Nonprofit Currents
Jan. 28, 2015

7 key nonprofit themes in the State of the Union 2015
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Pundits typically focus on the State of the Union as something of a campaign statement, even when there is no campaign to be run. For nonprofits, the SOTU serves more as a blueprint of what the incumbent president is likely to emphasize in the coming year and what might get a lot less attention. As such, it's a template for nonprofit action.More

Senator 'astounded' that nonprofit hospitals sue poorest patients
From NPR
NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income and working-class patients. Now, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says hospitals could be breaking the law by suing these patients and docking their pay. And he wants some answers.More

Nonprofits find much to like in Obama tax plan
From Chronicle of Philanthropy
A higher estate tax, as envisioned in a proposal released by President Barack Obama in the State of the Union speech, would spur more charitable giving in the form of bequests and charitable trusts, according to some nonprofit tax experts. The estate-tax increase was included in a broad proposal to raise taxes on the most wealthy Americans and reduce the burden on poor and middle-income taxpayers. His proposal would increase fees on big banks that are highly leveraged and expand tax credits for the working poor, child care and college tuition.More

Nonprofits become a billion dollar sector in Sonoma County
From The Press Democrat
Challenged by years of doing more with less, the nonprofit sector is now thriving in Sonoma County, California, where 1,375 organizations generate at least $1.2 billion in annual revenue, employ more than 16,000 workers and marshal an army of tens of thousands of volunteers. Hospitals and community clinics are the largest sector in the local nonprofit world, generating more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenues, according to an analysis of financial reports from nonprofits headquartered in Sonoma County. More

Leading nonprofit jobs hold big perks
From The Boston Globe
They are not only well-paid, but many receive an array of generous perks — housing allowances, home loans, club dues and free travel for spouses. One was awarded a quarter-million dollars in retention bonuses. Another is reimbursed for his children's college tuition. The executives on the receiving end of these benefits are not corporate chieftains. Instead, they run some of the Boston area's most prominent nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. More

IRS almost never audits 'dark money' nonprofits, documents show
From NBC News
When Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate in November, they could thank dozens of conservative "dark money" nonprofit groups for spending nearly $130 million to boost their preferred candidates or bash their political enemies. Those nonprofit groups, including many that enjoy a preferred tax status because they purport to be focused on "social welfare," are barred from engaging in electoral politics as their primary activity.More

As snowstorm moves in, New York nonprofit looks out for homebound elderly
As a snowstorm of possible historic proportions heads for the Tri-State Area, one local nonprofit is helping to make sure the elderly are prepared. As TV 10/55's Ilana Gold reported, 475 bags full of food and water supplies are packed and ready to go for some special deliveries. Volunteers with the nonprofit Dorot are picking them up and bringing them to homebound seniors in Westchester County and northern Manhattan.More

Refining your segmentation strategy
By Michael J. Berens
Chances are your association's 2015 business plan includes goals to grow membership and increase revenues. It also probably outlines some strategies for how you're going to accomplish those goals, like developing new programs, increasing member engagement, and targeting potential new members and/or donors. Associations have a host of marketing and communications tools available to help them achieve the latter, but they don't always make the fullest use of them. If your association is one of those, make this the year you fine-tune your outreach efforts. More

Schwab Charitable: 25 percent increase in donor-advised grants last year
From The NonProfit Times
Donor-advised funds continued to increase last year, increasing 25 percent from 2013 according to a new report from Schwab Charitable. According to the San Francisco-based financial firm, $928 million in grants went to charities on behalf of donors in 2013, with more than 48,000 nonprofits receiving these gifts. Among the most widely supported charities in 2014 the Schwab DAFs were Doctors Without Borders, Wounded Warrior Project, The Salvation Army, and local public radio and television stations.More

How to determine nonprofit software costs
From Memphis Daily News
Software is at the heart of so many nonprofit functions. You can't afford down time. And you don't want to find out your new system won't talk to an existing one after it is up and running. What's a nonprofit leader to do? In search of guidance we talked with Janna Finch of Software Advice, an online firm that reviews nonprofit technology.More