Half a Million Nonprofits Could Lose Their Tax Exemptions

An article by Suzanne E. Coffman, January 2009 Newsletter Did you know that in May 2010, half a million nonprofits could find themselves stripped of their exempt status? The IRS estimates that that’s the number of smaller organizations that have failed to file a Form 990-N. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires exempt organizations […]

Philanthropy’s Leadership Gap – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Read the transcript of a live discussion about whether charities are doing enough to prepare their next generation of leaders. Caroline McAndrews (Director of Leadership and Communications for Building Movement Project) and Regina Dull (28-year-old executive director of a Washington charity who has already made the transition to nonprofit leadership) answer questions posed by The Chronicle […]

Citizen Engagement as a Force for Social Transformation

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen?  Paolo Friere, the great Brazilian educator, said that we have a vocation, a calling, to be fully human.  This is a good summary of engagement – I am citizen of the world – I have rights and responsibilities to myself and others.  As we see all […]

Nonprofits and Democracy: Engage, Educate, Activate, and Assess

There has been a subtle shift in the last several years in the ways we talk about nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit sector is discussed as an important cornerstone of civil society, a site for civic engagement, a place to build social capital, and a measure of a democratic society. The emphasis on the blurring of […]

The ABC’s of U.S. Tax Policy: An Historical Perspective

Amata Miller, IHM, 1990 revised by Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ, 1997 From the days of George Washington to that of the present Administration, taxes have been a subject of national controversy. In his farewell address to Congress in 1796, our first President put the issue starkly before the legislators of the heavily indebted new nation: “It […]

Nonprofit Governance Models: Problems and Prospects

This article by Pat Bradshaw explores existing and alternative non-profit board structures. The authors present four possible models and the possibilities of developing hybrid models based on the needs on individual organizations.  Drawing on their experiences in developing a new governance model for the Canadian Health Network, they argue that there is currently no agreement […]

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