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Charity watchdog shakes up ratings to focus on results
There’s one area of the economy that’s growing faster than business or government. According to the Urban Institute, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren’t very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that’s the conclusion of the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator, which rates thousands of nonprofits to help donors make decisions on their giving.
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'Navigators' offer help for enrolling in Obamacare
A nonprofit group will begin opening offices throughout the Texas Rio Grande Valley to help residents "navigate" their way through the Affordable Care Act. Several "navigators" at MHP are getting ready to help people understand the health care law known as Obamacare and the federal government's online insurance registration website called the Health Insurance Marketplace.
From Valley Morning Star via Hispanic Business
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La June Montgomery Tabron named president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
MLive
La June Montgomery Tabron will be the next president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Tabron, who has worked for 26 years for the philanthropic foundation and who is presently its executive vice president of operations and treasurer, will assume the top leadership roles on Jan. 1.
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National Organization for Marriage sues IRS for disclosure of tax returns
In March 2012, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading homosexual-rights group, posted the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) confidential 2008 tax returns, including the names of donors. The disclosure of tax returns without permission is a felony, and NOM quickly cited evidence that allegedly pointed to an Internal Revenue Service official as the likely source of the confidential data. But a year and a half later, after repeated inquiries elicited no satisfactory response from the IRS, NOM has filed a lawsuit demanding answers and damages.
From National Catholic Register
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Group using $350,000 grant to expand center for homeless youth
Las Vegas Sun
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth plans to expand its facilities after winning a $350,000 grant from the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy. The local nonprofit organization provides homeless teenagers with food, shelter and a place to do laundry and access a computer. Over the next three years, the nonprofit will expand its “Safe Place” drop-in center, located across the street from UNLV, at 4800 S. Maryland Parkway.
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Nonprofits cultivate young givers
Coming to mailboxes, coffee shops and school offices near you on Nov. 1 is a new catalog that definitely shouldn’t end up in the recycle bin. It’s called the Napa Valley, Calif. Give Guide. Its stated purpose is to match up donors and volunteers with local nonprofits, but that only begins to hint at its broader significance. It’s really the cornerstone of a creative long-term campaign to cultivate a new generation of philanthropists.
From St. Helena Star
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Charity watchdog shakes up ratings to focus on results
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There’s one area of the economy that’s growing faster than business or government. According to the Urban Institute, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren’t very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that’s the conclusion of the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator.

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Threats, opportunities, and pragmatic realities: A call to action for nonprofits
From Nonprofit Quarterly
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.

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The Girl Scouts reinvents itself for a new generation
From 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 titled I Can’t Wait To Be A Girl Scout to illustrate that today’s Girl Scouts is not yesterday’s troops.

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Who funds the shadowy nonprofit behind Arizona's economic development initiatives?
The Center for Public Integrity
Who is funding Team ACA, the secretive nonprofit that has supplemented Arizona’s economic development agency with private money? The answer has proven elusive. Ever since August 2011, when Jan Brewer announced the creation of Team ACA, an “investment” and fundraising arm of the Arizona Commerce Authority, the organization has been hard to pin down. Over the following year, reports by Arizona newspapers teased out some details of Team ACA’s finances, suggesting that it had raised either $300,000 per year, as Chairman Jerry Colangelo said in January 2012, or $200,000, as CEO Don Cardon said later that year.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund to close amidst ongoing calls for transperency
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's controversial NERD Fund is closing down, but calls for transparency have continued. Snyder spokesperson Sara Wurfel confirmed recently that an independent board is in the process of dissolving the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund, a tax-exempt nonprofit allowed to receive unlimited and anonymous contributions. The fund had "simply become an unnecessary distraction," Wurfel said, expressing confidence that the board followed all applicable state and federal laws, none of which require the disclosure of donors.
From MLive
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