Executive Issues

IRS Continues Its Focus on Governance Matters, Official Says
April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy The Internal Revenue Service is not backing away from its controversial efforts to promote good governance by charities, according to its top nonprofit regulator.

The federal tax code does not explicitly set out governance standards for the IRS to enforce, but the tax agency in the past two years has been keeping an eye on charities' governance practices -- a move that has drawn criticism from some observers.

BlogLog: The How and Why of a Fundraising Plan
January 26, 2010

Before you begin any fundraising program you need a plan to guide you along the way.

A good fundraising plan is a roadmap to success and shows you how to allocate your precious resources of time and money.  It can also help keep you out of crisis mode and help you control the flow of work in your office.   This is a shift from being reactive to being proactive. When you’re proactive, you’re organized and focused.  You raise more money.

Sector Report: Fundraising 2009-2010
January 1, 2010

Lynn Edmonds, president, L.W. Robbins Associates
Loyal donors are being conservative but holding on. Since the spring, we have seen a slight increase in giving in some audiences but not all. And in certain cases, we have been able to reactivate lapsed donors by decreasing the gift asks.

Slowdown in Charitable Giving Kicks In
November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — Thanksgiving is around the corner, but Silicon Valley's charitable giving is on the back burner.

Should Donors Fund Projects or Give General Operating Support?
November 19, 2009

MENLO PARK, Calif., November 18, 2009 — Nonprofit organizations need flexible funding to thrive, but whether a funder provides general support or underwrites a specific project depends on the compatibility of their interests, writes Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in an essay accompanying the Foundation's recently released 2008 Annual Report.

Hard Times Fail to Undermine Maine Philanthropy
November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009, Maine Today — A year ago the Maine Community Foundation, one of the state's largest philanthropic enterprises, was preparing for hard times ahead.

American Charities May Not Have a Happy Holiday
November 16, 2009

SEATTLE, The Associated Press — American charities have weathered a significant drop in giving this year, and while they're hoping for a holiday miracle, a recent survey shows they will probably see a decrease in year-end generosity.

Outreach in the Age of Pullback
November 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2009, The New York Times — IT was standing room only in a Detroit hotel ballroom last week as the leaders of hundreds of nonprofits poured in to hear one of President Obama’s top advisers describe a new government fund meant to help innovative, successful nonprofits expand their reach.