Faith Based/Religion/Churches

Supreme Court Ruling a Short-Term Win for Religious Nonprofits
May 17, 2016 at 9:32 am

The U.S. Supreme Court punted on a challenge by religious nonprofit groups to the Obamacare contraception mandate, sending the case back to lower courts to allow the parties to work out a compromise among themselves. The nonprofit groups challenged an "opt-out" provision of the law, which allowed such nonprofits to avoid providing no-cost contraception to…

NFL May Not Let Falcons Host Super Bowl if Georgia Passes Anti-Gay Bill
March 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

Georgia's proposed "religious liberty" legislation has an unlikely opponent: the NFL. Last Wednesday, the Georgia General Assembly approved House Bill 757, a measure that is, in essence, a barely concealed assault on gay rights. Asked for its stance on the bill, the league told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it would consider the legislation when evaluating sites for future Super Bowl hosting duties...

Girl Scouts Raise Record Funds After Archbishop Urges Parishes to Cut Ties
March 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri raised a record amount from its “Dessert First” event, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The organization raised more than $350,000 from roughly 500 guests. On top of that, it has received a higher number of requests from out-of-state residents to purchase cookies. So why the sudden uptick in funds? It might have something to do with St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson's letter, asking parishes in the area to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts...

The Unfortunate Separation of Mission and Fundraising
February 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

Separating mission work from fundraising work is a deeply rooted practice in nonprofit. I challenge that. I challenge the idea that there is any scenario where a complete separation is necessary or more productive than collaboration. Here is a good illustration of what could be....

Exploring the Connection Between Faith and Giving
October 23, 2015 at 8:45 am

I have a unique role, attempting to educate, inform, stimulate and encourage ministers to direct fundraising programs with a long-term emphasis on major and planned gifts. The act and process of giving is all about how you perceive it. Whether the giver is religious or not, the proper way of engaging a prospect is to consider the giving process a form of ministry for you and those you work with on a daily basis...

Pope's Visit Offers Challenge to Nonprofits
September 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

The CEO of arguably the largest nonprofit social-service organization in the world is making his first trip to the United States this month. His name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. But you probably know him as Francis. The wildly popular pope will visit New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. during his visit this week, and while…

San Francisco Church Sues Nonprofit It Created
July 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

A prominent San Francisco church sued a nonprofit it created decades ago on Tuesday, accusing it of being “blinded by the riches the gold rush dangles” and illegally attempting to sell a housing complex for low-income residents. The nonprofit wants to sell Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens, a 104-unit apartment community for low-income residents. Third Baptist…

GOP Bill Would Shield Faith Nonprofits on Gay Marriage
July 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

Conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill are pursuing legislation to protect tax-exempt groups that object to same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds, setting up a possible intra-party battle on the issue, The New York Times and The Washington Post report. More than 150 GOP senators and representatives are calling for quick action in the wake…

Televangelist Pastor Might Get $65 Million Private Jet After All
June 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

The Gulfstream G650 isn’t just any private jet. The billionaires lining up these luxury jets, which sell for upwards of $65 million each, are willing to put their names on a waiting list for years just for the pleasure. It is the "Holy Grail" of luxury private jets, Bloomberg once wrote. And now, televangelist Creflo Dollar’s ministry has announced that it will also buy a G650, a purchase the ministry says is “necessary” to spread God’s word.

Breaking the (Glass) Ceiling
May 7, 2015

You've got good cash flow and a typical mix of donors by giving-capacity. You're getting good outcomes. You've got stable financials. Giving moves toward your all-time annual high of $5 million. It's poised to go over. Then it stalls or drops.