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Nonprofits should be free of partisan politics

Center CEO Kathleen Reardon shared her thoughts on President Trump's exective order targeting the Johnson Amendment for the Concord Monitor.
Posted on: May 30, 2017
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NH Center for Nonprofits Policy Framework

The nonprofit sector plays an essential role in enhancing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being of the people of New Hampshire. The NH Center for Nonprofits advocates for public policies that advance, improve, and protect the ability of New Hampshire's nonprofits to achieve their missions and effectively serve their communities. The following policy framework provides the context to guide advocacy, education, and the development of specific policy agendas and strategic engagement.
Posted on: December 13, 2016

Turbulence Ahead: 10 Questions for Nonprofit Boards to Urgently Ask and Answer

In this timely article from the Nonprofit Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief Ruth McCambridge takes a pragmatic look at what nonprofit boards can do right now as news reports predict an impending period of instability that may or may not come to fruition. She posits that in times like these, “Good governance and effective, efficient management are never more important.”
Posted on: November 16, 2016
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“Who Has the Time” and Other Questions on Nonprofit Advocacy

Earlier this summer, a nationally prominent nonprofit leader said this to an audience of people from public charities and private foundations: “Nonprofits have a duty to advocate on behalf of the people who have no voice, to demand social justice.” Many in the audience nodded in agreement; others waited politely for him to get past his warm-up comments to get to something they hadn’t heard before. One audience member was heard muttering under her breath, “yeah, but who has the time?”
Posted on: October 14, 2014
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Problems Persist in IRS Handling of Earned Income Tax Credit Payments

At least $11 billion of the almost $62 billion of Earned Income Tax Credit funds received each year are distributed in error, and it doesn't look as if the problem will be fixed any time soon.
Posted on: October 28, 2013
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Washington Post Investigates “Significant Diversions” of Nonprofit Funds as Reported to IRS

The Washington Post investigated nonprofits that reported a "significant diversion of funds" (more than $250,000 or 5% of the organization's gross receipts or net assets) on their Form 990. Millions of dollars is reported to be "missing", and many of these cases of fraud were never reported in the news.
Posted on: October 28, 2013
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Future of Campaign Finance Reform

This is a fluid time in campaign finance, with the potential for lots of money to shift around in the wake of some very unpopular political actions in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on another campaign finance reform case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. If the court rules against the FEC, it will be another step toward the domination of federal elections by big-money people and institutions. This article from the Nonprofit Quarterly explores this issue.
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Posted on: October 17, 2013

Gov't Shutdown: Impact for Nonprofits?

Big swaths of the federal government closed shop at midnight Monday (9/30) after Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. What does the shutdown mean for nonprofits?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Quarterly have both weighed in with their thoughts.
Posted on: October 1, 2013

Budget Battles: Sequestration Cuts More Popular than Ever

The nation is getting ready for the next round of last-minute battles to reach a decision on a Fiscal Year 2014 budget (all but impossible), a continuing resolution to keep the government running (more like), or a government shutdown (please, no!). Oddly, the sequestration part of the budget battle is not being addressed, at least for the pieces of concern to nonprofits, partly because the public is growing to like the cuts, partly because President Obama has taken credit for their deficit reduction impacts, and partly because elements looking to be protected from sequestration are the military and the FAA, not the social safety net.
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Posted on: September 23, 2013

IRS Scandal Update

The IRS on Monday issued a report entitled Charting the Path Forward at the IRS: An Initial Assessment and Plan of Action. The report outlines new actions and next steps planned to fix problems uncovered with the IRS' review of applications for tax exempt status and improve wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.
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Posted on: June 25, 2013
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Sequestration Apathy

It seems like the public at large, and perhaps much of the nonprofit sector as well, doesn’t find the sequestration budget cuts much to worry about. A fix for air traffic controllers, another one for USDA meat inspectors, and somehow the public seems willing to let the rest of the sequester’s blunt-axe approach to budget-making slide. This aricle from Nonprofit Quarterly explores a new bill being proposed.
Posted on: June 17, 2013

Sequestration Articles

What are Nonprofit Leaders and Media Outlets Saying?
Read articles by National Council Leader, Tim Delaney and see what major nonprofit publications are saying.
Posted on: March 14, 2013

Documenting the Human Effects of Sequestration Cuts

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) announced the launch of www.GiveVoice.org as a storytelling and data collection hub for people and nonprofits affected by sequestration. This new tool will enable charitable nonprofits to report the negative effects of the sequester on real people in local communities across America. It also shows how sequestration will increase community demands and decrease needed resources, saddling nonprofit staff and board members with unsustainable burdens.
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Posted on: March 14, 2013

Sequestration and Nonprofits

Sequestration: What is it? "It's a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The cuts would be split 50-50 between defense and domestic discretionary spending. It's all part of attempts to get a handle on the growth of the U.S. national debt, which exploded upward when the 2007 recession hit and now stands at more than $16 trillion. The sequester has been coming for more than a year, with Congress pushing it back to March 1 as part of the fiscal cliff deal at the end of the last session."
Source: CNN
Posted on: March 14, 2013
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