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GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance have denounced the “overhead ratio” as an indicator of performance.

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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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.

Speaking with nonprofit leaders gathered at the Nonprofit Capitol Exchange, Governor Maggie Hassan called this a "pivotal point in history, when NH must choose its’ own path forward by harnessing the greatness of its people and by allowing everyone to succeed."
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President Obama has released a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and the ideological battle of taxation and spending is now joined in something close to what Congress calls the “regular order.” Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly offers an analysis of what this means for the nonprofit sector.
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In submitting her proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget to the Legislature in February, Governor Maggie Hassan described it as one that “begins rebuilding” from the steep cuts in spending adopted during previous budget debates. NHFPI has published a budget brief examining Governor Hassan’s proposed appropriations and recommended policy changes.
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What are Nonprofit Leaders and Media Outlets Saying?
Read articles by National Council Leader, Tim Delaney and see what major nonprofit publications are saying.

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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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

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