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The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?
By Tom Watson on August 3, 2011 | No Comment
The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?

While the much-criticized “deal” to forestall the United States’ defaulting on its bonded debt obligations did avoid a take-down of the charitable deduction in the tax code, nonprofits and those who support them can hardly …

Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role
By Raissa Smorol on July 13, 2011 | No Comment
Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role

Following the worst economic downturn in recent history, the human services funding landscape is shifting. For those organizations largely dependent on government support, the situation can be difficult as local municipalities, states and the Federal …

Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 27, 2011 | No Comment
Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?

From Egypt to Wisconsin, in the streets and on smart phones, observed Tom Watson, activists are finding their voices and finding their fellow citizens. At a panel discussion on Government and Philanthropy at NYU’s Heyman …

Note to G20 Leaders: Don’t Ignore the Poor!
By Michael Klosson on June 28, 2010 | No Comment
Note to G20 Leaders: Don’t Ignore the Poor!

Sunday, when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper held his final press conference of back-to-back G-8 and G-20 summits, reporters asked him the same questions that for three days had circulated at the international media center …

Commentary – The Social Innovation Fund: Innovation for What?
By Pablo Eisenberg on June 20, 2010 | 10 Comments
Commentary – The  Social Innovation Fund: Innovation for What?

Although the Obama Administration has asserted that it wants to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations, it has neither understood the vastness, diversity and needs of the nonprofit community nor launched a serious initiative …

Clinton Unveils New Public-Private Award to Empower Women
By Tom Watson on April 28, 2010 | No Comment
Clinton Unveils New Public-Private Award to Empower Women

The blending of causes with government (especially under the Obama Administration) took another big step today when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a new “Secretary’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment”  at the …

News Briefing: Haiti Disaster Puts Red Cross CEO to the Test
By Kate Golden on February 9, 2010 | No Comment

Gail McGovern, Red Cross CEO, inherited the agency in a time of turmoil, but watchdogs say she has been a stabilizing force.  [Washington Post]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of top 50 philanthropists shows that total …

News Briefing: White House to Dole Out $8 Billion in Rail Grants
By Kate Golden on January 29, 2010 | No Comment

A prominent Islamic singer is arrested for his alleged ties with the Holy Land Foundation.  [Associated Press]

The White House announces $8 billion in rail grants.  [Associated Press]

News Briefing: Haiti Relief Effort Faces ‘Major Challenge’
By Kate Golden on January 14, 2010 | No Comment

Charity experts say private donations will be critical to helping Haiti.  [USA Today]

European and international relief organizations are worried that aid could be slowed by the damage to the country's airport, roads, and power supplies.  …

CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2010 | No Comment
CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity

Socially-conscious social media is working up north: Alaskans have taken to the Pick. Click. Give. campaign, which is leveraging platforms from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Causecast to draw attention to and explain the …

News Briefing: Threats Lead Food Agency to Curtail Aid in Somalia
By Kate Golden on January 6, 2010 | No Comment

Approximately a dozen charities in the Charleston area received fake checks in a cruel Christmas hoax.  [Associated Press]

The United Nations World Food Program announces that it is suspending food deliveries to one million people in …

News Briefing: American Charities May Not Have a Happy Holiday
By Kate Golden on November 16, 2009 | No Comment

Only 38 percent of Americans say they are more likely to give a charitable gift as a holiday present this year, compared to 49 percent last year, according to a new survey.  [Associated Press]

Consultants hired …

News Briefing: Accountants Sue Charity for Wrongful Dismissal
By Kate Golden on October 19, 2009 | No Comment

Two accountants sue Feed The Children for wrongful dismissal after they notified the charity's board that the organization owed $1.1 million in taxes.  [Associated Press]

Barbra Streisand auctions more than 400 of her dresses and suits, …

News Briefing: Colleges Trying to Firm Up Shaky Freshman Enrollment
By Kate Golden on August 13, 2009 | No Comment

The recession has complicated the task of filling freshman university classes across the country.  [Washington Post]

Throughout the U.S., congregations of all sizes and deominations are struggling with issues of faith and finance as the recession …

News Briefing: San Francisco Art Community Fears loss of Gap Founder’s Collection
By Kate Golden on August 10, 2009 | No Comment

Merce Cunningham's dance foundation names the four individuals he had selected as trustees of his life's work.  [New York Times]

A lobbying firm sent letters in June falsely purporting to be from nonprofit groups.  [New York …

News Brief: Clinton to Tackle African Trouble Spots
By Kate Golden on August 3, 2009 | No Comment

Hillary Clinton embarks on a seven-nation tour of Africa to affirm the Obama administration's commitment to tackling trouble spots across the continent.  [Associated Press]

Brooke Astor's son limited her donations to charity, trial evidence shows.  [New …

News Briefing: Free Clinics Hit With More Patients, Less Funding
By Kate Golden on July 21, 2009 | No Comment

DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's recent proposal to sharply cut earmarks is bad news for many area nonprofits.  [Washington Post]

Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based Christian relief organization, spent $1.2 million in donations on a …

News Briefing: A Boon to 2-Year Colleges, Affirming Their Value
By Kate Golden on July 15, 2009 | No Comment

Bill Clinton is scheduled to join a conversation of philanthropists on rural America's future at the Clinton Presidential Center.  [Arkansas Democrat Gazette ]

The Obama administration proposes providing $12 billion to community colleges.  [New York Times]

The …

News Briefing: Obama Enlists Major Powers to Aid Poor Farmers
By Kate Golden on July 9, 2009 | No Comment

The NEA announces recipients of a competitive round for nonprofit groups.  [Washington Post]

President Obama enlists the world's leading powers to contribute $15 billion to help millions of the world's poorest farmers grow enough food to …

News Briefing: Soloing in Russia, First Lady Speaks Little, and Yet Volumes
By Kate Golden on July 8, 2009 | One Comment

Michelle Obama's appearances in Moscow underscore her focus on children, her emphasis on health care, and her plea for increased volunteerism.  [Washington Post]

As President Obama urges young people to make a difference in the world …


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