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Buffalo Churches Victims of Grant Writing Scam

June 13, 2018       NPT Staff      

Church clergy and community leaders in the Buffalo, N.Y.-area have faced a series of unpleasant surprises since last summer. Organization leaders have embarked on numerous capital and other projects with the understanding that they were being supported by grant funding, only to find out later that such grants were never awarded or even sought by a supposed grant writer.

Mega Gifts Boost Giving Past $410 Billion

June 12, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Giving to tax-exempt organizations in the United States last year grew by more than 5 percent to $410.02 billion – eclipsing $400 billion for the first time ever – riding a wave of a strong stock market and the philanthropic response to a series of natural disasters.

Nonprofits Possible Foreign Agents Registration Act Targets

June 11, 2018       Testing PremiumContent      

The House Committee on Natural Resources is seeking additional information from leadership at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) concerning the organization’s relationship with Chinese officials. In a letter dated June 5 and addressed to Rhea Suh, president, the committee expressed concern that NRDC’s need to maintain access with Chinese officials has influenced domestic policies in the U.S. and “may require compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).”

House Seeks Explanation on NRDC, China Connection

June 7, 2018       Andy Segedin      

The House Committee on Natural Resources is seeking additional information from leadership at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) concerning the organization’s relationship with Chinese officials. In a letter dated June 5 and addressed to Rhea Suh, president, the committee expressed concern that NRDC’s need to maintain access with Chinese officials has influenced domestic policies in the U.S. and “may require compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).”

Opinion: It’s Time To Share Power And The NY AG Should Push Us Along

June 7, 2018       The NonProfit Times      

Foundation boards are some of the least diverse spaces in our nation. Overwhelmingly white and older, most trustees don’t reflect demographically the communities they serve.

Federal Scrutiny For Nonprofit Communications And Consent

June 7, 2018       The NonProfit Times      

A federal district judge dismissed a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by charities. Even for telemarketers and TCPA practitioners, Reese v. Anthem, Inc., might be easy to overlook. The decision is barely 10 pages long. It was issued by a court in Louisiana, hardly the TCPA litigation hotbed of California, Illinois, and Florida. And, two of the three defendants were 501(c)(3) charities, rare targets of TCPA litigation.

Nonprofits Already Eyeing 2020 Census, $800 Billion At Stake

June 6, 2018       Andy Segedin      

The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) and a host of state associations are in Washington, D.C. this week to lobby on behalf of the sector. While many discussions have been had regarding pressing issues and concerns facing the sector today, at least some eyes are looking ahead to 2020 — but not for the reason some might think.

Weinberg Foundation Target of Phishing Email

June 6, 2018       Andy Segedin      

A fraudulent donation-solicitation scheme has targeted supporters of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Owings Mills, Md.-based organization placed an alert on its website today warning supporters that the email, made to appear to have been sent by the foundation, has been disseminated. The alert has also been emailed to constituents.

Social-Emotional Learning Gets $100 Million Boost

June 5, 2018       NPT Staff      

National University System received the largest donation in the network’s 17-year history today: $100 million from banking magnate T. Denny Sanford. The donation brings Sanford’s total support of the system to an estimated $170 million.

Buffett Meal Goes For $3.3 Million

June 5, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

How much would you pay to have lunch with famed investor Warren Buffett? The price tag was more than $3.3 million for this year’s auction benefiting a San Francisco human services organization.