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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
From The Washington Post
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported recently that Zuckerberg’s donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine’s annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013.
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Were new proposed IRS nonprofit regulations prepared in secret?
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Statements from Treasury officials indicated that the proposed 501(c)(4) regulations were drafted in 2013 in response to the “confusion” surrounding the issues of nonprofit political activity and applications for tax exemption by some conservative groups. However, Michigan Rep. Dave Camp cited an email from a Treasury employee, Ruth Madrigal, to former IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) Director Lois Lerner and others as evidence that the proposed regulations were planned much earlier and possibly in secret.
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Growth of 'crowdfunding' a worry for traditional charities
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The fast-growing popularity of crowdfunding as a tool to finance small-scale, single-issue charity projects is raising concern among venerable charities like Save the Children that have long appealed directly to donors to support broad aid and development programs, according to The New York Times. Crowdfunding sites allow many small donors to give directly to an effort, like a classroom in a low-income neighborhood trying to raise money to travel to Washington.
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How top nonprofit CEOs turned passion for helping others into well-paying careers
From Reuters via Huffington Post
Think of successful people, and the mind usually defaults to areas of personal achievement. A Wall Street CEO, maybe, or a hotshot lawyer, or a billionaire founder of a tech startup. But what if we defined success in different terms — say, having touched the most people's lives in their time of greatest need? By that standard, the following people might be some of the most successful people in the history of the planet. Since last August, Reuters has been talking to prominent Americans about the first jobs they ever had, and how those experiences shaped the men and women they are today.
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Funder transparency: How much and when?
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Transparency has become quite the buzzword throughout all sectors of our economy. There’s great demand for the ability to see that people and companies are doing what they say they are doing and that there are no shady dealings, especially when public investment or interest is involved. We do not demand quite as much transparency of a privately held business as we do, say, a nonprofit receiving funding from a government agency. But what of a private foundation?
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Religious nonprofits can face job discrimination suits if work not related to religion
From The Seattle Times
Nonprofit religious institutions in Washington can be sued for job discrimination if an employee’s work was unrelated to religion, the state Supreme Court said recently in a divided opinion. Although the ruling says those institutions don’t get a free pass to fire people for reasons of race, disability or sexual orientation, in general, it allows religious organizations — which employ tens of thousands of workers in hospitals, schools, universities and charities — to maintain their long-standing exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination law.
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
From The Washington Post
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

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This organization's demise has lessons for all nonprofits
From Nonprofit Quarterly
The Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center may have gone under this past September with $1.2 million of debt, but lessons from a 45-page autopsy report performed by BDO Consulting may help others avoid its fate.

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IRS releases documents on how it treats tax exempt groups
From CPA Practice Advisor
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the IRS has released a series of documents, including training materials used by agents relating to how it recognizes and treats exempt organizations like nonprofits.

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Nonprofits seek experienced seniors
From The Wall Street Journal
Looking for individuals wanting to segue to the nonprofit sector? According to Encore.org, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes second acts, some 31 million people ages 44 to 70 are interested in making the leap from private-sector careers to nonprofit jobs. One relatively easy way to gain contacts with those interested in the nonprofit world: Try one of the growing number of free services that match veteran workers with nonprofits needing help on a volunteer basis.
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Should the NFL continue to enjoy nonprofit status?
From CBS News
At this time of year, news about the National Football League is inescapable (just ask the Denver Broncos). But even during the rest of the year, when Super Bowl fever has passed, few aspects of U.S. popular culture are as relentlessly ubiquitous. NFL marketing is everywhere. As popular ventures go, few are as financially successful as the NFL. The entire league sees a reported $10 billion in annual revenue, and has a goal to reach $25 billion by 2027 — so you might wonder why the NFL is a listed as a nonprofit organization.
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