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How 1 nonprofit engages women volunteers
From Associations Now
Women across the country will be picking up hammers and helping build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, which has mobilized more than 52,000 women volunteers since its inception six years ago. That’s a number Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, said she is really proud of: “We really feel that for Habitat to make a difference that women really need to be involved, and we feel that Habitat’s capacity has increased when we do empower women to get out and learn to build.”
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Scaled-back campaign finance disclosure bill clears California Assembly
From Los Angeles Times
The Assembly approved legislation seeking to shed light on political money on May 5, breathing new life into a bill that had previously stumbled in the state Senate. The measure, SB 27, would require nonprofit groups and other organizations to reveal their donors if they contribute or spend at least $50,000 in one year or more than $100,000 in four consecutive years. It would also require ballot measure committees that raise $1 million or more to a list of their top 10 contributors online.
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IRS simplifies tax-exempt applications for small nonprofits
From Accounting Web
As investigations continue into the "Tea Party scandal" involving applications for tax-exempt status by conservative groups, the IRS is making it easier — and faster — for small nonprofits to apply for a tax exemption. It has created new Form 1023-EZ, a streamlined version of the regular Form 1023 used to apply for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
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Head of Los Angeles NAACP resigns in wake of Sterling scandal
From Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins has resigned amid scrutiny surrounding the organization’s decision to give awards to disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling. In his letter of resignation, Jenkins said the “legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency. In order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused… I respectfully resign my position as president of the Los Angeles NAACP.”
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Yet another symphony (Green Bay) declares intent to close
From Nonprofit Quarterly
NPQ has become accustomed to waiting for another shoe to drop whenever a classical music group declares it is going out of business. In this case, the Green Bay Symphony in Wisconsin has declared it will close at the conclusion of the 2014–2015 season. The apparent culprits are the oft-cited evil twins of declining attendance and eroding donations. But the San Diego Opera claimed the same, declaring its impending closure only to find that it would not be allowed to go so gently into a good night.
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Robert Gallucci leaving as MacArthur Foundation chief
From Crain's Chicago Business
Robert Gallucci is stepping down as president of the MacArthur Foundation on July 1, the end of his five-year term. Board Chairman Marjorie Scardino said Gallucci, a former State Department executive, has accomplished his goals of transforming the foundation, which doles out millions of dollars in grants to worthy causes around the world.
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Sports charity manager skirts best practices
From Chicago Tribune
Operating out of an office park in the suburbs of northern Kentucky, Jeff Ginn's for-profit company in less than a decade has developed a national reach managing charities for pro athletes. Today, Prolanthropy oversees 21 nonprofits that have been active in two dozen states. The firm handles everything from accounting and public relations to fundraiser coordination and gift bag assembly at events. Prolanthropy proclaims itself the "largest and most successful" philanthropy management firm in pro sports.
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NCRP launches unusual and intriguing foundation assessment website
From Nonprofit Quarterly
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy announced the launch of an interesting and perhaps groundbreaking new product called Philamplify. It’s a modern response to the age-old problem of there being no natural accountability market for philanthropic institutions. The project is aimed at assessing the top 100 foundations (by asset size) in the United States and helping them to learn through a combination of publicly delivered criticisms and kudos.
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Charity database offers wedding bliss of a different kind
From PBS
When wedding season rolls around each year, it’s always a scramble to get the happy couple just the right gift. Kendall Webb fondly remembers the Hummel porcelain figurine she received. “You’re supposed to put it on your shelf,” she laughs. “There are all these jokes about wedding gifts that you never want — certain blenders and things like that.” That’s where Webb comes in. She is the founder and executive director of JustGive.org, a San Francisco-based website where couples can register to have their guests donate to a charity instead of buying them that unwanted blender or toaster.
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How one nonprofit engages women volunteers
From Associations Now
Women across the country will be picking up hammers and helping build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, which has mobilized more than 52,000 women volunteers since its inception six years ago. That’s a number Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, said she is really proud of.

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Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass
From The Associated Press via WLTX-TV
Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.

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Minimum wage: Tough choices for states, cities and nonprofits
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Hopefully, nonprofits are on the side of raising the minimum wage in their states and ensuring that their own employees are beneficiaries. This year already, five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia — and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage levels above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

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Texas 'charity bingo' doesn't always benefit charities
From KTXA-TV
Some charity organizations across Texas have been pushed to the brink of bankruptcy after getting involved with bingo. The Texas Lottery Commission runs charity Bingo in Texas. But some nonprofit groups believe the state isn’t doing enough to protect the groups. CBS 11 I-Team Reporter Mireya Villarreal has been investigating Charity Bingo, including claims the state lacks enough oversight, for months.
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Big budgets, little oversight in war zones
From The Washington Post
In 1998, an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and his wife from the war-wrecked region of Bosnia-Herzegovina began a humble international humanitarian effort out of a modest office in downtown Washington. After the United States launched the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mom-and-pop nonprofit corporation boldly ramped up, undertaking some of the federal government’s biggest and most ambitious projects in the battle zones, everything from building roads to funding wheat production.
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