News & Articles

AmeriCorps Member Shot Dead in New Orleans

April 3, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

An 18-year-old AmeriCorps member was murdered in New Orleans, La. Joseph Massenburg was shot at the corner of Eagle and Birch streets and was pronounced dead a short time after 11pm on Monday.

Y This is Important

April 1, 2013       Taz Hussein      

The news that Medicare has agreed to pay the cost of the YMCA of the USA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for up to 10,000 qualifying Medicare enrollees over the next three years, as reported on The NonProfit Times’ website, is not just good news for Y. It could benefit the American taxpayer as well, since the initiative is predicted to save Medicare an estimated $4.2 million over the next three years, and potentially $53 million over six years.

General Ramblings: Letter Of The Law

April 1, 2013       Paul Clolery      

A draft of a letter of protest to be sent to the self-proclaimed watchdog group Charity Navigator is making its way around the sector. It regards Charity Navigator’s method for determining whether a charity is a good steward of donor largess.

Charities Push Senate On Restoring Deduction

April 1, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Some of the nation’s most prominent charities and advocacy groups are asking the U.S. Senate Budget Committee to reconsider changes to the itemized deduction for charitable giving for fear that it would reduce giving by billions of dollars each year.

Americans Took More Deductions In 2011, Hitting $160 Billion

April 1, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Americans took a collective $160.33 billion in tax deductions for charitable contributions in 2011, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the $158.18 billion in 2010. The number of tax returns filed that included charitable deductions declined by 0.8 percent, from 38.1 million to 37.9 million.

Fundraising Via Mobile Apps Can Still Be A Challenge

April 1, 2013       Elizabeth Pope      

There’s an app for almost everything, even in fundraising. With mobile devices reaching near-ubiquity, donors want to use their smartphones or tablets to give to their favorite charities. Some nonprofits are optimizing their websites to make it easier for mobile users to donate, others are experimenting with text-to-give programs.

800 Nonprofits Share Almost $1 Million

April 1, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Arizona Gives Day, held for the first time on March 20, will put nearly $1 million into the coffers of roughly 800 nonprofits in the state. Despite falling short of its goals of 20,000 donors and $2 million, administrators consider the event a success.

Giving Up, Contacts Down For Online Philanthropy

March 27, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Fundraising continues its upward climb online but email as an engagement tool is starting to cool off.

New Regs For Retirement Plans

March 26, 2013       Marty Daks      

Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center Inc. had a “plain vanilla” 403(b) retirement plan for a long time. About a year ago the Newburgh, N.Y.-based medical services nonprofit decided to explore other options as part of a broad benefits overhaul aimed at stemming a high rate of executive turnover.

7.4% Of World Workforce In Nonprofits

March 21, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

The nonprofit workforce makes up on average 7.4 percent of the total workforce in some parts of the world — more than 10 percent in at least six countries. And, the sector has outpaced the overall economy in eight countries, including the United States, according to a new report.