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Legislative session: few changes for nonprofits

Compiled by Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | This year’s Indiana legislative session was not without controversy. Of the over 1200 bills that were originally filed for the session, several hundred made it through the entire process and were eligible for action by the governor. In addition, lawmakers approved a two-year $31 billion budget, which […]

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Government reimbursement rules

By Council of Nonprofits | Governments at all levels – local, state, and federal – that hire nonprofits to deliver services are now required to reimburse nonprofits for the reasonable indirect costs (sometimes called “overhead” or “administrative” costs) they incur on behalf of governments when federal dollars are part of the funding stream. The new […]

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Youth leaders concerned about background checks

By Tom Ragan, staff writer, StandardSpeaker.com | A Pennsylvania law designed to expand background checks for anyone who works with children or volunteers was passed in 2014.Now, nearly any role that requires supervision of children will be affected. The law applies to areas beyond schools, such as youth sports and some service organizations. Act 153 […]

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Putting overhead under scrutiny

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | So you donate money to your favorite charity, and you find out later that the money went to buy a new roof. Or new computers. Or to replace the muffler on the company van that shuttles needy clients around the city. Was this a good use of your […]

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The human factor

What’s the best way to solicit donations for a charity? New research suggests that telling donors that none of their money will go toward overhead may be very effective at raising money. But it also comes with a few potential pitfalls. In a study published in Science on Thursday (10/30/2014), a team of researchers showed […]

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Dear Charity Navigator, please move forward thoughtfully

Last November, Charity Navigator’s board approved a plan to scale up operations, planning to double the number of charities it rates by the end of 2016. In April, when its CEO Ken Berger suddenly best online casino resigned, the California Association of Nonprofits – an organization of 9,400 member nonprofits — thought it time to […]

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Nonprofits lose an average of $15,000 a year due to spam filters, study says

Nonprofits annually lose an average of nearly $15,000 because of fundraising solicitations intercepted by spam filters, according to a new study. Donations made in response to emails accounted for about a third of online fundraising revenue in 2013, but one in eight emails never reaches an inbox — a percentage almost as high as the share of emails […]

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