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Paul Clolery

Paul Clolery is vice president and editorial director of NPT Publishing Group in Morris Plains, N.J., which publishes The NonProfit Times and its sister publication the magazine Exempt. He also has oversight responsibilities for the editorial content The NonProfit Times Online, the e-letters NPT Weekly, NPT Instant Fundraising, Exempt and NPT TechnoBuzz.

Since Clolery joined The NPT, it has gone from one publication 12 times annually to the list above. He joined The NPT in December, 1994 from Faulkner & Gray, a division of Thomson Financial, where he was senior editor of The Practical Accountant, which at the time was the largest circulation independent publication covering tax and accounting. He also contributed to other F&G publications.

Often a speaker for industry meetings and conferences, he has spoken at conferences of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The American Society of Association Executives, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The DMA Nonprofit Federation, the Blackbaud user conference, the Kintera user conference the Convio user and the Sage Software user conference. He also has been master of ceremonies for events at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Formerly a senior fellow of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Fourth Estate and the Third Sector series, Clolery taught the tax-exempt sector to consumer reporters for four years during a week-long seminar at the University of Mississippi and Marshall University. He also has lectured on the topic at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Prior to Faulkner & Gray, Clolery spent more than a decade in the daily newspaper business in Texas and New Jersey. He has been honored a dozen times for reporting excellence, including awards from Associated Press Managing Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. Most recently, the Society of Professional Journalists has twice awarded him first place for column and opinion writing.

Clolery has also written freelance articles for ID World, Investor’s Business Daily, Working Woman and others. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and The National Press Club.

He was not a stranger to the nonprofit sector when he joined The NPT. A shoulder injury forced him to retire from active duty at a local volunteer rescue squad after answering more than 1,200 emergency calls. He currently is a volunteer emergency medical technician instructor, and is part of a teaching team that received a Daily Point of Light award from The Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C. for consistently having a pass rate of more than 90 percent of students on the National Registry EMT examination when the national average is less than 50 percent. In 2008, he was individually presented a Daily Point Of Light award for volunteer service.

Paul Clolery's Articles

  • Endowments Seeking Alternatives, Ditching Fixed Income

    By Paul Clolery — June 10, 2015

    Financial managers of endowments and foundations have moved away from fixed asset investing to the more lucrative but volatile areas of venture capital and alternatives such as hedge funds, real estate and private equity.

  • Bipartisan IRA Rollover Bill Introduced In Senate

    By Paul Clolery — May 1, 2015

    The IRA charitable rollover has new life in a bi-partisan bill introduced today in the United States Senate. The Public Good Charitable Rollover Act of 2015, (S.1159) is sponsored by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Thad Cochran (R-Miss).

  • Live From CoF: The Role of Philanthropy In The Digital Revolution

    By Paul Clolery — April 28, 2015

    San Francisco — Foundation executives need more information in digital technology, its use, access and ‘net neutrality before they can make funding decisions. During an interactive session regarding Internet access, 46 percent of those attending the morning plenary session of the Council on Foundations’ annual meeting said they were interested but needed more information. By the end of the session, the number was up three points but there was much conversation.

  • Live From CoF: 7 Ideas To Jumpstart The Economy

    By Paul Clolery — April 27, 2015

    The tone of this year’s Council on Foundation’s (CoF) annual conference focused not just on collaboration, but also pushing foundation leaders to take more of a role in instigating ideas that spur the national and local economies and finance. Examples of the “double bottom line” of businesses doing well while contributing to the social sector were showcased during a session called “7 Ideas To Jumpstart The Economy.”

  • Live From CoF: Sometimes Just ‘Shut Up And Listen’

    By Paul Clolery — April 27, 2015

    San Francisco — NAACP CEO Cornell Brooks asked a simple question of the approximately 1,200 foundation executives gathered here for the Council on Foundations’ (CoF) annual meeting: “Why can’t we do more with all we have been given?” In a sector laden with data, he entreated those in attendance to “hold close the people on whom the data is collected.”

  • Charity Navigator Seeks New CEO

    By Paul Clolery — April 2, 2015

    Charity Navigator, the sometimes controversial rating system of nonprofits, has made a change at the top. President and CEO Ken Berger (pictured right) has left the organization as the board seeks a chief executive with a deep technology background.

  • Tax Policy Central To Everson’s Run For The White House

    By Paul Clolery — April 1, 2015

    Mark Everson is running for president and has placed federal tax code reform as the cornerstone of his campaign for the White House. You’d expect that from a former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner.

  • Stats Show Huge Jump In Tax-Exempt Orgs, Applications

    By Paul Clolery — March 24, 2015

    The number of tax-exempt entities jumped almost 13 percent to 1,723,315 during 2014, an increase of 124,302 organizations after marginal movement during the prior three years. The number of applications more than doubled — to 117,538 — during 2014 compared to 2013.

  • Vets, Kids Lead Donors’ Giving Choice

    By Paul Clolery — March 13, 2015

    Direct mail donors age 35 and older when given $100 to donate among 10 charities categories would most likely give a majority of the money to either a veterans group or to kids in poverty. And, that predisposition was across the political spectrum from conservatives to moderates to liberals.

  • Endowments Could Damage The Sector

    By Paul Clolery — March 9, 2015

    The President of the United States threatens to veto any and all legislation that reduces or even keeps static federal tax deductions for donors. Localities are seeking to strip nonprofits of certain exemptions, particularly property tax relief. It’s only a matter of time before caps are placed on the amounts nonprofits can raise that are eligible to be deductible.


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