Nonprofit Currents
Sep. 11, 2013

NAACP leader departs after 5 years
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
After five years leading the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous announced that he is stepping down as president of the nation’s largest and oldest civil-rights group. Mr. Jealous, 40, cites the effect of stress on his health, a need to spend more time with his family, and a desire to start a career in education as the reasons for his decision.More

CNN's Anderson Cooper pops off about the nonprofit sector: He has a point
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Anderson Cooper has had a continuing review of the reporting of Drew Griffin of the Kids Wish Network, the nation’s worst charity, as identified in the investigative series published by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. The Kids Wish story has gotten good coverage through the printed stories and now CNN, though CNN’s buttonholing of the CEO, Anna Lanzatella, waiting for her outside the office while her staff said she wasn’t there, was particularly revealing. Hopefully every nonprofit association out there is expressing its dismay at Kids Wish’s operations, which include spending $109 million out of $127 million raised on payments to fundraisers—including a firm related to the charity’s founder. More

Drivers' $1 donation yields little for Pennsylvania organ donors and their families
From Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Every time Pennsylvanians register a car or renew a driver's license, they have the option of giving $1 to the Gov. Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Fund — and millions have. The fund has raised about $10 million since 2000, including about $1 million or 10 percent that a state law designated to help organ donors' families pay funeral and medical expenses.More

The pulpit should be free of politics
From The Los Angeles Times
Churches and other nonprofits long have been forbidden from endorsing political candidates. But erratic enforcement of the law has emboldened supporters of legislation in Congress that would end the restriction. Far from needing to be repealed, the ban on politics in the pulpit ought to be enforced more aggressively.More

West Virginia nonprofit declines federal grant after attorney general asks questions, Virginia group accepts funding
From The Washington Post
A West Virginia nonprofit has turned down a federal grant it received to help residents navigate new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act after it received an inquiry from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey about how it would protect consumer information. Clarksburg-based West Virginia Parent Training Inc. did not respond to a letter it received from Morrisey directing it to answer 26 questions about the group’s personnel and hiring practices, including employee background checks and employee monitoring programs.More

Walmart's mixed generosity: Great for nonprofits, not so much for employees
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Among corporate donors, Walmart is a visceral flashpoint for nonprofits and social justice advocates. Having become the nation’s largest food retailer (according to Supermarket News), Walmart shows up with a number of philanthropic initiatives supporting food access and food production for the poor. More

New targeting allegations leveled against IRS, this time by tax-exempt groups
From Fox News
VideoBriefThe House Oversight Committee pushing for an investigation into new accusations against the IRS. This time, groups who already have tax-exempt status say the IRS targeted them. One of those groups is the Leadership Institute. More

The silence of the nonprofits: Where are charities on the proposed attack on Syria?
From Nonprofit Quarterly
It is hard to believe that the U.S. Congress will follow the lead of the British Parliament and deny President Obama its approval of his plan to launch a punitive missile strike on Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has already voted ten to seven to recommend military action. The leadership of the House of Representatives, normally opposed to nearly anything from President Obama, has already endorsed military action consistent with the President’s plans.More

NAACP leader departs after 5 years
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
After five years leading the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous announced that he is stepping down as president of the nation’s largest and oldest civil-rights group. Mr. Jealous, 40, cites the effect of stress on his health, a need to spend more time with his family, and a desire to start a career in education as the reasons for his decision.More

LinkedIn updates nonprofits need to know about
From The Huffington Post
With the launch of a new LinkedIn Groups design, the company resolved one of its most pressing problems — LinkedIn Group spam. Group management had become cumbersome and time-consuming for many admins of medium and large groups.More

Affordable Care Act offers tax credits to nonprofits
From Athens Banner-Herald
Nonprofits nationwide might look forward to an increase in the refunds they receive for insurance premiums paid to employees' health insurance when the Affordable Care Act rolls out the last phase of its legislation in January. More

Nonprofits' growing economic clout raises concerns about tax breaks
From Sun Herald
The U.S. nonprofit sector has survived surprisingly well since the 2008 financial crisis. Nonprofit sales of goods and services to households amount to almost $1 trillion a year - or more than five percent of gross domestic product. Nonprofit employment increased by almost two percent from 2007 to 2009, according to an analysis by Lester Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski and Stephanie Geller of Johns Hopkins University. In the for-profit sector, in contrast, employment fell by almost four percent.More