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  • Rev. Al Sharpton urges Eatonville congregation to vote in upcoming election

    10/07/2014 11:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Bright House Networks News 13 ^ | October 7, 2014 | Bakari Savage, Reporter
    EATONVILLE -- Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to the congregation at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, invoking Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis as he urged members to vote in the upcoming election. “How do we answer Stand Your Ground in Florida? How do we answer our outrage over Trayvon Martin? How do we answer the things that we consider abusive and disrespectful and offensive? We go to the polls!" Sharpton said Tuesday. "They should not say, in the light of all that we’ve seen in Florida, that we were missing in action when we had an opportunity to do...
  • The Left's Dark Money Managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

    07/23/2014 4:14:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won't hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here's why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He's a protected elite -- Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official -- with ready access to the White House. He and the left's other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government. LaMarche currently heads the shadowy...
  • Obama's LGBT Order: Here are 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know

    07/22/2014 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose,...
  • Tax reform proposal threatens charities

    04/03/2014 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | J.C. Derrick & David Roach
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Charities could face dwindling donations if Congress adopts a new tax reform proposal introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Camp's long-awaited plan to overhaul the tax code, introduced last month, has received some positive reviews, but charitable organizations say it could cost them billions in donations. "I know Chairman Camp wants charitable giving to go up, [but] his discussion draft does not [promote] that," said David Wills, president of the National Christian Foundation (NCF). "It hurts charitable giving significantly." NCF is part of the Faith and Giving Coalition, which...
  • Supreme Court declines to hear new contraception cases [Catholic Univ and others]

    03/31/2014 8:12:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/31/2014 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up preliminary appeals brought by Roman Catholic groups that want an exemption from part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The cases were brought by a series of Roman Catholic-affiliated nonprofit groups based in Washington, D.C., including Catholic University. The legal issue is different from one involving for-profit companies that also object on religious grounds to the so-called contraception mandate, which was argued before the high court last week. The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the two cases at this stage means...
  • Exclusive—Mitch McConnell: Obama, IRS Fight to Keep Conservative Nonprofits from Forming

    01/30/2014 10:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/30/14 | Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    James Madison had it exactly right. Referring to infringements on our freedoms, the Father of the Bill of Rights once wrote that such encroachments were more often “gradual and silent” than “violent and sudden.” That’s exactly what we’re seeing with President Obama’s proposed regulation on so-called 501(c)(4) groups: a stealth attempt to stifle the ability of ordinary Americans to participate in the political process. The administration’s proposal, quietly floated over Thanksgiving, is just the latest in a long line of attempts to skirt the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United, which basically said that businesses and independent groups have...
  • Obama's IRS Moves to Close Down Political Speech of Nonprofits

    11/27/2013 7:24:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/26/2013 | Todd Beamon
    The Obama administration moved on Tuesday to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of such loosely regulated yet influential super PACS as Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, and Priorities USA, which ran searing ads against rivals of President Barack Obama to support his re-election last year. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department proposed new rules that they said would prohibit such groups from using "candidate-related political activity" like running advertisements, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that...
  • Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship (legal ones)

    08/03/2013 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 2:55 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans. Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens. The effort is billed as a win-win for both employee and employers: Workers avoid legal fees and having to shuttle to and from law offices to complete...
  • Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits

    10/18/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by girlangler · 42 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Capital Press ^ | 10/15, 2009 | Mitch Lies
    Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits October 15, 2009 The federal government has paid out billions of dollars to environmental groups for attorney fees and costs, according to data assembled by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer. Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices [main@buddfalen.com or 307-632-5105] said the government between 2003 and 2007 paid more than $4.7 billion in taxpayer money to environmental law firms -- and that's just in the lawsuits she tracked. The actual figure, she said, is far greater. "I think we only found that the iceberg exists," she said....
  • Imposing Weight-Loss Guidelines: Another Function of ObamaCare?

    05/20/2013 1:00:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 20, 2013 | Glenn G. Lammi
    The federal Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” may provide activists and government a little-known wedge to advance their obesity agendas through regulated health-care providers — specifically America’s nearly 3,000 non-profit hospitals. One organization, The STOP Obesity Alliance, recently identified this wedge as a way to have such hospitals embrace its core convictions, including one principle which questions the role of personal responsibility as a cause and a solution to obesity.Community Health Needs Assessments. Section 9007 of the Act requires non-profit hospitals, as a condition of maintaining their tax-exempt status, to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). These documents, which...
  • Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’

    05/17/2013 7:16:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-16-2013 | Caroline B. Glick - OP/ED
    May 16, 2013 Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’ Caroline B. Glick Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole. As many reporters have noted, the parole violation in question would not generally lead to anything more than a court hearing. But in Nakoula’s case, it led to a year in a federal penitentiary. Because he wasn’t really arrested for violating the terms of his parole. Nakoula was arrested for producing...
  • Immigration Bill Contains Slush Funds for Pro-Amnesty Groups

    05/01/2013 7:08:36 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 22 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | (May 1, 2013) | Center for Immigration Studies
    The pro-amnesty lobbyists who helped craft the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill included within the bill two "slush funds" amounting to $150 million that may be supplemented with additional taxpayer dollars for years to come. Slush fund grantees are "public or private, non-profit organizations" described in the bill as including "a community, faith-based, or other immigrant-serving organization whose staff has demonstrated qualifications, experience, and expertise in providing quality services to immigrants, refugees, persons granted asylum, or persons applying for such statuses." In other words, the grantees would include many of the groups involved in writing and promoting the amnesty. [IRS] Section 2537...
  • CALIFORNIA MOVES TO STRIP BOY SCOUTS, CHRISTIAN YOUTH GROUPS OF NONPROFIT STATUS

    04/10/2013 5:23:35 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 53 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 10, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a move that foreshadows the radical left’s plans for churches should gay marriage become the law of the land, the California legislature is moving to strip the Boy Scouts of America – a private organization – of its non-profit status for refusing to allow gay scoutmasters...
  • Profitable not-for-profits (tax dollars fund high life tax-free)

    12/07/2012 5:34:54 AM PST · by Liz · 16 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/7/12 | EDITORIAL
    New York pols turn non-profits into personal piggy banks with tax dollars. * Queens state Senator Shirley Huntley steered $30,000 to her niece; Huntley was arrested and lost reelection. * Ex Brooklyn councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of funneling $1.5 million to his mistress, his sister, two brothers and other pals through a network of nonprofits. * Ex Bronx state senator Pedro Espada was convicted of looting $545,000 from his federally funded health clinic for vacations, lavish parties...and $1 million to cover his legal fees. * Ex Queens assemblyman and powerful labor leader Brian McLaughlin stole $3.1 million from public...
  • Profitable not-for-profits

    12/07/2012 9:49:41 AM PST · by lowbridge
    ny post ^ | december 7, 2012
    Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed counselor accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in his care, testified Wednesday that he ripped off a charity he founded ostensibly to help poor Brooklynites. “You used this not-for-profit for personal gain?” asked a Brooklyn prosecutor. “Yes I did,” Weberman replied, admitting that he spent donations meant for his group, B’Lev V’Nefesh, on tuition for his kids’ yeshiva — and that its cash was also spent at stores like BMG Corset & Lingerie. Creepy, sure. But par for the course in New York, where politicians routinely turn nonprofits into personal piggy banks. For example:
  • Unreal… Islamist Wears Tattered & Torn US Flag As Scarf at DNC Jumah

    09/01/2012 11:03:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Nice prayer service, Democrats. A Muslim leader wears a tattered and torn US flag as a scarf at the Jumah at the DNC event today in Charlotte. Muslims gather for outdoor “Jumah” prayers at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, the first of several events planned by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs in the run up to the Democratic National Convention in the city. (MSNBC) Of course, the women were lined up behind the men. It’s the DNC’s very own War on Women. The Obama Campaign listed an “Islamic Jumah at the DNC” as an “official function” at...
  • INVESTIGATE IRS HARASSMENT OF TEA PARTY GROUPS

    04/22/2012 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Qbert · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/21/2012 | REP. TOM MCCLINTOCK
    A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes.  They recruit volunteers, raise funds and spend those funds to promote whatever project or cause brings them together. [Snip] We don’t apply a political test to these civic groups – we recognize the fundamental right of Americans to organize and to pool their resources to promote whatever causes they believe in...  [Snip] In order to be recognized as non-profit groups, these organizations must register with the IRS – a purely ministerial function that has, in the past, been applied...
  • The Royal Family of Mass. "Non-Profits"(Joe Kennedy-Citizen Energy)

    03/09/2012 9:20:55 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 12 replies
    HowieCarr.us ^ | March 9, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Check out form 990 from Atty. Gen. Marsha Coakley's public-charities website. Good old Joe, ex-Congressman and father of Congressional wannabe JoJoJo Kennedy, made a total of $708,000+ in all of his Citizens Energy dealings in 2010. And guess who Citizens' "director of marketing" is. None other than Mrs. Joe Kennedy, a/k/a Beth. She took home another $261,000. Hugo Chavez must be muy proud of his gringo amigos! (Form 990 link at site)
  • Right-wingers for federal control

    02/13/2012 7:39:48 PM PST · by Edmunds mom · 4 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 2/13/2012 | Scott Walter
    The tax-exempt sector is in trouble when even stern critics of big government demand that Congress and the IRS rein in nonprofits. The latest example comes from the hard-right American Thinker website. Unfortunately, the essay’s author hasn’t thought through her argument, which adopts the flawed thinking of her political opponents. ...Worst of all, she repeatedly attacks her targets by stressing how much money they have and how little control and taxation government exercises upon it.
  • Reduced Federal and State Nonprofits 2012 Reality

    12/29/2011 5:10:19 AM PST · by usalady · 4 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 28, 2011 | Martha R Gore
    Many nonprofit organizations will be getting less money from state and federal governments.
  • IRS investigating donors to political nonprofits

    05/12/2011 9:32:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/12/11 | Stephen Ohlemacher - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is investigating five donors for making contributions to the kind of nonprofit groups that have become popular for spending millions of dollars on political ads in the past few years. The IRS is trying to determine whether the donors owe federal gift taxes for the donations, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday. The IRS did not name the donors or the nonprofit groups to which they contributed. But the agency's confirmation of an investigation could have a chilling effect on politically active groups that have become integral to campaigns for Congress and could play a...
  • Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More Money

    05/12/2011 9:37:46 AM PDT · by Qbert · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | May 11, 2011 | MICHAEL COOPER
    As recession-racked cities struggle to balance their budgets with everything short of feeling behind sofa cushions for loose change, a growing number are seeking more money — just don’t use the word taxes — from nonprofit institutions that occupy valuable land but by law do not pay property taxes. [Snip] Boston has been sending letters to its largest nonprofit institutions this year, telling them the value of their land and asking them to begin making annual payments that would eventually rise to a quarter of what they would owe if they paid property taxes. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel of Chicago wants...
  • DR. JESSE COLE WINS $4 MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST ST. JAMES HEALTHCARE

    11/09/2010 5:21:28 PM PST · by chitownguy · 5 replies
    Montana Standard ^ | 11/08/2010 | Media Release
    On Oct. 15, Butte radiologist Dr. Jesse A. Cole accepted a $4 million settlement in his lawsuit against St. James Healthcare and its parent corporation, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, Inc., a Kansas not-for-profit corporation (not to be confused with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth religious community, a separate entity).
  • Let’s investigate those non profits

    10/12/2010 1:01:21 PM PDT · by agee · 4 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | 10/12/2010 | Aaron Gee
    The left is not quite in full reverse on the groundless accusations against the Chamber of Commerce, but they will be soon enough. In a desperate attempt to run away from their political record (>9% unemployment, mountains of debt, Obamacare) the democrats thought they had found the perfect distraction. (Amazing how little has changed in one year) Seemingly coordinated accusations of “secret money” and buying elections spilled out of leftist precincts last week. Democrats, the President, and their sympathizers, didn’t just go after the chamber of commerce, but also Karl Rove and the Koch brothers. Democratic operative Robert Reich used...
  • The Tea Party and the Spider's Web

    08/16/2010 3:14:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2010 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Rick Cohen, a knowledgeable and well-qualified liberal writer for The Nonprofit Quarterly, wrote his first installment of what he says is a series about the legal structure (or lack thereof) of the Tea Party movement, entitled "The Starfish and the Tea Party." Mr. Cohen's article poses the question, "What is the organizational structure of the Tea Party?" He goes on to discuss how the book, The Starfish and the Spider, which is about the success of leaderless organizations, purportedly plays a seminal role in the approach taken by Tea Partiers to their mission and movement. From its inception, the mission...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Nonprofit gal in slush-mess 'fess ("just here for a better life" bilking taxpayers)

    03/03/2010 5:10:24 AM PST · by Liz · 3 replies · 373+ views
    NY POST ^ | 3/3/10 | BRUCE GOLDING
    Embezzled govt money funneled to latino Dems. Margarita Villegas stole with a credit card, filed false reports, diverted $15,000 from govt-funded SBCC Management Corp to Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo and her daughter, Bronx Councilman Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Now in prison is ex-Councilman Miguel Martinez. Arroyo's nephew, SBCC president Richard Izquierdo Arroyo, is expected to plead guilty to looting.
  • The Current Health Care Bill : It's a Mandate on Charities, Too

    11/13/2009 8:11:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 841+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/13/2009
    Part of the story about who would feel the payroll tax on employers contained in the House-passed health care bill has gone missing. The media coverage I've seen and the Congressional rhetoric I've heard focuses on the small business lead by an entrepreneur who started the company. That's part of the story, but it isn't the whole story. The Joint Tax Committee's "technical explanation" makes clear that this is a tax on all employers, both for-profit and not-for-profit. (See the discussion that starts on page 31, under the opaque title "Responsibilities of Nonelecting Employers".) A lot of non-profits do not...
  • US Attorneys seek to seize Iran-linked mosques and real-estate

    11/13/2009 2:56:06 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 313+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    US Attorneys are seeking to seize mosques and real estate assets owned by a non-profit Muslim group with alleged ties to the Iranian regime. The assets are owned by the Alavi Foundation and an alleged front-company, the Assa Corporation. US Attorney Preet Bharara stated that the Foundation's affairs have been directed by Iranian officials, including Ambassadors to the United Nations from that nation in ways that violate a series of American laws. The seizure of assets appears to be related to a federal court decision this Tuesday that the president of the foundation must stand trial for allegedly destroying documents...
  • Land swap, prisoner volunteer work proposal on New York ballot

    11/03/2009 4:38:09 PM PST · by ntnychik · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin ^ | November 1, 2009 | pressconnects.com
    Currently, the constitution allows prisoners to perform work for governmental agencies during their prison sentence, but the amendment would allow them to volunteer for religious, charitable and educational groups as well. Letting inmates work for non-profits was common practice for jails across the state until the state Commission of Correction determined it was unconstitutional about three years ago, state Sheriffs' Association Counsel Thomas Mitchell said. The nonprofit work could be used as an incentive for good behavior.
  • President Obama eyes laws to aid news business

    09/25/2009 6:53:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 1,671+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 22, 2009 | Jay Fitzgerald
    Self-described “newspaper junkie” President Obama says he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that might help the struggling newspaper industry. The White House later cautioned that the president’s remarks, made to media outlets over the weekend, shouldn’t be taken as support for a bailout for yet another industry. Obama was specifically addressing the issue of whether the government could make it easier for newspapers to restructure as nonprofits. One bill now before Congress would make it easier to convert newspapers into nonprofits.
  • Obama Looking To Bail Out Newspaper Industry

    09/20/2009 5:24:14 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 36 replies · 1,921+ views
    Toledo Blade/The lid ^ | 9/20/09 | The Lid
    With the federal treasury facing insolvency what industry do we help next? Well lets see, how about the public relations arm of the Democratic party, the newspaper industry. That way when our Taxes go even higher they can tell us that it is a great idea. Today the President said that he would be happy to look at the Senate proposal allowing papers to restructure as non-profit organizations. Non-Profit may describe a newspaper's balance sheet, but it should not describe its tax status, unless of course, if Senator Benjamin Cardin( D-Md.) gets his way. The Senator introduced a bill on...
  • 'Cash for Clunkers' takes toll on local charities

    08/04/2009 6:42:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 680+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | August 3, 2009 | Nadine Toren
    'Cash for Clunkers' takes toll on local charities SAN DIEGO - The parking lot used by Father Joe Carroll's car donation program used to be filled with nearly 1,000 aging vehicles. Now it is almost empty. "I feel good for the dealerships making money, but I feel miserable that it will affect my help with the poor," Father Joe said. While many dealerships are thriving thanks to the Cash for Clunkers program, several local charities are taking a hit, because they rely on donated old cars to raise money for their services. "About 20 to 25 percent of our funding...
  • Too Good To Check: How the Conservative Media Smeared ACORN

    06/23/2009 9:08:12 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 761+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/23/2009 | Mike Volpe
    It started as a rumor told by insiders to media. Insiders believed that all the revelations were making the ACORN brand so toxic that they may have to change it. Then, ACORN Intl. changed its name and they thought that was an indication they were. Of course ACORN Intl. is NOT ACORN. Yet, for whatever reason, that's how it was reported by Washington Examiner columnist Kevin Mooney. Moonedy has been on television speaking about ACORN.
  • AP to Publish Work of Four Liberal Nonprofits

    06/13/2009 11:08:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 611+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 13, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    Starting July 1, the Associated Press will begin publishing articles produced by nonprofit organizations, all four of which are left-leaning. I guess they couldn't find any conservative nonprofits. As reported by the New York Times Saturday: Four nonprofit groups devoted to investigative journalism will have their work distributed by The Associated Press, The A.P. will announce on Saturday, greatly expanding their potential audience and helping newspapers fill the gap left by their own shrinking resources. Starting on July 1, the A.P. will deliver work by the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center...
  • Jobless Professionals Yearn to Do Good (Nonprofits See many Applications With Business Know-How)

    06/10/2009 5:45:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/10/2009 | KYLE STOCK
    A few months ago, Andrea Kornfeld was working on a computer program to shave milliseconds off of transactions at Merrill Lynch. Now, she's spending her severance pay on a mosquito net for her new job: as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching computer skills to high-school students in Cameroon. Ms. Kornfeld, 26, applied to the program in August, before the worst part of the financial crisis. Her acceptance arrived a few weeks after she was laid off in January. "Honestly, getting laid off was a good thing," she says. "Merrill Lynch just wasn't a good fit for me and it gave...
  • Nonprofits land security money without proving real danger

    06/07/2009 7:42:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies · 729+ views
    The Post-Standard -Syracuse New York ^ | Sunday June 07, 2009, 7:29 AM | by Mike McAndrew
    In the past four years, the federal government has given $64 million in grants to nonprofit groups it considers at risk of attack from international terrorists. But is that the best use of the nation's Homeland Security money? The groups that won grants have not been threatened or attacked. In fact, federal auditors critical of the program said in 2006 that experts knew of no threats of foreign terrorism against any nonprofit. Nearly 70 percent of the grants awarded to New York nonprofits were given to Jewish organizations, including synagogues, private schools and community organizations.
  • What Is the Social Innovation Fund?

    05/06/2009 9:27:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 448+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 7:55 pm | n/a
    Note: Includes a photo. Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 7:55 pm What Is the Social Innovation Fund? Last night the First Lady discussed the Social Innovation Fund at the Time 100 Most Influential People Awards; we asked Michele Jolin, Senior Advisor for Social Innovation for the Domestic Policy Council, to tell us about it: Yesterday, the President announced that he would ask Congress in the FY2010 budget to provide $50 million in seed capital for his Social Innovation Fund, fulfilling a campaign pledge. The Fund will identify...
  • Mrs. Obama Announces New Fund to Aid Nonprofits ($50 mil of, you guessed it, taxpayer loot)

    05/06/2009 4:45:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/05/09 | RACHEL L. SWARNS
    Mrs. Obama Announces New Fund to Aid NonprofitsBy RACHEL L. SWARNS Published: May 5, 2009 The first lady, Michelle Obama, ventured publicly into the policy realm on Tuesday, announcing that the Obama administration planned to create a $50 million “social innovation fund” to help finance and expand promising nonprofit agencies. The fund would offer financial support to nonprofit and community groups that focus on education, health care and economic mobility, among other issues, officials say. The administration plans to encourage foundations, philanthropists and corporations to help raise additional money for the program. “The idea of the fund is simple: find...
  • Cornerstone to the Obama Agenda

    04/02/2009 3:51:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 871+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 02, 2009 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Conservatives are big financiers of the spread of socialism by nonprofits. Bigger even than billionaire George Soros. There are tens of thousands of liberal nonprofits on the public dole. Conservatives tend to focus attention and even outrage on a few large and notorious taxpayer-funded nonprofits such as ACORN, Planned Parenthood and AARP. That focus, though, is too myopic. Liberals know how to use nonprofits to "change" America. With the daily bombardment against our free-market, constitutional senses by the Obama-Pelosi-Reid regime, we may be ignoring the nonprofit foundation of their comprehensive socialist agenda. And conservatives are helping to pay for it,...
  • Senate Bill Would Allow Tax-Exempt Status for Newspapers

    03/24/2009 12:47:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 142 replies · 6,309+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | March 24, 2009 1:08 PM ET | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Newspapers perform a public service for democracy and should be allowed to operate as tax-exempt non-profits, U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D.-Md., proposed Tuesday. Cardin introduced a bill that would explicitly include newspapers among organizations eligible for 501(c)(3) status. The non-profit status is the same that public radio and television have now. The legislation would give a national green light for newspapers to adopt the so-called Low Profit Limited Liability Company business model, often shortened to L3C. The L3C model, which the Newspaper Guild supports as an alternative newspaper ownership model, is the subject of a feature story in the...
  • Not A Parody: Op-Ed Suggests Making NYT An Endowed Non-Profit–For Only $5 Billion!

    01/28/2009 4:02:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies · 1,202+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    An op-ed in the New York Times suggests turning the paper into a non-profit. Hey, the gurus of the Gray Lady have already accomplished that, thank you very much! But seriously–at least I think they were being serious–the authors, two Yale investment officials, propose transforming the Times and other struggling newspapers into “nonprofit, endowed institutions — like colleges and universities.” Great idea. Just like the rich sons of Eli turn up to root the football team to victory against Harvard–dropping the odd million into Yale’s endowment while they’re at it–so too will the Times’ benefactors head out to Central Park...
  • Nonprofits Demand Congressional Bailout

    12/22/2008 2:14:04 PM PST · by vadum · 6 replies · 496+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | December 17, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Independent Sector, a coalition of liberal charities and foundations, wants to cash in on Washington's bailout fever, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. “There’s simply not enough cash to respond to the amount of the needs,” said Diana Aviv, president of the group. “The demand is much greater and the dollars that are secured from traditional sources are shrinking.” Call it charity welfare. If you don't dig deeply enough into your pockets for charity, the government will force you to, or at least that's what Aviv wants.
  • Diana Aviv Has Some 'Splaining to do"

    09/22/2008 10:04:47 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 2 replies · 107+ views
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 9/22/08 | clarice feldman
    Why would someone involved in keeping nonprofits ethical give the appearance of being involved in political partisanship? When Ricky Ricardo caught Lucy in some very compromising position he said she had some "‘splaining to do."That's how I feel about Diana Aviv, head of Independent Sector, an organization which assists almost 600 nonprofit organizations around the country and the world to establish and maintain appropriate ethical standards and practices of transparency.
  • Fewer Americans are donating their free time

    01/24/2008 2:22:32 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 434+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Wed, Jan. 23, 2008 | DIANE STAFFORD
    Americans worked a median of 52 hours last year without pay. They’re called volunteers. Many organizations can’t survive without unpaid labor, and many people are glad to provide it. Sadly, though, data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that both the number of volunteers and the volunteer rate — the percentage of the population that volunteers — declined in 2007 from 2006. Volunteering also had fallen in 2006 from 2005. About 60.8 million Americans, age 16 and up, volunteered in 2007, compared with a high of 65.3 million in 2005. The proportion of that population that...
  • Senate Committee Investigating Six Major Ministries

    It's about time these people were investigated: Sen. Grassley probes "possible misuse of donations" to Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and others. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating several major church-based ministries known for their leaders' lavish lifestyles and prosperity teachings. "Recent articles and news reports regarding possible misuse of donations made to religious organizations have caused some concern for the Finance Committee," Grassley wrote to the ministries in letters asking for detailed financial records. None of the ministries targeted—those led by Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer, and...
  • Becoming a Force For Good

    10/18/2007 5:04:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 33+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2007 | Rebecca Hagelin
    What makes The Heritage Foundation one of the most famous and widely quoted nonprofit companies worldwide? Having a top-notch staff to promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense helps, no question. But as the new book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits shows, it’s more than that. Heritage succeeds because its leaders follow certain “high-impact” practices that have elevated the 34-year-old institution to the forefront of the nonprofit world. Figuring out what those high-impact practices are matters, because success in the nonprofit...
  • Nonprofits scramble under new scrutiny : Need for guidance on governance.

    10/08/2007 10:05:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 232+ views
    the national law journal ^ | September 3, 2007 | Sheri Qualters
    Congressional committees, state attorneys general and now the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are placing nonprofit organizations under scrutiny and sending them scrambling for legal advice on sound governance practices. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 heightened awareness about governance at all kinds of organizations, from the public companies at which it was directed, to private firms and nonprofit groups. Subsequent scandals involving financial practices at nonprofits prompted government agencies increasingly to view such organizations with skepticism. A 2003 media expose of the Nature Conservancy's governance, executive compensation and land sale practices ... The finance committee also catalyzed change at the American...
  • Nonprofit housing agency in bankruptcy [TX]

    07/09/2007 8:39:03 AM PDT · by Dubya · 16 replies · 570+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jul. 09, 2007 | ANTHONY SPANGLER
    FORT WORTH -- It has taken nearly a decade to build two houses in a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood where planners and community leaders envisioned more than 100 new homes to revitalize the area. And those two model homes may be all that neighbors see of the New Rolling Hills development. The nonprofit group Texas Housing and Economic Resources, which spearheaded development of affordable homes in the New Rolling Hills subdivision, has filed for bankruptcy, listing more than $2.8 million in debts that include $273,500 to the city of Fort Worth, $70,000 in delinquent property taxes and a $2 million...
  • Nonprofits may have to disclose more to IRS (Tell the IRS what you think about new 990 form)

    06/15/2007 5:48:56 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 3 replies · 215+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | June 14, 2007 | RONALD CAMPBELL
    The tool donors use to learn about nonprofits is getting a makeover.The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday released a newly redesigned Form 990 and asked for comments from the public and from nonprofits. The form is filed annually by more than a million nonprofits, including such prominent local institutions as Chapman University, Hoag Hospital and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. By law, nonprofits must make their last three years' 990s available to anyone who asks.Since its last remodel in 1979, Form 990 has been repeatedly tweaked, with many new line items squeezed in like new appliances in an old...