to Provide Pro Bono Services - LinkedIn and Taproot Foundation are partnering to connect nonprofit organizations with access to pro bono services. (01.23.2013)
Top 5 Changes to the 2012 Form 990 - The draft Form 990 for 2012 which is currently available is substantially the same as the 2011 Form 990, but there are still some important changes in store for the upcoming tax year. (01.17.2013)
How Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing Can Align - Willy Foote writes about his recent travels and how to use social entrepreneurship with impact investing to drive change. (01.16.2013)
Scaling Social Impact Insight Center is Now Live - Over the next three months, contributors from the non-profit community, corporate world, academia, and the growing field of social enterprise will explore how entrepreneurs are using market forces to create social good, and how they can take their ideas to scale. (01.15.2013)
Event: What Should the Law of Social Enterprises Be? - This month, Unsectored is moving beyond a general discussion of what social enterprise is to a discussion of what the laws surrounding the industry should be. (01.14.2013)
Fiscal-Cliff Tax Deal Expected to Boost Charitable Giving - A new Urban Institute analysis predicts that the tax provisions adopted to avert the "fiscal cliff" will increase charitable giving by 1.3% in 2013.
IRS Issues Regulations On Type III Supporting Organizations - On December 28, 2012, the IRS published final regulations on the qualification requirements for supporting organizations. (01.09.2013)
Social Enterprises: Popular But Confusing, Says Study - Even though three quarters of people support social enterprises, a new study shows that less than a quarter of people know what they are. (01.08.2013)
IP Cases To Watch In 2013 - Your social sector organization may have intellectual property and your rights to it may be implicated in some of these cases. (01.07.13)
New Year Brings Minimum Wage Hikes In 10 States - If your social organization employees people, be sure you know the latest wage law requirements in your state. (01.03.2013)
Social Entrepreneurship Predictions for 2013 - Happy New Year from LawForChange! (01.02.2013)
Private Foundations and Many Charities Can Pull Out All the Stops to Protect the Charitable Contribution Deduction Using the “Self-Defense” Exception in the IRS Lobbying Rules - With the debate on the "fiscal cliff" continuing, the nonprofit sector discusses how to prevent the elimination of the charitable deduction. (12.20.2012)
Mistakes to Learn From in the Charitable-Deduction Debate - As Congress debates eliminating the charitable deduction, groups are asking whether the sector took the right approach. (12.19.2012)
In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits - A shift in the philanthropic sector appears to be closing the divide between nonprofits and for-profits as both types of organizations try to solve social problems. (12.17.2012)
Should We End the Tax Deduction for Charitable Donations? - As 'fiscal cliff' discussions continue, the charitable sector is being asked if the charitable deduction should be eliminated. (12.17.2012)
Foundations Making 'Impact Investments' See Positive Returns - News from foundations making impact investments show that these investments are generating positive returns. (12.13.2012)
Number of Volunteers Reaches Highest Level Since 2005 - In the last year, more Americans have volunteered compared to all other years since 2005. (12.12.2012)
Kauffman Foundation Names New CEO - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has selected a longtime board member, Tom McDonnell, to serve as its new chief executive, the grant maker said. (12.11.2012)
Fiscal Talks Spur Charitable Giving - Tax uncertainty in Washington is setting off a mad scramble among wealthy taxpayers and charities to maximize donations before the end of the year. (12.10.2012)
Putting Charities to the Test - December is the month of giving and individuals use a variety of metrics to decide where to give. (12.6.2012)
5 Social Innovators in Their 60s Win $100,000 Purpose Prizes - Purpose Prizes are given to people age 60 and over who are solving the world's social problems. (12.5.2012)
Google Launches Effort to Spur Innovation in Nonprofit Sector - Google is granting $23 million to seven nonprofits. (12.4.2012)
Increase Seen in Demand for Social Entrepeneurship Education - Educational programs are dramatically increasing to help educate the next generation of social entrepreneurs. (12.3.2012)
Web Donations Rose 53 Percent on ‘Giving Tuesday’ - Donors gave more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations online Tuesday. (11.29.2012)
Duke Receives $10M Grant From USAID to Fund Social Entrepreneurship Program - The U.S. Agency for International Development will fund Duke with $10 million as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Solutions Network. (11.28.2012)
Why GivingTuesday is the Social Innovation Idea of the Year - With the simple idea of promoting giving instead of shopping, people are asked to give instead of purchase. (11.27.2012)
Thanksgiving Week Shows Healthy Giving Signs - Data collected from a gift analysis shows a 51% surge in online donations this season compared to last year. (11.26.2012)
Pittsburgh Seeks PILOTs from Local Nonprofit Organizations - The city has said it expects to receive over $12.6 million in payments from local tax exempt organizations. (11.26.2012)
IRS Releases 2012–2013 Priority Guidance Plan - The Plan includes commentary applicable to tax exempt organizations. (11.20.2012)
The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur - David Bornstein describes how key innovations are supporting the gains in solving social problems. (11.19.2012)
Impact Investing Grows Up - The impact investing field is maturing as leaders of social innovation reflect on their experiences and research. (11.15.2012)
IRS Takes Closer Look at Charities’ Thanks to Donors - Some donors' thank you letters from nonprofit organizations were not considered enough acknowledgement of donation says IRS. (11.14.2012)
Ashoka Receives $250,000 Challenge Grant to Advance Social Entrepreneurship - Ashoka announced today it has received a $250,000 challenge grant to customize its trademarked Changemakers® platform to support and connect growing numbers of social entrepreneurs in Israel. (11.13.2012)
Foster America’s Economic Might - The Chronicle invited a group of nonprofit leaders and thinkers to share their ideas about what the president’s nonprofit agenda should be. (11.12.2012)
The Business Case for Nonprofit Board Diversity - Recently in the news, Chicago's nonprofit boards have been noted for their lack of diversity. (11.6.2012)
Facebook Tests New Tool for Online Giving - If your organization is eager to turn those "likes" into donations, Facebook may allow you to do just that soon. (11.5.2012)
Hiring Talent for the Social Enterprise Means Going Young - A look at the prospects and perils of building the right team. (11.2.2012)
Arizona Nonprofit Must Reveal $11 Million Donor Details - A judge in California has ordered a nonprofit group that contributed $11 million to fight a ballot measure to disclose documents. (11.1.2012)
Red Cross Raises $11-Million in Sandy Relief Efforts - To assist those in distress from Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross is reporting that it has raised over $11 million in contributions. (10.31.2012)
USPTO Helps Expand Pro Bono Patent Assistance to Nation’s Inventors - The USPTO announced the start of two new regional pro bono patent programs in California and the District of Columbia. (10.30.2012)
Twelve States Have Passed a Benefit Corporation Law - Pennsylvania's Governor has signed the latest benefit corporation law into effect. (10.29.2012)
Does a Fallen Leader Crush His Cause? - Should Lance Armstrong have stepped down from the Livestrong Foundation? (10.25.2012)
Social Snterprises on the Up But Legal Issues Still a Major Factor - The number of social enterprises continues to rise but there are many legal issues to consider when starting and operating an organizatoin with a social mission. (10.24.2012)
Can the Nonprofit Sector Stand Up for Itself? - In recent months, something new is brewing in nonprofit advocacy: there are three new efforts to be a voice for the nonprofit sector. (10.23.2012)
Nonprofit Sector’s Policy Challenges in the Year Ahead - Rick Cohen details the policy challenges that the nonprofit sector will most likely encounter in 2013. (10.22.2012)
Help Us Find 30 Awesome Social Entrepreneurs Under 30 - Forbes is opening their 30 Under 30 proejct to social entrepreneurs and they are looking for nominations. (10.18.2012)
PopTech 2012: Toward Resilience - After a decade defined by disruption and volatility of every kind, a new critical conversation is emerging, focused on resilience. (10.18.2012)
Social Change’s Age of Enlightenment - David Bornstein reflects on the 2nd anniversary of the New York Times Fixes column. (10.17.2012)
Why Crowdfunding Will Explode In 2013 - Devin Thorpe makes the case that 2013 will be the year that crowdfunding will have the opportunity to change the landscape for start-up financing. (10.16.2012)
Overcoming Nonprofit Founder’s Syndrome - October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, highlights the Komen Foundation's recent missteps attributed to the organization's founder.
Echoing Green 2013 Fellowship Applications Available - The application period for 2013 Fellows closes on December 4, 2012. (10.15.2012)
Impact Investing’s Three Measurement Tools - There are three main measurement tools to assist individuals working in impact investing: IRIS, PULSE, and GIIRS. (10.11.2012)
National and Local Nonprofit Organizations Watching Scranton's Feud with Tax Exempt Organizations - Scranton City Council has threatened to oppose a variance request by local tax exempt groups seeking to remove properties from tax rolls. (10.10.2012)
Recap: Emerging Issues in Social Enterprise - A recap of The Regent Univeristy Law Review's Symposium held last weekend. (10.09.2012)
Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Close to $1.4 Million for Tesla Museum - An online cartoonist, The Oatmeal, created a crowdfunding campaign to help a local nonprofit raise funds to purchase Tesla's lab and land to create a museum. (10.08.2012)
Social Capital Markets 2012 Convenes Investors for Social Good - SOCAP12, a four-day conference dedicated to increasing the flow of capital towards social good, wraps up today. (10.04.2012)
2012 MacArthur Fellows Announced & Includes Social Entrepreneurs - Maurice Lim Miller, an awardee, designs programs of mutual support and self-sufficiency that break the cycle of economic dependency for low-income families and build more resilient communities from the ground up. (10.03.2012)
Achieving Takeoff - SSIR published a six-part series from the Omidyar Network on impact investing making a case for a sector-based approach. (10.02.2012)
Oregon Secretary of State Brown Calls for Benefit Company Legislation - Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown plans to introduce benefit corporation legislation in Oregon. (10.01.2012)
Preserving the Meaning of Social Enterprise - When Salesforce.com tried to trademark the term "social enterprise," the social sector took note and encouraged the company to abandon the application. (09.27.2012)
B Corps Expanding to South America Through Partnership - B Lab will extend the B Corp movement globally, beginning with a focused strategy and partnership in South America. (09.26.2012)
Treasury and IRS Rule Changes Reduce Barriers to Global Grantmaking - Recommendations were made to change the process for determining whether a foreign NGO meets U.S. charitable giving standards. (09.25.2012)
13 Lessons From A Great Social Entrepreneur, Pamela Atkinson - Pamela Atkinson has spent more than twenty years in humanitarian service and offers some tips. (09.24.2012)
A Call for a New Kind of Corporate Governance after Citizens United - As we approach the national elections, the U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United is being closely examined for its implications on a political life. (09.20.2012)
Judge Details a Rule Requiring Pro Bono Work by Aspiring Lawyers - New York has announced a novel program for law students in the United States which requires the completion of pro bono hours prior to practicing law. (09.19.2012)
Why Can't We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume? - What if we let philanthropies operate like businesses? Let them pay for talent, advertise aggressively to build market share—even build a stock market for charity. Maybe then capitalism could finally save the world. (09.18.2012)
Benefit Corporations — A Sustainable Form of Organization? - The article uses the benefit corporation as a case study to consider whether and how hybrid organizational forms can meet the desires of the social enterprise founders. (09.17.2012)
Social Crowdfunding Site StartSomeGood Launches in 20th Market - With the addition of a Chinese social enterprise, the crowdfunding site is expanding its reach amid increased popularity of crowdfunding. (09.13.2012)
Schwab Opens Global Selection Process for 2013 - The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship opens its Global Selection Process for 2013 and announces the 2012 Awardees. (09.12.2012)
Eight Crowdfunding Sites For Social Entrepreneurs - How does your social sector organization raise money? Do you use crowdfunding? This piece shares information about the platforms available. (09.11.2012)
A New Way to Invest in Solutions: Social impact bonds and Homelessness - Some American cities are now working to partner private and nonprofit organizations to creat real change with a new financing model. (09.10.2012)
Drop Seen in Multiyear Foundation Grants - Between 2008 and 2010, grants fell dramatically resulting in a loss of critical support to nonprofit organizations that relied on multiyear grants to survive the recession. (09.06.2012)
How Nonprofits are Used for Political Donor Laundering - Is your social sector organization a nonprofit? Are you engaging in disallowed political activities? (09.05.2012)
The Fight Over Trademarking the Term ‘Social Enterprise’ - Salesforce.com requested to trademark the term "social enterprise." This caused controversy within the sector and recently the U.S.P.T.O rejected the request. (09.04.2012)
Ban on political activities: An election-year warning for charities - It is election season and many social ventures are wading into the waters of political campaign activities. What is your organization permitted to do under federal tax law? (8/30/12)
Apple Wins Patent Case, Innovation Loses - Social ventures should understand whether to protect their intellectual property. This piece argues that the Apple/Samsung verdict leaves consumers and those innovating as the losers. (8/29/12)
How Has Social Innovation Evolved? - The Rise Of Social Entrepreneurship, From Innovation To Industry (8/28/12)
What Press (Good or Bad) Could Mean for a Nonprofit - Lance Armstrong Charity’s Supporters Remain Upbeat After Doping Fight Ends (8/27/12)
Merger Secrets to Success - Is your nonprofit organization considering a merger? New research suggests ways to make the merger work. (8/24/12)
Will Crowdfunding Ignite Investing For Profits And Purpose? - Social sector organizations are increasingly looking to crowdfunding to support their ventures - is it good for investors? (8/23/12)
Illinois Recognizes Benefit Corporations - Organizations may now incorporate as benefit corporations in Illinois (8/7/2012)
IRS Announces Guidance on Gifts to LLCs - IRS Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Charitable Gifts to Disregarded Limited Liability Companies (8/6/2012)
Social Entrepreneurs Consider Using a Benefit Corporation - Becoming a benefit corporation is an option available in more states, but it also raises a few complications. (8/6/2012)
New York City to test Social Impact Bonds - Goldman to Invest in City Jail Program, Profiting if Recidivism Falls Sharply (8/6/2012)
Connecting Social Entrepreneurs with Legal Assistance - The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation connects social entrepreneurs with critical legal assistance worldwide. (8/3/2012)
Risks Worth Taking - When philanthropists fund programmatic interventions, they should resist the seduction of certainty. (8/2/12)
Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 4 - The fourth in a four-part series describes next steps in understanding and evaluating the role of backbone organizations in collective impact efforts. (7/20/12)
Ex-Penn State Board Chair Becomes First Trustee to Quit After Scandal - The Penn State trustee who chaired the board when the Sandusky scandal broke is the first university official to resign in the wake of a damning report. (7/20/12)
In Search of the Hybrid Ideal - Researchers examine the rise of hybrid organizations that combine aspects of nonprofits and for-profits and the challenges hybrids face. (7/20/12)
Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 3 - What an in-depth study has shown thus far about specific value-added activities that backbone organizations share in common across sectors. (7/19/12)
Feeding the Homeless, by Changing (or Ignoring) the Law - Philadelphia religious groups are determined to change civic bans aimed at clearing tourist zones. (7/19/12)
Congressional Hearing Next Week on Complex Charity Operations - Second in a series of hearings on tax-exempt organizations will focus on complex charities. (7/19/12)
Nonprofits: Public or Private? - Affirmative language could better describe what organizations aim for when working for the common good. (7/18/12)
Backbone Organizations for Collective Impact - What backbone organizations do and how they do it. (7/18/12)
Report: Using Volunteers Leads to Diminished Wages for Staff - Austrian researchers found that the use of unpaid labor made it easier to reduce cost of paid staff, as well as cost of turnover. (7/18/12)
GOP Senators Block Bill to Require Political Nonprofits to Disclose Donors - Republican senators assert that revealing identities of donors would violate free speech. (7/17/12)
Facebook's Tendentious Settlement Could Offer Nonprofits $10M - Some refuse the offer, while others feel left out. (7/16/12)
Anti-Corruption Measures for Nonprofits Important Abroad, and at Home - Strong policies are important to prevent violating ethics and laws. (7/16/12)
Impact Investing Needs Clear Data, Not More Definition - There is a need for more, and more organized, information on what impact investing entails for prospective new entrants. (7/16/12)
Social Entrepreneurs Are Far More Than Naive Idealists - The author responds to a recent editorial with his own view from three decades of experience. (7/15/12)
Aspen Institute Attempts to More Consistently Frame Community Engagement - A new forum will attempt to "describe it, copy it, measure it." (7/13/12)
How to Scale a Values-Based Business - Lessons from the founder of Gazelle about maintaining the mission, while growing to size that makes a difference. (7/13/12)
Judge Rules Skies of Texas are Public Trust - Lawsuit brought by the Texas Environmental Law Center, results in ruling that would extend public protection from water to the sky. (7/12/12)
Interview with Author of McKinsey Report on Social Impact Bonds - Laura Callanan talks about how new tools focus results for social impact. (7/12/12)
Habitat for Humanity Fears New Federal Mortgage Regulations - Rules to prevent fraud may have unintended impact on low-income housing charity. (7/12/12)
Viral Fundraising Boosts Crowdsourced Philanthropy - Online communities reach into their wallets to help those in need (and a good story). (7/11/12)
Innovation and Cooperation Help Nonprofits Weather Hard Times - Social impact bonds, and coordinated services should not be overlooked. (7/11/12)
Too Much Funding Diversity Can Be a Drain - A Nonprofit Finance Fund study finds that diversity of funding is great, up to the point where the diversity gets unmanageable. (7/10/12)
Beneficiary Feedback Important, But Ignored - Nonprofits need to get a lot better at asking clients what they think. (7/10/12)
Domestic Violence Centers Funding Worsens - While federal acts provide base funds, reduction of other sources has negative effects. (7/10/12)
New Indiana University School of Philanthropy Details Take Shape - First national school for non-profits hopes to drive growing sector. (7/9/12)
University of Virginia Firing a Frustrating Saga - The back-and-forth drama is instructive for boards. (7/9/12)
How Social Entrepreneurs Are Hacking Capitalism - Capitalism is getting some help, and being reinvigorated. (7/6/12)
Governments Look For Donations - What happens when government agencies take cues from nonprofits? (7/6/12)
Risk Investment to Reach Scale: Talking Impact with Melissa Bradley of Tides - The CEO of Tides offers perspective on social impact investing. (7/5/2012)
Strong Purpose Can Help Social Entrepreneurs to Convince Investors - Ignore the naysayers: a clear mission can strengthen brand and attract investors. (7/5/2012)
Language in Health Care Ruling May Signal Threat to Nonprofits - Nonprofits must keep an eye on an outcome that wasn't anticipated in the ruling over the constitutionality of the law. (7/2/12)
Pittsburgh Approves $5 Mil Deal with Nonprofit Coalition in Lieu of Taxes - About 40 nonprofits will contribute to the fund. (7/3/12)
Impact Investing Basics: A Roundup of Literature and Links - A list of links to get started understanding impact investing. (7/2/12)
Gates Foundation Tries Impact Investing in Biotech - In a possible shift in approach to fighting disease, the foundation takes on a more venture-like role. (7/2/2012)
For Dell in India, Philanthropy is Strategy - Trisa Thompson, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Dell talks about how "giving" fits into the company's broader vision. (7/2/12)
Disruptive Innovation Can Spring from Social Enterprise - Solving social problems can create low cost technologies and service innovations. (6/29/12)
Rise of Benefit Corporation Has Promoters and Critics - Hope for market driven social solutions is high, but some warn about accountability. (6/29/12)
Social Sector Should Pitch Jobs Creation to Policy Makers - The case that social entrepreneurship creates jobs is one that politicians will hear. (6/28/12)
Health Care Ruling Means Go Time for Nonprofits - Dealing with the legal and practical realities of the new health care landscape calls for nonprofits' expertise, and continued effort. (6/28/12)
I.R.S. Action May Signal Impending Probe of Political Nonprofits - An investigation into whether the organizations are violating their nonprofit status might be coming, based on pending I.R.S. probe. (6/28/12)
Nonprofits' Needed Adoption of New Investment Strategies - As economic turmoil continues to stress the charitable marketplace, new investment strategies are emerging to support the social sector. (6/27/12)
What You Should Ask Potential Board Members - Seven questions that should be part of your due diligence. (6/27/12)
Why Have Investment Banks Embraced Impact Investing? - The reasons large investment banks are many, but the challenges are real. (6/26/12)
Characteristics of New Leaders Match Well with Social Enterprise - Values-led leaders help create emotionally and mentally healthy organisations, where business goals are met without sacrificing personal values. (6/26/12)
Measuring Engagement Helps Nonprofits Improve - Three forms of engagement that can help nonprofits better respond to the needs and strengths of their constituents. (6/26/12)
UK Social Investment Bank Designed for Change - Big Society Capital seeks to harness entrepreneurship and capital to solve societal problems. (6/25/12)
Nonprofit Mergers Take Hard Work to Be Successful - Merger is an important option for nonprofits, but not an easy one. (6/25/12)
Nonprofits To Be Paid Back Some Losses in Settlement With Madoff Investor - Hedge-fund manager to pay victims $405 million over three years. (6/25/12)
Indiana University Likely to Start Philanthropy School - The academic program is being hailed as first in the nation, a sign of growing strength in the field, and need for academic rigor. (6/22/12)
Impact Investing for Sustainable Cities is Challenging - While "sustainability" is a standard topic at conferences like Rio+20, examining how investing in cities fits presents opportunities, but some are not easy. (6/22/12)
10 Reasons to Consider a Benefit Corp - A mix of practical and philanthropic reasons why adopting a benefit corp model might make sense. (6/22/12)
Pointing to Rough Times Not Enough - Survey of potential donors say they would give more if they saw more results. (6/21/12)
South Carolina Passes Benefit Corporation Act - South Carolina joins Louisiana as first southern states to adapt Benefit Corporation form. (6/21/12)
Managing Risk and Accounting for Uncertainty - How The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approaches high-risk philanthropic ventures. (6/21/12)
Weak Jobs Market Fuels Growing Interest in Hybrid Companies - With fewer opportunities, hybrids between corporate and non-profit worlds draw interest for innovation and livability. (6/20/12)
Older Investors More Reluctant to Pursue Impact Investing - While the younger generation seems more willing to invest for change, if they warm to social impact, aging boomers could be great boon. (6/20/12)
Online Citizens Strengthening Connections, Growing Power - Marcia Stepanek has a hopeful report from the Personal Democracy Forum, telling how social networks are becoming powerful forces for social change. (6/19/12)
Tips for Taking Social Ventures to Scale - Dialogue about social ventures reaching scale continues, and Duke University professor Paul Bloom has a book on the topic. (6/19/12)
Donations to Charities Grew Very Slowly in 2011 - Charitable giving still remains far from the rates of 2007, according the "Giving USA" report from Indiana University. (6/19/12)
Impact Investing Needs Greater Policy Collaboration - Though often dismissed by impact investors, good policy has a strong positive role to play. (6/18/12)
Civic Capitalism: How Social Values Strengthen Markets - Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger's 2012 commencement speech drew a picture of a society of capitalism invigorated by engaged citizens. (6/18/12)
75% of Young Adults Gave to Charity Last Year, Study Finds - Often overlooked by charities, young adults contribute money and effort, but expect responsibilities and not a seat at "the kiddie table." (6/18/12)
California Laws Aim to Fight Political Donor Secrecy - In contrast to federal laws, state laws in California work against confidentiality. Implications for public charities are important. (6/15/12)
Five Structures to Drive Behavior for Successful Impact Investing - For investment to match the scale of human challenges will require rethinking and restructuring. Here are 5 ways to start. (6/15/12)
Hard Times Ahead for Nonprofit Hospitals, According to Moody's - Credit-rating agency says nonprofit hospitals will face challenges no matter which way Supreme Court decides on Obama healthcare law. (6/15/12)
Small and Local Can Still Be a Big Force for Good - The authors of the influential book Forces for Good examine how their framework for creating high-impact nonprofits applies to local and smaller organizations. (6/14/12)
The Moral Force of Social Investment - Impact investing endorsed, and put to use, by philosopher turned charitable organization founder. (6/14/12)
PILOTs: How to Have Productive Local Government-Nonprofit Talks - Some touchpoints to deal with negotiations of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) in fraught, cash-strapped times. (6/14/12)
Impact Investors Hope Financial Innovations Will Help the World, and Cultivate Capital - New crop of financial engineers want to tap the $60 trillion private capital markets for positive social impact. (6/13/12)
Can New Socially Driven Business Forms Reach Scale? - There is plenty of talk about redesigning capitalism to make business sustainable, but nobody's addressing the problem of scale, says Toby Webb. (6/13/12)
Rules to Make Good Corporate Citizens - Structures enable sustained donations for charities and positively integrated philanthropy within corporations to achieve social goals. (6/13/12)
San Francisco Nonprofits Earn Pending Increased Funding by Emphasizing Jobs - At public hearing, diverse groups focused on the role of nonprofits as valuable employers and in particular, as employers of people in low income neighborhoods. (6/12/12)
McKinsey Report Highlights and Explains Social Impact Bonds - By structuring government contracts for social services as pay-for-performance, a social impact bond (SIB) offers rigor and possibility for analysis and mid-course correction. (6/12/12)
Social Enterprises Can Add a New Twist to Capitalism - The founder of Impact Investment Exchange Asia sees potential to adapt capitalism "so that it benefits the millions, not just the millionaires." (6/12/12)
Calvert Report Suggests Sustainable Investing Could Be Worth $650 Billion - Survey of financial advisors points to broad interest and optimism for environmental or socially focused investing. (6/11/12)
8 Takeaways from the CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit - Leaders from major corporations and nonprofits spoke candidly on impact investing, skills-based volunteering, communicating with stakeholders, social media and partnerships.
Tax Fight Threatens Charitable Deductions - Tax breaks for large gifts could face threats on multiple fronts. (6/11/12)
IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Small U.S. Political Group, with Big Implications - An IRS decision revoking the tax-exempt status of small political nonprofit organization may foreshadow an investigation into larger groups spending millions on the presidential election. (6/8/12)
Building Exceptional Nonprofit Boards - Vernetta Walker, vice president of BoardSource, a national nonprofit organization spoke about what makes a nonprofit board stand out in hard times. (6/8/12)
Is Being a Benefit Corporation Right for Your Company? - Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com, is interviewed about the pluses and minuses of starting a B Corporation. (6/8/12)
New York State Doubles Legal Aid Funds to $25 Million - Nonprofit groups that provide free civil legal services to low-income people in New York have received twice the state funding they were awarded last year, state court administrators said. (6/7/12)
Why the Michigan Benefit Corporation Bill Is Being Held Back - If benefit corporation law would allow companies to look after the environment the same way they do their profits, why would anyone oppose such a bill? (6/7/12)
Louisiana Becomes 8th State To Approve Benefit Corporation Form - In a unanimous Senate floor vote, Lousiana became the eighth state in the nation, and the first in the South, to enact benefit corporation legislation. (6/7/12)
Pittsburgh Loses Rank as Houston Rises in Survey of Best-Performing Non-Profits - Two years after Pittsburgh's charities were ranked as the best performing in the U.S., the city has dropped to 16th on a survey of how nonprofits stacked up in the 30 largest philanthropic markets nationwide. (6/6/12)
Feinstein/Durkee Case Highlights Need for Nonprofit Due Diligence in Choosing Accountant - The important linkage between an ongoing political scandal in California and issues of nonprofit financial controls. (6/6/12)
Michael Bloomberg's Political Philanthropy - With his dream of presidency deferred, Michael Bloomberg has focused on politically driven philanthropy. (6/6/12)
Big Companies Focusing, Slowly Increasing Their Charitable Giving - America's big companies are slowly increasing the amount they give to charity since making big cuts in their philanthropy during the recession, but they are still donating far less than they did before the hard times began in 2007, according to preliminary results of a new study that were released today.
Responsibility Is a 21st Century Tenet - The chief executive of the Responsible Investment Association explains the direct link between 10 mega-trends and how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect investment values. (6/5/12)
Benefit Corporation Bills Worry Some Michigan Businesses - Pending bills in Michigan raise fears of being left behind or branded greedy. (6/4/12)
Illinois Legislature Provides Clarity on Hospital Charity-Care Woes - In what could provide state lawmakers and Congress at least some guidance on how nonprofit hospitals should justify tax exemptions, the Illinois hospital industry appears to have convinced policymakers to adopt their solution. (6/4/12)
What Does "Creating Shared Value" Mean? - Creating Shared Value (CSV) is a powerful tool and concept for companies to use as they look to conduct business. Ultimately, it's a strategy for developing the future market while also strengthening economies, the marketplace, communities, and corporate coffers. (6/4/12)
U.K. Exempts Charity Giving From Tax Cap in Budget U-Turn - U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne bowed to political pressure and scrapped proposals to include charitable donations in a cap on tax relief, his third U-turn over a budget measure this week. (6/1/12)
Benefit Corporations: Who Are They? - Though skepticism still exists for companies attempting to provide public service, there is no doubt that social ventures are working collectively to create more than economic value. But who are they? (6/1/12)
What Is Impact Investing? - Impact investing is a growing trend in business, but few understand its core principles. (6/1/12)
Behind Planned Parenthood's Social-Media Magic - The organization has been working to strengthen its digital-advocacy strategy since it faced a "wake-up call" at the beginning of last year. (5/31/120
KaBOOM!: Playgrounds that Build Communities - A new Knight Foundation report finds that the projects help volunteers and local organizations cultivate the skills, confidence and inspiration to get more involved in their communities. (5/31/12)
Increased Support For Small And Growing Businesses Helps Advance Emerging-Market Prosperity - While patience is required from investors who are eager to see emerging markets mature, there are ways investors and consumers can do to can advance global prosperity by promoting small and growing businesses in emerging countries. (5/31/12)
Social Responsibility Builds Long-Term Success - With sustainability as clearly more than a trend, there are a few things businesses should keep in mind when looking to establish a company built for long-term success. (5/30/12)
Mass. State Senate Passes Ban on Paying Nonprofit Trustees - A bill submitted by Massachusetts State Sen. Mark Montigny passed by the state Senate as an amendment to the budget would ban payment to trustees of nonprofits that receive government contracts. (5/30/12)
War Games and Other Tools to Reinvent Your Nonprofit - Five tips for organizations that want and need to change the way they operate. (5/30/12)
FairShareMusic Looks to Become Philanthropic iTunes - With the tagline, "You download, we donate," the U.K.-based startup FairShareMusic is attempting to harness music lovers' desire to download tracks online to fuel philanthropic giving. (5/29/12)
Public Benefit Corporations Can Embrace Broader Goals - In the last decade a number of family owned, mission driven companies have had to sell to large corporations. The Benefit Corporation form offers an alternative. (5/29/2012)
What Exactly Is Social Entrepreneurship? - What is social entrepreneurship and how does it create social value? (5/29/2012)
Benefit Corporations, L3Cs and All the Rest: Making Sense of Those Confusing Choices - With Illinois and Louisiana poised to become the next states to adopt Benefit Corporation legislation, it's time to take a step back and look at the confusing array of legal forms out there available to socially-minded companies. (5/25/12)
What Impact Investing Needs: A View from East Africa - Impact investing needs a dose of philanthropy in order to harness its potential, a new study suggests. (5/25/2012)
A Venture Philanthropy Mindset for Nonprofit Leaders - Nonprofit leaders who think like venture philanthropists will be more successful in maintaining and growing sustainable organizations. (5/25/12)
How the Salvation Army Raised $100-Million With $10 Monthly Gifts - A simple fundraising idea has given millions of people a place to sleep and a hot meal. The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club has raised more than $100-million nationwide in the last 25 years by persuading people to give monthly. (5/24/12)
From Small to Scale: Three Trade-offs for Smaller Nonprofits Trying to Get Big - For most smaller nonprofits, growing revenue is more scattershot than science. A study of success stories reveals some telling patterns. (5/24/2012)
Values Investors on Rise in Asia - Ethical investing is on the rise worldwide with investors increasingly concerned about making a positive impact on society while generating decent returns. (5/24/2012)
5 Ways to Attract Impact Investors - Socially conscious investors are always looking for new businesses to buy into. Here's how to attract the new wave of responsible investors. (5/23/12)
Impact Investing: A Review of the SA Impact Investing Conference (Part I) - The third SAII conference was held in Johannesburg on 7th and 8th of May. Here are the highlights of the event, on the growing trend of impact investment. (5/23/12)
Google's Android Did Not Infringe Oracle Patents, Jury Rules - A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices. (5/23/12)
How To Prepare For The JOBS Act - By preparing early, many business owners will be able to raise the capital that traditional sources, such as banks, are no longer offering. (5/22/2012)
Filings Gain Momentum After California Laws Create Benefit, Flexible-Purpose Corporations - California's new corporate forms have created a spike of new firms. (5/22/12)
Five Receive Nation's First Undergraduate Degrees in Philanthropic Studies - Indiana University hopes that by 2015, 75 students will be enrolled in the program, which aims to groom nonprofit leaders to be strong managers and thinkers. (5/22/12)
Detroit Mayor Proposes Conversion of Health Department to a Nonprofit - If the Council moves forward on the mayor's plan, Detroit may be demonstrating a new model of actually turning pieces of local government over to nonprofits to run on the city's behalf. (5/21/12)
US Firms Put Social Values Before Big Profits - Tough decisions are often inevitable if a business wants to make money. But in the next few weeks, half a dozen US states are expected to pass legislation that will for the first time protect companies which value their social impact as much as the bottom line. (5/21/12)
Thousands of Nonprofits Under-Report Fundraising Costs - Many claim no expenses involved in raising millions of dollars. (5/21/12)
Impact Investing Done Right: No Shortcuts to Social Change - Despite the increase in popularity and demand, there remains a perception that financial considerations should be secondary. That should never be the case. (5/18/12)
IRS Urged to Reduce Paperwork Burden on Charities - The federal government is asking big nonprofits like universities and hospitals to spend too much time and money reporting on their finances and other activities, nonprofit officials told members of Congress today at a hearing held by the House Ways and Means Committee. (5/18/12)
In Search of the Hybrid Ideal - In the first large-scale, quantitative study of nascent social entrepreneurs, researchers from Harvard Business School and Echoing Green examine the rise of hybrid organizations that combine aspects of nonprofits and for-profits and the challenges hybrids face as they attempt to integrate traditionally separate organizational models. (5/18/12)
New York State Unveils Rules to Limit Charity Executives' Pay - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally issued regulations Wednesday to limit how much nonprofit and commercial state contractors pay their top officials. (5/17/2012)
Appeals Court Revokes Political Campaign Donor Secrecy - In a challenge to one aspect of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that 501(c)(4)s doing "electioneering communications" must disclose donors. (5/17/12)
Benefit Corporations Bills Among Colorado Special Session Casualties - State lawmakers considered and rejected two similar measures that would have allowed corporations in Colorado to register as benefit corporations. (5/17/12)
Managing Technology for Social Change - There is a great deal of untapped potential in consistently applying existing technologies to support, and in fact, direct social change. (5/16/12)
5 Experts to Testify at Hearing on IRS Nonprofit Oversight - Education, medical, and legal nonprofits will testify in subcommittee hearing. (5/16/12)
Investing For Global Impact: Be Early Be Patient - The right amount for the right company in the right market may have a truly disruptive and catalytic effect. (5/16/12)
Building Affordable Health Care in China - Entrepreneur Kewen Jin discusses discusses the rapid growth of China's health care industry and the idea of "innovation by subtraction." (5/15/12)
How Justice Souter Almost Left the Supreme Court in a Blaze of Glory - An unpublished argument by the retiring Souter accused Roberts of engineering the outcome of the Citizens United case. (5/15/12)
Morgan Stanley Offering Advisors Sustainable Investing Platform - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is launching a platform for its financial advisors to offer clients investments aimed at positive social and environmental impact. (5/15/12)
Social Sector Peer Evaluation: A Proposal - Imagine a new nonprofit board governance practice where organizations engaged peers to assess their work. (5/14/12)
House Oversight Hearings on Nonprofits: What to Expect - The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has announced plans to hold a series of hearings on the tax-exempt sector and IRS oversight of tax-exempt activities, the first to be held this week on May 16th. (5/14/12)
California Braces for "Anti-Christmas" as State Confronts $16 Billion Deficit - According to the LA Times, Anthony Wright, who advocates for affordable health care, predicts that Monday will be the "anti-Christmas" as lawmakers move quickly to revise a spending plan that they can pass by June 15th. (5/14/12)
US Firms Put Social Values Before Big Profits - Tough decisions are often inevitable if a business wants to make money. But in the next few weeks, half a dozen US states are expected to pass legislation that will for the first time protect companies which value their social impact as much as the bottom line. (5/21/12)
Why Watching CEO Expense Accounts Matters - The chief executive of a large and sophisticated nonprofit should not be treated like an adolescent. But setting out policies that are clear is essential. (5/11/12)
PA Leads B Corporations Push, But Will It Become Official? - Pennsylvania, second only to California in the number of B Corporations, may soon become the 10th state to add B Corporations to its laws. (5/11/12)
Impact Investing: Will It Make a Difference? - The great promise of impact investing is in creating a better capital market for the social sector. Today, capital does not flow into the social sector in a way that necessarily rewards efficiency and performance. (5/11/12)
The Banker of Philanthropy - Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the nonprofit Acumen fund, is profiled with her new book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. (5/10/12)
European Startups Court Crowds for Cash - As European banks keep tight control on lending and investors face poor returns on their savings while financial markets are still jittery from the region's debt crisis, cash-hungry companies are increasingly turning to an alternative form of financing known as crowdfunding. (5/10/12)
The Really Truly Transformative Potential of Impact Investing - The process of allocating subsidies individually and collectively — an inherently fluid but purposeful, values-driven exercise — is the reason there is growing interest in impact investing. (5/9/12)
Fundraisers' Pay Didn't Keep Up With Inflation Last Year - Pay raises for fundraisers in 2011 increased by just 1.5 percent, not enough to keep pace with last year's 3-percent inflation rate. The anemic growth is a key reason many fundraisers say they are looking for higher-paying positions elsewhere. (5/9/12)
Learning from Etsy's Artisanal Startup Expansion - The New York-based arts and crafts marketplace secured a new round of $40 million in funding on Wednesday, and announced its B Corporation status. (5/9/12)
Colorado Senate Passes Bill for Benefit Corporations - Senate Bill 182 passed by a vote of 31-4. (5/8/12)
Nonprofit Law Jargon Buster: What Is a Consent Agenda? - A consent agenda is the practice of bundling routine matters into one board vote to free up board meeting time to focus on the substantive issues facing the organization. (5/8/12)
As B Corporations Spread, Who Holds Them Accountable? - For nonprofits, if B corporations become more widely accepted and recognized in more states, what does that mean for the line, if there is one, between what nonprofits do and what B corporations can do to promote the societal good? (5/8/12)
The Distortion Risk in Impact Investing - Be smart about grant money to avoid distorting the markets you hope to strengthen. (5/7/12)
Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs - The structure of Water.org's Innovation Fund piqued the interest of social entrepreneurs gathered at Skoll World Forum. (5/7/2012)
Re-Engineering the Business of Law - The chairman of Seyfarth Shaw calls for law firms to examine and reimagine their business model. (5/7/12)
Creating A Moneyball Approach To Impact Investing - Most organizations can't afford to do detailed evaluations on the effect they're having, which makes it hard for impact investors to find undervalued projects and make smart judgements about where to put their money. (5/4/12)
Philanthropy: Generation Next - Studies suggest that the earlier children become involved in philanthropy the more committed givers they become. Here's how some global philanthropists are making that happen. (5/4/12)
Using Pinterest to Raise Money: One Charity's Experiment - A new effort by Opportunity International, a nonprofit that provides small loans to poor women, might offer a blueprint for how other nonprofits can use Pinterest. (5/4/12)
Making Benefit Corporations More than Just Academic - Social entrepreneurs met with academics in San Francisco in search for scholastic bedfellows to join them in their grand experiment. (5/3/12)
Sixteen Lessons this Next Gen-er Walked Away with from My Time in Los Angeles - Important takeaways from the recent Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations conferences, from a scholarship attendee. (5/3/12)
Foundations Urged to Do Better at Influencing the Public - Too often foundations seem not to care about solving problems, a prominent grant maker says. (05/02/12)
Pennsylvania Ruling on Jewish Group's Camp Is a Potential 'Game-Changer' on Tax Rules - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's rejection of a nonprofit-owned youth camp's tax exemption could have far-reaching implications for the state's charities. (05/02/12)
California Union Drops Charity-Care Ballot Drive - A California union has dropped a ballot measure to require nonprofit hospitals to spend at least 5 percent of their patient revenue on charity care. (05/02/12)
Scaling Social Enterprises - The form of social enterprise itself is evolving as entrepreneurs experiment with hybrid business models and other shared value structures. (5/1/12)
Three Reasons Why Genuine Social Change Is Better than CSR - Only corporations with a genuine and long-term commitment to social change will realize a material benefit to their businesses. (5/1/12)
HP's Cross-Sector Health Partnership in Kenya - HP's work with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Kenyan government on early infant diagnosis of HIV is saving lives. (04/30/12)
Online Challenge Raises $2 Million for Charities That Aid Minorities - The Kellogg Foundation sought to inspire giving to charities that serve minorities by offering matching money over 10 days. (04/30/12)
Gift of the Gab: How Law Firms Can (and Should) Get Their Donations Noticed - Giving time and money to charity is no longer enough. Firms need to learn how to shout about it too. (4/30/12)
IRS Warns Charities to Avoid Disclosing Social Security Numbers - Because the law doesn't allow the IRS to redact Social Security numbers when making 990s public, adding SSNs to the forms creates a risk of identity theft. (04/27/12)
The Last Best Chance for Campaign Finance Reform: Americans Elect - The corrupting influence of money in politics is the most serious issue the country currently faces. Should a handful of people control the fate of our elections? (04/27/12)
Daniel Izzo on Brazil's First Impact Investing Venture Capital Firm - The co-founder and partner of Vox Capital, Brazil's first impact investing venture capital firm, focuses on high potential businesses that serve the Brazilian low income population. (4/27/12)
Accelerating the Impact Economy Through Investment and Innovation - The US State Department says it is working to accelerate practices and thinking around the impact economy. (4/27/12)
Opinion: Don't Let Congress Keep Stomping on Advocacy Rights - New restrictions on nonprofit free-speech rights show that charities and foundations aren't mobilizing to fend off threats to popular democracy. (04/26/12)
Challenge to ALEC's Advocacy Raises Questions About Charity Lobbying - A complaint charging a conservative nonprofit with tax fraud adds a new twist to the issue of what counts as lobbying and how much of it charities can do. (04/26/12)
Twitter Empowers Engineers With New Patent Agreement - The new patent agreement states that any patent awarded to an employee at Twitter cannot be used offensively, even after the employee has left the company. (04/26/12)
Bill Moyers: What Is a Benefit (B) Corporation? - The news personality offers a quick introduction to the B Corp movement. (4/25/12)
Collaborative Impact for New Philanthropy's Demands - To meet changing donor expectations, organizations must rethink their operational models and seek collaborators to help them reach their goals. (4/25/12)
Massachusetts Biogas Company Leverages B Corporation Status - Waste-to-energy enterprise Harvest Power uses bacteria and B Corporation status to generate "social and environmental good." (04/25/12)
San Francisco Expected to Enact Bid Preferences for B Corps - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday are expected to approve a new incentive for socially responsible companies. (04/24/2012)
Analysis: A Romney Pick for High Court? Frontrunners Emerge - Romney has pledged to nominate judges in the mold of the Supreme Court's four most conservative justices and has said the court should overrule Roe v. Wade. (04/24/12)
B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise - "We already started in Argentina, Chile and Colombia," says Sistema B's co-founder. "We also have a plan to start this year in Brazil. We see huge momentum." (04/24/12)
Continuous Learning in Philanthropy - Rockefeller's and Carnegie's legacies and ethos of questioning and continual learning were alive on the final day of the Global Philanthropy Forum conference. (4/23/12)
12 More Billionaires Sign On to Buffett-Gates Pledge - The total number of signatories, many signing jointly with their spouses, has reached 81. (4/23/12)
Corporate Philanthropy Helps Turn Companies into Good Citizens - Beyond the business case for corporate philanthropy is the chance to "be an amazing and formidable force for good without sacrificing capitalist goals." (04/23/12)
Charities With Good Governance More Likely to Follow the Law, IRS Says - A new IRS study suggests that charities that follow certain practices, like having written mission statements, are also more likely to abide by IRS tax rules. (04/20/12)
Awareness of Philanthropy in India Is Growing: Discussion with Maya Prabhu - Maya Prabhu, head of philanthropy business at RBS Wealth globally, discusses the recent trends in philanthropic investments in India. (4/20/12)
Funding for Water Growing but Still Slim - More organizations are getting grants for water-related projects, but funding for such projects is still only a tiny share of all grants internationally. (4/20/12)
Planned Parenthood Under Fire in Ohio - A proposed state budget bill would effectively strip federal funding to the family-planning organization. (04/19/12)
The Problem with 'Social Entrepreneurship': A Student's Perspective - Much good can be done under the guise of 'social entrepreneurship,' but that doesn't excuse our collective failure to acknowledge its limitations. (04/19/12)
The Trouble with Impact Investing: Part 2 - Impact investors, especially those who consider investing an alternative to grant making, need to step back and think about exactly what problem they want to solve. (4/19/12)
Knight Foundation Requires Journalism Grantees to Disclose Donors - The Knight Foundation will require its new grantees to publicly divulge their donors as a precondition of funding. (4/18/12)
Tony Blair on Faith, Governance, Aid and Philanthropy - The former British Prime Minister spoke on how 21st century philanthropy must continually innovate and adapt. (4/18/12)
Branson's 'Screw Business' Competition Judging Panel Revealed - The judging panel for entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson's 'Screw Business As Usual' competition has been revealed. (4/18/12)
Flux to Flex: Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum - A new brand of social entrepreneurship is emerging, says Jason Saul in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. (04/17/12)
World Bank Chooses U.S. Nominee Kim as Its New President - Jim Yong Kim, co-founder of global development org Partners in Health and head of Dartmouth College, was selected next president of the World Bank. (04/17/12)
Minnesota Appeals Court Backs Nonprofits in Suit Over Investments - The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a $30.3 million damage award to four nonprofits that charged Wells Fargo with mismanaging their investments. (04/17/12)
Disruptions: Innovation Isn't Easy, Especially Midstream - On the challenge of creating disruption in a large company with lessons that apply equally well in the social and philanthropic sector. (04/16/12)
Supreme Court Grants Cert in Copyright Case Involving eBay Sales of Texts Bought Overseas - After splitting 4-4 in a case involving discounted Omega watches, the Supreme Court agrees to revisit copyright protections for gray market goods. (4/16/12)
Web Freedom Faces Greatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin - The openness that Internet users and innovators rely on is under attack from many sides. (4/16/12)
Stop Conflating Microfinance and Entrepreneurship - Most of those who seek microloans are driven by need, not entrepreneurial fervor, and understanding this difference is key. (4/16/12)
Why Scalia Could Uphold Obamacare - He may be a staunch conservative, but the justice understands the commerce clause better than anyone else on the Supreme Court. (04/13/12)
Leveling the Playing Field - US federal subsidies encourage waste and unsustainable business practices, says Jeffrey Hollender. For sustainable business to flourish, that must change. (04/13/12)
Internet Censorship Listed: How Does Each Country Compare? - Where is the Internet the most open? Where is it the most restricted? Review the data, debate the ranking, and view an interactive map. (04/13/12)
A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy - The outgoing president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation reflects on strategic philanthropy's growing importance and future prospects. (04/12/12)
Building a Robust Deal Pipeline of Impact Companies in Emerging Economies - How various actors in the impact investing space are involved in identifying and investing in environmentally-focused companies in emerging economies. (04/12/12)
Should Corporations Be Do-Gooders? - Corporate social responsibility does not need to be held in opposition to capitalism, self interest, or neoclassical economics, says Adam Ozimek. (04/12/12)
Can I Fire My Board Members? - Once a non-profit organization applies for and receives 501(c)(3) status, its fate is up to the community, represented by the board of directors. (04/11/12)
Gates Fund Says It Won't Give New Money to Controversial Legislative Group - The philanthropy is under pressure to halt support to a group that urges state legislatures to adopt ideas like Florida's "stand your ground" law. (04/11/12)
WikiLeaked Cable: Invisible Children Helped Ugandan Security Forces Arrest Government Opponent - The charity reportedly tipped off the government regarding the location of Patrick Komekech, suspected of forming a rebel group in northern Uganda. (04/11/12)
Ford Foundation Opens Trove of Records on Cultural Grants - Grant requests and correspondence in the newly opened archive highlight its '50s and '60s role as chief source of support for struggling US artists. (04/10/12)
Stalled Women's History Museum Raises Scrutiny of Leadership - Organizers of the effort have raised nearly $10 million but have yet to secure a location or develop much in the way of programming, critics say. (04/10/12)
ACTA: The State of Play in the US - The last few weeks have seen surprising and significant developments with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in both the US and the EU. (04/10/12)
Widow with Dementia Gave $600,000 to Kabbalah Centre Charity - Records show that her financial advisor, a key figure in the oversight of Kabbalah Centre finances, was instrumental in this and other expenditures. (04/09/12)
Michigan Budget Plan Would Curb Colleges' Ties to Activist Nonprofit - The budget proposal for the state's public universities would prohibit them from working with a nonprofit that investigates restaurant working conditions. (04/09/12)
MacArthur Opens the Door to Donations by Outsiders - The $5.5 billion philanthropy has unveiled a new policy that enables the prestigious fund to accept donations from the public. (04/09/12)
'Three Cups of Tea' Author Pays $1M for Misusing Charity He Set Up - The Central Asia Institute's money was used to promote Greg Mortenson's disputed memoir, the state of Montana finds. (04/06/12)
US Court Hears Apple Request to Pull Samsung Devices - A US appeals court Friday showed few signs of supporting Apple's request to block immediately the sale of some Samsung smartphones and tablets. (04/06/12)
Soros Philanthropy: The Next Generation - Alexander Soros, son of the billionaire George Soros, has established his own foundation to support organizations promoting social justice and human rights. (04/06/12)
Social enterprise offers the Occupy movement hope that capitalism can evolve. - The B Corp allows companies room to take on stronger moral duties to society closer to actual human person-hood. (04/06/12)
How the Supreme Court Ended Up on the Ropes - The Court once enjoyed respect, says Michael Tomasky, but now it's fully political and politicized, and the justices have only themselves to blame. (04/06/12)
Social Enterprise Offers an Answer to the Occupy Movement - Social enterprise offers the critics of unrestrained capitalism hope that the system can evolve. (04/06/12)
Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs - Jim Fruchterman on the need for unrestricted funding to spark innovation, respond to time-critical opportunities, and prototype new ideas. (04/05/2012)
Ohio High School Student Sues Over Right to Wear 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' T-Shirt - The school said it banned the shirt on the ground that it is "sexual in nature and therefore indecent." (04/05/12)
JK Rowling Drops From Billionaire To Millionaire Due to Charitable Giving - Once an unemployed single mom living on welfare, Rowling has been particularly involved with helping families facing similar struggles. (04/05/12)
Catholic Xavier University Drops Contraception Coverage - One of the country's oldest Roman Catholic colleges says it will terminate birth-control coverage for its employees. (04/04/12)
Though Demand Is Up, More Than Half of Charities Only Have Enough Cash for 3 Months or Less - While nonprofits expect an 88% increase in demand for services this year, 57% of nonprofits only have enough cash on hand for three months or less. (04/04/12)
Obama Signs Insider Trading Bill, Wants More Curbs on Congress - President Barack Obama called for stricter controls on lawmakers to confront "the corrosive influence" of money in Washington. (04/04/12)
Why Fundraisers Need to Understand Tax Forms - Donors expect people who seek contributions to know everything about the informational tax returns their organization submits to the IRS. (04/03/12)
Minnesota Enacts Law Blocking 'Clawback' of Charity Funds - Minnesota's Governor signed legislation to shield nonprofits from having to repay donations later determined to have stemmed from illegal activities. (04/03/12)
Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights - Animosity has broken out as the late R&B legend's Ray Charles Foundation now says an "enormous cloud" hangs over ownership of his songs. (04/03/12)
Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool - The issue has new legal urgency since a Supreme Court ruling that a GPS tracking device placed on a suspect's car violated his Fourth Amendment rights. (04/02/12)
What's New in Nonprofit Consulting? Everything - With more specialties to choose from and greater flexibility, the business of advising nonprofit groups on fundraising has changed for the better. (04/02/12)
Why Do Some Foreign Countries Hate American NGOs So Much? - The United Arab Emirates is latest country to shut down a US-funded democracy organization. (04/02/12)
Why It's Wrong to Call Copyright Infringement "Theft" - Such terminology is fundamentally flawed, one law prof argues, saying copyright infringement is a very different thing from theft of physical property. (03/30/12)
Megaupload User Asks Court to Return His Video Files - The case raises key questions about user rights in cloud-based storage. (03/30/12)
How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent - The Linux head honcho and open source superstar says questions from Microsoft's lawyers got 'stupid' at times. (03/30/12)
Five Levers of Social Change: Part 4 - Practical Advice Series: Five basic "levers," or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change. (03/29/12)
Dean Larry Kramer to Leave Stanford Law School to Lead Hewlett Foundation - Kramer spearheaded a renewed commitment to public service and public interest law, stressing the value of pro bono service as part of any legal career. (03/29/12)
Number of Charities and Foundations in U.S. Drops Sharply as New Law Goes Into Effect - The IRS action to revoke the tax-exempt status of nonprofits that had not filed paperwork is the key reason behind the 16% drop. (03/29/12)
Komen Cancels Annual D.C. Lobbying Day - The event usually involves hundreds of activists advocating for federal programs that focus on cancer research, screenings, and treatment for low-income women. (03/29/12)
Quiet Time on Capitol Hill Offers Opportunity for Charities - Election-year delays in big legislative decisions can make 2012 a good time to contact members of Congress and their aides, a DC insider says. (03/28/12)
Health Case Ripples Outward - A ruling against the mandate would pressure insurers and loom large in the November election. (03/28/12)
Supreme Court Invalidates Biotech Method Patent in Mayo v. Prometheus - The Court unanimously found the process claims invalid, ruling that they effectively claim no more than an underlying law of nature. (03/28/12)
Culture's Big Business Moment - Here's what the experts say about creating, sustaining, and changing the spirit that can make an organization go from good to great. (03/27/12)
ANDE: Riding the Entrepreneurial Wave - The growth of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs reflects the rising tide of entrepreneurial support for the small and growing business (SGB) sector. (03/27/12)
Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work - Updated, in-depth guidance on using a "collective impact" approach to achieving organizational success. (03/27/12)
Individual Mandate 101: What It Is, Why It Matters - The individual mandate is easily the Affordable Care Act's least popular provision, and the rallying cry of those who want to repeal the law. (03/27/12)
How Health Care Case Will Unfold Before the Court - Here's a look at how the case will unfold before the court, presented in question-and-answer form. (03/26/12)
Senators Demand Probe Into Bosses' Facebook Password Requests - Two US senators demand an investigation into allegations that employers are ordering staff and job applicants to hand over their Facebook passwords. (03/26/12)
Private Schools Mine Parents' Data, and Wallets - School fundraisers are mining online data for details on parents' homes, luxury cars, private planes, stock holdings and charitable donations. (03/26/12)
More Than 40% of Nonprofits Plan to Add Workers This Year - A new study finds that many charities are bolstering their staffs and that four in ten groups hired new workers last year. (03/23/12)
How Pepsi Made Water Its Sustainability Cause - To avoid consumer anger, companies are trying harder to be perceived as socially responsible. Pepsi's efforts offer CSR lessons for all brands. (03/23/12)
Could Corporations Take Tax Breaks on Political 'Dark Money'? - Thanks to Citizens United, corporations may be getting another benefit from anonymous donations to nonprofit political groups: a break on their taxes. (03/23/12)
Job Seekers Getting Asked for Facebook Passwords - "It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said one former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation." (03/22/12)
Health Law Could Hinge on Wheat, Pot and Broccoli - Those diverse topics are apt to surface repeatedly during next week's arguments at the Supreme Court over the health law's constitutionality. (03/22/12)
Corporate Volunteerism Should Be Part of Corporate Social Responsibility - Every company has employees with skills that nonprofits could use, says Jean Case. Why aren't companies more willing to donate employees' time? (03/22/12)
Komen: Collateral Damage Assessments Made on the Fly - Weak fundraising results and high-level resignations raise the question whether the group has done long-term damage to its fundraising capacity. (03/21/12)
The Social Enterprise Emerges in China - Social enterprises are being shaped by cultural and linguistic history, new state approaches to economic and social development, and strategic framing. (03/21/12)
The Nonprofit 1 Percent - Even do-gooders can seem blind to their own excess, says the Village Voice, profiling a New York charity's chief whose pay puts him comfortably in the 1%. (03/21/12)
Paul Allen Pledges $300 Million to Brain Research - The Microsoft co-founder has committed $500 million in total to the institute he founded to study how the brain works and what causes neurological diseases. (03/20/12)
U.S. Prepares to Continue Egypt Military Aid Amid Dispute Over Nonprofits - The White House would release $1.5 billion in aid that has been in question since Egypt's decision to prosecute US and Egyptian pro-democracy workers. (03/20/12)
Republicans Outline Spending Ideas That Could Affect Nonprofits - The budget blueprint steps up efforts to slash federal spending and overhaul safety net programs and rejects raising taxes for the wealthy. (03/20/12)
Watchdog Examines the Many Strands of Secret Political Funding - The Center for Responsive Politics has been publishing a series of brief analyses of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. (03/19/12)
Pennsylvania Plan on Home-Care Financing Worries Clients and Nonprofit Providers - An effort to streamline state support for home care raises concerns among its elderly and disabled participants and its mostly nonprofit financers. (03/19/12)
The Age Of Uprisings, Brand Movements, and Ad Backlashes - It's a new era where consumers will punish a company for taking a wrong stand, but also for taking no stand at all. (03/19/12)
Does a New Crowdfunding Bill for Startups Go Too Far? - Will the JOBS Act really help startups, social enterprises and the economy, or just multiply stock scams and fuel "bubble mentality" investing? (03/19/12)
Nonprofits Fight Tax Foreclosure Bid as Schenectady Policy Puts Sites at Risk of Seizure - Several tax-exempt churches and charities are threatened with foreclosure by a collections agency that holds tax liens sold to it by city officials. (03/16/12)
The 20 Best Businesses for the World - After rigorously assessing its member companies, triple-bottom-line certifier B Lab found that these 20 had risen to the top. (03/16/12)
Health Care at the High Court: An Arguments Cheat Sheet - Here's a package of factoids about the March 26-28 Obama health care reform law arguments before the Supreme Court. Good luck getting a seat! (03/16/12)
Texas Seeking to Challenge Voting Rights Act - Texas is taking a direct shot at the statue that has blocked the state from enforcing its photo ID requirement for voters. (03/15/12)
Fred Amoroso: The Man Behind Yahoo's Patent Offensive? - Before joining Yahoo's board, Fred Amoroso was known for waging aggressive patent litigation at Rovi. Now Yahoo has adopted similar tactics. (03/15/12)
Catholic Bishops Pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood, Internal Documents Show - Pressure from Catholic leaders helped sway Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision earlier this year to pull grants to Planned Parenthood. (03/15/12)
California AG and Major Mobile Application Platforms Agree to Privacy Principles for Mobile Apps - California tells application developers it's time to pay attention to user privacy and collection of information from user devices. (03/14/12)
So You Want to Start a Social Enterprise? - Corporate attorney Pankaj Jain offers 10 legal questions founders should ask themselves and their partners first. (03/14/12)
Tech Industry Scorns Yahoo Over Facebook Patent Suit - Yahoo didn't make many friends with its threat to sue Facebook for patent infringement, but actually filing brought enemies out in droves. (03/14/12)
Appeals Court Says Residents Can't Block Sale of Land by Oldest Charitable Trust - A Massachusetts appeals court has ruled that Ipswich residents can't stop the sale of land willed in 1660 by William Payne to benefit schools. (03/13/12)
US Supreme Court Health Ruling Seen As Politicized - Three-quarters of Americans say the Supreme Court will be influenced by politics when it rules on the constitutionality of the Obama health-care law. (03/13/12)
White House Adds AmeriCorps Members to Help in Natural Disasters - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will train 1,600 people a year to help communities and nonprofits recover and rebuild. (03/13/12)
Foundations Didn't Increase Focus on 'Nonprofit Success' in Downturn, Study Finds - They may be approving grants faster, but otherwise the harsh economy has done little to persuade foundations to change their ways. (03/12/12)
Nonprofit Resilience Relies on Smarter Grantmaking: Part 1 - A new study examines field-wide grantmaking attitudes and practices, and how philanthropy can effectively support nonprofits to thrive amid a changing environment. (03/12/12)
Cancer Charities Hope to Beat Tobacco Lobbying Money With Social Media - A coalition of cancer charities pushing Californians to vote for a tax on cigarettes draws well-financed opposition from tobacco companies. (03/12/12)
Door-to-Door Shakedowns: How Social Pressure Shapes Charity - Social pressure accounts for more than half of all money donated once someone has opened the door to a person soliciting a charitable donation. (03/09/12)
New York Times Drops Philanthropy as Special Area of Coverage - The elimination of the paper's philanthropy beat could make it harder for nonprofits to get their stories told to a national audience. (03/09/12)
GM Gifts to Anti-Global-Warming Group Anger Car Buyers - General Motors is taking heat from 10,000 of its customers for a donation its charitable foundation made to an institute that pooh-poohs global warming. (03/09/12)
Do We Need New Models for Boards? - Many nonprofit leaders say the current approach to board governance isn't working. (03/08/12)
Rights Are For Real People - Where the Citizens United decision came from and how to overturn it. (03/08/12)
Nonprofit ALEC Seen as Force Behind Voter ID Push - Most of the state legislators responsible for passing bills requiring presentation of photo IDs at the polls confirm or report ties to ALEC. (03/08/12)
Scrutiny of Political Nonprofits Sets Off Claim of Harassment - IRS questionnaires sent to Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status trigger a new fight over federal regulation of politically active nonprofits. (03/07/12)
Lawmaker Takes Another Swipe at Maryland Law Clinic - Political wrangling over a University of Maryland law clinic's involvement in environmental litigation does not appear to be settling down. (03/07/12)
Texas Funding Cut Leaves Local Agencies Scrambling to Continue Services for Homeless - Texas social service charities are cutting back after the state eliminated a $20 million program for helping the homeless. (03/07/12)
Pennsylvania State Senate Moving to Restrict Lawmakers' Use of Nonprofits - The move came just hours after a former member of the Pennsylvania House was convicted of misusing a state-funded nonprofit. (03/06/12)
Squeamish Nonprofit Boards: How to Move Them to the Big Policy Questions - With three critical steps, boards of directors can use their views to their advantage and arrive at strong positions on the issues of the day. (03/06/12)
Nature Conservancy Faces Flap Over Fundraising Deal to Promote Swimsuit Issue - Board and staff question the appropriateness of a marketing agreement with Sports Illustrated and a fashion merchandiser. (03/06/12)
Turning Success into Failure - An essential skill for innovators and entrepreneurs is the ability to turn success into failure. No, that's not a typo. (03/05/12)
Survey: Can Management Consulting Help Tiny Firms Grow? - Two recent studies examine whether consulting services actually can help organizations become more profitable with nothing more than advice. (03/05/12)
Think Tank in Koch Brothers Dispute Could Find Its Tax Status at Risk - The libertarian Cato Institute, already ensnared in a lawsuit over who controls its board, could face even more serious problems. (03/05/12)
Maryland Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage - "At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience," Governor Martin O'Malley said before signing the legislation. (03/02/12)
Tangled Web Unravels at High Profile Institute for International Sport - A complicated nonprofit scandal exposes what appears to be a significant lack of oversight by its funders stretching back a decade and a half. (03/02/12)
Five Levers of Social Change: Part 2 - Practical Advice Series: Exploring five basic "levers," or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change. (03/02/12)
Lady Gaga's Foundation Is Born - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment, and Harvard join forces with the singer to fight bullying. (03/01/12)
Many Managers of Nonprofit Finances Suffer Knowledge Gaps, Study Finds - Two-thirds of managers could not answer basic questions about nonprofit finances. (03/01/12)
Hull House Collapse Is a Wake-Up Call for Boards and Executives - Last month's abrupt closure is a pointed reminder that many nonprofits operate with precarious finances. (03/01/12)
Crowdfunding for Capital Creation: Fad or Business Opportunity? - Social media can raise awareness and open access to capital for worthy projects. (02/29/12)
A Network of Beneficial Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship - Government, nonprofit organizations, and corporations need to come together to employ strategies for the public good. (02/29/12)
Technology for Good: 10 People Who Are Making a Difference - Social entrepreneurs develop technology to combat social problems and advocate for change. (02/29/12)
Making Sustainability Legal: 9 Zombie Laws That Keep Cities From Going Green - Outdated city ordinances and homeowners' policies forbid sustainable choices. (02/28/12)
Who Are the Social Entrepreneurs? - Steve Jobs had much in common with Occupy Wall Street protesters. (02/28/12)
The Intersection of Social Media and Employment Law: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing - The increased use of social media creates risks for employers, applicants, and employees. (02/28/12)
Dealing with Trust: Why the B-Corp Legislation Offers Business a Chance to Be Good Again - The momentum for this new corporate form is building, but will mainstream corporations embrace it? (02/27/12)
CSR Is Growing: So What Happens to Nonprofits? - As the role of business changes, we can't let the nonprofit model fall by the wayside. (02/27/12)
Business and Protecting the Oceans: Blue and Green - Marine carbon offsets may help restore coastal environments and reverse the impacts of climate change. (02/27/12)
California's New Entities: Benefit Corporations and Flexible Purpose Corporations - New corporate forms free their directors from having to manage strictly for the economic benefit of shareholders. (02/24/12)
The State and Future of Impact Investing - An interview with Antony Bugg-Levine, who oversees more than $225 million as CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund. (02/24/12)
CSR Reporting: The Truth Will Out - Almost all of the largest companies in the world now report on their corporate responsibility. (02/24/12)
Survey: Corporate Sustainability Nearing Tipping Point - Almost a third of companies say sustainable business practices now contribute to their profits. (02/23/12)
Five Books Every CEO Should Read About CSR - Reading list reflects a belief that companies run well can be powerful forces for good in society. (02/23/12)
Instead Of Corporate Philanthropy, How About Corporate Volunteering? - It's more meaningful for the company and the organizations they support to lend manpower and expertise. (02/23/12)
Survey: Social Versus Commercial Entrepreneurs - Social entrepreneurs are motivated by their values and identity, but that doesn't mean they don't want to build their businesses. (02/22/12
Why Companies Make False Corporate Social Responsibility Promises - No major corporation can get by now without saying they're doing good things for society. (02/22/12)
Give a Man the Means to Fish: From Paternalistic Charity to Venture Philanthropy - New models of philanthropy offer a new approach to tackling society's most intractable problems. (02/22/12)
Corporations: Personhood Conferred, Citizenship Earned - Did court-awarded rights for businesses lay the groundwork for responsibilities of citizenship? (02/21/12)
'Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits' - A review of the new book by Lesley Rosenthal, general counsel of Lincoln Center. (02/21/12)
A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy - An increasing number of foundations seek to achieve clearly defined goals. (02/21/12)
Nonprofits Outpace Businesses in Job Growth - Increased government spending triggers more nonprofit employment. (02/20/12)
Why Social Change Is Good for Business - A business can profit by influencing the social issues that are affecting it. (02/20/12)
Should You Consider Becoming a Benefit Corporation? - B Corp designation gives boards of directors more latitude to consider both social and financial goals. (02/20/12)
Nonprofits Fear That Money in Fiscal Sponsor's Care Has Vanished - About 200 small California groups may have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated funds. (02/17/12)
UC Berkeley Attempts to Restrict Distribution of Lecture Notes - Copyright policy forbids sharing notes with students in another class and commercial distribution. (02/17/12)
How To Solve The Good Business Generation Gap - The old guard and the new guard can work together for maximum impact. (02/17/12)
Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts - On Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Montana Supreme Court's December decision upholding a century-old ban on corporate political spending. (02/17/12)
Social Entrepreneurs Use Startups to Change the World - Impact investors are inundated by commercial enterprise opportunities. (02/16/12)
Top 10 Essentials to Include in an Employee Handbook - A poorly drafted document can be disastrous for a company. (02/16/12)
New York Nonprofit Overhaul Proposed - Revised law would add new board requirements and streamline state contract process. (02/16/12)
Massachusetts Considers Initiative to Increase Charitable Giving - The new type of donation would access retirement account funds. (02/15/12)
A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities - The report focuses on restrictions on political activity by nonprofits. (02/15/12)
Impact Investing Creates Template for Responsible Capitalism - Profitable investments can also address social and environmental challenges. (02/15/12)
Charities Oppose Obama Plan on Limiting Charity Write-Offs - Nonprofit leaders fear the proposal would stifle giving. (02/14/12)
Employment Law Update: Romance in the Workplace - A relationship between employees with different levels of authority can cause trouble. (02/14/12)
Can Voluntary CSR Disclosure Increase Shareholder Value? - Study looks at stock prices following sustainability reports. (02/14/12)
The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - CSR is moving beyond simple philanthropy to play a more critical role in company strategy. (02/13/12)
Selling Donated Goods: How Ethical Is It? - It's often legal to sell donated items but nonprofits need to follow the IRS rules. (02/13/12)
IRS Makes Finding Charity Status Easier - Anyone can check the new database of nonprofits that have lost their tax-exempt status. (02/13/12)
CSR and Sustainability in 2012: Five Trends - Experts report mistrust of government's ability to tackle issues and a growing desire for corporate transparency. (02/10/12)
B Corp Premieres Today in New York State - New legal structure allows for benefit corporations that focus on social good as well as profit. (02/10/12)
Unpaid Intern: The Unpaid Employee? - What to consider when reviewing your practices concerning unpaid interns. (02/10/12)
Harvard's Voluntary Payments Spur Providence to Press Brown - The strapped city seeks to emulate the $19 million in non-tax payments Boston will receive from Harvard and other institutions this year. (02/09/12)
Could a General Counsel Have Helped Komen Avoid Planned Parenthood Firestorm? - The "devil's advocate" shoes are often filled by in-house counsel. (02/09/12)
Patent Troll Claims Ownership of Interactive Web - And Might Win - Pioneers of the early web testify against software patents they believe threaten online innovation. (02/09/12)
Deficit-Driven Developments - The recession spawns a new culture of collaboration between nonprofits and businesses. (02/08/12)
Why an International Trade Agreement Could Be as Bad as SOPA - Intellectual property provisions may harm freedom of expression. (02/08/12)
Investing for Impact: How Social Entrepreneurship Is Redefining the Meaning of Return - A new report provides insight into the major trends shaping impact investing and its ability to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. (02/08/12)
Harvard Study Bodes Ill for Corporate Social Responsibility - One critical component of CSR seems to be on the wane: corporate responsibility to local communities. (02/08/12)
Is the Social Enterprise Bubble About to Burst? - Social entrepreneurs discuss the value of using market solutions to solve development challenges. (02/07/12)
US Appeals Court Rules California's Prop. 8 Unconstitutional - A federal appeals court declared today that a state can't ban same-sex marriage solely because a majority of its voters disapprove of homosexuality. (02/07/12)
Time to Demand Nonprofit Transparency in Elections? - New PAC law may result in the nonprofit sector adding to the corruption of the electoral system. (02/07/12)
Egypt Defies US by Setting Trial for 19 Americans on Criminal Charges - Egypt's insistence on putting 19 Americans on trial in an investigation into foreign funding of nonprofits has shaken its 30-year alliance with the US. (02/06/12)
Lucy Bernholz Reviews 'Philanthropy in America: A History' - Author Olivier Zunz traces 100-year evolution of nonprofits and foundations. (02/06/12)
'We the People' Loses Appeal With People Around the World - "Among the world's democracies, constitutional similarity to the United States has clearly gone into free fall," says a new, data-intensive study. (02/06/12)
Fast-Growing Charity Funds Raise Issues - Donor-advised funds can hold cash for longer periods. (02/06/12)
Komen Foundation Reverses Funding Decision on Planned Parenthood - Faced with a deluge of opposition, the breast cancer advocacy group reversed a decision that would have cut off funding to some Planned Parenthood projects. (02/03/12)
Garth Brooks Gets His Donation Back - Hospital pays $1 million after failing to name health center after his mother. (02/03/12)
Nonprofit News Groups Consider Merger - Differences in mission may lead California's AG to challenge the prospective union, experts say. (02/03/12)
Board Disbands Housing Nonprofit Under FBI Investigation - Greed, mismanagement and questionable financial practices trigger dissolution. (02/02/12)
Benefit Corporations and the New Advocates - A critical look at allowing a company's board to put social objectives ahead of profits. (02/02/12)
Does Your Nonprofit Need Legal Counsel About Using Social Media? - New book helps nonprofits understand legal challenges. (02/02/12)
Creating Shared Value - Business leaders at Davos move beyond simple charity and public relations. (02/01/12)
New Hampshire Bill Requires Training for Nonprofits - The law mandates fiscal management and ethics sessions for at least one board member. (02/01/12)
A Dozen Law Schools Hit With Lawsuits Over Jobs Data - Lawsuits claim schools don't reveal true picture of post-graduate employment. (02/01/12)
Social Entrepreneurs Appeal for Change in Davos - A total of 30 social entrepreneurs attended the World Economic Forum this year to promote ethically and ecologically responsible business practices. (01/31/12)
IRS: Big Charity Filed Misleading Tax Return - Audit claims Food for the Hungry overstated value of donated goods received. (01/31/12)
The Darkest Day in the History of American Super PACs - Florida's Republican primary demonstrates impact of Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. (01/31/12)
Lawmakers Act to Stem Suppliers' Abuse of Workers - A California law and a national bill could pressure companies to purge their supply chains of human rights violations. (01/30/12)
The "Global 100" Ranks the World's Most Sustainable Companies - Top businesses focus on "clean capitalism" and creating green jobs. (01/30/12)
State Dept: Americans Take Refuge at Cairo Embassy - The unusual step of offering US citizens diplomatic refuge follows Cairo's crackdown on NGOs, including several funded by the US government. (01/30/12)
A 21st Century NGO - A handful of Yale medical students support a Nepal hospital from 8,000 miles away. (01/30/12)
Dignity Memorial Buries 1,000th Homeless Veteran - Vietnam War veteran Stevenson L. Roy died broke and homeless, but Wednesday he received a funeral with full military honors in recognition of his service. (01/27/12)
Executive Liability Rising for Private, Nonprofit Firms - Many nonprofits feel no need to insure board and executives. (01/27/12)
A New Kind of Bond Could Save Taxpayer Money and Improve Social Services - Bonds will let the government task private companies to solve public challenges. (01/27/12)
Yale Class to Donate 100k - Students distribute grants as part of philanthropy curriculum. (01/26/12)
With New Law, Profits Take a Back Seat - Eight states allow "benefit corporations" to focus on social good. (01/26/12)
FBI Plans to Monitor Social Networks - FBI will search social media for content relating to terrorism and other threats. (01/26/12)
Collision in the Making Between Self-Driving Cars and How the World Works - Experts say questions of legal liability, privacy and insurance regulation might pose far more problems than the technological issues. (01/25/12)
The Trouble With Impact Investing - Providing organizations with capital at below market rates can trigger unintended consequences. (01/25/12)
How SOPA Anti-Piracy Bill Could Affect Nonprofits - The House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could shut down nonprofit web sites accused of copyright infringement. (01/25/12)
What to Do About IRA Charitable Donations - Sixty federal tax provisions expired in 2011, but one stands out for causing older taxpayers trouble: the individual-retirement-account donation rule. (01/24/12)
4th Circuit Court Refuses Review of Terrorism Policy - The court tossed out a 9/11 detainee's damage suit, ruling military detention and interrogation policies can't be challenged for damages in federal courts. (01/24/12)
Clinton's Vision: Aligning Business and Philanthropy - Former President Bill Clinton promotes capitalism's capacity to solve the world's problems while enhancing profits. (01/24/12)
Scalia on Unlimited Political Ads: Turn Off the TV - Justice Scalia offers a simple remedy for the Super PAC-fueled explosion of political ads unleashed by "Citizens United": just ignore them. (01/23/12)
Supreme Court: Search Warrants Needed When Police Use GPS to Track Suspects - The ruling represents a serious complication for law enforcement nationwide, which increasingly relies on high tech surveillance of suspects. (01/23/12)
Judge Jed Rakoff on Free Love, the Death Penalty, and Wall Street Justice - Meet the judge who could singlehandedly force a revolution in the way corporate America is policed. (01/23/12)
Massachusetts May Try Social Impact Bonds - The bonds would let investors fund social programs and get a return from those that successfully address issues and generate savings for the state. (01/23/12)
In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old - Last week's online blackouts sent an unmistakable message to lawmakers grappling with new media issues: Don't mess with the Internet. (01/23/12)
A Fundraiser Goes Behind Bars - An executive director leaves his job running a microfinance fund to help prison inmates. (01/20/12)
9 Tips for Raising More Money in 2012 - Fundraisers must remember to focus on the basics, including reminding donors what their money is accomplishing. (01/20/12)
A Rotary Engine - Can a businessmen's club eradicate polio from the world? (01/20/12)
Social Entrepreneurship: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands in an Age of Austerity - Rupert Scofield of FINCA International offers five lessons for entrepreneurs who are thinking of taking the plunge into social action. (01/20/2012)
Does Charity Advocacy Pay Off? You Bet! - A new study by a group that promotes advocacy says nonprofit efforts have reaped billions of dollars in benefits to communities. (01/19/12)
Nonprofits Added Jobs Faster Than Businesses Last Decade, Study Finds - The study also found nonprofits are the third largest type of private employer in the US, behind only retail trade and manufacturing. (01/19/12)
Judge Rules Vermont Can't Shut Nuclear Plant - A judge blocked Vermont from shutting down a reactor, saying the state is trying to regulate nuclear safety, which only the federal government can do. (01/19/12)
Web Protests Piracy Bills, and Two Senators Change Course - Internet protests Wednesday quickly cut into Congressional support for anti-web piracy measures as lawmakers abandoned and rethought their backing. (01/18/12)
Charities Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Health Care Law - Charities and patient-advocacy groups say the Supreme Court should uphold a health care law that requires most Americans to buy health insurance. (01/18/12)
At the Heart of Innovation, Failure and Trust - A report from the first-ever Intersection Event, held in Pixar's HQ and including innovators in fields from entertainment to philanthropy. (01/18/12)
How Fares the Dream? - If King could see America now, says Paul Krugman, he would be disappointed: Goodbye Jim Crow, hello class system. (01/17/12)
The Co-operative Advantage: A Rich and Varied Contribution to Social Enterprise - As we begin the UN International Year of Co-operatives, Rory Ridley-Duff looks at how co-operative values can improve management practices. (01/17/12)
The Wrath of a Great Leader - How Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger, and what we can learn from his example. (01/17/12)
NJ to Test Nonprofit-Run Schools in Urban Districts - Nonprofit organizations can apply to develop and run public schools in three New Jersey cities under a 10-year pilot program. (01/16/12)
Honor Martin Luther King By Supporting His Causes - Though Monday is a national day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there are other ways to pay tribute to the civil rights leader. (01/16/12)
Shaking Up the Long Tail - Donors who use cell phones to donate do more than give. They talk about it. Lucy Bernholz calls them "roaming reflexive donors." (01/16/12)
33 Entrepreneurs Who Make This World a Better Place - Need inspiration? Here are 33 people who are changing the world for the better. (01/13/12)
Lessons for the Social Sector From the Arab Spring - Effective causes need networks of people with the strength to pull together in the face of opposition, says NPR's social media senior strategist. [audio] (01/13/12)
The Power of the Interim Executive Director - In a leadership transition, an interim executive director can take the helm, help the board and staff, and lay the groundwork for a successor's success. (01/13/12)
IRS Urged to Improve the Process of Reinstating Dropped Charities - An internal monitor says the process of reinstating charities that have lost their tax-exempt status is unnecessarily burdensome. (01/12/12)
Budget Cut Could Curtail Oversight of National Service Programs - The Corporation for National and Community Service must lay off most of its staff and sharply curtail activities due to a "severe and damaging" budget cut. (01/12/12)
Toppling a Paradigm, Building a New One in Europe: From Subsidies to Investment - In continental Europe, the financing problem is not a lack of funds, but an abundance of funds conditioned with anti-entrepreneurial incentives. (01/12/12)
NCB Capital Impact: Investing Billions into Underserved Communities Nationwide - COO Annie Donovan of NCB Capital Impact on the organization's founding, milestones, challenges and opportunities, leadership lessons, and more. (01/11/12)
An Alternative to .org? Say Hello to .ngo - A proposed .ngo domain could give nonprofits another way to show their legitimacy to online donors. (01/11/12)
Call for Civic Learning - A new report makes the case for an elevated level of civic knowledge and democratic engagement among college students. (01/11/12)
Chicago Will Levy Fees on Cash-Strapped Nonprofits - Facing a $630 million budget shortfall, Chicago plans to phase out fee waivers for water, sewer, and other city services for nonprofits. (01/10/12)
Why CSR's Future Matters to Your Company - In 2012, every enterprise, large and small, will be forced to make corporate social responsibility a focal point. Four areas stand out. (01/10/12)
Free Expression: Five Questions with Jack Balkin - What's the most serious threat today to free speech? What's your take on SOPA? Is the Roberts Court a free-speech friend or foe? Jack Balkin responds. (01/10/12)
Behavior Change: The Biggest Challenge Facing Social Entrepreneurs - Making solar-powered lanterns? Turning waste into energy? Easy. Getting people to change their daily behavior? Now there's a challenge. (01/09/12)
How to Reach the Constitutional Question in the Health Care Cases - While the Supreme Court agreed to hear three challenges to the 2010 health care reform, they may not resolve the constitutional questions at stake. (01/09/12)
Breyer on Recusal Kerfuffle: Move Along, Nothing to See Here - With the High Court mulling the Clean Water Act, Texas redistricting, and health care reform, concerns about ethics are always in session. (01/09/12)
Firms With Benefits - A new sort of caring, sharing company gathers momentum. (01/06/12)
Five Fundraising Questions for 2012 - Despite positive reports of successful year-end appeals, fundraising will challenge charities in 2012. Here are some questions fundraisers are asking. (01/06/12)
The Trouble With Not Defining Social Enterprise - Avoiding definition has allowed it to be co-opted by others and let private sector opportunists masquerade as social entrepreneurs, says Declan Jones. (01/06/12)
Making Volunteering More Popular by Making It More Relevant - Many people have skills (accounting, design, communications) that are incredibly valuable for nonprofits and would make volunteering more rewarding. (01/05/12)
The Next Generation of Philanthropy: An Interview with Jessamyn Lau - The program leader of the innovative Peery Foundation discusses impact investing, Gen Y, social media, and mission-related investments. (01/05/2012)
SCOTUS Expected to Weigh Montana Campaign Finance Appeal - The US Supreme Court is expected to wade into the debate over corporate cash in politics again, just in time for the 2012 election season. (01/05/12)
Businesses Seek California's New Benefit Corporation Status - On the first business day after a new law took effect, the first wave of companies file papers to put people and planet on a par with profit. (01/04/12)
Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund on 2011 and the Year Ahead - Chief Innovation Officer Dichter discusses progress in building a funding pipeline in 2011, and how to get more capital flowing to the sector. (01/04/12)
Yoxi: A New Media Platform for Social Innovation Rockstars - "Changing the world should be fun," says media executive, social entrepreneur, and impact investor Sharon Chang. (01/04/12)
Best Ideas of 2011: The Reshaping of Capitalism - Capitalism is slowly undergoing a massive transformation, one demanded by Occupy Wall Street and answered by the social enterprise movement. (01/03/2012)
10 Donors to Watch in 2012 - Ten philanthropists and grant makers who could make a big difference in 2012 and beyond. (01/03/12)
Patagonia Becomes A California Benefit Corporation - On the first day that CA-based companies can change corporate status to become a Benefit Corporation, Patagonia puts its principles into practice. (01/03/12)
Richard Branson on Measuring the Success of 2011 - "To find solutions, we at Virgin have had to consciously cast aside traditional thinking, form unusual partnerships and consider unorthodox answers..." (01/02/2012)
Missing Chinese Lawyer Said to Be in Remote Prison - The brother of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent dissident rights lawyer who had been missing for 20 months, says he is being held in a prison in Xinjiang. (01/02/2012)
Teachers and Social Entrepreneurs - An interview with Ellen Moir, founder and executive director of New Teacher Center (NTC). (01/02/2012)
The Year of Controversial Giving - What does 2012 have in store for giving, especially the impact-driven approach called "philanthrocapitalism"? Here are 10 predictions. (01/02/2012)
For Entrepreneurial 'Change Agents,' a Green MBA - An increasing number of colleges are offering courses or entire programs devoted to green business practices in response to growing demand. (12/30/11)
Donations From the Rich to Charities Rose in 2011 - There many more gifts of at least $1 million, and the number of commitments that exceeded $100 million also grew. (12/30/11)
2012 Resolutions for the Nonprofit World - Diverse leaders and thinkers offer their hopes and challenges for the new year. (12/30/11)
Montana Court Restores Corporate Campaign Spending Ban - The Montana Supreme Court ruling bucks a high profile U.S. Supreme Court decision granting political speech rights to corporations. (12/30/11)
The Disappearing Barriers Between Business And Nonprofits Are Driving Innovation - Now both types of organizations are influencing each others' practices and finding ways to work together. (12/29/11)
New Laws Ring in the New Year - A wide range of new legislation goes into effect on January 1. (12/29/11)
Redevelopment Agencies Face Closure in California Supreme Court Ruling - California's high court rules that state lawmakers have a right to seize $1.7 billion to solve the state deficit. (12/29/11)
A Manifesto for Sustainable Capitalism - Al Gore and David Blood on how businesses can embrace environmental, social and governance metrics. (12/29/11)
Cities Face Tough Choices as US Slashes Block Grants Program - CDBG was devised to bypass state governments and send money directly to big cities, giving them broad leeway to decide how to spend it. (12/28/11)
Volunteering: A Great Way To Learn Real Executive Leadership - One of the best ways for young managers to experience the kind of leadership needed for the C-Suite is to do volunteer work early in their careers. (12/28/11)
Changing Assumptions About the Ultra Poor - The best way to help the ultra poor is not to give them a handout, but an opportunity. (12/28/11)
Nonprofits Still Hurting - The crippled economy continues to squeeze nonprofits, with smaller organizations under the greatest stress, a new report says. (12/28/11)
Philanthropy Buzzwords of 2011 - Words like "disruption" and "amplify" echo across the nonprofit world, but nothing is more ubiquitous than the Twitter hashtag. (12/27/11)
Understanding Where the Big Gifts Will Come From in 2012 - Two fundraising experts offer advice and predictions about which big gifts donors will find most attractive in 2012. (12/27/11)
Charities That May Have Benefited From Hacking Seek to Make Refunds - In one of the biggest giving weeks of the year, large nonprofits face a new challenge in identifying unauthorized contributions. (12/27/11)
Should 2012 Be the Start of a Decade of Sustainable Capitalism? - John Elkington asks whether we shouldn't be raising our sights considerably in the coming year. (12/24/11)
A Nonprofit Blends Old and New to Help Women Entrepreneurs - From business training to legendary lemon meringue pie, the Women's Exchange in Baltimore has been serving it up since 1880. (12/23/2011)
The Trajectories of Organizations in Growth and Decline - An organization that attempts to do too much, too fast will almost certainly decline as quickly as it grows. (12/23/11)
Living with the Gates Foundation: A Retrospective - A summary of articles and discussions about the Gates Foundation's impact on global social change. (12/23/11)
Justice Department Rejects SC Voter ID Law, Calling It Discriminatory - The Obama administration rejected the new law requiring photo ID at the polls, saying it discriminates against minority voters. (12/22/11)
Millennials to Business: Social Responsibility Isn't Optional - As consumers, employees and entrepreneurs, Millennials are shifting the norms of corporate America's conduct, ethical imperatives and purpose. (12/22/11)
How Entrepreneurs with Social Vision Secured Venture Capital - The more philanthropically focused eyeglass maker Warby Parker turned down venture interest, the more it was pursued. (12/22/11)
Donor-Advised Fund Grants Inch Up in 2010 - While assets grew fast, the increase in grants was not as healthy. (12/21/11)
A New Approach to Funding Social Enterprises - How financial engineering can make it possible to channel investment from the financial markets to organizations devoted to social ends. (12/21/11)
News Flash: Progress Happens - The daily news is dominated by daunting problems. Here, for a change, are some social solutions. (12/21/11)
Opinion: Don't Break the Internet - PIPA and SOPA pose grave constitutional problems and could be disastrous for Internet stability and security as well as free expression, say the authors. (12/20/2011)
Simple Lessons in Nonprofit Insurance - If anything can go wrong, it probably will. That's why nonprofits need liability and property insurance. (12/20/11)
S Corps, C Corps, and B Corps, Oh My! Why Corporate Structure Matters - We must shift our expectations for companies to make business choices based upon fair returns for all stakeholders. (12/20/2011)
Half of Charities Say Holiday Giving Season Has Been Happy - Many charities are raising more in November and December than they did a year ago, and one in five say giving is growing by more than 20%. (12/19/11)
Schools Restricting Online Conversations Between Teachers and Students - The stricter social media guidelines are meeting resistance from some teachers in the form of constitutional challenges on free speech grounds. (12/19/11)
Could Silicon Valley Rethink Philanthropy? - Saying tech titans should be more philanthropic, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen encourages the youngest billionaires to give away their money now. (12/19/11)
Nonprofits See Mixed Results in Federal Budget Deal - Arts and national service spending would drop, but deep cuts to public broadcasting and antipoverty aid were fought off by Democrats. (12/16/11)
How SOPA Affects Students, Educators, and Libraries - The act's vague language and overbroad enforcement methods all but ensure it could be used to stifle student and educator speech, critics say. (12/16/11)
Will Benefit Corporations Change the Way NYC Does Big Business? - "Ten to twenty years from now this will be the standard way of doing business," says B Lab's Andrew Greenblatt. (12/16/11)
Opinion: Philanthrocapitalism Is Not Social Change Philanthropy - Too few philanthrocapitalists ask hard questions about the model of economic growth that has made their acquisition of wealth possible, says Kavita Ramdas. (12/15/11)
Opinion: False Dichotomies and Philanthrocapitalism - Philanthrocapitalists are vital to moving beyond blame-game rhetoric to figure out solutions to the world's problems, say Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. (12/15/11)
The New Measures for Improving Nonprofit Performance - Alnoor S. Ebrahim and Mario Marino discuss differences and similarities between performance measurement in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. (12/15/11)
Google Gives $40M to Boost Education, Fight Slavery, and Increase Tech Access - Emphases include improving educational levels of girls in developing nations, fighting human trafficking, and promoting science and math education. (12/14/11)
Why New York Just Became a Better State for Businesses - Last night New York became the seventh state to pass a law allowing socially-minded businesses to be designated as benefit corporations. (12/14/11)
Richard Branson: Screw Business As Usual (and Make Your Money by Doing Good) - As long as entrepreneurs can make huge sums while helping others, he says in his new book, why do business any other way? (12/14/11)
New Study Helps Quantify Women's Philanthropic Clout - Women control or are equal partners in philanthropic decision making in three out of four rich couples, a new study finds. (12/13/11)
Health Care Case Adds Pressure for Cameras in Supreme Court - Having agreed the hear a federal health care law dispute, the justices now face the strongest challenge yet to their ban on televised hearings. (12/13/11)
OECD Calls on Members to Defend Internet Freedoms - The group of 34 developed countries urges policy makers to support investment in digital networks and to take a light touch on regulation. (12/13/11)
The Power of Small - You don't have to be a giant foundation to have a measurable impact. (12/12/11)
New Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs - There are now several innovative legal structures designed for entrepreneurs who are driven as much by mission as by money. Here's an overview. (12/12/11)
Social Entrepreneurs: Gary Hattem and Asad Mahmood - Closing the Eye Fund, a social investment project providing low-cost loans to eye-care hospitals in China, Nigeria and Paraguay, took more than five years. (12/12/11)
Divine's Sweet Partnership With Its Supporters - Social enterprises can learn from how Divine mobilised volunteers and supporters. (12/12/11)
Online Giving Important to Donors 60 and Up, New Study Says - Fundraisers need to shift their thinking to reflect the reality that older donors are a key demographic in online giving. (12/12/11)
The 10 Essential Steps to Successful Social Entrepreneurship - Seventh Generation founder Jeffrey Hollender knows how to start a triple-bottom-line business. These are his tips for doing it right. (12/09/11)
B Corporations: Do They Really Indicate Good Companies? - Certain aspects of the certification process should ensure that these companies are really ready to walk the walk of their social mission. (12/09/11)
NAACP Turning to UN as It Protests 'Concerted Attack' on Minority Voting Rights - The NAACP alleges a concerted effort to repress the voting rights of poor, predominantly African-American and Hispanic voters in America. (12/08/11)
Homeowners Offer Houses to Charities Instead of Cash - Since the collapse of the real estate market, charities and nonprofits see a trend toward property owners wanting to donate houses. (12/08/11)
State Budgets Could Challenge Nonprofits Through 2013 - To cope with challenges, nonprofits urged to make changes to boards and fundraising approach and to recruit the unemployed as volunteers. (12/08/11)
Opinion: Grant Makers Must Do More to Stave Off State Cuts to Education - Foundations need to take a strong stand against state cuts that target public education, writes the president of a family foundation in Texas. (12/07/11)
Supreme Court Has Hard Time Finding an Easy Test for Patents on Medical Processes - Defending its patents before the Supreme Court, Prometheus Labs has a problem: its procedures don't sound like much of a discovery. (12/07/11)
European Commission Initiative Will Unlock Social Sector's Potential - The EC's new Social Business Initiative would create an ecosystem conducive to social businesses, in part by facilitating access to funding. (12/07/11)
Why We Give to Charity - Emerging research on charitable giving yields a difficult truth: Thinking harder about how to give makes us less likely to give at all. (12/06/11)
Supreme Court Ready for TV? It's a Split Decision - Televising Supreme Court proceedings would benefit the public, some told the Senate, while others called the idea possibly unconstitutional and harmful. (12/06/2011)
The New Philanthropists: Tech Entrepreneurs Giving While Living - Scarce resources and growing social needs are driving philanthropic innovation, says Thomas Tierney, and technology has become a major enabler in the field. (12/06/11)
MBAs Lend Their Skills to Nonprofit Boards - Programs that pair MBAs with nonprofits that need their skills are giving students a way to obtain board experience and have a social impact. (12/05/11)
Helping Nonprofits Benefit From Fresh Ideas - Insight Labs, a nonprofit in Chicago, gathers outside experts to help charities think through tough questions. (12/05/11)
In an Open-Source Society, Innovating by the Seat of Our Pants - "The Internet isn't really a technology," says Joichi Ito. "It's a belief system, a philosophy about the effectiveness of decentralized, bottom-up innovation." (12/05/11)
Guantanamo for US Citizens? Senate Bill Raises Questions - Legislation passed by the Senate and headed for the House could allow the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely. (12/02/11)
Mayo Takes Patent Case to US Supreme Court - The case involves a centuries-old argument: can patent protection be applied to a medical or scientific idea? (12/02/11)
Philanthropy Without Borders Emerging - The players are shifting and the lines are blurring in the "social economy." (12/02/11)
Rich vs. Poor Debate Over School Fundraising - A California school district considers redirecting some private donations meant for affluent schools to those with fewer rich supporters. (12/01/11)
Part Two: Investing Beyond Exit - How committed is your social enterprise not just the management team to impact? Is it truly "impact first"? (12/01/11)
Can Venture Capital Save The World? - An extraordinary Forbes cover story profiling Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of the Acumen Fund. (12/01/11)
Part One: Constructing the Case for Impact Investment - Two essential questions for social entrepreneurs: Are you committed to your target market? Will people want what you provide? (11/30/11)
To Advance Their Cause, Foundations Buy Stocks - Foundations increasingly use program-related investments to connect with profit-making ventures that advance their missions. (11/30/11)
Potential $15 Billion Windfall for Effective Nonprofits - A new study shows that about 5% of giving could be steered to high-performing charities if nonprofits did more to inform donors. (11/30/11)
Sentiment Builds for Banning Corporate Personhood, But Tough Road Ahead - 'We the People' versus 'We the Corporation': How far should a constitutional amendment go to roll back corporate rights? (11/29/11)
Avoiding Trouble: What Nonprofits Can Learn From Sex-Abuse Scandal - Never give a free pass to any charity official, no matter how high profile, and get independent help investigating charges of wrongdoing, say two legal experts. (11/29/11)
Should Philanthropies Operate Like Businesses? - Donors have every right to expect measurable progress toward agreed-upon goals. Or not. Should businesslike thinking trump social values? (11/29/11)
Before You Join That Board... - It may be an honor. And it may be a pain. Before joining a charity's board, here are some things to consider. (11/28/11)
Strength in Numbers - As big donations fall, nonprofits look to make up the shortfall in volume. The trick is reaching the masses. (11/28/11)
Putting Charities to The Financial Test - Is an organization about to go bust? Before you give them money, you need to do some due diligence. (11/28/11)
Royalties From New Book Earmarked for Occupy Wall Street Movement - The nonprofit magazine Yes! oversees publication of a chronicle of the two-month-old protests. (11/23/11)
Intellectual Property Strategy: a Book, a Panel, and a Movement - John Palfrey's new book takes a more positive view of IP that looks for ways to improve an organization's bottom line or mission by sharing. (11/23/11)
Unexpected Innovation Lessons from the Do Lectures - Social innovation is weird, tough, uncertain, unready, necessarily messy, and always a work in progress. (11/23/11)
The Continuing Lesson of the Aramony Scandal - The death of a flamboyant charity wrongdoer sends a reminder to regulators. (11/22/11)
Super Committee Breakdown Could Hurt Nonprofits - Federal aid to nonprofits and the charitable deduction for wealthy donors are among charity leaders' concerns. (11/22/11)
Big Consultants Increasingly Turn to Nonprofit Clients - Big management-consulting companies have stepped up their efforts to serve charities and foundations. (11/22/11)
What They Don't Teach Law Students: Lawyering - Law schools have long emphasized the theoretical over the useful, leaving law firms fairly resigned to training their hires how to actually practice law. (11/21/11)
Measuring Leadership Development - While measuring the results of leadership development can be tough, it can also be one of the social sector's greatest performance improvement tools. (11/21/11)
Calling All Boomers: Don't Start More Nonprofits - We have too many charities already, says Mark Rosenman. To change the world, we need to fix social, political, and economic institutions instead. (11/18/11)
How Not to Handle Succession in the Arts - There could be worse ways to handle succession planning than the one chosen by the Miami City Ballet, says Kelly Kleiman, but it would be hard to think of one. (11/18/11)
Congress Weighs Fighting Internet Piracy Like the War on Drugs - Protecting intellectual property is important, says Conor Friedersdorf, but SOPA would harm innocents and undermine due process. (11/18/11)
Organization: The Next Big Innovation - The next big disruptive force will come from a shift in mindset that will refocus our efforts on improving our organizational effectiveness. (11/17/11)
Roundtable on Impact Investing - Impact investing leaders from around the world discuss their experiences, key trends, and how to make impact investing more effective. (11/17/11)
Wealthy Donor's Book Puts Spotlight on Ordinary Donors - Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has written a book on giving that combines her expertise as a philanthropist and scholar. (11/17/11)
Open Philanthropy: Dragging Foundations Into the Internet Age - Lucy Bernholz wants the giant organizations that dole out millions in funding to become more transparent, open, and democratic. (11/16/11)
More Money Can Beat Big Money - Why do we need publicly funded elections? Because campaigns financed by the 1% will never earn the confidence of the 99%, says Lawrence Lessig. (11/16/11)
Has a Harvard Prof Mapped Out the Next Step for Occupy Wall Street? - Lawrence Lessig's call for state-based activism toward a Constitutional Convention could give the uprooted movement a political project for winter. (11/16/11)
Opinion: Stop the Great Firewall of America - Congress, under pressure over IP theft, is considering legislation that would bring major features of Chinese-style Internet censorship to the US. (11/15/11)
New Fund to Promote Innovation in Philanthropy - The North Carolina group hopes the money will draw attention to new approaches to social problems and help it expand. (11/15/11)
A Donor Helps Push Innovation at Wharton - The fund will award grants to ventures that grow out of university courses, part of a larger innovation effort at the prestigious business school. (11/15/11)
Supreme Court Agrees to Settle Fight Over Obama Health-Care Law - The health-care law hangs in the balance, but the case is also about the power of Congress and the role of Supreme Court precedent. (11/14/11)
Controversy Over Drug Values at Aid Groups: A Look at a Key Player - How international aid groups and a company that supplies drugs to the nonprofits make use of the lack of clarity in accounting rules. (11/14/11)
Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability - Understanding how to create social and economic value and how to adapt and innovate are just as important as good content. (11/14/11)
With Eye on Future, Nonprofits Shift Focus to Planned Giving - Legacy societies offer a chance to build strong relationships with donors that will pay off down the line. (11/12/11)
How a New Foundation Listens to Its Community - The Community Foundation of South Jersey, now in its second year, finds ways to help eight diverse counties work together to address their issues. (11/11/11)
Split Definitive - For the first time in a century, the Supreme Court is divided solely by political party. (11/11/11)
Interview: From Crowdsourcing to CouchSurfing - CouchSurfing co-founder Casey Fenton on managing crowdsourced resources, reaching a common vision, and building global community. (11/11/11)
Accounting Board to Research Nonprofit Financial Standards - Two new projects seek to streamline the way nonprofits complete their annual financial statements. (11/10/11)
For Profit or Nonprofit? That Is the Question - Penda Health offers a case study of a for-profit model bringing real value to a cause more often championed by nonprofits. (11/10/11)
Learning from Peter Drucker and the Girl Scouts - Frances Hesselbein, who headed Peter Drucker's Leader to Leader Institute and Girl Scouts USA, shares lessons in nonprofit leadership. (11/10/11)
Head Start Is Given New Rules for Grants - For the first time, Head Start programs must meet certain standards to qualify for renewal of federal grants. (11/10/11)
More Than 12M 'Encore Entrepreneurs' Want to Start Nonprofits or Small Businesses to Create Jobs, Serve Community - Aspiring entrepreneurs between 44 and 70 see financial risks in today's economy, but most are undeterred. (11/09/11)
Social Entrepreneurship and the Next Generation of Giving - The term "social entrepreneurship" lies at the heart of a growing movement of socially motivated thinkers and businesspeople. (11/09/11)
Google Lawyer: Why the Patent System Is Broken - From the center of the escalating mobile patent wars, Google's patent counsel argues that the system itself is broken. (11/08/11)
Appeals Court Backs Obama Healthcare Law - A Washington appeals court ruled Tuesday that President Obama's heavily disputed health-care law is constitutional. (11/08/11)
Police Use of Global-Positioning Devices Questioned by US Supreme Court - At issue: Should police have unbridled freedom to place GPS devices on cars to track criminal suspects? (11/08/11)
The Importance of Earned Income in Your Funding Model - While earned income may not play a big role for your organization today, the potential for financial sustainability is too great to ignore. (11/07/11)
Funding Collaboration - By creating a replicable resource infrastructure, the Catalyst Fund could provide a national model for funding nonprofit collaborations. (11/07/11)
The Business of Social Innovation - One way to nurture and propel local economic growth from the bottom up is by supporting and providing incentives for social enterprises. (11/07/11)
New Group to Endorse Politicians Who Pledge to Strengthen Nonprofits - Next year, CForward will set up a political action committee to start funneling money to those campaigns. (11/04/11)
Can You Hear Me Now? Nonprofit Voices at the Supercommittee - If the supercommittee finds a way of extending its mandate, the already huge challenge for nonprofits will be increased geometrically. (11/04/11)
Senators Seek to Preserve Low Nonprofit Postal Rates - Fund raisers and nonprofit leaders breathed a sigh of relief this week when four senators introduced the new bill. (11/04/11)
The Good Business Model at Goodwill - Goodwill Industries International has been running a complex social enterprise since long before the term was coined. (11/03/11)
Innovation and Impact: Enough Talk, More Do - Cynthia Gibson suggests asking harder questions and pushing for better answers from those preaching about impact and innovation. (11/03/11)
Impact Investing Through DAFs - How do you invest in high-risk, proof-of-concept approaches to solving environmental and social problems if you are risk-averse? Gift it. (11/03/11)
Why Donations to Occupy Wall Street Are Tax-Deductible - Because donations are accepted through a charity serving as a fiscal sponsor, donors can get a tax break for supporting the effort. (11/02/11)
Hyperpartisanship' Dominates Concerns of Nonprofit Leaders - Politicians' polarization and gridlock are eroding the work of nonprofits, say grantmakers, but foundations can help restore civility. (11/02/11)
Corporate Giving Has Narrowed in Wake of Financial Downturn - Companies that support nonprofits increasingly target one or two social issues rather than spreading funding across multiple program areas. (11/02/11)
Few Nonprofit Employees Feel Financially Prepared for Retirement, Survey Finds - About 45% reported considering jobs outside the nonprofit world because of financial concerns, including retirement. (11/01/11)
Wisconsin Nonprofit Reportedly Helped Support Cain Campaign - Run by top aides to Cain, the group apparently covered tens of thousands of dollars in campaign costs. (11/01/11)
Occupy Wall Street Raises More Than $450,000 - So much has been flowing in that organizers have started sending money, goods, and financial advice to "Occupy" protesters in other cities. (11/01/11)
Washington Hospitals Benefit From New Tax Rules - Changes in state property tax rules mean tens of millions in tax dollars will be refunded to some nonprofit hospitals. (10/31/2011)
Teaching the Key Skills of Successful Social Entrepreneurs - Seven important competencies that are essential for success. (10/31/11)
Beyond the "Will Not!"; "Will So!" of Tax Reform - Should nonprofits support "increased marginal tax rates and a cap on the charitable-giving deduction on giving"? (10/31/11)
Corporations Must Become Socially Conscious Citizens - Every business has a deeper purpose than short-term profit maximization and, more importantly, a responsibility to all of its stakeholders. (10/28/11)
Necessity is the Mother of Innovation - Our models of service delivery in the poverty law world are broken, says Tony Lu, and we need to fix them fast. (10/28/11)
Roughly 1 in 7 Foundations Holds Mission Investments - Larger foundations are more likely to seek both social and financial returns. (10/27/11)
End the Patent Wars - A decision by the nation's top patent court shows that the recent America Invents Act does not go far enough to fix the patent system. (10/28/11)
Interview: Empathy, Collaborative Entrepreneurship and the Power of You - An audio interview with Ashoka's Bill Drayton exploring different approaches to creating change. (10/27/11)
Government Could Hide Existence of Records under FOIA Rule Proposal - A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would let federal agencies pretend certain law enforcement or national security documents don't exist. (10/26/11)
New Law Would Require Warrants for GPS Surveillance - Law enforcement would need a warrant to access historical or real-time location data about an individual from a technology provider or device. (10/26/11)
Obama Tax Plan Would Have 'Modest' Impact on Giving, New Study Finds - The proposal to limit the value of charitable deductions for the wealthy would cost charities less than $1 billion. (10/26/11)
Unreasonable, Maybe, but It's on a Social Mission - Entrepreneurs who want to change the world have got to be a little crazy, says Unreasonable Institute co-founder Daniel Epstein. (10/25/11)
Discussion Transcript: Hot Issues in Aiding Immigrants to the United States - Social service organizations and foundations are scrambling to deal with new needs created by state laws aiming to limit immigration. (10/25/11)
Charities Oppose Plan to End Their Postal Discounts - Charities are protesting Congressional plans to gradually phase out the discounts they receive for mail appeals and other materials. (10/25/11)
Jeff Skoll Joins Forbes' Biggest Givers List, Receives Global Humanitarian Award - Billionaire Jeff Skoll, former President of eBay, has championed the concept of the "social entrepreneur." (10/25/11)
How 'Hybrid' Nonprofits Can Stay on Mission - To avoid 'mission drift,' hybrid organizations should focus on who they hire and how they socialize those employees. (10/24/11)
Duke Foundation Creates Nation's Biggest Artist-Grant Program - Performing artists now have something new to dream about: a $275,000 phone call from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (10/24/11)
Philanthropy Runs Deep for African-Americans - A new book assembles stories of 60 Charlotte residents who demonstrate a legacy and history of giving that extends back centuries. (10/24/11)
Microsoft's Top Lawyer Recruits Celebrities and Colleagues to Start Charity - Kids in Need of Defense provides free legal assistance to immigrant children in courtrooms across the country. (10/21/11)
Chief Justice: Volunteer Lawyers, Law Students Provide Invaluable Service to Us All - The need for pro bono legal work has never been greater, says Wisconsin's Chief Justice. (10/21/11)
ABA's "Celebrate Pro Bono Week" Expands to Meet Growing Demand of Nation's Poor - Lawyers organize events in communities across the nation to provide legal services and promote pro bono efforts. (10/21/11)
America's Top Fund-Raising Groups Face Big Struggles - Big charities expect fund raising to improve in 2011, but the increase won't come close to making up ground lost in the downturn. (10/20/11)
Philanthropy as Infrastructure? - As a society, says Lucy Bernholz, we should not encourage the replacement of public responsibilities by private philanthropy. (10/20/11)
Five Investments You Can Skip - The list of things a nonprofit "must" do to be effective is now miles long and ridiculous, says Aaron Hurst. (10/20/11)
White House Event on Nonprofit Finance to Be Streamed Live - A daylong seminar on "pay for success" projects, which offer a new way for governments to finance social programs, will take place on Friday. (10/19/11)
Unique Volunteer Model Flourishes - These partners don't just write out checks for a cause: they give professional skills, as well as cash, to nonprofits with success potential. (10/19/11)
New Jersey Social Innovation Institute Launched - Social ventures promoted by the institute may be affiliated with nonprofits, but will operate as social enterprises. (10/19/11)
Obama Nominates Los Angeles Lawyer to 9th Circuit - The choice of Paul Watford for the overburdened federal appeals court drew praise from both sides of the aisle. (10/18/11)
Senator Steps Up Pressure on Nonprofit 'Supporting Organizations' - A top GOP senator pressed the Treasury Department to complete a study of "supporting organizations" that finance the activities of specific nonprofits. (10/18/11)
Social Change a Priority for Americans - Almost all Americans made an effort to effect positive social change last year, and most say it is important to them personally, a new study says. (10/18/11)
Obama Names Florida Volunteer Leader to Head National Service Agency - Wendy Spencer, head of Florida's commission on volunteerism and community service, was named Monday to head the federal unit. (10/17/11)
'Disruptive Forces' Face Nonprofits - A new report details six emerging trends that organizations must embrace in order to succeed. (10/17/11)
Book Review: 'Five Chiefs' by John Paul Stevens - The retired Supreme Court justice reminisces on his dealings with five Chief Justices: Vinson, Warren, Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts. (10/17/11)
Nonprofit Brings Together Young Wealthy People to Support OWS Protesters - A new web site enables young wealthy people to pledge solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. (10/14/2011)
Four Models for Managing Digital at Your Organization - There are typically four models to consider: informal, centralized, independent, and the holy grail of excellence the hybrid model. (10/14/11)
Equity in Arts Funding: We're Not Even Close - A new report argues that arts grantmaking "disregards large segments of cultural practice, and by doing so, disregards large segments of our society." (10/14/11)
A Quest for Hybrid Companies That Profit, but Can Tap Charity - California is the latest state to permit flexible-purpose corporations, a new type of company that puts social goals ahead of profit. (10/13/11)
Nonprofit News Groups Face Long Delays in Winning IRS Blessing - Journalistic groups feel stymied financially and operationally by the lag; meanwhile, the IRS seems concerned about the precedent it will set. (10/13/11)
Corporate Revolution for Good! - Even as Wall Street is being occupied and corporations reviled, a revolution is quietly raging that empowers corporations to be a force for good. (10/13/11)
US Judge Orders Delay in Michigan Welfare Cuts - A federal judge halted enforcement of a new state law ending assistance to thousands of families on welfare for four years or more. (10/12/11)
NJ Cuts Hit Services for Hispanics - Deep budget cuts for the New Jersey agency that aids Latino immigrants are squeezing services at nonprofits that rely on state money. (10/12/11)
California Charities Sue State Over Spending Cuts - Charities serving the developmentally disabled took California to court, challenging the legality of budget cuts affecting their services. (10/12/11)
Nonprofit Mergers: Are You Negotiating with the Right Party? - It's critical to know who ultimately makes decisions for your nonprofit partner during the negotiating process. (10/11/2011)
What Steve Jobs Gave to Nonprofits - He didn't sign The Giving Pledge, but Steve Jobs gave nonprofits something far more valuable: a radical leveling of the technological playing field. (10/11/2011)
Cutting the Budget Without Hitting an Artery - Nonprofits must keep accountability and transparency in mind in deciding what to cut and not cut from their budgets. (10/10/11)
Limits on Charity Tax Breaks for Jobs Bill No Longer Likely - The plan to limit the tax break the wealthy get for itemized deductions, including charitable gifts, appears to be dead. (10/10/11)
Fundraising Climate Still Tough, Survey Finds - Less than half of nonprofits surveyed raised more in the first half of 2011 than they did in the same period a year earlier. (10/10/11)
California's New B Corp Law Eyes Social, Environmental Interplay - California businesses will be able to set up shop as Benefit Corporations under a new law signed Sunday by Governor Jerry Brown. (10/10/2011)
Dream Act Becomes Law in California - Undocumented immigrants can now apply for state-financed scholarships and aid at state universities. (10/08/2011)
WIPO Boss: Web Technology Should Have Been Patented - The Web would have been better off if it had been patented and its users had to pay license fees, WIPO head insists. (10/08/11)
Price Tag for Charity Tax Break Loss: At Least $2.9 Billion - A study released today says the cost to nonprofits could go as high as $5.6 billion. (10/07/2011)
Podcast: How to Seek Volunteers Using Social Networks - Social networks help charities recruit volunteers and give them a way to spread the word about the charities they help. (10/07/2011)
Government Nonprofit Policy: How Much More Can the Sector Take? - Government has routinely picked battles with the nonprofit sector. When will we start fighting back? (10/07/11)
10 Traits Nonprofits Need to Make Successful Financial Changes - What makes some organizations more likely than others to adopt change effectively? Here are 10 answers. (10/06/2011)
State Regulators Seek Ways to Police Social Media Appeals - Charity regulators worry that social networks lack safeguards to protect donors from fraud. (10/06/2011)
Who's Really in Charge of Board Performance? - When the board performs poorly, should the board get the blame? Not so much, says Rick Moyers. (10/06/2011)
Kickstarter Hit With Patent Claim Over Crowdfunding - Is this "method for" patent just another "existing business strategy in internet form"? (10/05/2011)
California's Reader Privacy Act Signed into Law - The update to the state's reader privacy law covers e-books and online book services as well as local bookstores. (10/05/2011)
Will Copyright Stifle Hollywood? - In Golan v. Holder, the Supreme Court considers whether Congress went too far in altering the copyright system. (10/05/2011)
Five Lessons from Nonprofit and For-Profit Scandals - Five ideas that are simple, practical, and based on the number of scandals in the headlines too often ignored. (10/04/2011)
Taking CSR to the Next Level - Businesses need to stand for a social purpose, even if that means walking away from conventional business thinking. (10/04/2011)
To Rescue Politics, Adopt Small-Donor Reforms - An outline of a method of financing political campaigns "that would not produce the cynicism that stains the current system." (10/04/2011)
New State Rules Raising Hurdles at Voting Booth - New laws "could make it significantly harder" for more than 5 million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. (10/03/2011)
Nonprofit Trustees Urged to Get Involved in Public Policy - A national nonprofit leader tells board members to "wake up and use your voice" to oppose government funding cuts. (10/03/2011)
National Service, NPR Face New Challenges From House Republicans - A key spending committee is recommending deep cuts in 2012 for the Corporation for National and Community Service and NPR. (09/30/2011)
Does Philanthropy Really Want Entrepreneurs? Maybe Not - Donors hate seeing grantees fail but how can nonprofits be entrepreneurial without embracing risk? (09/30/2011)
Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World (Podcast) - Aron Cramer explains the need to bridge the gap between businesses for profit and nonprofit organizations. (09/30/2011)
New Ethics Tool Available for Fundraisers - A new tool helps fundraisers measure how ethically their organization treats its donors. (09/29/2011)
Tax-Exempt Status of Rove, Burton Groups Challenged - Campaign-finance watchdogs submitted a complaint to the IRS about major Republican- and Democratic-leaning nonprofits. (09/29/2011)
Catholic Nonprofits Protest Rules Requiring Contraception Coverage - Social-service agencies say they need broader exemption from new federal health-care requirements. (09/29/2011)
Support for Nonprofit Affiliates Studied - Nonprofit networks with multiple affiliates are looking for ways to improve their impact and effectiveness. (09/28/2011)
Bill Clinton Leverages Contacts and Genius to Garner $6.5 Billion - Clinton's masterful performance at CGI showed attributes that all nonprofits would do well to emulate. (09/28/2011)
Lessons in Working With Trustees - Tips for working with board members from the BoardSource annual meeting in Atlanta. (09/28/2011)
Charity Fundraising Results See No Change in First Half of 2011 - As Q4 begins, less than half of nonprofits reported year-over-year fundraising increases in the first half of 2011. (09/27/2011)
To Spend Out, or Not To Spend Out? What Every Foundation Should Ask - To spend out, or not to spend out: that is the question for foundations. At least, it should be. (09/27/2011)
Scaling Social Impact by Giving Away Value - Stephen Song founded a social enterprise that aims to make starting a phone company as easy as launching a blog. (09/27/2011)
As Social Media Grow, So Does First Amendment Appreciation - A new study finds a clear relationship between student use of social media and support for free expression rights. (09/26/2011)
Opinion: More Foundations Need to Seek Feedback from Grantees - Power imbalances in philanthropy make candid criticism a rarity, but some groups are trying to get past that. (09/26/2011)
Finally, Socially Responsible Investors Can Measure their Impact - A new social-impact rating system promises to tell socially responsible investors where their money can best be used. (09/26/2011)
Watchdog Group Adopts Change in Rating System - Charity Navigator revamped its financially focused ratings system to give equal weight to governance and openness. (09/23/2011)
Five Ways Foundations Can Strengthen Nonprofit Boards - Many foundations want to do more to strengthen boards. How can we make sure their efforts don't do more harm than good? (09/23/2011)
Finding Your Funding Model - A road map to help leaders identify and develop the right funding model for their organization. (09/23/2011)
How Nonprofits Can Avoid Politicking Online - A Washington nonprofit tells how charities can keep their web sites from violating IRS rules against politicking. (09/22/2011)
Outspoken About Outcomes for Nonprofits - Mario Morino's new book on "managing to outcomes" in the social sector includes plenty of tough love. Peter Drucker would have approved. (09/22/2011)
The Role of Planned Giving in a Campaign - In economically shaky times, planned giving is essential to give donors a sense of confidence and control over their assets. (09/21/2011)
Net Giving Still Trails Pre-Recession Levels - Nonprofits did better in 2010 at acquiring and keeping donors, but still lost money through donor attrition and smaller secured gifts. (09/21/2011)
White House Jobs Plan Short-Shrifts Nonprofit Employers - The Obama jobs plan seems to provide different benefits to nonprofit and for-profit employers. Why? (09/21/2011)
White House and GOP Trade Charges on Charity Write-Offs - Will limiting charity write-offs for the wealthy ultimately help nonprofits, or does Obama's proposal amount to a "tax on soup kitchens"? (09/20/2011)
22 New 'Genius' Prizes Awarded - Twenty-two people have received $500,000 no-strings-attached prizes from the MacArthur Foundation. (09/20/2011)
$1.3 Trillion in Broken Federal Spending - A new report assessing accuracy in US federal government expenditure reporting gives the government a resounding F. (09/20/2011)
Assessment a Challenge for Funders - Foundations are unsatisfied with their ability to measure impact and want boards more involved in assessment. (09/19/2011)
Survey: Americans Don't Know Constitution, Civics - Americans have a poor grasp of the Constitution and its powers, highlighting the need for better civic education. (09/19/2011)
Former Key Senate Aide to Help Foundations Navigate Capitol Hill - Foundations don't understand how to advance their causes, says former Schumer aide M. Jeff Hamond. (09/19/2011)
Does My Nonprofit Need to Pay Tax? - If tax-exempt organizations had to pay tax, they wouldn't be "tax-exempt," right? Not exactly. (09/19/2011)
Blessed Coffee Among First Benefit Corporations in Maryland - "People think I'm crazy, people think I'm stupid" for giving up half the profits, says the Ethiopian-born owner. (09/16/2011)
Charities' Fundraising Barely Keeping Up With Lost Donations - Charities are barely raising enough from new and repeat donors to keep up with losses from people who have stopped giving. (09/16/2011)
A Case for Nonprofit Regulation - One of America's wealthiest nonprofits has failed to fix conflicts of interest and other governance issues. (09/15/2011)
Nonprofits Fight Proposal to Curb Charity Tax Breaks - Charities are already courting lawmakers to protest limits on write-offs by wealthy donors. (09/15/2011)
White House Names New Head of Social Innovation Unit - Jonathan Greenblatt served as chief exec of the company that oversees Good magazine and helped create All for Good. (09/15/2011)
Can USC Really Raise $6 Billion? - No private organization has ever tried to collect that much from a single drive. (09/15/2011)
7 Hot Topics from SOCAP 2011 - Here are 7 hot topics from SOCAP 2011, a conference focused on "accelerating the flow of capital to social good." (09/14/2011)
Is It Time for Mandatory Pro Bono? - The chasm between the need for legal assistance and the availability of free legal services for the poor demands bold changes. (09/14/2011)
Walmart Commits $100M to Help Women - In the wake of the High Court reversal of Dukes v. Walmart's class-action status, Walmart pledges $100M to help women. (09/14/2011)
Patently Misguided - Patents have gone from enablers of invention to weapons of business warfare. How can we tip the balance back toward innovation? (09/13/2011)
MacArthur Fund Unveils New Approach to Environmental Grants - The effort expands environmental giving to tackle major threats to ecosystems, such as climate change and overfishing. (09/13/2011)
Obama Jobs Bill Limits Charitable Deductions for Wealthy - The $447B jobs bill would be financed mainly by limiting the percentage of income wealthy donors could write off. (09/13/2011)
Jobs Bill Includes Nonprofits in Tax Credits - The new jobs bill offers tax credits to nonprofits that hire veterans and the long-term unemployed. (09/13/2011)
9/12: How Forming Nonprofits Eased The Grief For Victims' Families - Three stories of organizations created after the attacks by those who lost loved ones. (09/12/2011)
Apple Announces 10K Employee Matching Gift Program - Apple will match giving by employees, dollar for dollar up to 10K per year. Good start, says Perla Ni. (09/12/2011)
Interview: How Simon Greer Became a Lover, Not a Fighter - An interview with the incoming president of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. (09/12/2011)
Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship: A Way Forward - Forbes interviews Cordes Foundation co-founder Ron D. Cordes on impact investing and the founding of ImpactAssets. (09/11/2011)
Gender Gap Persists in Nonprofit CEO Pay - The divide is biggest among large nonprofits, according to a new study. (09/09/2011)
White House Restrictions on Lobbyists Said to Harm Nonprofit Advocacy - Obama's effort to keep lobbyists out of certain federal jobs has done little to curb influence by special interests. (09/09/2011)
President Proposes Two Tax Breaks That Could Benefit Nonprofits - Other proposals, however, could take the form of income tax credits and thus be unavailable to nonprofits. (09/09/2011)
Podcast: Sustaining Social Change Long After Disaster Has Struck - The head of the Greater New Orleans Foundation on maintaining community momentum after the crisis has passed. (09/08/2011)
B Corp Breakdown - A Canadian perspective on the US wave of Benefit Corporation legislation and related developments in Canada. (09/08/2011)
SOCAP11 Observations From Day 1+ - Thoughts on philanthropists, convergence, metrics, impact, dealmaking, patient capital, and the need for plain talk. (09/08/2011)
The Lessons of 9/11 Philanthropy, a Decade Later - Post-9/11 nimbleness provides a useful model as charities deal with today's weak economy.
Nonprofit Employment Up Despite Downturn - Nonprofit jobs grew nearly 1% from 2009 to 2010, the third straight year of growth in the face of the economic downturn.
Volunteering Gets New Attention on Career-Networking Site - Volunteering is getting new visibility on career-oriented social networks like LinkedIn.
Judging Success in Funding Medical Research - How can the governing boards of charities funding applied medical research decide if their efforts have been successful?
Nonprofits Must Invest in Their Leaders - Nonprofit executive directors, boards, and funders need to be smarter about professional development.
Podcast: Leadership Trends of the 21st Century - How are philanthropic organizations being affected by the demands for "high-performance" nonprofits?
Massachusetts Auditor Seeks Expanded Powers to Investigate Charities - The top state government-aid oversight official wants authority to track spending of any public funds.
CEO Who Claimed Board Conflicts Leaves Antihunger Nonprofit - The Heifer Foundation chief exec who is suing four board members over governance issues has left the charity.
Intern for Death Penalty Group Sued for Violating Attorney-Client Privilege - A nonprofit legal org that represents death-penalty defendants is suing a former intern who wrote a book about a former client.
State Regulators Shine Spotlight on Social Media - With charities raising more and more money on Facebook and Twitter, state regulators are looking for ways to stop con artists.
In Troubled Times, Boards Must Step Up - When instability is the rule, organizations need the best from their boards and their directors.
NY and AZ to Investigate Sham 9/11 Charities - But the 10-year delay highlights how excruciatingly far we are from "real-time" oversight and accountability, says Rick Cohen.
Foundation Helps Consultants Help Nonprofits - St. Luke's Health Initiatives invests directly in consultants to give local nonprofits access to the training they need.
Can Nonprofits Be Profitable? - Some community development organizations have adopted a new gold standard: the self-sustainability percentage.
New Organizations Pose Challenges for Nonprofit Consultants - New business-charity hybrids raise questions about governance, measurement, and what skills consultants need to advise them.
Charity Begins Abroad - Big developing countries are shaking up the world of aid.
What If We Could Build the Nonprofit Sector from Scratch? - What would we change? What would we create? John Brothers considers the possibilities.
University Mounts $6 Billion Campaign - The University of Southern California effort seeks to set a new fundraising record.
The Business of Sustainability - The B Corporation and other sustainable business models are gaining momentum in northern California.
No Grants for Churches from Google for Nonprofits - Groups that post "religious content" or consider religion or sexual orientation in hiring need not apply.
Innovation Agents: Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund - Sasha Dichter talks to Fast Company about making a difference for global social good.
Nonprofits Are Expected to Use Social Media During Disasters - One in three Americans expects relief groups to provide aid within an hour after victims post a request online.
NJ Supreme Court Decision Chips Away at Nonprofit Confidentiality - The court rules a NJ nonprofit subject to the same open-record disclosure standards as the city governments it represents.
Two-Thirds of Donors Plan to Cut Back on Giving This Fall - Two in three Americans plan to cut back on charitable giving due to economic uncertainty or personal financial blows.
Social Innovation Fund Urged to Document Grant Decisions Better - An IG report says the federal grant program should document in more detail how it decides which orgs get money.
Succession Seen as Issue in Nonprofits - Only 36% of executive directors at nonprofits say there is someone who could take over the organization if needed.
Executive Directors Should Invest More Time on Their Boards - To get more from their boards, executives must do more than just grumble about their performance.
Recession Seen Weakening Most Nonprofits - Most nonprofits say they've been weakened by recession and market turmoil, with minority-led groups hurt the most.
Texas Students Sent from Classroom to Courtroom - Thousands of Texas students who get in fights or disrupt class end up in criminal court.
NJ Drops Proposal to Make Charities Tell Donors About Earmarking - Nonprofits had complained about administrative overhead and reduced flexibility.
Some RI Lawmakers Criticize Legislative Charity Grants - Budget woes are bringing increased scrutiny to legislators' discretionary grants to charities.
The Missing Link in School Reform - Educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the skilled individual teacher and undervaluing collaboration.
Two Groups That Help Nonprofits Are Planning to Merge - The GOOD-Jumo deal may signal a consolidation among online intermediaries set up to help nonprofits.
Senate Candidate Nets Hefty Consulting Fee from Nonprofit He Founded - One expert says Khazei's work is legal, but could jeopardize the group's tax status.
Learning About Finance: Advice for Nonprofit Leaders - Budding nonprofit leaders need to understand that nonprofits are created on dreams, but run on money.
Illinois Department of Revenue Denies Tax Exemptions for 3 Hospitals - The key question: How much charity care must a not-for-profit hospital provide to get a pass on property tax?
Ten Years Later, 9/11 Charities' Missions Continue to Evolve - Charities formed in the wake of the 2001 attacks have broadened their missions in the intervening years.
CEO Pay Flat at Boston Nonprofit Hospitals in 2009 - Despite slight declines from the year before, top execs at Boston nonprofit teaching hospitals drew seven-figure pay in 2009.
Corporate Giving Demands Business Acumen - Sustainable corporate-giving programs must go beyond "doing good" and boost the bottom line, a new study says.
Texas Governor's Charitable Giving Under the Microscope - How do GOP presidential candidates stack up when it comes to charity? HuffPo looks at Rick Perry's record of giving.
No Panic at Big Fund Over Stock Market Gyrations - Schwab Charitable's strategy for a stress-free ride on the stock-market roller coaster.
IRS Handling of 501(c)(4) Donations Draws Ire of Both Parties - A former IRS official calls the July 7 gift tax flip-flop "a tumor on the integrity of the IRS."
Wisconsin Says No to Money for Nonprofits - Governor Walker's nixing of grant applications to feds shows where new "states' rights" claims are headed.
What's Next: Antipoverty Apps - mPowering app awards goods and services to people in extreme poverty when they make beneficial choices.
Fundraising Strategy: Befriend Powerful Lawmakers - Some favorite nonprofits of California state lawmakers are getting big gifts from big business. Coincidence?
Alabama Track Fights Tax on Charity-Run Bingo - A dog track fighting a $75M state tax bill for e-bingo proceeds says the machines were licensed by charities.
It's Tough Making Some Brands 'Responsible' - For CSR to work, consistency and commitment are key, says a forthcoming study.
How a Double-Dip Recession Could Affect Giving - Giving figures for past downturns show what could happen if the US economy is again in recession, or soon will be.
Oxfam Suspends Haiti Workers for Alleged Misconduct - The global relief charity said it has suspended a portion of its Haiti staff over misconduct allegations.
18 Nonprofit Georgia Hospitals Spending Little on Charity Care - A new analysis found 18 tax-exempt facilities spending less than 3% of adjusted gross revenue on free care.
Top 10 Tips for Running a Nonprofit Hiring Process - Any hiring process takes thoughtful planning, and that goes double for nonprofits. Here are 10 tips on doing it right.
Contributions, Grants up at Fidelity Charitable - Manager of largest US donor-advised fund posted record contribution and grant value levels in the first half of 2011.
Pro Bono Goes High-Tech, and Homeless Veterans Benefit - The Minnesota Justice Foundation uses online video to link homeless veterans in Duluth with volunteer lawyers in Minneapolis.
Control and Influence: Balancing Nonprofit Governance Rights Among Stakeholders - Those seeking to control a nonprofit or balance governance rights among stakeholders need to understand the options.
Federal Innovation Fund Awards $46M in New Grants - The money is divided between 5 newcomers and 9 of last year's grantees.
A Top Twitter Official's Advice for Charities - The author of Twitter for Good tells how social sector orgs can tweet with maximum impact.
Is the Nonprofit Merger Trend Actually Trending? - Evidence seems to indicate that nonprofit mergers have become a nationwide trend.
Budget Deal Puts Pressure on Nonprofit Advocacy - The debt accord kicks off a competition for federal aid as lawmakers face new requirements to cut spending.
School Voucher Bills Flood GOP-Led Statehouses - State-level GOP electoral gains are fueling a new push for vouchers and tax breaks to help parents send kids to private schools.
Why Financial Reserves Are No Longer Optional - What was once an option is now a necessity for organizations navigating turbulent times.
Charitable Deduction Untouched in Debt-Ceiling Deal - But fundraisers aiming to preserve the deduction could still face challenges as Congress seeks new cuts.
American Institute of Philanthropy Gives Charities Failing Grade - A new charity rating guide by watchdog AIP has handed out 'F' grades to dozens of organizations.
Giving Continues to Rebound - Charitable revenue grew overall and online in the three months ended in May compared to 2010, two new reports say.
Philanthropists Start Requiring Management Courses to Keep Nonprofits Productive - Concerned about the management of nonprofits, some donors are handing out human resources advice along with the money.
What is Unrelated Business Income? - Beyond their tax-exempt purpose, what business activities can tax-exempt orgs conduct? Here's a quick look at the rules of UBI.
Education Program Gets Mixed Score on Innovation - The federal grant program Investing in Education is praised for its promotion of proven ideas but dinged for focusing on the "usual suspects."
Funders Demanding More Metrics - Grantmakers want metrics from nonprofits to show their impact; meanwhile, few nonprofits are happy with their own processes.
Most of America's 50 Richest Funds Pay Their Board Members - 38 of the 50 richest foundations pay their board members, a practice that is now drawing scrutiny.
The Growing Importance of Endowments - The past few years have shown that for nonprofits of all types and sizes, endowments are a necessity, not a luxury.
We Should Expect Good Giving To Be Hard - If you want your gift to have an impact, you have to find the opportunities other donors have missed.
ABA Faces Scrutiny Over Scarce Jobs and High Debt for Law Grads - The ABA, which accredits law schools, is pressed to help keep student debt levels down and reduce default risk.
Corporate Giving Slow to Recover as Economy Remains Shaky - Cash donations rose in 2010, but big companies expect a flat year ahead, a survey finds.
Nonprofit Hospitals' Assets Grow - But strong two-year investment performance was still barely enough to bring three-year numbers back into positive territory.
Fulfilling the Promise: Social Investment - Social investment can let social entrepreneurs scale their impact hugely, but mismatches can have unintended consequences.
Racial, Gender Gaps at Central Florida Nonprofits - Minorities are under-represented among top execs, and male CEOs' salaries exceed those of women.
NJ to Make Charities Tell Donors They Can Earmark Money for Programs - The proposed rule aims to keep donors from being misled, but nonprofits worry about reduced flexibility and added costs.
Arizona Launches Fundraising Web Site for Border Fence Construction - A $50M campaign seeks private gifts for an Arizona state effort to block migration from Mexico.
House Bill Would Provide Permanent Extension for IRA Charitable Rollover - The new bill would permanently extend the IRA charitable rollover and expand it to allow increased charitable giving.
New Debt Plan Calls for 'Reform' of Charitable Deduction - The federal debt proposal calls for changing the charitable deduction as part of a planned tax code overhaul.
Study: 6,000 Indiana Nonprofits Lose Tax-Exempt Status - The findings "raise questions about the complexity of federal regulations of nonprofit organizations."
Turning Nonprofit Executive On-Boarding on Its Head - Ironically, say the authors, "on-boarding" transitions are often best addressed by incoming execs, not by the boards who hire them.
Leader to Step Down From White House Social Innovation Office - The White House is seeking a replacement for Sonal Shah, first head of its Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Maine's Governor Pushes Stricter Medicaid Eligibility - The governor will keep pushing for a major reduction in Medicaid benefits.
Proposal Takes Aim at Charities That Evade Taxes Offshore - Senator Grassley has introduced legislation that would deny some federal money to charities that put money in offshore accounts.
Minnesota Nonprofits Face 'Disarray' as Shutdown Drags On - "Nonprofits don't run on air," says one official as the budget impasse continues.
US Deficit Proposal Could Cost Top Teaching Hospitals Billions - Proposed cuts in Medicare subsidies for teaching hospitals could cost leading US medical institutions $5.8 billion a year.
The Challenge of Organizational Learning - A study finds three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, along with ways to overcome them.
What Is an Endowment? - To maximize the gift's impact, a donor needs to know the type and rules of the endowment being solicited.
Drop in Giving from Tax Change Feared - Three fundraisers in four expect donations to drop if Congress enacts a White House proposal to limit the charitable deduction.
Not All Tax Deductions Are Equal - It's vital that lawmakers continue to use tax policy to encourage charitable giving, says William Daroff.
NJ Senate Fails to Override Governor's Social Service Cuts - Democratic state senators, needing 27 votes, fail to overturn line-item spending vetoes by Republican Governor Christie.
Root Capital Makes Money Investing Where Wall Street Won't - Investing in sectors most business people find too risky, this firm is doing well by doing good.
Fiscal Sponsorship & Dormant Projects, Part I: Liability Risks - It can be easy for an organization to "forget" about dormant projects. Here's why you shouldn't.
Fiscal Sponsorship & Dormant Projects, Part II: Removing Dormant Projects from the Books - Key considerations for fiscal sponsors in exercising proper oversight and avoiding liability.
Fate of Charitable Deduction Still Unclear in Debt-Ceiling Talks - Fundraisers may see a statement by House Speaker John Boehner as a sign of hope.
The Limited Returns on Fundraising Support for Nonprofits - Leveraging donor dollars by boosting nonprofits' fundraising capability seems like a no-brainer. Is it? A new study says no.
Budget Talks Could Put Tax Breaks for Donations in Peril - As US lawmakers meet in secret, nonprofits fear new limits on charitable deductions for the wealthy.
Van Dusen v. Commissioner: A Win for Nonprofit Volunteers - The US Tax Court clarifies the grounds for deducting expenses incurred while volunteering for a 501(c)(3).
New Budget Year Sees States Cutting Medicaid Payments - More than a dozen states have reduced Medicaid payments to doctors, hospitals, and other providers that treat poor patients.
Minnesota Shutdown Takes Toll on Nonprofits - Charities whose funds were cut off are bracing for a prolonged emergency situation.
IRS Drops Investigations of Big Donors to Advocacy Groups - The IRS now says it won't enforce gift taxes on donations made to nonprofit advocacy groups.
Lawmakers in Two States Strike Down Bills to Regulate Nonprofits - Efforts in Massachusetts and Oregon to place new financial restrictions on nonprofits have failed to become law.
Ohio Shift on Medicaid Could Hit Nonprofit Nursing Homes - Ohio's new budget makes major changes in the way the state's Medicaid program covers long-term care.
Four Paths to Becoming a Grant Maker - How do grant makers get their jobs? The Chronicle of Philanthropy spoke with four foundation executives to find out.
Firms Urged to Fuse Corporate and Social Interests - Corporations need to do better at building social change into their business strategies, a new report says.
Revival Pits Detroit Against Donor - The partnership between Detroit and the Kresge Foundation is fraying, threatening the progress made so far.
New Ethics Questions Arise for Nonprofit - New potential conflicts are found on the board of a troubled Massachusetts nonprofit.
'Freedom From Fear' Awards Show Grant Making at Its Best - Two foundation program officers turned the $10K they won into an ambitious effort to honor people who aid immigrants and refugees.
Troubles Loom for Minnesota Nonprofits as Government Shuts Down - Friday's shutdown cut off aid to many nonprofits that do business with the state.
New California Budget Cuts Deep in Medical and Social Services - Universities, courts and the poor would be among those losing funding.
The Board Needs to Get Out More - Getting into the community can increase the board's commitment to the organization and its mission.
More Legal Structure Choices for the Socially Responsible Business - From benefit corps to L3Cs, it's been a busy year for proponents of new legal forms.
Planned Parenthood Sues to Halt Funding Cutoff in Kansas - The agency asked a judge to stop the state from stripping it of federal family-planning funds.
Nonprofit Can Sue Ex-Intern Accused of Document Theft - The Muslim advocacy nonprofit claims 12,000 docs were stolen for publication by the intern's father.
Investors May Fund Massachusetts Social Programs - State explores "pay for success" proposals from nonprofits that tie investors' profits to cost savings.
Illinois Borrowing Tax Funds Intended for Charities - Facing a huge budget deficit, the state has borrowed $1.17M from money taxpayers had designated for charities.
Charity Bracelet Sales Land Lady Gaga in Court - A Michigan legal network is suing Lady Gaga over her sale of wristbands to benefit Japan earthquake victims.
Housing Charity Investigated Over Use of Renovated Homes - The California nonprofit is accused of allowing employees and relatives to live in several of the units.
Foundation Leaders Become Jailbirds in Push for DC Voting Rights - Activists in the social sector are rallying to protest the District's lack of representation in Congress.
House Proposal Would Simplify Foundation Excise-Tax Rate - The bill would change the way private foundations pay taxes on investment income by creating a flat tax rate.
Book Throws Lifeline to Nonprofit Boards - Board Member Orientation explains the board's role and tells what new board members need to know.
Nonprofits Clearing Hurdles to Innovation - New report outlines key strategies nonprofits are using to innovate despite resource constraints.
AmeriCorps to Step Up Efforts to Prevent Members From Political Work - The federal agency came under House scrutiny after two members helped Planned Parenthood train advocates.
Generic Drug Makers Not Liable for Warnings - A divided Supreme Court ruled that generic drug makers are not liable for warnings copied from brand-name equivalents.
America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011 - BusinessWeek chose 25 top social enterprises based on impact, innovation, and business success.
Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals Grows - Donations to US nonprofit hospitals and health-care systems grew 8% last year, but fundraising costs grew and ROI fell.
Charity Violations Earn Nashville Company a Five-Year Ban in Ohio - Consumer complaints led to a deal with the Ohio AG.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Term Limits - When forming a new nonprofit, should members have term limits? What kind? Here are the pros and cons.
The Other America's Philanthropy - The 2011 Giving USA numbers suggest a crisis of declining giving for human services and a deepening class divide.
Charity Founded by 'Three Cups' Author No Longer Faces Donor Lawsuit - The Central Asia Institute was dropped from a class-action lawsuit seeking return of donations.
Dropping the Ball on Government Programs - When government seeks philanthropy's help finding the most effective programs, should big foundations sit on the sidelines?
Walmart Wins Class Action Ruling - The US Supreme Court has ruled that a sex discrimination case against Walmart cannot proceed.
From the Field: Impact First - These East African social enterprises have two things in common: an impact-driven model and a plan to "scale big."
NJ Program Helps Struggling Fathers Get Back on Track - A charity founded by Newark's mayor offers mentors, job training, and other support to help fathers earn and care for their kids.
A Logo Is Not a Brand - Brand is much more than a name or a logo. Brand is everything, and everything is brand.
How to Attract Event Sponsors - Corporate and foundation leaders explain how they decide whether to sponsor a charity's event.
Crowdsourcing Social Change - Have today's nonprofits lost sight of the true value of volunteers?
Facebook Firings and the Labor Relations Board: What Nonprofits Need to Know - Is it illegal to trash-talk your boss on a social media platform?
IRS Considers Changes in Disclosure Rules - Affiliates of national groups such as Habitat for Humanity could be required to provide financial info to the IRS every year.
IRS Plans Monthly Updates of Tax-Exempt Roster - Every month hundreds, if not thousands, of groups will lose tax-exempt status over failure to file paperwork.
Five Tough Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Ask about Growth - Organizational growth can require painful adjustments related to people, finances, partners and allies, organizational culture, and outcomes and impact.
Planned Giving: Lessons from the Dead - Planned giving can appear out of reach to many nonprofits, but it's more manageable than you think.
NC Lawmakers Bar Money to Planned Parenthood - North Carolina's law specifically names Planned Parenthood as its target.
Podcast: Focusing on What Is Possible - Activist/author Peter Block says change is more likely when nonprofits build on community strengths, not weaknesses.
Nonprofits Urged to Set Knowledge Goals - Nonprofit leaders want to find, share, and use knowledge but lack effective means and measurable goals.
IRS Announces Retroactive Relief Program for Revoked Nonprofits - The IRS has announced a process for organizations to obtain retroactive reinstatement of their tax-exempt status.
Open Philanthropy - How can we get more foundations to share the data they collect? Lucy Bernholz makes a modest proposal.
ACLU Alleges VA Misused Property Targeted for Homeless Vets - The ACLU has filed a lawsuit claiming the VA misused over 300 acres committed to house and serve homeless veterans.
275,000 Nonprofits Lose Tax Exemptions - No tax break for donors who give to groups that have lost their exemptions, IRS warns.
Bankruptcy No Solution to Nonprofit World's Woes - With more and more nonprofits crushed by debt, it's time to think creatively and aggressively.
Build Trust with Your Community - Forget celebrities the key to fundraising is building trust with constituents. Here's how.
How to Prepare for an IRS Employment Tax Compliance Audit - Nonprofits may face challenges and, possibly, significant tax liabilities.
Does Fair Trade Have a Future? - The debate revolves around its impact or not at the base of the pyramid (BoP), and its ability to achieve its original mission.
Corporate Responsibility 'Mandates' Outlined - Every successful corporate social responsibility strategy shares four basic mandates, a new study says.
Charities Lose Supporters Through Aggressive Fundraising - Nearly 40% of people have stopped supporting a charity over aggressive fundraising methods.
Massachusetts Foundations Scrutinize Board Member Pay Restriction - The proposal's fine print concerns some grant makers.
What is Reasonable Nonprofit Compensation? - A guide to help nonprofits avoid IRS penalties for violating tax rules on employee compensation.
President of Atlantic Philanthropies to Step Down - Gara LaMarche tells colleagues "it's time for a pause and a reset."
New Round of Federal School-Innovation Grants Announced - The Education Department will award $150 million to nonprofits and school districts in the second round of "i3" grants.
Group Asks AG to Probe Rapture Leader for Fraud - Religious watchdogs call for investigation of Harold Camping's Rapture campaign.
Giving Pledge, Hollywood Style - Fishburne, Kardashian, Bieber, and dozens more use name and fame to boost donations.
Leadership Through Board Service - Emily Chan of Nonprofit Law Blog shares resources and insights on legal issues related to board service.
Feds Pull Planned Parenthood Workers - Officials yanked two AmeriCorps workers from Planned Parenthood assignments, citing guideline violations.
US to Indiana: New Law Violates Medicaid Rules - The new Indiana law bars Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid money.
Fund Long-Term Health, Not Short-Term Workouts - The key to capacity building: make it part of everything you do.
Nonprofits and the Work Made For Hire Doctrine - Nonprofits often fail to secure ownership over copyrights in commissioned works.
Is Charity Status Becoming Irrelevant? - The nonprofit world has a big embrace. Too big? Doug White on the meaning of a nonprofit world where "anything goes."
"Poor Economics" Needs a Theory - A "patient understanding" opens new opportunities to reduce poverty by creating the environments in which people thrive.
Businesses Register for Maryland LLC 'Benefit' Law - The new law protects benefit LLCs from lawsuits by members for putting people and planet over profit.
What You Don't Know About Copyright, but Should - A lawyer and librarian has pointers for the copyright-confused multitude.
Building a Better Board - To create a great board, recruit and choose board members with the same care you give to hiring senior staff.
How Tax Code Changes Could Affect Giving - A new CBO study looks at how changes in the way donors calculate deductions would affect giving and the federal budget.
Resist Sarkozy's Quest to Regulate the Internet - Obama should avoid this innovation-smothering approach at all costs, says Gary Shapiro.
Q&A: Roundtable on Shared Value - Execs from 10 major corporations discussed this innovative new approach to business.
In 'Food Deserts,' Oases of Nutrition - Why did a development organization go into the restaurant business in Jakarta?
Being the Only B - The owner of the only certified B Corporation in Kentucky assesses the pros and cons of the certification.
Former Cisco CEO and Wife on the Challenges of Giving - Giving Pledge signers John and Tashia Morgridge share their experiences in education philanthropy.
Quotes from Glee and Nonprofit Governance - From popularity contests to lashing out, the Nonprofit Law Blog finds wisdom in Glee.
Philanthropy Pioneer Payton Dies - Robert L. Payton was a key figure in creating the field of philanthropic studies.
Eliminating the Charitable Deduction - The question isn't whether people pay. It's how.
How to Save Community Development from Budgetary Free-Fall - At the NACEDA conference, opportunities for progress in difficult times.
Minnesota Campaign Shares 20 Stories to Fight Budget Cuts - Selling lawmakers on the need for tax increases with daily examples of how cuts would hurt.
Massachusetts May Ban Board Pay by July - An amendment to the state budget would prohibit nonprofits from paying board members.
While in France, Watch What You Download - Should digerati gathering in Paris for E-G8 worry about France's new digital piracy law?
Men and Women Differ on Choice of Causes, Social Media - For women, it's bullies and childhood obesity; for men, the Tea Party movement or climate change.
Charity Nixes Comcast Grant After Threat Over Tweet - Keep your money, the teen film makers' charity tells the media giant we'll take free speech instead.
NC Bill Would Require Nonprofits' Financial Data on Demand - Taxpayer-funded nonprofits would have to provide financial statements upon written request.
Google, Hollywood and the Politics of Piracy - Search engines are caught smack in the middle of the copyright debate.
Interview: George Soros on Philanthropy - The 80-year-old billionaire addresses his legacy and leadership succession.
Big Gifts Are Back - While many charities struggle with fundraising, America's richest donors are giving large.
Funding for Native Americans Dives - Foundation grantmaking targeted to Native Americans fell 30.8% to $68M in 2009, says a new report.
Comcast Giveth, Comcast Taketh Away - Careful what you tweet especially if your nonprofit is funded by Comcast.
Six Myths About Obama's Plan to Limit Charitable Deductions - Misinformation much? Nonprofit Quarterly lists six myths about the president's plan.
The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy - Unconventional methods are required to measure the effectiveness of advocacy orgs.
Nonprofit Charged with Illegal Dismissal for Facebook Posts - The NLRB says a New York nonprofit illegally fired five employees after they went on Facebook to criticize working conditions.
Speaking Out Against Government Funding Cuts - A community foundation head gets militant in defense of Pittsburgh area nonprofits.
Has the Social Innovation Fund Forgotten the Heartland? - A look at the SIF grant process finds a pattern of underinvestment in flyover states.
The Profitable Side of Nonprofits, Part I: Earned Income - Your nonprofit has a problem: it's profitable. What's a tax-exempt org to do?
The Profitable Side of Nonprofits, Part II: Legal Structures - What started as a trickle is now a serious revenue stream. What new form should your org take?
Few Raises for Fund Raisers in 2010 - A study shows fund raisers' median pay fell $1,000 to $65K between 2009 and 2010.
Interview: Aleem Walji - Rahim Kanani interviews the World Bank Institute's Aleem Walji on innovation, development, and the future of social enterprise.
'Three Cups' Lawsuit Could Open Path for Many Donors to Sue - Two Montana lawmakers seek class-action status for a case charging they were duped into making gifts.
Fundraisers 'Leaving Money on the Table' - A new study finds donors who could and would give more, if nonprofits did more to persuade them.
New Zealand High Court Nixes Greenpeace Charity Status - Greenpeace New Zealand's political activities mean it cannot register as a charity, the High Court has decided.
Providence Mayor Plans to Tax Nine Nonprofits - The new mayor plans to tax nine tax-exempt hospitals, colleges and universities.
How to Launch a Social Enterprise - Pick an idea (not the perfect idea) and run with it. ThinkImpact's founder/CEO describes the process.
Nonprofit Authors Take Notes From 'Three Cups' Scandal - Who gets the royalties when nonprofit execs write books? Charities are assessing their policies.
'Cautious Optimism' for Community Foundations - Community foundations are walking a fine line between immediate and longterm needs, a new study says.
Arts Groups Fight Proposed D.C. Ticket Tax - D.C. arts groups are fighting a proposed 6 percent tax on tickets in the mayor's 2012 budget.
It Takes Three to Tango - The latest thinking about not-for-profit management and philanthropy shows deep differences between U.S. and European approaches to social challenges.
Legal Considerations When Engaging Volunteers - Volunteers are often the lifeblood of an organization but without proper planning and management, they can expose nonprofits to liability.
The Evolution and Future of Social Enterprise - Rahim Kanani interviews Mirjam Schöning, head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
More Than Discounts: The Connection Between Groupon and Charity - How Groupon is using its platform to help raise money for and awareness about nonprofits. (audio)
Wealthy Plan to Give More - Wealthy people plan to increase their philanthropy to pre-recession donation levels, a new survey says.
'Giving Pledge' Signers Gather for First In-Person Meeting - The signers of the Giving Pledge, including Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, meet in Arizona.
Indiana Takes the Lead in Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood - GOP governors and legislatures aim to deprive Planned Parenthood's clinics of state and federal moneys.
What to Do About the Problems Philanthropy Creates and Perpetuates - Five guidelines help New Mexico grantmakers avoid doing harm in their quest to do good.
Court Denies Motion by Animal Charities in Helmsley Trust Case - A New York court declined three animal-welfare groups' request to reopen a case regarding the charitable trust established by the late Leona Helmsley. (05/04/2011)
Climate Activists Target States With Lawsuits - Attorneys representing kids and young adults are filing legal actions in every state to force government action on climate change.
Ford Foundation Gives $100,000 Awards to 12 Social-Change Leaders - Winners work on a wide range of causes, from arts and culture to human rights and technology.
Knight Foundation Supports International Legal Fund for Journalists - The new fund will help pay for legal representation, offer advice and legal resources, and take on test cases involving digital media. (05/03/2011)
Start-Up Choices in Business Models - Getting to a model that delivers real social impact can take iteration and experimentation. (05/03/2011)
Online Fundraising Strategies That Beat the Bad Economy - A look at four groups that have built successful online fundraising efforts. (05/03/2011)
How to Become a Social Entrepreneur - Turning a passion into a successful nonprofit takes serious business acumen. (05/02/2011)
Are Social Entrepreneurs Heroes? - Skoll World Forum special podcast: Heroism, risk, and three outstanding social entrepreneurs. (05/02/2011)
Email Voting: A Simple Trap for Nonprofit Boards - Email voting is a new trend in nonprofit governance that may run afoul of the law. (05/02/2011)
Voting Members vs. Self-Perpetuating Boards - Will your new nonprofit be board-driven or member-driven? Charity Lawyer's Ellis Carter sorts through the issues.
Letting Go - How foundations undermine their own efforts through micromanaged solutions to social problems, and how they can foster high-impact strategies instead.
Are You Building an Institution of Change? - Long-term change requires building institutions that outlast their founders. Timothy Ogden on the lessons of Grameen Bank.
Humanitarian Group Criticizes Maker of HIV Drugs - Doctors Without Borders wants Johnson & Johnson to make patents on three HIV drugs available to cut costs for patients in developing countries.
New York AG Plans Charity Law Reform to Cut Red Tape - The reform of cumbersome laws and regulations burdening NY charities aims to ease "a looming crisis."
Transparency as a Tool in Vetting Good Nonprofit Work - Two development and relief nonprofits model financial transparency far beyond requirements, showing donors how spending and mission align.
Nonprofit Fraud Far From Widespread - "Three Cups" notwithstanding, the notion of rampant abuse in the social sector flies in the face of the evidence.
Giving Grows Overall, Falls Online - Charitable revenue for the quarter was up 3% over last year, while online giving fell 8.6%, two new reports say.
Accounting Change Cuts Antipoverty Charity's Revenue in Half - A new accounting rule has slashed the value of Feed the Children's donated goods.
Four Things Boards Should Understand About Operating Reserves - With government support uncertain, nonprofit boards must put more emphasis on setting money aside.
When Recession Hit, Americans Gave Far Less Than Predicted - New IRS numbers testify to the enormous financial hole nonprofits are in.
'Three Cups of Tea' Scandal Offers Lessons for Charities, Trustees - Nonprofits must get better at explaining their finances, promoting independent governance, and considering public perceptions.
Trust Key to Giving by 'Millennial' Donors - U.S. donors age 20-35 give to orgs they trust, are motivated by mission, and prefer giving online, says a new study.
Arts Can Help Cities Climb Back - Declining funding has arts orgs promoting the economic and civic benefits of a flourishing arts landscape.
GuideStar Report on Impact of IRS Nonprofit Status Revocations - What revoking the tax status of up to 321,000 nonprofits will mean for the nonprofits involved, donors, and other nonprofits.
How Grant Makers Can Help With Nonprofit Cash Crunches - Grant makers seek ways to provide "flexible" capital for charities pinched by a tight credit market.
Nonprofits Increasingly Pay Local and State Taxes, Study Finds - Nearly two-thirds of nonprofits are paying state and local governments despite their tax-exempt status, a new study says.
Foundation Giving Flat in 2010 - Giving by U.S. foundations fell 0.2% to $45.7B in 2010, rebounding from a record-high 2.1% drop in 2009.
Starting Social Innovations with a 'Worm's-Eye View' - Peter Sims on Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, the subject of the new film To Catch a Dollar.
How a Donor Mixes Investments and Grants - Ron Cordes is focused on "investing for impact" as well as grantmaking, and working up tools to help others do the same.
Nonprofits Call for Changes to 'Arcane' Lobbying Rules - A coalition of charities and foundations wants to change federal rules that restrict nonprofit lobbying.
Greenpeace Sets Possible World Record in Facebook Campaign - The Greenpeace "Unfriend Coal" campaign page drew more than 167,000 fans and spawned more than 80,000 comments.
Health Funders Urged to Target Underserved - A new report says underserved communities are the top priority of less than a third of 880 grantmakers surveyed.
Nonprofit Hiring Outlook Improves - Nonprofits are adding jobs as the economy improves, a new survey of employers finds.
Greg Mortenson's 'Three Cups of Tea' - Will the 60 Minutes report alleging fabrications harm aid work?
Ethical Businesses With a Better Bottom Line - The triple bottom line draws reader praise, but businesses ask: Can we be B Corps and still survive?
Bloomberg and Clinton to Merge Climate Groups - The Clinton Climate Initiative will merge with C40, a coalition of US cities, on efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Candid Talk About Getting the Rich to Give - Three signers of the Giving Pledge discuss why the rich should donate more and what they hope the pledge will achieve.
Budget Battles Shift Government's Relationship With Nonprofits - The intensifying focus on the deficit means nonprofits will be fighting for every dollar.
A New Type of Hybrid - Social entrepreneurs have crafted a hybrid model that can operate as a for-profit and as a nonprofit.
A Scorecard for Companies With a Conscience - How can a triple-bottom-line business keep big corporate buyers at bay? Become a B Corp, that's how.
Foundation Boards Still Lack Diversity - Do the people who control US foundations' $580B in assets reflect the communities they serve?
Obama Deficit Plan Would Limit Charity Write-Offs by Wealthy - Proposed limits on itemized deductions aim to narrow the federal deficit.
Informal Giving Circles - How groups of individuals can coordinate their charitable giving without the formal hurdles.
Federal Budget Deal Cuts Funding for Many Nonprofits - Groups like Planned Parenthood avoided deep cuts, but many social programs will suffer.
Giving for Japan Disaster Tops $246.9M - Fundraising in the wake of the massive earthquake still lags behind the rate for other recent disasters.
'F' in Governance for Private Nonprofit School - A lawsuit says an administrator's misuse of $1M led to the school's bankruptcy.
Maryland's Nonprofit Sector Expands - A new study shows that for Maryland nonprofits, jobs and startups are both on the rise.
How Nonprofits Kept Michigan Afloat - Jobs at Michigan nonprofits rose 23% over 10 years as other jobs plunged 21%. Good for workers and the safety net. Bad for the tax base.
Unscrambling MRIs and PRIs - Key facts private foundations should know about pursuing mission-related and program-related investments.
ATMs Raise $1.5M for Red Cross - Wells Fargo's pathbreaking ATM "donate" button has raised $1.5M for the Red Cross so far.
Foundation Giving Expected to Rise in 2011 - Giving in 2011 could grow by 2-4 percent, nearing or beating pre-recession grant making, says a new study.
IRS: Don't Abuse Deductions for Charitable Giving - The IRS includes "misuse of tax-exempt organizations" in its 2011 list of "dirty dozen" tax scams.
Tears for Tech - Social media catalyze everything from disaster relief to revolution, yet most funders in a recent survey devoted 10% or less to tech-related grants. Why?
Social Networks in 2015: How Will People Connect for the Greater Good? - A new report explores how an increasingly connected world will affect the way people push for social change.
Fiesta Bowl's Lesson: Boards Must Watch for Red Flags - The scandal at the football bowl should prompt charities to remind their boards what to do when they see signs of trouble.
Charting the Tax-Exempt World - This amazing interactive graphic charts changes in the tax-exempt sector since 1991.
2011 DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards - Check out the winners for tips on creating videos that will help hook viewers on your cause.
Governance, Policies, and the New Form 990 - How do your nonprofit's policies affect the governance questions in the revised IRS Form 990?
2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study - Performance stats from 40 orgs, from fundraising to email response rates.
GOP Prods IRS to Scrutinize Tax-Exempt Groups - Targeting AARP health care advocacy, House Repubs urge increased IRS scrutiny of tax-exempt orgs.
Digital Annual Reports Lure Readers and May Save Cash - How to move from paper to digital annual reports, and why you might want to.
Memorializing Nonprofit Board and Committee Meetings - A plain-language guide to what should be included in nonprofit meeting minutes and what should be left out.
State of the Nonprofit Sector in 2011 - The annual survey reveals a year of challenges, hope, and creativity.
2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study - Performance stats from 40 nonprofits, from fundraising growth to email response rates.
New "Flexible Corporation" Introduced in California - CA Senator DeSaulnier introduces the latest variation of the "for-benefit" corporation
Charitable Solicitation Laws - Charity Lawyer Blog begins a new series on fundraising, starting with the basics on commercial co-ventures.
Obama Creates Council to Promote Social Change - President Obama forms the White House Council for Community Solutions to support social projects and civil affairs.
10 Great Social Innovation Reads - A list of Must-Read books in the field of social innovation.
5 Hard Questions Non-Profits Should Ask - Tough questions to get non-profits thinking.
"Why State Officials Step In to Clean House at Nonprofits" - One attorney general discusses the need for regulators to step in when a nonprofit's leadership fails
Virginia Constitution Prohibits State Funding to Private Charities - VA attorney general issues legal opinion that could prevent millions of dollars from flowing to nonprofits in the state
"An Uncomfortable - But Necessary - Conversation" - Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, takes on the tough questions facing nonprofits as a result of historic state budget shortfalls
"Governance as Leadership" - An interview with William Ryan, author on "Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards"
New LawForChange Blog, "Metaphors, Models, Charts, and Choices" - Robert Wexler simplifies complex legal choices for non-lawyer social entrepreneurs
"Five Reasons Board Leaders Should Have Term Limits" - Rick Moyers of the Chronicle of Philanthropy offers prescription for dealing with "disengaged or misbehaving board chairs"
"Boards Can't Just Abandon an Insolvent Nonprofit" - Member of attorney general's charity unit discusses fiduciary duties of boards overseeing insolvent nonprofits
IRS Reminds Small Charities to Check Reporting Requirements, "They May Have Gotten Simpler" - More tax-exempt organizations can file the new "e-Postcard" version of their Form-990
New Nonprofit Law Blog, "10 Keys to Starting a Nonprofit - Private Foundation" - Gene Takagi outlines steps and legal requirements to consider
"15 Firms Take Advantage of New Maryland Law Establishing 'Benefit' Corporations" - Washington Post reports on new legal entity and free upcoming workshop
"Form Should Follow Function" - New Nonprofit Law Blog asks, "Can a charitable nonprofit be profit-making and sustainable without donations?"
A New Team Joins "The Watchdog" Blog - Attorneys general bringing nonprofit oversight to the blogosphere
"The Wisdom of Crowds? Groupthink and Nonprofit Governance" - A review of Melanie Leslie's new publication
"2011: The Year to Shape Up Nonprofit Boards" - Fast Company "Expert Blogger" Alice Korngold offers advice on how nonprofit boards can "get in shape" for the new year.
Colorado Proposes New Benefit Corporation Legislation - Bill outlines proposed requirements for corporations to be considered benefit corporations under Colorado law.
Collaboration vs. Dissolution - Charity Lawyer advises on how failing nonprofits can save crucial programs
"Does Unrelated Business Activity Detract from the Charitable Goal?" - Nonprofit Law Prof Blog explores the pros and cons
The Directors' Dozen: A Guide for Directors of Nonprofit Organizations - New resource from Foley Hoag LLP: prudent activities for governing boards of nonprofit corporations
Colorado Benefit Corporation Legislation - Legislation is similar to the Maryland Benefit Corporation, but with a few major differences
How Private Is 'Private Charity'? - Princeton economist Uwe E. Reinhardt argues most U.S. charitable giving is tax-financed public subsidy
"Rethinking Capitalism" - Harvard professor Michael E. Porter explains why business leaders must focus on shared value
Maryland Benefit Corporation Client Advisory - Resource by Amy Kincaid of ChangeMatters and Jon Widrick, Esq. of Ascensus Law Group provides useful overview of new legal entity
New IRS Report for Tax Exempt Organizations - Highlights from 2010 and plans for 2011, what nonprofits can expect as oversite increases
The New Congress Will Bring New Agenda for Nonprofits - Chronicle higlights what the nonprofit world can expect from the 112th Congress
New Estate Tax Law Could Hurt Charity - Forbes article predicts, while billionaires like Gates and Zuckerberg will still "give big," changes in federal estate tax law will lead many ordinary donors to cut back
Top 10 Events of 2010 - Nonprofit Law Blog rounds-up top 10 events of 2010 affecting the nonprofit sector
Congress Urged to Set Time Limit on Revoking Tax-Exempt Status - Annual report by national taxpayer advocate calls for statute of limitations on IRS decisions to revoke nonprofit tax-exemption
Connecticut's New Governor Creates Nation's First Cabinet Position for Nonprofits - Newly-elected governor Dan Malloy reserves a seat for cabinet-level nonprofit advocate
New Effort Rallies Americans to Donate Tax Cuts to Charity - New website seeks to "raise money privately and to change public policy"
NY Times article argues: "It's Time to Rethink the Charity Deduction" - Economist Richard Thaler proposes alternatives to "preposterous" tax laws on deductible donations
NPR Cites "Explosive Growth" in the Field of Social Entrepreneurship - Story profiles social innovators promoting "change you can invest in"
"Foundations Rethink Going Long" - Philanthropists increasingly prioritize long-term impact, WSJ finds
"Key Facts on Foundations’ Public Policy-Related Activities" - Foundation Center publishes December 2010 report
"Definitions" - SOCAP blog explores new and old definitions of social enterprise and impact investing
Ten for the Next 10: 2010 - 2020 - A forcast of what will matter in philanthropy and social investing in the coming decade
For Many Executive Directors, an Unwarranted Lump of Coal - Performance reviews and executive compensation- Chronicle reports on how boards can be "less Grinchlike" in 2011
Nonprofit How to on Boards - The Nonprofit Times compiles useful resources on nonprofit management
Resources for Nonprofits in Washington, DC - DC Bar Pro Bono resources for 501c3s highlight management and legal issues
Want to Avoid Fraud? Look to Your Board - A guide on how to protect your nonprofit against fraud
IRS Steps Up Scrutiny of Nonprofits - Agency plans to increase oversight of range of charity activities in the next year, including loans and employment taxes.
How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Nonprofit, Your Employees, and the People You Serve? - National Council of Nonprofits provides an overview
"Ripped from the Headlines! Nonprofit Governance Challenges from Front Page News" - Takeaways from the BoardSource Leadership Forum
Obama Creates Council to Promote Social Change -
Bill of Rights Day Reinterpreted - "Donor" and "Volunteer Bill of Rights" put new spin on historic document
Senate Bill Would Extend IRA Tax Break for Charitable Gifts - New tax bill would extend tax break through 2011 for people who donate to charity using money from their individual retirement accounts
5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2011 - Social Velocity forcasts "brighter times ahead" for nonprofits
Bill to Improve Government Support for Charities Faces a Tough Climb - Bill supported widely by nonprofits has gained little support in Washington, Chronicle of Philanthropy reports
Top 10 Legal Risks for Nonprofit Boards - Nonprofit Law Blog summarizes the 2010 BoardSource Leadership Forum presentation on the top ten legal risks facing nonprofit boards
Disclosure Runs Into 140-Character Limits - New York Times article exposes frequent violations in cause-related marketing
"A Huge Shift In Business Began on October 1st, 2010" - Article explores how legal recognition for Benefit Corporations is changing the business world.
Hybrid Corporations: What Business Are You In? - From B Corporations to L3Cs, this Fast Company article describes the pros and cons of "the new 'it' thing in social enterprise"- hybrid corporations.
Mission and Money: A Dangerous Mix - Article explores how mixing nonprofit missions with for-profit motives could have unforseen risks and consequences.
Law Students Increasingly Drawn to Pro Bono Work, Financial Times Reports - Study finds more students valuing both the social dimension and added skills that come from pro bono work
Intelligent Investing: A New Way to Invest in Nonprofits - Forbes article discusses the creation of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a capital marketplace for "philanthropic equity"
New York Times Published Special Section on Philanthropy -
Nonprofits Struggle to Survive and Maintain Services - Washington Post article discusses impact of recession on nonprofit
Best Practies: B is for Benefit - The benefits and risks associated with "for benefit" corporations
Guidance from IRS on Cell Phone Rules Is Still Pending - Nonprofits may finally get some relief from the burdensome record-keeping requirements associated with employer provided cell phones.
The Lame Duck Session - National Nonprofit Counsil reviews what nonprofits can expect when Congress returns
BoardSource Nonprofit Governance Index 2010 Released - Report reflects dissatisfaction with degree of nonprofit board diversity
Effects of the Elections on the Nonprofit Community - National Nonprofit Counsil Newsletter publishes Special Election Edition
Study Questions Effect of "Unrelated Business Income" of Charity Programs - As nonprofit organizations earn more unrelated business income (UBI), the proportion of their budgets that they spend on programs goes down, according to a new report.
India's 2% corporate philanthropy law a good idea? - New law requiring corporations to spend 2% of their net income towards philanthropy counters conventional US definition of CSR
"10 'STOP' Signs on the Road to Board Recruitment" - Nonprofit lawyer Hildy Gottlieb discusses warning signs that organizations are not ready to recruit
Kiva Expands Microlending Reach to U.S. Businesses - International microcredit organization expands reach to small businesses along the U.S. Gulf Coast
"Money Laundering in Nonprofits" - Huffington Post editorial discusses how tax incentives allow nonprofits to "launder" corporate money
Hybrid Model for Nonprofits Hits Snags - New York Times article discusses unique challenges faced by organizations with both for-profit and nonprofit components
'Impact Investing' Teeters on Edge of Explosive Growth - New York Times article discusses the growth of the social entrepreneurship industry.
A Lively Debate About Tax Incentives - Independent Sector hosts heated discussion on how tax incentives affect charitable giving
Nolo Offers Guide to Help Nonprofits Register to Fundraise in Every State - "Nonprofit Fundraising Registration: The 50-State Guide" shows nonprofits how to comply with each state's rules and avoid legal trouble
WIPO Launches Global IP Laws Database - On-line global database ("WIPO Lex") provides up-to-date information on national intellectual property laws and treaties
"Dancing With the Board" - Chronicle of Philathropy article advises nonprofits on how to cultivate better board-executive partnerships
Harvard Business Review's "15 Steps for Successful Strategic Alliances (and Marriages)" - Article explores steps to forming healthy strategic partnerships
USAID Announces Development Innovation Ventures Program (DIV) - New initative will invest in promising high-risk, high-return social ventures
Fed Court Rules Christian Humanitarian Organization Can Use Religious Belief as Basis to Hire and Fire - Decision on World Vision could open the door to more faith-based hiring and firing
New 'Benefit Corporation' Legislation Takes Effect in Maryland - New legal structure for companies promoting social or environmental good
IRS Releases Advance Draft of 2010 Form 990 - A preview of the federal tax form for charities
Top 5 Fundraising Legal Tips for Nonprofits - Useful legal resource on the basics of fundraising from the Nonprofit Law Blog
"Big Business Matters" - Stanford Social Innovation Review article argues that "social intrapreneurs" are the answer for business’s woes
Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Their Agendas for Nonprofits - Chronicle surveys major-party candidates in 37 state gubernatorial races on how their policies would affect nonprofits
Tough Economic Times for Nonprofits a Key Topic for Charity Regulators - Need to protect charities and donors during the recession was a key theme at National Association of State Charity Officials annual meeting
Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum: Spotlight on Boards - Article examines how legal rules, expectations, and "best practices" influence board performance and behavior
Board Members Are Not Hypothetical Constructs - Guidestar article explores the "real process" of board development
USPTO Launches Effort to Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies - New initiative encourages businesses to develop and disseminate technologies that address humanitarian needs
Mergers, Alliances Act as Tools to Strengthen Organizations - Nonprofit Business Advisor on the processes and benefits of mergers for nonprofit agencies.
Shattering the Myth About Diversified Revenue - Chronicle of Philathropy article explores how the diversification of revenue sources can be subject to the "laws of diminishing returns."
Why Charities Should Be Political - Editorial challenges readers to re-examine assumptions on nonprofits, philanthropy, and politics.
Nonprofit Law Blog and the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Explore Key Legal Issues for Nonprofits - Recent blog highlights issues related to public charity/private foundation distinctions, lobbying and political activities, and fiscal sponsorship
How Much to Pay the Executive Director? - Blue Avocado article explores legal and practical guidelines of executive compensation
Why Are Mergers Among Social Enterprises So Rare? - New blog on Social Edge explores the reluctance of many social entrepreneurs considering mergers in the social sector.
Private School Tax-Exemption Denied for Failure to Comply with Racial Nondiscrimination Policy - IRS denies application because the school failed to establish that it had a racially nondiscriminatory policy towards students
Does Nonprofit Status Offer the Best Way to Achieve Your Mission? - Chronicle of Philanthropy article advices social sector organizations to "follow form with function."
Directors of N.Y. Nonprofit Accused of Improper Oversight - Investigation finds charity directors unaware of the organization's activities or budget, which included $75-million in government funding.
"The Peanut Solution" - New York Times article highlights the controversy over a French patent for Plumpy'nut, a peanut paste used to reduce malnutrituion and famine in Africa.
Alliance for Justice Releases Guide to Laws on Election-Related Activities for Nonprofits - New edition of "The Rules of the Game" reviews federal tax and election laws which govern nonprofit organizations in an election year.
IRS Releases Form to Help Small Charities Claim New Health Care Tax Credit - New tax break is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage to their workers.
Year-End Giving Could Get a Lift From Political Tax Debates - Chronicle of Philanthropy reports how anticipated tax increases may stimulate charitable giving this year.
How Much Must Charities Disclose About Donors? - A Senator urges health groups to tell the public how much money they get from medical companies
Harvard Business Review Article Calls for “clear rules and norms” for Social Enterprises - Timothy Ogden discusses the "thorny questions" raised by social entrepreneurship
Nonprofit Associations Urged to Abide by FTC Rules & Protect Consumers from Conflicts-of-Interest - Lack of FTC authority over nonprofit debt relief agencies may leave consumers vulnerable to "unscrupulous providers."
Pro-Israel Group Sues IRS Over Delay in Charity Applications - Activist group alleges that the IRS is holding up applications for tax-exempt status from organizations that oppose the federal government's policy on Israel.
Religion-Based Groups Protest Restrictions in Bill - Over 100 organizations protest pending legislation that would prohibit them from receiving federal money if they consider a job applicant's religion when hiring.
Charities’ Ties to For-Profit Thrift Chain Trigger Debate - A for-profit retailer that sells deeply discounted secondhand clothes obtained from donations to charity is creating unease in the nonprofit community.
Democrats Say Conservative Nonprofit Group’s Ads Violate Tax Law - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has filed a complaint with the IRS charging that advertisements financed by a nonprofit conservative group are political and violate the organization’s tax exemption.
Judge strikes down nonprofit's bid to keep donors private - The Center for Individual Freedom had challenged Illinois law requiring disclosure of campaign contributions.
Nonprofits Adding Jobs While Businesses Lose Them, Study Finds - Nonprofit employment grew by 2.5 percent a year from 2007 to 2009, while businesses lost jobs.
NY Times Reports: "Popular Pressure Ushers Recent Progressive Tilt" - Study attributes recent wave of reform initiatives undertaken by the Administration and Congress directly to grassroots advocacy.
IRS Releases Two Revised Publications on Charitable Contributions -
IRS Offers One-Time Filing Relief Program for Small Nonprofits - Small nonprofits which have not filed required returns for the past three consecutive years can preserve their exempt status by filing returns with the IRS by October 15, 2010.
Federal Court Determines Online Worship Group Is Not a Church - A religious nonprofit that conducts worship services on the Internet and radio does not meet the IRS definition of a church, according to a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling.
North Carolina Joins Six Other States in Passing L3C Legislation - On August 3, 2010, Governor Bev Perdue signed Senate Bill 308 which enables a new kind of social business entity - called a Low Profit Limited Liability Company - to be established under North Carolina law.
New York Legislation Limits Charitable Deductions for "High Earners" - The New York Senate approved a budget measure to cap the deductions that high-income earners can claim on their state tax returns for charitable contributions.
Startup Visa Bill Offers New Pathway to Citizenship for Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs - Recently, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) from Colorado joined the list of co-sponsors for the StartupVisa Bill of 2010, designed to encourage non-U.S. entrepreneurs with funding from American investors to start businesses in the U.S.
Recent Advertising Battles Point to Importance of IP Protection for Social Sector Organizations - Typically associated with the corporate world, trademark disputes are becoming increasingly common among charities and other nonprofits.
Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Strengthen Nonprofit-Government Partnerships - New legislation introduced to improve mechanisms for collaboration between the federal government and the nonprofit sector.
Lawmakers Seek to Regulate Nonprofit Salaries - As part of broader austerity measures, state legislators and regulators seek to limit salaries paid to top executives of state-funded nonprofits.
IRS Scrutiny of Sponsorship Revenues Likely to Increase - The IRS is likely to scale up its review of corporate sponsorship revenues received by nonprofits.
U.S. Healthcare Reform: Expanding Partnerships with the Social Sector - The Affordable Care Act provides for the expansion of partnerships with community-based health organizations, leading to new funding opportunities in the sector.
Companies Use Nonprofits to Bypass Ban on Earmarks - In spite of the Congressional earmark ban, businesses have created parallel non-profit entities to channel taxpayer dollars to their organizations.
NY State Charities Registration Cure Program - June 30 Deadline - Effective immediately through June 30, 2010, the Attorney General in New York State is offering a cure period for charities not properly registered with the Charities Bureau or delinquent in filing annual financial reports.
IRS Advisors Propose an Online Tutorial for Charities on Compensation - The latest report from the non-profit advisory committee of the Internal Revenue Service proposed the creation of an online tutorial for managers, boards, and advisors of charities to help them better understand tax rules on executive compensation.
IRS to Continue Accepting Tax Returns for Small Nonprofits - Though the May 17 deadline has passed, the IRS announced that small nonprofits should still file tax returns to avoid losing their tax-exempt status.
IRS Delays Software Release - The IRS recently announced that Cyber-Assistant, a new software designed to enhance the clarity and accuracy of exemption applications, will not be available until 2011.
Nonprofits Feeling Increasingly Threatened in China - The Chinese government has tightened its control on the civil sector through targeted tax investigations and new restrictions on receiving donations from abroad.
The Banker of Philanthropy - Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the non-profit Acumen fund, is profiled with her new book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.
John Gomperts Appointed Director of Americorps - The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced that John Gomperts will serve as the new Director of Americorps.
The IRS Continues Commitment to Strict Governance Standards - Sarah Hall Ingram, Chief of Appeals for the Internal Revenue Service, recently reiterated the IRS' commitment to encouraging charities to adopt good governance practices at a seminar in D.C.
Many Nonprofits to Lose Exempt Status - As reported in the New York Times, as many as 400,000 nonprofits may lose their tax-exempt status beginning May 15 due to a failure to file Form 990 tax forms with the IRS.
Maryland Recognizes the Benefit Corporation - On April 13, 2010, Maryland became the first state to approve legislation that recognizes the "benefit corporation," a legal entity that permits both social and monetary return.
Paul L. Carttar Named Director of Social Innovation Fund - The Corporation for National and Community Service recently named Paul L. Carttar as the director of Social Innovation Fund.
National Service Agency Issues Final Notice on Social Innovation Fund Grants - The Corporation for National and Community Service issued its final notice on how it plans to spend the Social Innovation Fund.
Nonprofits Divided over Citizens United? - The Hudson Institute's Bradley Center hosts a panel discussion about the implications of the Citizens United case for nonprofits.
Charitable Boards Need to Focus on New 990 - Form 990, the informational tax return that charitable organizations file each year with the Internal Revenue Service, imposes important new demands on charitable boards of directors.
New Head of National Service Agency Sworn In - Patrick Corvington, an expert on nonprofit leadership and a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was sworn in on February 18 as the new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mr. Corvington was nominated for the post by President Obama in October 2009 but he was not confirmed by the United States Senate until February 9.