Nonprofit Currents
Jun. 19, 2013

IRS scandal could change rules for nonprofits
From Politico
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

Charitable giving in US grew in 2012, albeit modestly
From Reuters
Individual charitable giving in the United States grew almost 4 percent last year, while corporate donations rose at triple that rate, according to a report that shows donations by Americans to nonprofit groups mirroring the slow recovery of the larger economy.More

Boston bombing charity raises more than $46 million
From The Wall Street Journal
The charity fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims has raised more than $46 million ahead of a recent application deadline, a figure that its administrator called unprecedented for a fund of its kind. More

Above the law: America's worst charities
From CNN
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

Nonprofit news organizations: Some want government subsidy
From Pew Research Center
News outlets often have an adversarial relationship with the government, a longstanding tension underscored most recently by the Obama administration's pursuit of leaks to the Associated Press and Fox News Channel and the decisions of the Washington Post and the Guardian newspapers to publish National Security Agency documents. More

Hillary Clinton turning toward nonprofit world
From The Associated Press via Yahoo! News
As Hillary Rodham Clinton preps for another run at the White House bid, the former Secretary of State plans on utilizing the nonprofit realm to bolster improvements for education, women's rights and the U.S. economy. More

Nonprofits unprepared, underinsured against risks
From Insurance Journal
Crystal & Co., a worldwide risk and insurance advisor, has released the results of its Nonprofit Risk Survey, presenting a snapshot of risk awareness and exposure among U.S. nonprofit organizations, including human services, foundations, and community service, educational and religious organizations.More

16 Americans among nonprofit workers convicted in Egypt
Sixteen Americans were among 43 people for what the transitional government at the time had said was illegal interference in the nation's affairs. More

How smarter giving can create a more effective nonprofit sector
The Huffington Post
Dan Cardinali writes: "I recently had the rare opportunity to sit on a stage before a roomful of people representing billions of philanthropic wealth." More

IRS has long history of burying nonprofits in paperwork
Internal Revenue Service staff have a long history of discouraging applications for tax-exempt status from controversial groups by burying them in complicated questionnaires, according to former IRS officials.More

Private preschools see more public funds as classes grow
From The New York Times
The preschoolers who arrived at school early for free breakfast on a recent morning quietly ate granola bars and yogurt as middle school students recited part of the rosary over the public address system. Almost none of the 4- and 5-year-olds attending the Academy of St. Benedict the African, a parochial school in New York City, are Catholic. But virtually all of them pay little or no tuition, which is subsidized by public funds.More

Komen foundation names new CEO amid financial troubles
From Reuters
The Susan G. Komen foundation named a new chief executive to replace Nancy Brinker, founder of the breast cancer charity, which suffered a major loss of donations last year after withdrawing funding for Planned Parenthood to perform breast cancer screenings.More

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption
From The Center of Public Integrity
When investigators examined the operations of a sprawling New York social service organization, what they uncovered was deeply troubling. Board members of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council had almost no experience in nonprofit management. Several couldn't name any of the group's programs. More

LIVESTRONG receives $6.2 million from Movember to expand services
With one out of every two men projected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, this funding comes at a critical time. We plan to put it to use immediately to improve the lives of men facing cancer.More

Why North Carolina nonprofits leaders are fretting tax code edits
From Triangle Business Journal
A proposed change in North Carolina's tax code has leaders of nonprofits up in arms. A closer look, though, shows the change would affect mostly large organizations, many of which don't conjure up traditional images of a charity. More