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  • SXSW: New York City’s Data Hacking for Good

    By Amy Sample Ward — March 12, 2013

    More and more city governments are working to share data and engage citizens in creating information systems and solutions that support engagement, access to resources, and much more. At SXSW Interactive, Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, shared an update about the city’s attempts to open up data and collaborate with developers and the public.

  • Nonprofits Tracking Federal Sequestration Impact

    By Mark Hrywna — March 7, 2013

    Now that sequestration is here, two nonprofits are keeping tabs on exactly how charities will be affected by the billion-dollar cuts in federal spending.

  • It’s Here. The Sequester Has Kicked In

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 7, 2013

    While Congress bickered and ultimately did nothing between January and March, nonprofits worked to educate their constituents on the potentially apocalyptic effects of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. They urged supporters to contact their legislators and demand they stop the cuts.

  • Ubiñas To Leave Ford Foundation In September

    By Mark Hrywna — March 5, 2013

    Luis Ubiñas will step down in September after six years as president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest foundation in the world.

  • Your 403(b)

    By Peter Alwardt — March 1, 2013

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has modified and expanded its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) with the release of Revenue Procedure 2013-12. While the new revenue procedure made many changes to EPCRS, one of the most significant changes was the long-promised inclusion of expanded corrections for 403(b) plan failures.

  • The Race For Revenue

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2013

    Race For the Cure revenue for Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s largest affiliates declined almost 7 percent last year, while the charity reported a 9-percent dip in overall revenues.

  • Results Weren’t Invisible

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2013

    Years from now you might find that Kony 2012 T-shirt in your laundry basket hanging in a vintage shop or see it in a VH1 special called I Love the 2010s. But right now, donations and sales from the phenomenon fueled the growth of the fledgling nonprofit behind the film that took the Internet by storm last spring.

  • Gulf Coast Nonprofits Can File Claims For BP’s Cash

    By Gary Morton — March 1, 2013

    When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sent crude oil spewing toward the northern Gulf Coast and then coating it nearly three years ago, officials at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans knew they had to quickly respond.

  • Higher Ed Giving Beats (Barely) Inflation

    By Mark Hrywna — February 20, 2013

    Buoyed by contributions for current operations, giving to American colleges and universities in 2012 increased 2.3 percent – but just 0.2 percent when adjusted for inflation.

  • Execs Testify In Harmony Regarding Tax Incentives

    By Mark Hrywna — February 14, 2013

    Extending the charitable deduction to all taxpayers – not just itemizers – and allowing donations until April 15 to be counted in the previous tax year were among the proposals by nonprofits to incentive charitable giving even more.


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