How many email, tweets or other communiques did you receive about “Giving Tuesday? ”
The Nonprofit Center chose to refrain from sending any pleas on its own, or anyone else’s behalf. Some may wonder why thinking that our role as unofficial spokesperson for the sector demanded it.
Our reasoning was why would we want to be part of the hordes? Why would we want to waste time drafting a pitch to entreat people to give to us while thousands of other nonprofits around the country are doing Read more
Recently, I watched The New York Times’ Op-Doc “Great Expectations for Female Lawyers” After reading the documentarian’s introduction, I was quite nervous as to what I would see and hear. I shouldn’t have been, as, unfortunately, I knew exactly what to expect: as professional women, we still have miles to go before we rest. Female attorneys still have to make choices about career, family, balance; they are still not climbing the ladder at a pace with men; they are still a minority at the top Read more
Recently I was asked by an attorney to be an expert witness in a case for his client, a nonprofit’s board of directors that was being sued by a former board member. This ex-board member accused the board of neglecting its financial oversight responsibilities thereby allowing an employee to embezzle almost three-quarters of a million dollars. Additional claims also were related to the board’s failure to do its job.
This was not my first introduction to this organization. Seven years ago, a now former board member Read more
The Urban Institute recently came out with the results of its assessment of donor retention using 2011-2012 data. The conclusion? Nonprofits are losing donors at a rate that does not allow them to keep pace: for every 100 new and recovered donors gained, 105 were lost between 2011 and 2012; the year before the gain was 100 to a loss of 107. This, according to the study, is a marked contrast with the years prior to the recession when there was a net positive year- Read more
Dan Pallotta’s been getting a lot of attention lately. While I find his message a bit of “heard that before,” I still enjoy hearing his message because of the different ways I receive it. My response varies depending upon what I’ve been working on or thinking or talking about; like rereading a good book, wondering how you missed something in an earlier read.
Because I’ve been thinking a lot about philanthropy, his question, whether explicit or not, on who is the true philanthropist really resonated. Who? Read more
“Philanthropy’s social and economic value in the region”
This phase struck me as funny when I just read it. So, I reread it, thinking I must have missed a word or 10 in the phrase; but, I didn’t. Does anyone else see it, or is it just me?
It is impossible, yes, absolutely always impossible for philanthropy to have a social and economic value in any region on its own. Philanthropy cannot and does not happen in a vacuum. It can and does only happen Read more
During my decades of teaching undergraduates, I would, every so often as was needed, leave my discipline of criminology and teach a sister class on social problems.
A question that I would ask in the first week of the semester was, “Do you have to have experienced something in order to truly understand it? Or can you understand and appreciate something through the tales of those who have?” Answers always came down on both sides. But it didn’t matter, because by the end of the semester Read more
I have a great respect for and appreciation of social workers. My two sisters and some of my best friends have been social workers. But as a sociologist, and ultimately a criminologist, social worker reliance on the case study method as a valid research method has always driven me crazy.
What we know from studying one is just that: we know that one. To assume that we can learn anything about which we can generalize, can extrapolate from that one and presume we now know Read more
What I am about to say will be sacrilegious to those nonprofits that have fed at the trough of politicians, but it is high time politicians got out of nonprofits.
While yes, this has something to do with the rash of arrests (indicating there was solid evidence sufficient to convince a district attorney to issue an arrest warrant) of, and allegations about, politicians accused of playing all sorts of hanky panky, funneling money to their favorite nonprofits, there is much more to this decision. The arrests Read more