Nonprofit Currents
May. 22, 2013

Texas tornadoes devastate neighborhood built by residents, Habitat for Humanity
From NBC News
Dozens of families who lived in homes they helped build with their own hands saw their neighborhood devastated by a tornado that struck north Texas. Habitat for Humanity, a Christian group that organizes volunteers to build homes for the needy, had worked with residents to construct 61 houses in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood that was battered by the twister in Granbury, Texas.More

Potential donors to Enroll America grow skittish
From The New York Times
Reports emerged that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, had urged business executives and nonprofit groups to assist Enroll America, a private nonprofit organization that will encourage millions of Americans to sign up for insurance this fall. Enroll America is led by veterans of the Obama White House and President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns and will use campaign-style techniques to locate the uninsured.More

Nonprofit and Thunder team up for community
From The Oklahoman
At the annual Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' 2013 Members Meeting recently, one item signified unity among the state's most giving philanthropists — an Oklahoma City Thunder T-shirt. Bold white letters ran across the shirt's front: COMMUNITY.More

Steve Jobs's widow steps onto philanthropic stage
From The New York Times
Marlene Castro knew the tall blonde woman only as Laurene, her mentor. They met every few weeks in a rough Silicon Valley neighborhood the year that Castro was applying to college, and they emailed often, bonding over conversations about Castro's difficult childhood. Without Laurene's help, Castro said, she might not have become the first person in her family to graduate from college.More

Half of Americans say giving is best part of wealth
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Giving money away to good causes is the most satisfying part of life for at least half of America's millionaires and billionaires, according to a survey. Philanthropy ranked highest for a bigger share of the rich than the possessions and lifestyle that come with wealth, according to the study of 711 people with at least $3 million in assets beyond their home.More

Looking to share your expertise?
From MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Nonprofit Currents, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the Society for Nonprofits, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics and payment.More

How nonprofits became tax exempt
From Bloomberg
The uproar over allegations of politically motivated investigations by the Internal Revenue Service shouldn't be surprising given Americans' long love affair with nonprofits and their strong disdain of partisanship, especially within bureaucracies. After independence, and especially after ratification of the Constitution, Americans began forming businesses, charities and other associations at unprecedented rates.More

IRS-safe tech tips for nonprofits
From ZDNet
The process itself is not easy, and not all that cheap. There are a ton of forms, and quite a bit of IRS interaction. All told, for one groups it took almost two years to go from proposal and filing out an initial application to being granted 501(c)3 status.More

A special education advocate helps children reach their full potential
From United Way
Children and youth with special needs and disabilities sometimes get lost in the public school system that is charged with guiding their education. These are among the most at-risk youth, needing comprehensive early intervention, educational plans, community services, and parenting programs to ensure their individual needs are addressed and they reach their potential.More

New York poised to rewrite nonprofit laws
From New York Business Journal
Nonprofit organizations in New York may soon see significant reforms in the state's charities laws. The state Attorney General's Office has teamed up with legislators to overhaul the laws governing the state’s nonprofit sector.More

Lamell McMorris named Chair of the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council
From Los Angeles Sentinel
Leading public affairs expert and human rights advocate, Lamell McMorris, has been appointed Chairman of the National Diversity Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. The Founder and CEO of Perennial, a Washington, D.C.-based family of businesses, will fulfill a one-year term beginning immediately.More