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The Girl Scouts reinvents itself for a new generation
Most everyone’s image of the Girl Scouts of the USA is of a girl in a green uniform selling cookies. And truthfully, for most of the organization’s 101-year history, this image rang true. But times change, and on Oct. 1, the Girl Scouts launched a new national recruitment campaign titled I Can’t Wait To Be A Girl Scout to illustrate that today’s Girl Scouts is not yesterday’s troops.
From Forbes
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Mott Fund shouldn't drop effort to help tiny groups
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, renowned for its innovative and risky philanthropy, is losing what may well be its most important grants programs. Some 30 years ago, Mott established a small-grants program, the first of its kind among large foundations, to assist grass-roots organizations that needed small amounts of money to meet emergencies, undertake organizational audits, or start new projects. It enlisted a handful of national or regional organizations with extensive outreach to local groups throughout the country to vet requests and hand out the money.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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Threats, opportunities, and pragmatic realities: A call to action for nonprofits
These are strange times for the nonprofit sector, strange times indeed. Something is happening to the position of nonprofits in society that is disconcerting, and the reaction of the nonprofit sector’s leadership is in question. The backdrop, of course, is that the U.S. government had imploded in a demonstration of breathtaking dysfunctionality, an unbelievable and entirely avoidable scenario that elevates the challenges facing the nonprofit sector to new dimensions. Nonetheless, even without the partial government shutdown, the nonprofit sector has a number of new things to confront. Some may seem odd and picayune, but they add up to major new threats to the role of the nonprofit sector in our society.
From Nonprofit Quarterly
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Dozens of DC nonprofits serving children lose funding during government shutdown
Dozens of D.C. community organizations that serve needy children are feeling the government-shutdown squeeze. The community organizations, which provide after-school programs for children, were supposed to receive millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grant payments Oct. 1. But the payments can’t be made as long as Congress remains deadlocked.The delay is squeezing small nonprofit groups that serve some of the neediest students in the city, said Rene Wallis, executive director of People, Animals, Love (PAL), which runs after-school programs for more than 300 children at two schools east of the Anacostia River: Stanton Elementary and D.C. Scholars Public Charter School.
From The Washington Post
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$100 million Navy vet charity fraud trial hears how donations 'disappeared'
A former fugitive accused of operating a $100 million cross-country scam collecting donations for Navy veterans shifted money among various accounts and stole millions through ATM cash withdrawals and checks made out to himself, prosecutors said. Assistant Ohio Attorney General Brad Tammaro told a jury at the opening of a trial that the defendant, who calls himself Bobby Thompson but has been identified by authorities as Harvard-trained lawyer John Donald Cody was the mastermind of the alleged scam. The 67-year-old defendant has been charged with defrauding donors to a reputed charity, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.
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Key nonprofit metrics: Trust and results
Confession: United Nations Foundation COO Rick Parnell loves his job. Some people don't, but in his job — working with the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world — Parnell gets to work every day with people who are making a big difference on big issues. Not surprisingly, he counts himself lucky.
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The Girl Scouts reinvents itself for a new generation
By Forbes
Most everyone's image of the Girl Scouts of the USA is of a girl in a green uniform selling cookies. And truthfully, for most of the organization's 101-year history, this image rang true. But times change, and on Oct. 1, the Girl Scouts launched a new national recruitment campaign.

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New rules on hiring persons with disabilities: Heads up, nonprofits!
From NonProfit Quarterly
Persons with disabilities are the most widespread minority group in the U.S., with membership that includes whites as well as people of color, the affluent, the middle class, and the poor, and people from cities, suburbs, and rural areas—and, due to this country’s prolonged military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, a population of veterans.

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The 990-PF is the grantseeker's friend
From The NonProfit Times
The information summarized in a funding database provides glimpses of a private foundation's priorities and giving habits. But savvy grantseekers know they need the full picture before making contact or submitting a grant proposal.

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Houston philanthropists give $10 million to re-open Head Start programs
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Laura and John Arnold, who rank among the most generous donors in America, gave $10-million to the National Head Start Association to keep 7,000 children in programs that have either closed or were set to be shuttered due to the federal government shutdown. Seven Head Start programs in six states were closed at the end of the first week of the shutdown, “leaving 7,195 of our nation’s most vulnerable children without access to Head Start,” according to a statement from the national organization.
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