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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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The civil servant at the top
From Associations Now
The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that it had selected former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to be its next president. The basic outline of that story should have a familiar ring: A person who was once established in a powerful role in the military or government decides to shift into nonprofit leadership. There have been numerous examples of this in the past five years. Think of former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America; general Wesley Clark, co-chair of Growth Energy, an ethanol industry trade group; or former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation.
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Atlanta a national leader in the nonprofit sector
From Saporta Report
When it comes to pure horsepower, metro Atlanta’s nonprofit sector rivals any other metro area in the United States. Of the top 20 nonprofit organizations in the country, five are based in metro Atlanta, according to the 2013 Philanthropy 400 listing just published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. No other metro area is home to as many of the top 20 nonprofits in the United States. New York, which is home to 72 organizations on the Philanthropy 400 list, surprisingly does not have one nonprofit in the top 20. Virginia, however, has three in the top 20, including the No. 1 nonprofit in the country — United Way Worldwide.
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20 activists who are changing America
From The Huffington Post
The stories and people that will fill tomorrow's history books are being written today. It is sometimes hard to recognize history-making as it is occurring. So we need to remind ourselves that a new generation of activists, now in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, are building on the experiences of their earlier counterparts, continuing America's progressive tradition. Who are the young (50 and under) radicals and reformers among us now whose names may not be well-known to the general public, but whose activism is changing the country in a more progressive direction?
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Guidelines are now available for ACA's impact on nonprofits
From The Nonprofit Times
With confusion among the key elements in nonprofit managers’ minds when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released guidelines explaining how to implement the 2010 law’s provisions. One of the most talked about provisions of the ACA, often referred to as “ObamaCare,” is the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), which is designed to provide employees affordable healthcare options through state Marketplaces.
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The dollars and sense of giving IRA assets to charity
From Forbes
Harvey Kimmel has marked his calendar for Nov. 2. That’s the day on which he turns 70.5. More importantly, he says, it’s when he becomes eligible to contribute part of his IRA to charity. He plans to donate $100,000 of it to the Philadelphia Zoo this year. In the process, he will take advantage of the so-called IRA charitable rollover — an on again, off-again rule, first introduced in 2006.
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Nonprofit hospital chain settles suit over anesthesia billing
From Los Angeles Times
A major California hospital chain, Sutter Health, agreed to pay $46 million and disclose more pricing information to consumers to resolve a whistle-blower complaint alleging false and misleading charges for anesthesia. Sutter Health, which runs 24 acute-care hospitals in Northern California, said it reached the settlement Nov. 4 just prior to a trial starting this month over the allegations that it added thousands of dollars for "Code 37x" anesthesia charges that were already covered by other billing for the hospital operating room.
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The civil servant at the top
From Associations Now
The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that it had selected former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to be its next president. The basic outline of that story should have a familiar ring: A person who was once established in a powerful role in the military or government decides to shift into nonprofit leadership. There have been numerous examples of this in the past five years.

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National Organization for Marriage sues IRS for disclosure of tax returns
From National Catholic Register
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.

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Charity watchdog shakes up ratings to focus on results
From OPB
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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Time to strip the NFL of its nonprofit status?
From The Seattle Times
The National Football League is tax exempt. To the IRS, the NFL has been known as the Nonprofit Football League for decades. NBC News reports it gets away with this by only claiming tax immunity for the main office, which operated in 2011 with about $255 million worth of revenue. The NFL’s main function is to distribute billions generated from licensing and television deals to its 32 for-profit teams, each worth on average $1.2 billion according to this Forbes report. Still doesn’t pass the smell test. How many trade or charitable organizations pay their top official (in this case NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell) nearly $30 million?
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Crackdown on charity poker rooms brings backlash
From ABC News
Explosive growth in the popularity of poker has helped Michigan's charities, churches and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations, so the state's efforts to rein in the charitable gambling industry is sparking backlash. The industry has grown by more than 20-fold in the last decade, and Gov. Rick Snyder's deputy lawyer Dave Murley drew rare boos when he recently told lawmakers: "Charitable poker began as a good cause, evolved into a highly lucrative business and has degenerated into a racket." At stake is the future of "millionaire parties," casino-style events where nonprofits split cash proceeds with unlicensed poker rooms that provide the space, dealers, poker chips and playing cards along with food and drinks.
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