January, 2016

Why outcomes matter

By Zachary S. Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM, at Charitable Allies | Many nonprofit organizations are pretty good at tracking activity data, such as how many children they served, how many meals they served, or how many people completed a class or training offered. Increasingly, these numbers alone are becoming insufficient to secure funding for programming […]

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Reviving the Indiana foundation directory

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Looking for a foundation directory that is Indiana centric? After an eight-year hiatus, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is reviving its publication to accomplish just that. The new directory, available in March, will narrow its focus. Now, as an online publication, it will be limited to foundations based in […]

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Need money? Feds have it

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Kathy Souchet-Downey is big on making lists. Lists that nonprofits can use. As a staff member of Congressman André Carson in Indianapolis, she regularly pulls together a list of recently released federal grants and emails it to organizations. All an organization has to do to receive it is […]

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IRS nixes charitable donation substantiation rules

By Diane Freda, reporter, Daily Tax Report Bloomberg BNA | Jan. 7 — The IRS has withdrawn proposed rules that would have allowed charities to directly report donors’ contributions to the agency, saying it won’t implement an exception to the current “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” (CWA) requirement for substantiating contributions of $250 or more. The Internal […]

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Prioritizing services for high-needs adults

By Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success | As the New Year begins, states have an opportunity to set policies that will improve employment and training services for low-income adults through their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plans. These plans are due to the Departments of Labor and […]

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The future of cities depends on innovative financing

By John D. Macomber, senior lecturer Harvard Business School, HBR | Today’s mega-cities have a footprint problem. They are developing horizontally, not vertically, with vast areas of low sprawl reaching out for miles from Sao Paolo, Lagos, New Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta, and many others. A central question our civilization must address is how we can […]

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Five 2016 fraud predictions

By Shauna Woody-Coussens, managing director, BKD | Recently, Tomer Barel, the chief risk officer at PayPal, share his five fraud predictions for 2016 with CNBC and talked about the evolving interplay of technology and fraud. Here are the highlights. Social networks will help fraudsters get more sophisticated. Major social networksare becoming more searchable, allowing fraudsters to […]

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State of the sector survey

By Nonprofit Finance Fund, survey results | NFF’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S. It launched the Survey in 2008, when economic crisis threatened the viability of many organizations. Seven years later, results […]

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Six trends that will set the pace for 2016’s philanthropy

By Bruce DeBoskey, The DeBoskey Group, for The Denver Post | With record levels of giving, new approaches to marshaling philanthropic assets for impact, and better approaches to philanthropic strategy, 2015 was a great year for philanthropy. This trend will continue in 2016. Increasingly, leaders in businesses, foundations and families understand that philanthropy is more […]

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Five things learned from a year of INNovation Fund grants

By Kevin Davis, CEO, Investigative News Network | Last winter was the third round of the INNovation Fund, a micro-grant program managed by the Investigative News Network to help with business experimentation in nonprofit and public-media newsrooms across the country. Unlike for-profit organizations, nonprofit news organizations do not have equity to leverage when seeking capital […]

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