Friday, April 22, 2005

The Cincinnati Post - Women close gap in leadership

The Cincinnati Post - Women close gap in leadership:
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"The one area in which women are amply represented in leadership positions is in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, Trent said.
Nationally, women held 52.4 percent of all nonprofit CEO positions.
In the tri-state, women head some of the largest foundations, including the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Procter & Gamble Fund, Trent said.
Of the 150 United Way agencies in the region, women run 57 percent.
However, she said, it's also true that nationally, nonprofit organizations with the largest revenues are more likely to have men as executive directors. Charities also pay female executives less than male executives, she said."

World Magazine - Weekly News | Christian Views

World Magazine - Weekly News | Christian Views:
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"Second, Washington's poverty-fighting league has become once again one of the least imaginative around. From 1965 through 1995 Democrats expanded bureaucratic programs that did not offer challenging, personal, or spiritual help, and Republicans typically harrumphed that welfare cost too much. Welfare reform in 1996 was a great improvement, and many of us involved in that contest thought we were in only the first inning, with lots of action to come. Instead, senators and congressmen congratulated each other at that point and suspended the rest of the game.
Now, Mr. Santorum and three co-sponsors of the Senate Republican Poverty Alleviation Agenda�Sam Brownback of Kansas, Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, and Jim Talent of Missouri�are on the field again and trying to rally others. Their 12-part agenda includes some excellent items:
� Passage of the CARE Act, which would allow non-itemizers to deduct from income taxes their charitable contributions, "

Story - Money Library - Finance - network

Story - Money Library - Finance - network: "Tax experts warn taxpayers to be honest, keep documents in case of a review

Allan Swift
Canadian Press

Thursday, April 21, 2005
MONTREAL (CP) - You've finally completed the annual ordeal and sent off your completed tax return, only to get a brown envelope a few weeks later with the dreaded return address of Canada Revenue Agency. "

Las Vegas City Life

Las Vegas City Life: "The thrill of the kill
Big-game hunting tags mean big business in Nevada
A hunting tag for a desert bighorn sheep sold for $110,000 at a Nevada Bighorns Unlimited banquet held in Reno earlier this month.
Nevada's big-game hunting tags are, indeed, big business. When a record crowd of 1,829 gathered in Reno on April Fools' Day for the 25th anniversary banquet of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, they raised big bucks selling tags to kill a few big bucks."

Fannie Mae Foundation Retrenching (

Fannie Mae Foundation Retrenching ( "The Fannie Mae Foundation has scrapped a controversial $40 million ad campaign to educate home buyers, temporarily stopped accepting grant applications and informed some area charities that their grants this year will be reduced.
The foundation, one of the Washington area's largest corporate charities, depends on the federally chartered Fannie Mae for its funding. With Fannie Mae in the midst of an accounting scandal and government investigations, the charity has been bracing for potential reductions from the troubled mortgage giant. "

Coalitions Online Newsletter

Coalitions Online Newsletter: "Mid-Year Guest Editorial: 9 Tips to Develop a Donor Prospect List
by: Bill J. Harrison
In this article, Bill J. Harrison, a nationally-recognized fundraiser and award-winning author, shares some of his secrets to fundraising. Harrison will lead an in-depth workshop on Fundraising Methods and Strategies at CADCA�s Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 25-28, 2005 in Phoenix, Ariz. Register today.

The very first rule of fundraising is asking. If you�re not asking for gifts, you�re probably not receiving them. But whom do you ask? How can you find prospective donors? These nine tips will help you develop your list.

1. Everyone is a potential donor if they are properly informed and motivated. Your list should include individuals, corporations, foundations, board members and anyone else you can identify."

Lessons for Not-for-Profit Boards

: "Lessons for Not-for-Profit Boards
by Randy Myers

Directors of not-for-profit boards are facing many of the same governance challenges as those on public-company boards. The hapless poster boy for this: Kenneth Langone, a former director of the not-for-profit New York Stock Exchange and head of its compensation committee. He�s being sued by New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer, who claims Langone misled the rest of the board about just how much Richard Grasso, the NYSE�s former chairman and CEO, was being paid. Grasso is a co-defendant in the suit, which is not expected to go to trial until 2006 at the earliest. Langone, the chairman, president, and CEO of NYSE member firm Invemed Associates LLC, still serves on the boards of four public companies, but he announced in February that he would not stand for reelection to a fifth board, General Electric�s, this year. "

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Edmonton Journal - network-Couple's $37M gift a record

Edmonton Journal - network: "Couple's $37M gift a record
Mactaggarts' collection of Chinese works rivals those of top museums

Jodie Sinnema
The Edmonton Journal

Thursday, April 21, 2005

EDMONTON - When Fiona Mactaggart remembers her childhood, she thinks of her mother in the evenings, dressed in ancient Chinese and Tibetan robes decorated with dragons, phoenixes and flowers.
She recalls the smell of the silk and the glamour of her mother, Cecile, who, along with her husband, Sandy, made a stunning gift Wednesday of a $37-million Chinese art collection to the University of Alberta"

OMB Watch - IRS Checking Form 990 Against Watch Lists

OMB Watch - IRS Checking Form 990 Against Watch Lists: "
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IRS Checking Form 990 Against Watch Lists
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is screening applications for tax-exempt status for terrorist names, IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson testified at an April 5 Senate Finance Committee hearing on nonprofit accountability and tax compliance. The IRS's counter-terrorism project, focusing on the abuse of charities, is developing an electronic capability to review filed Forms 990 and 990-PF for terrorist names.
The explosive growth of the U.S. economy's nonprofit sector over the last decade has fueled tax fraud, terrorist financing schemes and illegal political activities, Everson said at the congressional hearing.
The IRS has already instituted procedures and is currently developing the electronic capability to review filed Forms 990 and 990-PF for terrorist names. Name matches are 'coordinated with the appropriate office for verification and further action.' In his testimony, Everson did not elaborate on which terrorism watch lists the IRS checks names against or where the name matches are sent. He also did not extrapolate on the consequences for an organization that had a name match."

WCCO: Hatch Suing Hmong Foundation

WCCO: Hatch Suing Hmong Foundation: "Hatch Suing Hmong Foundation

Apr 20, 2005 6:25 am US/Central
Minneapolis (AP) Attorney General Mike Hatch is suing a Minnesota nonprofit foundation, saying it has been involved in questionable spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars while skirting state charities laws.

Since its inception in 2000, the St. Paul-based Vang Pao Foundation has operated without a proper board of directors, has not properly recorded its finances, solicited donations without registering as a charity and allowed two of the general's sons and one of his nephews to control more than a half-million dollars in two bank accounts, according to court records"

Alliance Starts Plan to Improve Land Trusts (

Alliance Starts Plan to Improve Land Trusts ( "Alliance Starts Plan to Improve Land Trusts
Association Moves to Train and Accredit Conservation Organizations
By Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 20, 2005; Page A08
A national conservation group announced yesterday that it is launching a $3 million program to improve ethics and governance at the nation's 1,500 land trusts.
The Land Trust Alliance, the nation's leading association of conservation organizations, is bankrolling the effort largely through a $1 million challenge grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The grant will help the alliance train and accredit conservation groups, part of a broad effort to improve professionalism and weed out rogue nonprofits"

OMB Watch - Free E-Filing for IRS Form 990 Available

OMB Watch - Free E-Filing for IRS Form 990 Available

News - Algonquin Countryside-Online sale could name school library

News - Algonquin Countryside: "Online sale could name school library

Cows, a gypsy caravan and the privilege of legally changing a family's first names all are for sale at the online auction Web site eBay.
Why not add the right to name Neubert Elementary School's library?
'Our idea is that we would request a benefactor,' Neubert Principal Darlene Warner told the board of education's finance committee this week. Neubert Elementary is located at 1100 Huntington Drive in Algonquin. "

The Cavalier Daily -Administrators further fundraising

The Cavalier Daily:
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"It's a paradigm shift for an institution and you have to take fundraising more seriously,' said Paulette Maehara, President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 'Coordination is extremely important. You need to make sure that the deans of the schools, researchers and professors are involved.'
The University must orchestrate its approach to donors carefully, known as the 'ask' in fundraising parlance, in order to achieve the best donor response, Maehara said "

The Chronicle, 4/20/2005: Answers to Readers' Questions on Getting a R�sum� Critiqued, Raising Money From Out of State, and More

The Chronicle, 4/20/2005: Answers to Readers' Questions on Getting a R�sum� Critiqued, Raising Money From Out of State, and More:
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"Q. Can you help me find out what the rules are when you're fund raising in an organization based in one state and holding an event in another? Is it necessary to register the charity in the locale where you're holding the event?
A. Most likely, yes. While each state has its own fund-raising regulations, the vast majority of them do require out-of-state nonprofit organizations that want to raise money within their borders to register, says Paulette V. Maehara, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, in Alexandria, Va.
In order to find out which regulations apply to your particular situation, contact the attorney general of the state in which you plan to solicit. Check the National Association of Attorneys General for a list of state offices.
If your organization is planning events in more than one state, consider filing a Unified Registration Statement. This document, created by the National Association of State Charities Officials and the National Association of Attorneys General, allows charities to cut down on paperwork and fill out just one form, as opposed to documents required by each state. It was developed to ease the process for charitable groups that solicit regionally or nationally, and are therefore subject to the registration laws of multiple states."

Columbia Spectator - Student Crawls for AIDS Awareness

Columbia Spectator - Student Crawls for AIDS Awareness: "Student Crawls for AIDS Awareness
Junior Prepares for 33 Mile Crawl to Set Guinness Record, Help AIDS Cause
By Serena Longley
Columbia Daily Spectator
April 21, 2005
New Yorkers see a lot of crazy things, but everyone at the Riverbank track peered incredulously at Sean Duffy, CC �06, and Mark Backman, CC �05, as they took their laps on all fours last Saturday."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - BUSINESS - BUSINESS: "Centennial nonprofit on troubled charity list
By Will Shanley
Denver Post Staff Writer
Centennial's National Stroke Association, a nonprofit that seeks to prevent stroke as well as treat and rehabilitate stroke victims, on Tuesday was named one of the nation's most financially troubled "

UMDNJ terms gift to group improper

UMDNJ terms gift to group improper: "UMDNJ terms gift to group improper
School to change policy on charitable donations
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Star-Ledger Staff
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has concluded that the $10,000 donation it made to a Newark politician's breast cancer awareness group was not appropriate, and is changing its policy on charitable giving, the school's president disclosed yesterday. "

WCCO: Legalizing Rubber Duck Races

WCCO: Legalizing Rubber Duck Races: "Legalizing Rubber Duck Races

VIDEO: David Schechter reports.

Apr 20, 2005 8:33 am US/Central
(WCCO) There is proof Minnesota lawmakers aren�t ducking any issues this legislative session.

Small items are abundant on the Capitol schedule this year, but some say a small duck issue is a little too small.

One false move, and Del, Bruce, Sara and the rest of the Minnetonka-Plymouth Rotary Club could be eating prison food at their weekly meetings.

Ducks on Parade is the Rotary Club�s annual charity event. Similar races happen across the country. "

VOA News - Average Americans Become Philanthropists Through Giving Circles

VOA News - Average Americans Become Philanthropists Through Giving Circles: "Average Americans Become Philanthropists Through Giving Circles
By Maura Jane Farrelly
New York
19 April 2005

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There is strength in numbers. More and more Americans are discovering the truth of that adage as they look to 'give back' to their communities. They are forming what are known as 'giving circles,' and these circles are changing the face of philanthropy in America.
Timothy McIntosh is a barber in Durham, North Carolina. In his early 30s, he makes a decent living cutting people's hair, but he is by no means 'wealthy.' Nevertheless, he has come to think of himself as a philanthropist. 'For me, it's been a journey of really valuing what I have to give,' says Mr. McIntosh, who belongs to a giving circle called the Next Generation of African-American Philanthropists. 'The popular notion is 'if I have $ 1 million, then I can give,' but if you have $ 2, you can give, and it all makes a difference to someone.'"

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Options for Reforming the Estate Tax

Options for Reforming the Estate Tax: "Options for Reforming the Estate Tax
Author(s): William G. Gale, Leonard E. Burman, Jeff Rohaly
Other Availability: PDF Printer-Friendly Version
Published: April 18, 2005
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The nonpartisan Urban Institute publishes studies, reports, and books on timely topics worthy of public consideration. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.
� TAX ANALYSTS. Reprinted with permission.
Note: This report is available in its entirety in the Portable Document Format (PDF).

I. Introduction
Under current law, the estate tax is reduced gradually through 2009, repealed in 2010, and then reinstated in full force in 2011. Few expect things to actually play out that way. President Bush and many members of Congress would like to repeal the tax permanently, and many would like to do so before 2010. Repeal would be expensive, however: Immediate repeal would reduce revenues by more than $400 billion over the next decade. Even making repeal permanent as of 2010 would cost $270 billion in the next 10 years. Repeal would also be regressive, would reduce charitable giving by more than $15 billion a year, and would invite significant tax sheltering activities. It would increase the concentration of wealth, and may also increase the political power of a wealthy elite. "

Fundraisers to Develop New Code (UK)

content: "Fundraisers needed to develop new code18/04/05
Fundraisers, consultants and lawyers interested in best practice are being invited by the Institute of Fundraising (Institute) to join a working party responsible for developing the first Event Fundraising Code.
As well as event management issues, the Code will cover key legislative, taxation, financial and insurance considerations, and will join 22 other Codes of Fundraising Practice, all of which are designed to represent the best practice standards for UK fundraisers. "

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The new bottom line

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The new bottom line: "The new bottom line

The concept of corporate responsibility may finally be beginning to make headway in the US, writes Murray Armstrong

Tuesday April 19, 2005

American capitalism has been called many things by its defenders and detractors, but one thing it has always been known for is its philanthropy. "

The Jakarta Post - 'RI need more philanthropy'

The Jakarta Post - 'RI need more philanthropy': "'RI need more philanthropy'
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Activists working to promote human welfare say that if philanthropic organizations received more funds and support the nation would advance more rapidly.
'The money and energy channeled through philanthropic activities could help society build itself,' Public Interest Research Advocacy Center (PIRAC) executive director Zaim Saidi said on Friday.
The latest survey by PIRAC -- one of a few NGOs focusing on research and advocacy for individual as well as corporate philanthropists -- shows that 99.8 percent of people living in urban areas set aside funds for charity. "

Monday, April 18, 2005

Lecture Series to Focus on International Philanthropy :: PNNOnline :: the nonprofit news and information resource

Lecture Series to Focus on International Philanthropy :: PNNOnline :: "Lecture Series to Focus on International Philanthropy
Posted by: laurakujawski on Monday, April 18, 2005

The Van Leer Group Foundation of The Hague, Netherlands and the Council on Foundations have announced a new partnership that establishes a lecture series on international philanthropy. The lecture series, slated for an initial five-year period beginning in 2006, will be held in conjunction with the Council�s Annual Conference.

Its status will then be reviewed in consideration of extension of the series for an additional five years.

Buzz Gets Louder For Tighter Reins On Lobbyists (

Buzz Gets Louder For Tighter Reins On Lobbyists ( "Buzz Gets Louder For Tighter Reins On Lobbyists
Monday, April 18, 2005; Page E01
Douglas G. Pinkham isn't what you'd call a bomb thrower. He's president of the Public Affairs Council, a largely business-sponsored group that advises companies on how to deal with government.
Yet Pinkham is scathing the laws that regulate contact between outsiders and the federal government. Some of the rules 'are pretty slippery' and don't pass 'the laugh test,' he said. What's needed, he contended, is greater candor and clarity. "

Big gifts require major planning

Big gifts require major planning:
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"Charitable donations made after death accounted for about $18 billion given to nonprofits nationwide in 2002 and represented 7.5 percent of all individual contributions, according to a study sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals." / Your money - Robert Budden: That empty feeling / Your money - Robert Budden: That empty feeling:

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"Text alert
When you give money to charity you hope all of this money goes to your chosen cause. Indeed, in most instances, this is the case. But it is not always so if you donate via your mobile phone.
We should encourage charitable donations via mobiles as this introduces a new generation of consumers donors to charitable giving. But how can we expect these people to carry on giving to charity in this way when as much as 50p out of a typical �1.50 text donation is eaten in fees and tax?"

Individual giving to charities on the rise "Report: Individual giving to charities on the rise
Published: April 16, 2005
By Cindy Powers
The Bulletin
Oregonians donate more of their income to charity than the national average, according to a report released on Friday, but not by much.
The Oregon Community Foundation's 2005 'Giving in Oregon' report showed combined charitable gifts statewide totaled $990,996,479 in 2001 and $969,189,267 in 2002 � the last year for which combined statistics are available. The report showed that income to Oregon's nonprofit organizations is just under $10 billion � more "

Nonprofits gird for generational shift in the corner office - Boston -

Nonprofits gird for generational shift in the corner office - Boston - "Nonprofits gird for generational shift in the corner officeBy Naomi R. Kooker
Boston Business Journal
Updated: 8:00 p.m. ET April 17, 2005Jim Hooley, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan for 10 years, is ready for a change. Deborah Enos, hired eight years ago and now the health plan's vice president of business development, didn't anticipate taking over Hooley's job, but she is. "

Charity shatters previous totals for fund raiser - Daily Trojan - News

Charity shatters previous totals for fund raiser - Daily Trojan - News: "Charity shatters previous totals for fund raiser
Kevin Sorbo, star of 'Hercules,' among those at annual Swim with Mike event.
By Leslie Anne Jones
Published: Monday, April 18, 2005
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The 25th annual Swim with Mike charity set a new event record by raising more than $725,000 to fund scholarships for athletes who are physically disabled from an illness or accident.

Hundreds gathered at McDonald's Swim Stadium Saturday to participate in the annual event, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

The event raised the record total from donations, raffle ticket sales and a silent auction. The sum was the largest total ever for the event."

Record-Journal-"The University of Connecticut's $1 billion construction program is drawing more scrutiny

Record-Journal: "The University of Connecticut's $1 billion construction program is drawing more scrutiny following a report that contractors increased their donations to the university's foundation after winning building contracts.

Builders who were awarded millions of dollars worth of contracts either began donating or substantially increased their donations to the University of Connecticut Foundation shortly after getting the work, The Hartford Courant reported Sunday.

The companies and the foundation's president said there was no connection between and contracts and the donations, some of which totaled $100,000 a year."

The Boston College Chronicle -A Wealth of Knowledge

The Boston College Chronicle: "A Wealth of Knowledge
Schervish and Havens probe spiritual aspects of wealth, philanthropy
By Sean Smith
Chronicle Editor
Third in a series of profiles on outstanding Boston College researchers
One day in late 1984, a 1950 Boston College alumnus and philanthropist named Thomas B. Murphy returned to his alma mater seeking the answer to a not-so-simple question."

Tampabay: Rhymes, reasons vary for wristband

Tampabay: Rhymes, reasons vary for wristband: "Rhymes, reasons vary for wristband
Some say that despite their popularity, proliferation of 'message' bands may be diminishing their meaning.
Published April 18, 2005

Ty Smith struggles to explain the meaning behind the 10 bracelets he wears on his wrists.
His mother, Frances Smith, prompts him: The yellow one is for cancer and the pink for cancer awareness. Green is for 'Save Our Earth,' blue for 'Peace On Earth.' Then there's a pink Adidas band, a red Supercross racing band and red, black and pink Nike bands."

T3010A - Important Message: Changes to Form T3010A Resulting From the Federal Budget 2004

T3010A - Important Message: Changes to Form T3010A Resulting From the Federal Budget 2004: "IMPORTANT MESSAGE: CHANGES TO FORM T3010A RESULTING FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET 2004
As a result of proposed legislative amendments to the Income Tax Act affecting the annual minimum expenditure requirements for registered charities (i.e., the disbursement quota), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is revising the Registered Charity Information Return (return), form T3010A, for fiscal periods that begin after March 22, 2004. Charities completing returns for fiscal periods that begin after March 22, 2004 are required to use the revised form T3010A (05). The CRA will mail this new form to registered charities in May 2005.
What form should you use?
If you are filing a return for a fiscal period that begins before March 23, 2004 (e.g., January 1 to December 31, 2004 fiscal period), you should use form, T3010A.
If you are filing a return for a fiscal period that begins after March 22, 2004 (e.g., April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005 fiscal period), you are required to "

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story -"Funding Still Matters: The issue that can't be ignored

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Funding Still Matters: The issue that can't be ignored
April 18, 2005
By Nicole Zummach

If you missed the 'underground bestseller' that took Canada's nonprofit sector by storm in 2003, that might be because it's not actually for sale. Katherine Scott's seminal report, Funding Matters, is available as a free download on the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) web site. However, unlike many free reports that are downloaded with the best of intentions, never to be looked at again, this one is causing a major stir in the sector. Even though it's been almost two years since it was released, Scott's research on Canada's new funding regime and its impact on nonprofit and voluntary organizations continues to strike a chord with people.
The right report at the right time
Scott, who is also vice president of research at CCSD, says there is a lot of frustration in the nonprofit sector. Organizations are trying to do good work in the community, yet many funders fail to recognize that the lack of core funding and organizational support is hampering their ability to actually do programming. 'I think [nonprofits] feel that they are in a box and it doesn't matter how hard they work, or how many fundraisers they hold, or how often they talk about difficulties, their concerns are falling on deaf ears.'"

CharityVillage� NewsWeek: Coffee with Cam

CharityVillage� NewsWeek: Coffee with Cam: "Help us paint in black and white
By Cam Tait

It's that time of year again; there's more sunlight, more mud puddles, and sales galore at every garden store. Spring: a time of new hope, rebirth, and new opportunities. It's a time when our nation's farmers prepare for another summer of endless days working the land and hoping - always hoping - the weather gods are on their side. So, it's really a no-brainer that National Volunteer Week is held in the last part of April. This year's version starts Monday. opportunities and volunteers. Goes together just like butter and toast.

In the past we have recognized people who volunteer. We give out awards, hold lunches and dinners, and share wonderful stories about volunteering. And just before we have that one more cup of tea and that yummy "

These women are working to make world a better place | The San Diego Union-Tribune

These women are working to make world a better place | The San Diego Union-Tribune: "The Omni Hotel, at the back door to downtown San Diego's Petco Park, was packed last weekend, but it was philanthropy, not baseball, that had the ballroom buzzing. Delegates to the Women's Funding Network, an international association of women's foundations and philanthropic groups, were meeting for the 21st annual conference. After three long days, the workshops, networking and team building were giving way to plain old conversation among colleagues.
The guest speaker, activist and actress Geena Davis, was running late. But since she called to apologize � and to buy champagne for all of more than 200 people in the room � few seemed bothered by the delay, and most were happy to have a few more minutes to touch base. "