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IRS to rewrite nonprofit rules amid criticism
From POLITICO
The IRS will rewrite, without holding a public hearing, a proposed rule on the political activities of nonprofit groups, regulations that stemmed from the tea party controversy that rocked the agency last summer. The IRS said it will start writing a revised regulation amid criticism from both the left and especially the right on the proposal to tighten rules governing the tax-exempt status of so-called social welfare organizations.
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How a $15 minimum wage could affect services to poor, vulnerable
From The Seattle Times
The near-poverty wage scale of the nonprofit human-services sector is the best argument for Seattle's radical $15-wage proposal. But it also presents the biggest potential trade-off, because raising their wages might very well mean cuts in services to the poor and vulnerable.
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Nonprofit organizations make up for cash dearth with creative programs
From Tribune-Review
Some nonprofit organizations are squeezing revenue out of innovative programs and events to compensate for shrinking government funding. The Allegheny Regional Asset District credited Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh with staying ahead of the fiscal curve by beefing up its events schedule to include as many as 375 weddings and celebrations in 2013. Phipps events, which generate between $250 to $15,000 for the Schenley Park venue depending on duration and other factors, account for about one-fourth of the nonprofit's $8.4 million in annual revenue.
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How your nonprofit can leverage 24-hour giving campaigns to raise big bucks in 1 day
From The Huffington Post
Online offers endless giving opportunities for nonprofits, but leaves everyone in search of ways to "go viral." There isn't a set formula to do this, unfortunately — but there is something that comes close: 24-hour giving campaigns.
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Is for-profit the future of nonprofit?
From The Atlantic
Charity is for patsies. If you really care about making the world a better place, buy a trendy bag. That was the logic Lauren Bush Lauren articulated in a 2013 interview about FEED, a for-profit entity she founded that creates simple, eco-friendly tote bags whose price covers the cost of donating school meals to children in Rwanda via the UN World Food Program.
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IRS to rewrite nonprofit rules amid criticism
From POLITICO
The IRS will rewrite, without holding a public hearing, a proposed rule on the political activities of nonprofit groups, regulations that stemmed from the tea party controversy that rocked the agency last summer.

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Charity works: Choosing the right partner
From The Washington Post
Here's a familiar dating story: A young person settles for a doomed relationship only to decide that the next prospect will have to meet much higher standards. The nonprofit world is no stranger to that experience.

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When funds go missing, what can you do? What must you do?
From Nonprofit Quarterly
While there are few precedents for establishing the limits of a board's liability when organizational funds have been embezzled, it is generally clear that if board members have acted within their fiduciary capacity and have not been grossly negligent in their oversight of the nonprofit's funds, they cannot be held liable for the stolen funds.

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Merger creates leader in strategic philanthropy education
From Forbes
Two nonprofit leaders in philanthropic education, networking and thought leadership have merged to create single, leading entity to guide philanthropists. The Institute for Philanthropy, based in London and New York, joined forces with the Philanthropy Workshop West, based in San Francisco, to create The Philanthropy Workshop.
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Creative storytelling is the nonprofit sector's drug of choice
From The Huffington Post
On May 21, 2014, Newsweek funneled years of speculation and doubt into a single piece that, once and for all, brought the legendary Somaly Mam into the spotlight for a type of fraud that has become the Achilles heal of the nonprofit world. Following the narratives of Greg Mortenson, Lance Armstrong and countless others, Somaly Mam's story has begun to unravel.
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Michigan nonprofits file lawsuit against state over new charity poker rules
From MLive
Several nonprofits and businesses involved in charity poker are suing the state of Michigan over new rules that they say will "essentially eviscerate" their fundraising abilities. The Michigan Gaming Control Board began enforcing new rules that restrict so-called "millionaire parties" that allow nonprofit groups to raise funds by hosting casino-style games such as Texas Hold 'em and blackjack. It wanted stricter rules to address problems with gaming violations, violence and other problems at some permanent poker rooms.
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Institute overhauls accreditation process for nonprofit accountability
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Standards for Excellence Institute, which accredits nonprofit organizations for meeting ethics and accountability standards, announced it is expanding its member services and revamping its accreditation process. The changes come as a recent study suggests that accreditation can make a difference in how much money charities raise.
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