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It’s stressful out there – Take care of yourself!

Last week I had the pleasure of listening to Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, co-authors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, address a room filled with nonprofit people who took time away from their work and the news cycle to discuss ways we can all continue to “do good” without burning ourselves out. Through Kanter and Sherman’s guidance you too will see how a culture of well-being is essential for sustainable organizations, and for there to be happy, healthy communities as envisioned by so many nonprofits’ missions.

Why is remaining nonpartisan so important…and so at risk now?

 There currently are live threats to remove the nonpartisan protective shield that is an integral part of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. President Trump recently promised to “get rid of and totally destroy” the protection, and legislation has been reintroduced (H.R. 172,  H.R. 781, and S. 264) that would repeal or substantially weaken the nonpartisan shield.

State-level Opposition to Attacks on Foundation and Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

Should community/family/private independent/other foundations be constantly hounded by politicians and their operatives seeking official endorsements by foundations, contributions from foundation assets, hosting of partisan fundraising events, and more? Would it help advance your mission to have an endless stream of primary election and then general election candidates – for everything from local school boards, city councils, and county offices to all state and federal offices – continually beseeching you and your board members for the foundation’s formal support?

Protecting Nonprofit Nonpartisanship | Initial Commentary

For more than 60 years, an important provision in the federal tax code has successfully protected charitable nonprofits, religious congregations, and foundations from being hounded by politicians, political operatives, and paid political consultants se…

The future of fundraising

This past December was the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, and by all accounts the global day of giving produced a strong showing of support for causes of all types. It may be hard to imagine, but not too long ago charitable giving was limited to cash, checks, or in-kind gifts – there was no such thing as “text to give,” or “crowdfunding,” and few websites were configured to accept donations. Now, the future of giving is right in our hands – or more accurately – in our mobile devices. Donors and nonprofits are embracing this future.

If You’re Not at the Table, You’re On the Menu

In 2017, it’s more important than ever for nonprofit leaders to recognize that, “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

A New Year. A New Congress. A New President: What’s It All Mean for Nonprofits?

While engaging with nonprofits around the country in numerous settings since the elections, we noticed their anxiety about what might happen to the work of charitable nonprofits and foundations now that one political party will control both Congress and the White House. Nonprofit leaders – like other Americans – were being bombarded by conflicting news accounts, tweets, and urgent emails and action alerts and expressed difficulty in making sense out of it all.

With DOL’s Overtime Rule in Limbo – Now What?

Since the U.S. Department of Labor announced last May that its new Overtime Final Rule would become effective on December 1 and bring raises for about 4.2 million American workers, nonprofits and other employers spent six months dutifully planning how …

What we’re learning about the challenges of complying with multi-state charitable registration

One of the benefits of serving as a resource and advocate for the nation’s largest nonprofit network is that we can listen and learn from local charitable nonprofits about their challenges.

Voice from the Field: When Fundraising Crosses State Lines

The National Council of Nonprofits receives comments submitted on our website about charitable solicitation registration. The author, a founder and executive director of a small nonprofit (budget size under $1 million) describes below the challenges sh…

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