Friday, October 01, 2004

Open door beats out giant donut in city-wide charity art installation

Open door beats out giant donut in city-wide charity art installation

Papal knighthood a true honour, but the costume will stay in the wardrobe - National - www.smh.com.au

Papal knighthood a true honour, but the costume will stay in the wardrobe - National - www.smh.com.au: "Papal knighthood a true honour, but the costume will stay in the wardrobe
By Kelly Burke
October 2, 2004
The chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, John Phillips, has received a rare papal knighthood in recognition of his lifelong work for the Catholic church and a variety of charities.
Mr Phillips, 74, joins Sir James Gobbo as the only Australians to have conferred upon them the highest rank of the Order of St Gregory, that of the Knight Grand Cross. Mr Phillips, who was awarded the honour by the Pope this week, said his family had greeted the news with some bemusement."

Conference aimed at nonprofit reform - The Clarion-Ledger

Conference aimed at nonprofit reform - The Clarion-Ledger: "Conference aimed at nonprofit reform
By Arnold Lindsay
alindsay@clarionledger.com
Fast facts

The Fiduciary Conference runs from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo.

For more information, call (662) 841-1900, or (662) 844-8989.

Registration fee is $20.
Serving on a board for nonprofits was once a civic service.

Now it's a potential liability in the wake of alleged misuse of funds that for some boards has brought intense legal scrutiny and the possibility of jail time.

A conference Tuesday at the BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo will offer checklists for increasing the fiduciary responsibility of organizations and boards."

Delivering Public Services

Delivering Public Services: "Do you deliver public services? Are you thinking of delivering public services? Do you want to know more about how to deliver public services?
The delivery of public services is at the forefront of the political agenda. Many voluntary organisations already deliver services; many more are thinking of doing so.
Government has sought to make it easier for voluntary and community organisations to contract with the public sector. But what is it really like? What are the benefits and challenges for voluntary and community sector organisations?
This one day conference will identify and discuss issues that organisations need to address if they want to engage in the public service agenda. It is designed to be both practical and interactive, offering delegates the opportunity to share experiences, problems and solutions."

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Brave new world

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Brave new world: "Brave new world

The voluntary sector is confident that yesterday's parliamentary report on a proposed overhaul of charity law heralds a new era, says Stuart Etherington

Friday October 1, 2004

The joint parliamentary committee's robust report on the draft charities bill represents the blueprint of a legal framework fit for a new age in which charities are challenging many traditional attitudes with their increasing professionalism, growing role in public service delivery and high profile campaigning activities. We are on the verge of the greatest shake-up of charity law and regulation for 400 years."

Are the Democrats Buying Votes? - For-profit canvassing: the DNC's secret weapon. By Trey�Popp

Are the Democrats Buying Votes? - For-profit canvassing: the DNC's secret weapon. By Trey�Popp: "Are the Democrats Buying Votes?
For-profit canvassing: the DNC's secret weapon.
By Trey Popp
Posted Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at 4:28 PM PT


Voters this fall in Democratic strongholds are witnessing an increasingly common sight. Staked out on busy sidewalks in at least 38 American cities, political activists carrying credit-card authorization forms are drumming up donations for the campaign to defeat George W. Bush. Outfitted in T-shirts emblazoned with star-spangled Democratic National Committee logos, these earnest young men and women come across as grass-roots volunteers of the most enthusiastic sort. Little old ladies interrupt their strolls to thank them for their hard work.
But appearances can be deceiving. The organization behind these fund-raisers is Grassroots Campaigns Inc., a for-profit company that counts the Democratic National Committee as one of its flagship clients. It's a safe bet that few pedestrians talked into donating $149�'the price of a bus ticket from Washington, D.C., to Crawford, Texas'�realize that once these canvassers beat their daily quota, they keep up to 30 percent of the take. "

Despite Dramatic Growth, Philanthropy in Central CA Still Behind State Average :: PNNOnline :: the nonprofit news and information resource

Despite Dramatic Growth, Philanthropy in Central CA Still Behind State Average :: PNNOnline :: the nonprofit news and information resource: "Despite Dramatic Growth, Philanthropy in Central CA Still Behind State Average
Posted by: johnmcdonald on Friday, October 1, 2004
Topic General Fundraising
California's Central Valley experienced a significant increase in the amount of philanthropic funds flowing into the region and a growth in the capacity of philanthropy foundations in the area, according to a new study released today by The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.


But the report also makes clear that the region still trails the state in foundation grants received and in the "

Baby Boomer benefactors will redefine philanthropy / Results expected -- now, more, better, faster

Baby Boomer benefactors will redefine philanthropy / Results expected -- now, more, better, faster: "Baby Boomer benefactors will redefine philanthropy
Results expected -- now, more, better, faster

Rebecca W. Rimel Friday, October 1, 2004
In the last few months, predictions about the near-term direction of the Dow have been wildly uncertain. What is certain is that the market's performance in the last decade has consistently created enormous wealth, including 269 billionaires, according to one recent count. "

Hanging up on telemarketers | CNET News.com

Hanging up on telemarketers | CNET News.com: "Hanging up on telemarketers
Published: October 1, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com


If you've noticed that the phone isn't ringing so much around dinner time these days, thank the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
A year ago this Friday, the agency effectively gave millions of Americans the ability to hang up forever on telemarketers with the inauguration of a national Do Not Call list."

Now, charities need the charity

Now, charities need the charity: "Now, charities need the charity
By Elisa Cramer
Palm Beach Post Editorial Writer
Friday, October 01, 2004
Twelve-year-old Kevin Langendoerfer does not know that Hurricane Jeanne flooded his bedroom, tore shingles off the roof and mildewed the living-room carpet. Two chromosomal disorders and multiple disabilities that left him with a mental capacity of an 18-month-old have him 'in la-la land,' said his mother, Sharon Langendoerfer, a mother of four who works at Hospice of Martin County and lives in Stuart. 'He thinks he's on vacation.'"

California Governor Signs Controversial Charity Bill

California Governor Signs Controversial Charity Bill: "California Governor Signs Controversial Charity Bill
By Grant Williams

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a controversial bill that would change the way many nonprofit organizations manage their finances and how they seek contributions within the state. The legislation takes effect on January 1, 2005.

The bill, which was based on recommendations by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, was designed to tighten financial management and governance of charities and prevent fund-raising abuses by nonprofit organizations."

Tenn. probate judge rules Maddox move improper :: DeSoto Times - Go DeSoto :: It's all about your life!

Tenn. probate judge rules Maddox move improper :: DeSoto Times - Go DeSoto :: It's all about your life!: "HERNANDO � A Nashville probate judge ruled this week that the $100 million Maddox Foundation improperly relocated to Hernando in 1999 without securing court approval."

montgomeryadvertiser.com

montgomeryadvertiser.com: "EDITORIAL Tax-exempt status carries obligation


Some observers were appalled that Jerry Falwell, of all people, was offering advice to churches on how to keep their political activity within the bounds of their tax-exempt status. One could argue that it makes sense, however. After all, having run afoul of the law himself, Falwell should know something about it."

Technology News: Security: Ten Steps to E-Mail Security

Technology News: Security: Ten Steps to E-Mail Security: "Ten Steps to E-Mail Security

By Greg Demarais
TechNewsWorld
10/01/04 1:00 AM PT
Organizations would be wise to establish clearly defined security and e-mail policies. More than 137,000 computer security incidents were reported in 2003, nearly double the figure from 2002, according to the Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Response Team. The team says that figure is expected to rise more than 50 percent again in 2004."

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | End private schools' charity status - MPs

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | End private schools' charity status - MPs: "End private schools' charity status - MPs
John Carvel, social affairs editor
Friday October 1, 2004
The Guardian
Independent schools and private hospitals would be stripped of their much-prized charitable status under proposals yesterday from a parliamentary committee chaired by Alan Milburn, the prime minister's manifesto co-ordinator. "

Thursday, September 30, 2004

WINGS � Big Bad Cities Why is it Proving So Hard to Start Comunnity Foundations in the Capitals

WINGS Compendium of resources:
"TITLE:Big Bad Cities - Why Is It Proving So Hard to Start Community Foundations in the Capitals?
SUBTITLE:EFC Conference presentation, 1 June 2004
AUTHOR:David Carrington
PUBLISHER
DATE PUBLISHED:June 2004
EDITION
FORMAT:pdf"

Philanthropy UK Bi-Monthly E-letter

This E newsletter has recently resumed publication

Philanthropy UK Bi-Monthly E-letter: "When she launched the Philanthropy UK Newsletter at the end of 2001, Theresa Lloyd described its purpose as being:

'to provide a medium by which all of those engaged in some aspect of the promotion of philanthropy may
share information about progress on their project or research
invite participation in workshops or informal meetings to review developments or explore ideas
learn about others who may be pursuing complementary activities
post information about published articles and other papers which may be of general interest'
The Newsletter arose out of ACF's Philanthropy UK Project, of which Theresa was the Project Director, and which has now formally ended as we report below. Now that this first phase of Philanthropy UK is finished, a number of organisations have come together to continue the production of the Newsletter - and the informal network that it supports. These organisations include the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), Charities Aid Foundation, Community Foundation Network, Impetus Trust, Institute for Philanthropy, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Pilotlight."

Philanthropy UK Bi-Monthly E-letter

This E newsletter had suspended publication but is now back online.
Philanthropy UK Bi-Monthly E-letter

FNC | Commentary

FNC | Commentary: "Commentary
Shifting into Foundation Overdrive
Grantmakers' singular focus on payout as usual won't take the sector where it needs to go.
by Jed Emerson
Last year, there was a great debate regarding the payout level of U.S. foundations. Federal legislation, H.R. 7, was introduced, which stipulated that administrative expenses would no longer be counted against that annual payout.
Then the legislation stalled and the so-called threat to foundations faded. But guess what? The problem remains. On June 22, public hearings began on the role of nonprofits in American society. A follow-up roundtable was held July 22, and we can be sure the question of what role American foundations play will be raised once again when Congress returns from recess."

California Governor Vetoes Privacy Bills

Top News Article Reuters.com: "California Governor Vetoes Privacy Bills
Thu Sep 30, 2004 01:03 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday vetoed three bills aimed at boosting e-mail privacy at work as well as safeguard private medical and financial data.
One bill would have limited data that medical firms can send abroad for processing without a patient's consent. The bill's backers had expressed concern that outsourcing of such work could endanger medical privacy because California courts do not have jurisdiction over activities abroad. "

my.accenture.com -- Today's Headlines Nondues Revunue Roundup

my.accenture.com -- Today's Headlines: "Nondues Revenue Roundup
Source: Association Management
Publication date: 2004-09-01
Arrival time: 2004-09-30


Eighteen creative idea-starters for executives who want more bucks for the budget.
WHAT ARE ASSOCIATIONS DOING TO BOOST THEIR BUDGETS WHILE strengthening their services for members? Loads of things. Associations are doing everything from providing one-stop shopping to helping their members generate new business, train their staffs, fill jobs, and find jobs. One ambitious organization even lends its name to a stylish home furnishing collection.
Following are nondues revenue idea-starters that ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT gathered from organizations throughout North America. The information comes from a range of sources: informal surveys, queries to several ASAE listservers, an Internet search, and leads that our editors gathered from conferences. The mini-profiles, arranged in seven different categories, show you how your fellow executives are thinking creatively-and how you can, too. "

sacbee.com -- Opinion -- Editorial: Legislative grants

sacbee.com -- Opinion -- Editorial: Legislative grants: "Editorial: Legislative grants
Recipe for waste and abuse

Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, September 30, 2004
Controller Steve Westly was right to freeze $15 million in grants doled out by the Legislature to nonprofits and local governments but not yet spent.
Between 1999 and 2003, individual legislators directed more than $100 million in grants to pet projects in their districts. The state money flowed with almost no fiscal controls.
'Some groups,' Westly said, 'didn't know they were getting a grant. Others didn't know what to do with it.'"

Coeur d'Alene Press

Coeur d'Alene Press: "Outside source may help us with center
Posted: Wednesday, Sep 29, 2004 - 12:06:44 am PDT

Mayor Sandi Bloem, community center supporters, and city staff members traveled to Boise last week to throw Coeur d'Alene's hat into the ring for money that would build a community center.
The Salvation Army is dispensing $2 billion from the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Foundation for the sole purpose of creating community centers across the country.

Talk about good timing."

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Call for rethink on private schools' charitable status

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Call for rethink on private schools' charitable status: "Call for rethink on private schools' charitable status

Tash Shifrin
Thursday September 30, 2004

The government should consider stripping private schools and hospitals of their charitable status, a parliamentary committee argues in report published today.
A joint committee of MPs and peers makes the call in its scrutinty report of the draft charities bill. The legislation will make 'public benefit' the cornerstone of a new definition of charity as part of a major overhaul of Britain's 400-year-old charity law."

BBC NEWS | Education | MPs seek end to school charities

BBC NEWS | Education | MPs seek end to school charities: "MPs seek end to school charities


Private schools say they can show they benefit the public
Private schools and hospitals in England and Wales should lose their charitable status, a powerful committee of MPs and peers has said.
The joint committee on the Draft Charities Bill said they might still get tax breaks if they could meet a 'public benefit' test. "

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Private Schools 'Should Lose Charity Status'

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Private Schools 'Should Lose Charity Status': "Private Schools 'Should Lose Charity Status'

By Tim Ross, Education Correspondent, PA News


Private schools should be stripped of their charitable status, a powerful Parliamentary committee suggested today.

Under the Government�s Draft Charities Bill, schools such as Eton and Winchester would become accountable to the Charity Commission, which regulates all charitable organisations."

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management - Weekly

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management - WeeklyElection 2004:
Kerry's popular among nonprofits, Bush stronger than expected

By Paul Clolery and Ephraim Feig

The Globe and Mail B.C.'s tech sector embraces philanthropy

The Globe and Mail: "B.C.'s tech sector embraces philanthropy
Social initiative based on model that has nurtured many company startups

By FIONA BEATY
Special to The Globe and Mail
Thursday, September 30, 2004 - Page B11

Conventional wisdom is that the tech sector is driven by the soulless pursuit of The Next Big Thing. Conventional wisdom would be wrong."

Bismarck Tribune Online - Bismarck, ND

Bismarck Tribune Online - Bismarck, ND: "Liffrig letter stirs some clergy concern
By KAREN HERZOG, Bismarck Tribune
A letter sent out last month by Senate Republican candidate Mike Liffrig has raised alarms among some members of the clergy.

The letter, mailed to North Dakota clergy in late August, asked pastors to gather 'a handful of pro-life and pro-traditional marriage people who can serve as an informal Get Out the Vote Committee' for their congregations.

For the Rev. Paul Schauer, the first reaction was shock. Schauer is pastor at Sunne Lutheran Church at rural Wilton.
'My second reaction was, this is a blatant intrusion of partisan politics into the church,' Schauer said."

USATODAY.com - IRS looking closely at what non-profits pay

USATODAY.com - IRS looking closely at what non-profits pay: "IRS looking closely at what non-profits pay
This summer, the IRS is expected to send letters to about 2,000 tax-exempt charities, seeking information on executive pay.
The IRS review will look at all types of charities and tax-exempt foundations, including hospitals. The review will consider:
� Whether compensation is excessive.
� Whether pay was accurately reported. "

Falwell asks Christians to support president - The Washington Times: Metropolitan - September 30, 2004

Falwell asks Christians to support president - The Washington Times: Metropolitan - September 30, 2004: "LYNCHBURG, Va. � The 4 million evangelical Christians who did not vote in 2000 will unite behind President Bush in November, the Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday.
With five weeks until the presidential election, Mr. Falwell said he is trying to muster conservative evangelical ministers to support the Republican ticket. He continued to mobilize the nation's evangelical base at Liberty University here earlier this week, by holding a seminar on preaching about conservative politics from the pulpit without forfeiting tax-exempt status. "

National News: Election rules confusing for churches, experts say

National News: Election rules confusing for churches, experts say: "Election rules confusing for churches, experts say

by Chris Otts

As the Nov. 2 election inches closer, church leaders are toeing a blurry line between informing their members about the issues and engaging in partisan politics."

sacbee.com -- News -- Valley getting bigger slice of charitable giving in state

sacbee.com -- News -- Valley getting bigger slice of charitable giving in state: "Valley getting bigger slice of charitable giving in state
By Will Evans -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, September 30, 2004
Foundations apparently have figured out how to find the Central Valley, according to a new study on philanthropic activity in the state's midsection.
Charities from Fresno to Davis to Redding traditionally have been overlooked by Bay Area-and Southern California-centric grant makers. But the new study shows that in recent years, grants flowing into the Valley increased dramatically, outpacing the state as a whole."

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Online Casino News.com - NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TURNING TO TEXAS HOLDEM FOR FUNDRAISERS

Online Casino News.com - All The Gambling, Sports and Casino News for the Internet Gambler: "Non-profit orgs turning to Texas Hold'Em for fund raisers
By abigail
The widespread boom in poker, is seeing a rise in poker tournaments held by charitable organisations as fund raising events. The renewed appeal of the game has provided charities with a new avenue for raising money for whatever cause they need. Hosting a Texas Hold �Em tournament has seen the level of interest and amount of money raised increase for many organisations. In fact in the US, an employee of one state attorney general�s Charitable Trust Division has stated that until last year she had never seen a licensing request for Texas Hold �Em. She now estimates that around half of the applications received by the Charitable Trust Division are for requests for just such a tournament."

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Fox Features - Do-Gooders Work Hard � On Vacation

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Fox Features - Do-Gooders Work Hard � On Vacation: "Do-Gooders Work Hard On Vacation
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
By Marla Lehner
Susan Chamberlain knows how to enjoy a vacation. There's nothing like bunking in a tiny hostel and performing a little manual labor.

KXAN.com - Nonprofits Meet To Learn Efficiency

KXAN.com - Nonprofits Meet To Learn Efficiency: "There are nearly 3,000 nonprofits in Central Texas. That's a big deal for our economy and the people they help.
Wednesday, more than 500 nonprofits will be meeting at the Austin Convention Center to learn how to be more efficent. If you've ever thought about starting a nonprofit, this is your opportunity to learn how to do it. "

LubbockOnline.com - Federal funding picture clears for faith groups 09/29/04

LubbockOnline.com - Federal funding picture clears for faith groups 09/29/04: "Federal funding picture clears for faith groups
BETH PRATT
A-J RELIGION EDITOR

Partnership was the word used Tuesday to define the Bush administration's Faith-based Initiative designed to give religion-related social service projects opportunities to compete with secular nonprofits for federal funds.
About 150 people representing nonprofit agencies from the 15-county region met at Broad way Church of Christ to learn more about the initiative.
Clarity among faith groups about what is "
more in article

NewsAdvance.com | Secretary regrets OK of grant

NewsAdvance.com Secretary regrets OK of grant: "Secretary regrets OK of grant
$4.2 million from state was used to match short-term loan

By Victor Reklaitis / Lynchburg News & Advance
September 29, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia's former secretary of finance said Tuesday that if he had known in 2000 what he knows now, he would not have approved a $4.2 million state grant to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
Ron Tillett, the former secretary, said if had he known about the foundation's use of a $3.5 million short-term loan as matching money for the grant, he would not have approved it."

60 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Reported Gains in Giving

PRESS RELEASE
60 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Reported Gains in Giving: "60 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Reported Gains in Giving
Wednesday September 29, 8:50 am ET
NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Member agency executives of Community Health Charities, the largest federation of the most prestigious health charities in America, gathered recently at the Helmsley Hotel in New York to assess and discuss the latest trends in philanthropy through planned giving and strategies to engage business owners in planned giving.
The Symposium was hosted by the Wachovia Center for Planned Giving and Community Health Charities."

Morningstar - Tax-Wise Philanthropy

Morningstar - Tax-Wise Philanthropy: "Tax-Wise Philanthropy
by Northern Trust | 09-28-04 | Print Article

Marguerite Griffin, Vice President, Personal Trust Relationship Manager
Americans are generous. According to the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, charitable giving totaled more than $240 billion in 2003. That�s an average gift of more than $850 from every person in the United States.
In fact, while corporations and foundations are important sources of funds, individuals actually provide the biggest boost to charities. Nearly three-quarters of last year�s gifts were made by people unaffiliated with an organization."

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Bring back national service

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Bring back national service: "Bring back national service
All school-leavers deserve a decent volunteer scheme
Liz Stuart
Wednesday September 29, 2004
The Guardian

Summer is over, the drama of A-level results is past, and now about 200,000 students are gearing up for their next big challenge - heading off on a gap year. Some will travel, but many will chose to volunteer, perhaps teaching in Nepal or turtle-birthing in Costa Rica. A disproportionate number will be white, privately educated and from wealthy families. "

Group sics IRS on Swaggart

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Group sics IRS on Swaggart: "Group sics IRS on Swaggart
Preacher's tax-exempt status is challenged
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
By Ed Anderson
Capital bureau
BATON ROUGE -- A gay-rights organization Tuesday asked the IRS to review the tax-exempt status of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries after the televangelist said two weeks ago that if a gay man ever looked at him romantically he would 'kill him and tell God he died.' "

Commercial Alert

Commercial Alert: "San Francisco Voters Will Decide the Name of Candlestick Park on Election Day

WASHINGTON - September 28 - In a test of the growing resistance to corporate names for civic and cultural institutions, San Francisco voters will decide on November 2nd whether the name of famed Candlestick Park will be sold to the highest corporate bidder. The stadium is taxpayer-owned and home to the NFL San Francisco �49ers."

Crain's Cleveland BusinessEDITOR'S CHOICE: Sept. 27, 2004

Crain's Cleveland Business: "Cleveland Clinic CEO Floyd Loop, due to step down in October, along with Harold Varmus, the president of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, are the highest-paid executives at nonprofits, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a trade paper covering nonprofits.

According to the story, Dr. Varmus topped the list by earning $1.69 million, and Dr. Loop came in second with a salary of $1.68 million in 2003. The median salary of the 215 chief executives whose organizations provided The Chronicle with information both last year and this year reached $291,356. That means half the executives in the survey earned more than that figure and half earned less."

Lack of corporate sponsors has golf tourney, mariachi fest on brink of extinction

Lack of corporate sponsors has golf tourney, mariachi fest on brink of extinction: "Lack of corporate sponsors has golf tourney, mariachi fest on brink of extinction "

Open access vs. donors' influence | csmonitor.com

Open access vs. donors' influence | csmonitor.com: "Open access vs. donors' influence

Private dollars procure amenities - and influence - in public parks.

By Kelly Kleiman | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

CHICAGO � Soon after a great fire had gutted much of Chicago's lakefront property, city fathers decreed it should be 'forever open, clear, and free.'
But more than a century later, visitors walking downtown might be a little perplexed by Millennium Park, this summer's addition to the city's lakefront. For on its 'open, clear, and free' space sit the Harris Theater, the Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain, and the SBC Sculpture and Plaza - not to mention the Bank One Promenade, Wrigley Square, and McCormick Tribune Plaza."

Charity's move deemed improper - Wednesday, 09/29/04

Charity's move deemed improper - Wednesday, 09/29/04: "Judge: Maddox trust remains under purview of Davidson County
A $100 million Nashville charitable foundation that uprooted and moved to Mississippi did so wrongly and remains under Davidson County's jurisdiction, a judge ruled yesterday.
The Maddox Foundation started here in 1968 and was designed to benefit the people of Middle Tennessee, a descendant of the founder argues"

Amy Sullivan looks at the accomplishments of President Bush's faith-based initiative during the past four years. -- Beliefnet.com

Amy Sullivan looks at the accomplishments of President Bush's faith-based initiative during the past four years. --

Beliefnet.com
: "...
The policy's second aspect was a proposed tax break to make it worthwhile for individuals to contribute more of their money to charities. By allowing non-itemizers (70 percent of taxpayers) to deduct their charitable contributions, the proposal could infuse as much as $80 billion into the charitable sector. Together, the two ideas embraced classic conservative principles: honoring the unique ability of religious organizations to help those in need, and empowering individuals in the civil sector instead of government."

DMNews.com | News | Article

DMNews.com | News | Article: "Experts: Political Prerecords Here to Stay"
...
Political prerecords typically are exempt from telemarketing laws because they are considered political, not commercial, speech. But legislation is possible in certain states and circumstances, Sabato said. If voters get irritated enough, they could spur lawmakers to ban robocalls.

Political consultants likely would resist such efforts. It's important to maintain the distinction between commercial speech and protected political speech, and to keep the door open to political communication, Johnson said.

A battle over such a law has begun in North Dakota, which bans all unsolicited prerecorded calls -- including political and charitable ones -- unless they are introduced by a live operator who asks permission to play the prerecorded message. Use of prerecorded calls during the presidential primaries in January by Democratic candidate Wesley Clark earned a warning from North Dakota attorney general Wayne Stenehjem

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

yaledailynews.com - Yale students call for Fair Share progress

yaledailynews.com - Yale students call for Fair Share progress: "About 75 students gathered on Cross Campus throughout the day Monday to call Alexander and DeStefano's offices and urge progress on talks to increase Yale's contribution in lieu of taxes to the city"

Hendersonville Times-News

Hendersonville Times-News: "Small businesses, nonprofits have much in common
boards are us
Rene Kumor
There isn't much difference between running a small business and running a nonprofit, points out my friend Steve Johnson, owner of Southern Alarm and Security in Hendersonville. Nonprofits provide a service; have a customer base, both donors and clients; make payroll and work hard to establish a good name in the community, Johnson said. These are the same principles that a small, for-profit business adopts to succeed. The only difference is that nonprofits don't pay taxes on their income. "

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette :: Arkansas News

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette :: Arkansas News: "Library asks judge for immediate ruling on tax credits
BY ANDREW DEMILLO
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Development spurred by the Clinton presidential library proves it deserves the same tax incentives as for-profit businesses, an attorney for the library�s foundation argued in court Monday.
The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation sued the Arkansas Department of Economic Development more than two years ago after it denied Advantage Arkansas tax credits to the nonprofit organization, which is building the Clinton library in Little Rock. The state has argued that only for-profit businesses are eligible for the program.
At Monday�s hearing, the foundation and the state asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. to rule immediately on the lawsuit. "

Professional Fundraising

Professional Fundraising: "Whitewater alliance with Kintera will give fundraisers control of online campaig"

Professional Fundraising Sally Army says it did not count pledges as income

Professional Fundraising

National Giving Week - 18th-24th October 2004

National Giving Week - 18th-24th October 2004

Philanthropy gives peace of mind: Sudha Murty - Sify.com

Philanthropy gives peace of mind: Sudha Murty - Sify.com: "Philanthropy gives peace of mind: Sudha Murty
Tuesday, 28 September , 2004, 08:49
Sudha Murty is chairperson of Infosys Foundation. She has initiated a move to ensure that all Government schools in Karnataka have a computer and a library. She is a part-time computer science lecturer, full-time social worker. Excerpts from an interview.
Don't you think philanthropy in India should be more organised?
I agree with you. But in India there is a lot of ownership and we always remain under somebody. This brings a feeling of selfishness. "

Crain's New York Business news, lists, rankings, directory and more

Crain's New York Business news, lists, rankings, directory and more: "NY minorities give more to charity
by Miriam Kreinin Souccar
Giving levels among minority philanthropists in the New York metropolitan area are more than double national levels, according to a groundbreaking new study.

African-American, Asian-American and Latino donors in New York give an average of $5,000 a year to charities, compared with a national average of $2,295, according to the study, which was released today by the Coalition for New Philanthropy, an initiative to advance philanthropy in communities of color. "

Charity and public trust - SEPT 28, 2004 Singapore

Charity and public trust - SEPT 28, 2004: "EDITORIAL
Charity and public trust
THE move to make charities more open in their fund-raising and expenditures recognises the fact that charitable giving is a growth industry. Any voluntary public undertaking that can raise $512 million in a year from individuals and companies, which charities collectively did last year, will require fiduciary controls to match so as to preserve donors' confidence in the proper use of goodwill monies raised. Stringent controls must ultimately work to the advantage of charitable organisations. The $512 million raised was remarkable for a year rendered lean by Sars, and an impressive increase over the 2002 total of $382 million. The number of registered charities has also grown to some 800, according to government figures. Quite a few of these are inactive. But the number is still large for a nation that lacks state welfarism, a condition which tends to see a compensating proliferation of charitable social services. The minimal control exercised over Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs), to give charities their statutory name, is no longer adequate. It comes under catch-all income tax regulations, more of a housekeeping nature. Now, proposals up for public consultation call for more extensive disclosure of funds raised and spent on beneficiaries, as well as internal expenditures and controls. Donors can also demand access to fairly sensitive information, such as the role of professional fund-raisers and how much they are paid by IPCs which use their services. "

wfn.org | [PCUSANEWS] Souper Bowl of Caring added to Planning Calendar

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wfn.org | [PCUSANEWS] Souper Bowl of Caring added to Planning Calendar

Foundation heads rank low in pay

Foundation heads rank low in pay

Monday, September 27, 2004

Major Award Recognizes Heifer's "Simple, Powerful Work" | Heifer International

Major Award Recognizes Heifer's "Simple, Powerful Work" | Heifer International

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - U.S. Headlines

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - U.S. Headlines: "Study: Age groups differ on philanthropy
By DEEPTI HAJELA
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
NEW YORK -- Philanthropy among minority groups in New York varies along generational lines, with those born after the mid-1960s more likely than older donors to give money to programs focusing on educational opportunities rather than organizations specifically targeting their own racial or ethnic community, according to a study.
'People born after 1964 showed a different approach than those born before,' said Eugene Miller, co-director of the study. 'Younger folks saw community in a broader sense.'
The study, 'Pathways for Change: Philanthropy among African American, Asian American, and Latino Donors in the New York Metropolitan Region,' was to be released Monday."

BIG-HEARTED bank staff lift top charity oscar

Belfast Telegraph: "This is the 18th year of Link, the longest running and most successful awards event in Northern Ireland.
And this year the event proved even more inclusive and relevant than before, with six new categories to broaden the scope of the awards, which showcase the best in support for charities throughout the province."

Philanthropy Journal-Digital maps: Part 1

Philanthropy Journal-Your online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change - newsarticle: "Digital maps: Part 1
Nonprofits build geographic perspective into their work.
09.24.2004 -
By Todd Cohen
Early in 2001, gearing itself well in advance to work with a new mayor and city council that would take office the following January, the Alliance for the Arts in New York City started working with a consultant to create computer maps showing the location of the city's roughly 2,000 cultural organizations and their dependence on city funding."

Accountability issues not just a private sector concern - 2004-09-27 - Business First of Columbus

Accountability issues not just a private sector concern - 2004-09-27 - Business First of Columbus: "Accountability issues not just a private sector concern
Neil Tilow
Much has been made about increased accountability in the private sector, but non-profit organizations also need to be as concerned and focused on accountability. "

Viewers' faith, cash behind TBN powerhouse - Monday, 09/27/04

Viewers' faith, cash behind TBN powerhouse - Monday, 09/27/04: "Viewers' faith, cash behind TBN powerhouse
By WILLIAM LOBDELL
Los Angeles Times
First of two parts
Pastor Paul Crouch looked into the camera and told his flock that Trinity Broadcasting Network needed $8 million to spread the gospel throughout India and save 1 billion souls from damnation.
Crouch, head of the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, said even viewers who couldn't afford a $1,000 pledge should take a ''step of faith'' and make one anyway. The Lord would repay them many times over, he "

Education nonprofit is turning to corporate wells - 2004-09-27 - San Francisco Business Times

Education nonprofit is turning to corporate wells - 2004-09-27 - San Francisco Business Times
Financial times have prompted the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative to change its business model.

Scranton Times Tribune

Scranton Times Tribune: "The Greater Pocono Northeast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced the 2004 recipients of the annual Philanthropy Day Awards.
Recipients are chosen for their commitment, support and effort in development on behalf of area nonprofit, charitable and civic organizations."

Charity Reopens Its Door to Scouts

Charity Reopens Its Door to ScoutsUnder fire for refusing to support the Boy Scouts because of its policy against homosexuals, United Way of Ventura County has changed its guidelines to allow the youth organization to once again apply for funding from the charity.

But United Way officials said their decision this week to reverse their bias policy had nothing to do with the storm of criticism or pending legal battle that resulted from their earlier stance. They said the change was part of a general review of the organization's operating procedures and came after recent updates of United Way's bylaws and code of ethics.

The Tullahoma News

The Tullahoma News: "Charity charter helps Right to Life take more active role in election
MARY PERRENSeptember 24, 2004
NASHVILLE - Thanks to its federal charter, Tennessee Right to Life is able to play a more active role in the upcoming election cycle than its rival not-for-profit organization, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.

Because it's a 501(c)(4) organization, Tennessee Right to Life is able to endorse candidates and contribute financially to campaigns, as long as that's not its primary activity."

More nonprofits exempt from sales tax under new law (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online)

More nonprofits exempt from sales tax under new law (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online): "More nonprofits exempt from sales tax under new law
By BENITA NEWTON, The Virginian-Pilot
� September 25, 2004 "

The Daily Leader

The Daily Leader: "Nonprofits wary of proposed federal disclosure law
By: MATTHEW COLEMAN, DAILY LEADER News EditorSeptember 24, 2004
NATCHEZ - More than 6,000 nonprofit organizations in the state could be impacted by pending federal legislation seeking additional disclosure and other information, said Mark McCrary, executive director of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits. "

Tone-deaf on security

Tone-deaf on security: "The singer, who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam in the 1970s, was pulled off a London-to-Washington flight on Tuesday after security officials discovered that he was on a terrorist watch list. This was particularly surprising to Mr. Islam because just last May, he was in Washington meeting with officials from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives about philanthropy. Nobody said anything about a terrorist list."

The UW Daily Online "Money finds new path to flow around McCain-Feingold

The UW Daily Online: "Money finds new path to flow around McCain-Feingold

Close ties between partisan activists, tax exempt advocacy groups

By Thomas B. Edsall and James V. Grimaldi / The Washington Post
September 27, 2004 "

IHT: Nonprofit chiefs' raises almost double inflation

IHT: Nonprofit chiefs' raises almost double inflation

Looking Inward to Foster Jewish Outreach (washingtonpost.com)

Looking Inward to Foster Jewish Outreach (washingtonpost.com):
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"But according to the same study, commissioned by the Rockville-based Charles I. and Mary Kaplan Foundation, the Washington federation received less support for local charities and Israeli causes than did federations in other cities with large Jewish communities"

ABCNEWS.com : Survey: Charity Leaders Get Fat Pay Raises

ABCNEWS.com : Survey: Charity Leaders Get Fat Pay Raises

Salt Lake Tribune - Utah

Salt Lake Tribune - Utah: "Complaint targets Buttars, Boys Ranch
Gripe to IRS: Facility used to help lawmaker's re-election bid
By Dan Harrie
The Salt Lake Tribune
A Salt Lake County resident has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service alleging the Utah Boys Ranch is illegally aiding the re-election campaign of state Sen. Chris Buttars, the tax-exempt school's executive director."

Wichita Eagle | 09/26/2004 | Pastors can speak out, but not endorse

Wichita Eagle | 09/26/2004 | Pastors can speak out, but not endorse: "Pastors can speak out, but not endorse


Local conservative pastors say they have a right to speak out on political and moral issues. Those monitoring them say the issue is obeying the rules for tax-exempt organizations.
They're both right."

Lexington Herald-Leader | 09/25/2004 | Web sites blur line between church and state

Lexington Herald-Leader | 09/25/2004 | Web sites blur line between church and state: "Web sites blur line between church and state

Religious groups call for members to pray for political purposes

By Beth Gillin

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE


Nancy O'Brien said she'd never seen anything like it in her 60 years as a Roman Catholic. There in the church bulletin at St. Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill, Pa., was an item urging parishioners to pray the Election Novena, available at www.electionnovena.org"

U-Va. School of Education Given $22 Million Gift (washingtonpost.com)

U-Va. School of Education Given $22 Million Gift (washingtonpost.com)

Majority of Arizonans have given to charity in past year, survey says

Majority of Arizonans have given to charity in past year, survey says

Forbes.com: Armstrong Marketing Subtly Boosts Nike

Forbes.com: Armstrong Marketing Subtly Boosts Nike: "Armstrong Marketing Subtly Boosts Nike
09.26.2004, 04:22 PM

The T-shirts were yellow. The bracelets were yellow. Even the wall murals had a yellow tint. There was so much yellow inside the cavernous convention center here where Nike shareholders met last week, that Nike executive Mike Parker pretended to shield his eyes as he stepped onto the stage. 'Looking bright,' he announced to the several hundred stock owners, almost all wearing Lance Armstrong's signature bracelet. "