February, 2016

Do you know your full costs and recover them?

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By Jim Simpson, CPA and director, Financial Technologies & Management | Last year, the Nonprofit Finance Fund in its State of the Nonprofit Sector reported that only seven percent of nonprofits received full project costs from foundations. Let’s make sure we have the same definition for defining full costs because it is not just expenses. […]

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Nonprofits and lobbying: Yes, they can!

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By Nayantara Mehta, counsel, Alliance for Justice | When many people think about nonprofits and lobbying, they might think of a relationship like oil and water: they don’t mix. There is a widespread perception that nonprofits cannot lobby, or if they do lobby, they are exploiting some kind of legal loophole. The fact is that […]

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Two nonprofits face more than $47,000 in fines over L.A. lobbying forms

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By Emily Alpert Reyes, reporter, Los Angeles Times | Two nonprofits could face fines totaling more than $47,000 from the city Ethics Commission for failing to accurately report how much they had spent on lobbying at City Hall. Ethics Commission staffers have proposed a fine of $30,000 for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New […]

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Nonprofits can lobby

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By Center for Nonprofits | Given the many crucial issues facing nonprofit organizations and the people they serve, it is more important than ever that charities become involved in the public policy debate. Yet too many people mistakenly assume that it is illegal for nonprofits to lobby. To the contrary, federal laws actually exist to […]

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The gap

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By Christine H. O’Toole, freelance writer, Heinz Endowment | When Patricia Arquette used her Oscar acceptance speech to demand fair pay for women, it wasn’t just Hollywood stars who gave her a rousing ovation. Television viewers saw actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez cheering as Ms. Arquette declared, “It’s our time to have wage equality […]

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Gender pay gap hurts women in retirement

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By Mark Miller, Reuters reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune | Women who work full-time, year-round, made just 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts in 2014, U.S. Census Bureau data show. But the injustice of the gender pay gap also impacts retirement security. A woman who works full-time over a 40-year period loses […]

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Mindfully managing millennials

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By Jeremy York, HR field representative, Synergy | As an HR professional, managers often ask for advice on how to best manage their millennial staff. Many of them express frustration that the traditional management methods used in the past are no longer effective. Why? It’s because millennials are unlike any other generation currently in the […]

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Multi-tasking myths and reality

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By Chip Heberden, president and owner, Netlink, Inc. | The turmoil of a typical workday creates endless opportunities and constant pressure to do many things concurrently. Our technology lets us conference call during our commute, email during meetings, and channel the great football commentator John Madden by handling a continuous stream of inbound pings as we […]

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Detroit PAL breaks ground youth complex at Old Tiger stadium

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By Adrienne Roberts, reporter, Detroit Business Daily News | The Detroit Police Athletic League announced it raised $12 million and will be able to break ground in April on its new youth sports complex and headquarters at the site of the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. “For many years, the corner of Michigan […]

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