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IRS to rubber-stamp tax-exempt status for most charities after scandal
From TIME
Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80 percent of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year, a change that will ease the creation of small charities while doing away with a review intended to counter fraud and prevent political and other noncharitable groups from misusing the tax code.
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US giving nears pre-recession levels
From Forbes
Those who don't seek charitable donations for a living can usually be forgiven for one of the most common misperceptions in American philanthropy: that foundations and corporations represent the "big money" in nonprofit fundraising. They do not. Year after year, individuals in the U.S. are responsible, in the main, for contributing the steady 2 percent of GDP that constitutes giving in this country.
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Nonprofits can face perils in contracting out fundraising efforts
From Business In Savannah
A recent $24.6-million settlement between the New York State Attorney General's office and two direct mail companies raising funds for a new charity illustrate several pitfalls unwary nonprofits can encounter in contracting out large-scale fundraising efforts. In 2008, the newly established Disabled Veterans National Foundation hired one of the largest direct mail fundraiser's, Quadriga Art, to handle its fundraising outreach.
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For-profit health clubs challenge nonprofit YMCAs' tax exempt status
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Most YMCAs around the nation probably don't give a second thought to their local property tax exemption status. Who would imagine that local government authorities or anyone else would doubt the tax-exempt bona fides of the YMCA? Except that there have been some instances where YMCAs were challenged on their property-tax exemptions. Earlier this year, YMCAs in Kansas had to fight off an attempt to revoke their tax exemptions, only to see the Kansas state senate decide to be "fair and balanced," so to speak, and offer tax-exempt status to for-profit health clubs, too.
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IRS to rubber-stamp tax-exempt status for most charities after scandal
From TIME
Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80 percent of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year.

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9 reasons rich people don't give away more money
From Inside Philanthropy
"Nearly every day, I come across a billionaire I've never heard of who's engaged in serious philanthropy. But for every one of these donors, there are a couple other billionaires whose giving is paltry, or even non-existent," writes David Callahan.

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5 things volunteers need to hear you say
By Deborah Wipf
Volunteers who are dedicated, trustworthy and willing to work hard are incredible assets to any nonprofit organization. If your current volunteer program is struggling, you might be surprised at how many people would be willing to serve if they were offered the chance.

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Nonprofit finds revenue stream in its lobby
Crain's New York Business
The New York Foundling has two new sources of revenue to support its mission of providing services to children and developmentally disabled adults: real estate and coffee. The 145-year-old charity is leasing out a 745-square-foot shop at its headquarters to Coffeed.
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IRS to propose specific limits on nonprofits' political activities
From The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service will propose new guidelines next year that would cap the amount of political activity allowed for tax-exempt advocacy groups, according to the agency's commissioner. The new plan, the agency's second attempt at writing guidelines for so-called social welfare groups, could be a game-changer for organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, part of a conservative network supported by Charles and David Koch, and the League of Conservation Voters, a group on the left.
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Finding key volunteers for your next event
By Bill Hanson
An effective volunteer program is a must-have if your organization conducts numerous events and activities each year. Such a program should allow you to recruit volunteers from a database of several thousand people. Even though the recruited number will vary from event to event, you'll recognize more than a few people who become repeat volunteers. This core group can become beneficial to your organization and, therefore, should be nurtured as a group and recognized for their work.
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Are open source foundations nonprofits? The IRS says no
From InfoWorld
News that the Yorba Foundation, which creates productivity software for the Gnome desktop, has been denied nonprofit status follows on reports that the huge industry initiative the OpenStack Foundation met the same fate in March. It's likely both denials by the IRS reflect a change in the the government's understanding of the role of open source software. It seems that the IRS no longer thinks collaborating on open source is a public good.
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Charities with annual funds more likely to meet total fundraising goals
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Some 77 percent of organizations with an annual fund meet total fundraising goals as compared to just 55 percent of organizations without such a fund, according to a new report on the impact of annual-fund campaigns in overall fundraising.
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