Nonprofit Currents
Jan. 1, 2014

IRS scandal could change rules for nonprofits
From Politico
From June 19: It has engulfed all of Washington in scandal, but the Internal Revenue Service-tea party targeting debacle might finally bring some clarity to rules governing nonprofit organizations. Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on how regulations should be changed in light of the IRS mess. But there is some common ground in both parties that the current system — with vague and competing rules — isn't working.More

Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report published
From Rolling Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center
From July 17: The study, published every two years, examined the compensation, benefits and employment of more than 160 eligible nonprofit organizations in Central Florida. This year's report shows that the budgets of nonprofit organizations have increased along with salaries: more than 70 percent of nonprofits surveyed reported pay increases. The report also found that women are underpaid in executive ranks when compared to their male counterparts.More

The Girl Scouts reinvents itself for a new generation
From Forbes
From Oct. 10: Most everyone’s image of the Girl Scouts of the USA is of a girl in a green uniform selling cookies. And truthfully, for most of the organization’s 101-year history, this image rang true. But times change, and on Oct. 1, the Girl Scouts launched a new national recruitment campaign titled I Can’t Wait To Be A Girl Scout to illustrate that today’s Girl Scouts is not yesterday’s troops.More

Above the law: America's worst charities
From CNN
From June 19: The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday, Fla. Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids.More

New rules on hiring persons with disabilities: Heads up, nonprofits!
From NonProfit Quarterly
From Sept. 25: Persons with disabilities are the most widespread minority group in the U.S., with membership that includes whites as well as people of color, the affluent, the middle class, and the poor, and people from cities, suburbs, and rural areas—and, due to this country’s prolonged military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, a population of veterans who, until one incident or one accident overseas, would never have thought of themselves as disabled and needing assistance or accommodations for finding work in the private sector. Challenges for persons with disabilities may be the civil rights issue that has gotten the least public attention and action in our society.More

Who gives $1 million gifts and which organizations are getting them?
From Association Trends
From Nov. 20: While the total of $1 million-plus gifts to nonprofits decreased, the size of such gifts increased to levels not seen since 2007, according to a new report published by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Created in partnership with U.K.-based Coutts bank, Million Dollar Donors Report includes frank and insightful views of $1 million-plus donors, who explain why they share a significant portion of their wealth and why they selected the nonprofits they supported.More

Treasury and IRS rules on nonprofits' political activity misses the mark
From The Washington Post
Many Americans disapprove of the soaring amounts of money flowing to political campaigns through “social welfare” groups, which are not required to disclose their donors. Many others are angry about revelations that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) workers applied extra scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status from conservative-leaning nonprofit groups.More

CloudPay aims to shift credit card fees to local nonprofit giving campaign
From The Santa Cruz Sentinel
With a healthy breakfast under his belt, Jon Underwood pulled out his smartphone to pay the cashier at River Café in Santa Cruz, Calif., and in about a minute gets a text message saying he's just donated to his favorite local nonprofit organization. "See? It's faster than paying with a Visa," he said.More

Fraud doesn't take a holiday: Beware of card testing
If your organization accepts payments from a payment gateway or eCommerce site, you may be exposed to a new form of fraud called card testing. Unfortunately, there is no fail-safe system to protect against it, but your close attention to daily batch and authorization details will go a long way in alerting you of a possible problem. Fraudsters obtain credit card information from a variety of sources. More

3 fascinating 2013 TEDTalks that nonprofits need to check out
From VolunteerMatch
From May 8: TED (Technology, entertainment, design) is a forum for innovative and inspiring people to talk about who they are and what they do. Devoted to promoting "ideas worth spreading," the TED conferences enjoy international recognition with "TEDTalk" videos gaining over one billion unique views on the web.More

Nonprofits turn to branding to raise awareness, funds
From Sun Sentinel
From Aug. 15: As marketing becomes more sophisticated in the for-profit world, nonprofits are discovering they also need to step up their branding game.More

Charity watchdog shakes up ratings to focus on results
From OPB
From Oct. 23: There’s one area of the economy that’s growing faster than business or government. According to the Urban Institute, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren’t very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that’s the conclusion of the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator, which rates thousands of nonprofits to help donors make decisions on their giving.More

How nonprofits can save big on tech
From Wichita Business Journal
From July 31: If you run or sit on the board of a nonprofit organization, take note. Your organization probably doesn't need to be paying full-price for much of anything related to technology.More