News & Articles

Not Affordable: Costs Fueled Killer Fire As Nonprofits Fight For Housing

February 1, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Oakland, California remains in mourning after a late-night warehouse fire on December 2 killed 36 people. The warehouse had been converted into an artist collective and housing units — both contrary to area zoning.

Donors Give ACLU $35 Million To Fight Immigration Orders

January 31, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The weekend started for leaders at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with an executive order by President Donald J. Trump banning those from seven predominantly Muslim countries from coming to the United States. It ended with the obtaining of a stay against the order from federal judge Ann M. Donnelly, a large influx of grassroots support and $35 million in donations from Friday through Monday.

Boy Scouts Reverse Transgender Policy

January 31, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will accept members based on the gender identification provided in an individual’s application, opening the door to allowing transgender boys into the century-old organization.

Donor Protection, Privacy Central To New Court Filing

January 30, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The Philanthropy Roundtable filed an amicus brief Friday in a case challenging the California attorney general’s requirement that nonprofits disclose major donors in their annual registration filings.

Harvard Not Hedging, Will Cut Investment Staff

January 26, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The investment management arm of Harvard University plans to make sweeping changes, cutting about half of the 230 staff by the end of the year and outsourcing the functions to outside managers. It also will shift from a silo investment approach to a generalist investment model focused on the overall endowment.

Nonprofits Using H-1B Visa Program Face Uncertainty

January 25, 2017       Julius A. Karash      

The H-1B visa program is “certainly is a tool that is necessary to get foreign nationals into the U.S. to be able to conduct research,” said Wayne Carter, president & CEO of Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) in Kansas City, Mo. “We hope there is no change. We’re going to be watching the administration to see how things develop.”

Budget Cuts Might Hit Less Obvious Social Services

January 19, 2017       Paul Clolery & Mark Hrywna      

Among the priorities for President-Elect Donald Trump once he’s inaugurated on Jan. 20 has been repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would mean huge changes, as well as tax reform, particularly aimed at lowering corporate tax rates and those for high-income individuals. There’s also the typical concern for charities that cuts in federal funding will hit social services.

Digital Donors Changing Charitable Communications

January 18, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Digital donors are pushing charities to communicate with them the way they prefer. Millennials identified social media as the preferred method in 43 percent of cases, followed by email at 21 percent. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers both prefer email, 30 percent and 26 percent, followed by social media, 21 percent and 24 percent.

Advocacy Groups Pro And Con To Line Inauguration Route

January 17, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Yasmina Mrabet will be attending Friday’s presidential inauguration — along with almost 25,000 peers. Mrabet is an organizer for the ANSWER Coalition, a protest and civil rights organization that counts itself among more than two dozen groups to have applied for First Amendment permits to demonstrate at the presidential inauguration.

Layoffs Continue At Brand-Name Nonprofits

January 16, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will mean the loss of 22 jobs at the Clinton Foundation, effective April 15. It is the third well-known nonprofit to announce layoffs during the past two weeks.