(Press release, April 22, 2015) — A new survey supports a long-held hypothesis that many nonprofit boards are ineffective, say Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) researchers.
Ken Berger, who led the country’s most prominent nonprofit watchdog, Charity Navigator, for almost seven years, abruptly left his job this week after the board decided to find a leader with more expertise in technology. "Charity Navigator has been going through a planning process and doing a lot of thinking about where we’re headed next," Berger said in an interview. "As part of that, the organization is increasingly seeing itself as a technology company."
Ted Hart speaks with Linda Lysakowski from CharityChannel Press, international superstar consultant Kay Sprinkel Grace, John Murcott from Crowdster.com, Mark Sutton from FrontStream, Gabe Cohen from GuideStar and Eva Aldridge from CFRE.org on his fifth anniversary Nonprofit Coach radio show.
In coming up with the idea to hold a “Philanthropic Challenge on Economy and Finance” at its 2015 annual meeting scheduled for the end of April, the Council on Foundations presumably had to have drawn some justification, something that convinced them that a “contest” (the COF announcement includes a link to “official contest guideline [sic] rules” would be a good thing for the Council to pursue for an industry or sector ostensibly devoted to a deliberative process.
A federal judge handed open-records activist Carl Malamud a victory in his battle to get the Internal Revenue Service to release Form 990 tax returns in a format that can be read by computers, thus making information about nonprofit operations far more accessible. U.S. District Judge William Orrick rejected the IRS's argument that producing the documents requested by Malamud's group, Public.Resource.Org, would create a significant burden on an overstretched agency.
Ted Hart speaks with Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance; Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar; and Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, about the overhead myth on his Nonprofit Coach radio show.
Local and small nonprofit venues are teeming with women in power, but when big money comes into play, boundaries go up quickly. The fact that women are underrepresented when it comes to having seats on nonprofit boards should come as no surprise to anybody, and control of money certainly figures in, as a recent article in the Washington Post documents yet again. Overall, women comprise 43 percent of the membership of nonprofit boards, but that drops to 33 percent when considering boards of nonprofits with incomes of $25 million or more.
(Press release, Dec. 10, 2014) — MicroEdge®, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, recently acquired by Blackbaud Inc., announced the release of GIFTS Online® 5.2, a significant update to the leading cloud-based grants management system. With this update, grantmaking organizations gain capacity for more collaborative grantee relationships, an enhanced ability to track and report on their giving, the introduction of new tools for managing scholarships and more.
Nonprofits employ roughly 11.4 million nationwide, accounting for more than 10 percent of all jobs in the United States outside the public sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released for the first time. That puts nonprofit employment ahead of all but two industries — retail trade and manufacturing — and signals that tax-exempt organizations are becoming an increasingly prominent player in the national economy, experts say.