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For nonprofits, a bigger share of the economy
From The New York Times
The overall economy has been expanding slowly, but at least one sector is vibrant: nonprofits, which have been growing at a breakneck pace. From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half of 1 percent, according to the most recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.
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Troubling numbers in volunteering rates
From The Nonprofit Times
Statistics released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing volunteering at a 10-year low have some in the industry scratching their heads or backing away from the numbers, including a sponsor of the survey. According to the BLS, the volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percent to 25.4 percent of the population for the year ending in September 2013. Approximately 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013.
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The 2 leaders in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership legally merge
From Institute for Philanthropy
The London- and New York-based Institute for Philanthropy and the San Francisco-based The Philanthropy Workshop West, the leaders in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership, legally merged effective March 1. Leadership from the two not-for-profit charities announced the marriage from their San Francisco, New York, and London offices in a videoconference with members. Several forward-thinking philanthropists, foundations, and advisors are at the heart of the creation and evolution of the two organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, leadership from HRH the Prince of Wales’s charities, the TOSA Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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IRS flooded with comments on nonprofit rule
From The Washington Times
The IRS is getting an earful as it weighs new rules on how to treat so-called “dark-money” nonprofit groups that are flooding the political scene. The comment period for the proposed rules, which have exercised liberal and conservative groups alike, closed recently with the second highest total of comments for any proposal in the agency’s history, according to a survey by the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group.
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Study finds Facebook 'activists' do little for causes
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Research into the membership and activities of the “Save Darfur Cause” on Facebook found that only a sliver of the more than 1 million people who joined the group donated or spread the word about the issue, social-sciences magazine Pacific Standard writes. The study, published recently in the journal Sociological Science, claims to be the first “containing precise longitudinal data on the growth and donation activity of a massive online social movement.”
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New America report takes aim at private college lobby on student unit record system
From Inside Higher Ed
A recent report published by the New America Foundation criticizes several higher education lobbying associations for standing in the way of a proposed federal database that would provide more expansive data about how colleges are performing. Critics of the database have argued that storing student-level data in a single federal database would threaten student privacy and is too risky. Among the most vocal opponents of the database is the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents private nonprofit colleges and advocated for the ban on the student unit record system that Congress enacted in 2008.
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Nonprofits to add staff, don't budget for recruitment
From The NonProfit Times
More nonprofits plan to hire new staff in 2014 than use current staff, according to a new survey. Washington, D.C.-based Nonprofit HR, a human resources firm that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations, released the 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, which includes responses from more than 400 nonprofits nationwide. Hiring new staff has become more popular than using current staff to support new programs, according to the seventh annual survey.
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For nonprofits, a bigger share of the economy
From The New York Times
The overall economy has been expanding slowly, but at least one sector is vibrant: nonprofits, which have been growing at a breakneck pace. From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half of 1 percent.

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Managing nonprofit fundraising risks in the digital age
From Hartford Business
As nonprofits seek to diversify their revenue streams and reach new audiences, they need to communicate their missions and value propositions more broadly, persuasively, and efficiently than ever before, and they're embracing digital media to do so.

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Study: Boards, senior staff holding up nonprofit mergers
From The NonProfit Times
Despite financial pressure from reductions in government funding and duplication of services, the overall rate of nonprofit mergers remained unchanged during the past decade according to a new study by the Bridgespan Group.

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San Diego Red Cross director quits, cites integrity
From U-T San Diego
Three board members of the American Red Cross chapter serving San Diego and Imperial counties have resigned abruptly, days after chief executive Tony Young left the nonprofit for unexplained reasons. Board members Rudolph Johnson III and Tom Gehring quit soon after, with Gene Brister stepping down the day following Johnson and Gehring's departure. The American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties is one of the larger chapters in the nationwide network. It has 15 remaining board members.
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Courts pull tax exemptions for big nonprofits
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Two large nonprofit institutions saw their tax-exempt status fully or partially revoked by cash-strapped local governments recently, once again accentuating the importance of maintaining good relationships with community and political leaders, as well as making sure an agency’s mission remains charitable, and that it can defend that status in court. The Washington Business Journal reported that the Meridian International Center, a prominent nonprofit, had its property tax exemption revoked 50 years after it was granted.
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