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California Senate Votes To Revoke Boy Scouts’ Exempt Status

May 30, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

The state Senate in California is targeting the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) with a bill that ensures equity for all after the organization voted to continue its ban on gay scout leaders while allowing gay youth to join.

Oklahoma Concert To Benefit Twister Victims

May 29, 2013       Zach Halper      

Country music star and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton will be among the headlining acts for a concert tonight that will benefit the victims of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Okla., last week. All proceeds from the concert will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma (UWCO) to fund immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Giving Is Literally A Chemical Reaction

May 29, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Donors make decisions based on emotion and justify their decisions with logic. Leah Eustace and Scott Fortnum gave attendees at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference on Fundraising (ICON) a guided tour of the donor’s brain.

Nike Ends Support For Livestrong

May 28, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Nike, Inc., the global sports apparel company that helped launch the yellow Livestrong wristbands into a fundraising phenomenon and with it a foundation for cancer survivors, will conclude its partnership with the charity after its contract expires next year.

U.S Finishes Behind Netherlands For Philanthropy

May 28, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

The U.S. scored 4.6 on a scale of one through five for philanthropic freedom, finishing second to the Netherlands, according to a study produced by the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity in Washington, D.C. The pilot study, called Philanthropic Freedom, measured 13 countries in three broad categories: the ease of registering and operating a civil society organization (CSO, the study’s term for nonprofit); domestic tax regulation; and cross-border flow regulation.

Lerner Out As IRS Exempt Organizations Boss

May 24, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

A day after invoking her 5th Amendment right not to testify before a congressional committee, Lois Lerner, the director of the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was put on administrative leave. She had led the EO Division since 2006.

Boy Scouts Approve Change To Membership Policy

May 23, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has voted to allow openly gay youth members but a ban remains in place on openly gay adult leaders. The resolution passed by a 61-38 percent margin among the 1,400 voting members.

IRS Official Pleads The 5th

May 22, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), invoked her 5th Amendment right not to testify but denied any wrongdoing in a statement to the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform this morning.

American Lung Cuts One-Third Of Staff

May 20, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

The American Lung Association (ALA) has eliminated 24 positions from its national staff of 71. The cuts come in an effort to shore up a $4 million operating deficit from the Washington, D.C.-based organization’s $55 million 2013 budget. Positions have been eliminated in the ALA’s Washington, D.C., and New York City offices.

IRS Chief Forced To Quit After Targeting Tax-Exempts

May 16, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Internal Revenue Service Interim Commissioner Steven Miller, who at one time headed the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division, resigned when asked to step down by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. He will leave the job next month.