Posts Categorized: Fundraising

New Warnings from the Attorney General

Is your nonprofit a target for the Attorney General? This week, the head of the California Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section, Tania Ibanez, provided an update on its enforcement of laws regulating charities. That update revealed that the Attorney General is scrutinizing charities that solicit donations for purposes related to veterans, cancer treatment and animal …

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Click a Button, Find a Grant, Now a Reality

Your wish came true! In a recent blog post, we told you about a bill passed by the California legislature that would allow nonprofits to click a button to find all state grants for which it may be eligible. As we and others suggested, thousands of Californians contacted Governor Brown and signed petitions to ask …

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Click a Button, Find a Grant

Do you ever wish your nonprofit could click “google” to locate government grant opportunities? That wish may come true in California. Finding government grant opportunities is a frustrating process, especially for nonprofits that have limited resources. In part, this is because there is no centralized location that lists all state grants. Thus, a nonprofit seeking grants …

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Are Nonprofits "Follow the Money" Obsessed?

Have the leaders of nonprofits been overly incentivized to “follow the money,” resulting in a troubling shift in the composition of boards? The answer is yes according to a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The trend may be “distort[ing] organization priorities” and may “dilute charitable values.” According to the author, Garry W. …

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GuideStar Looks Toward Second Revolution

November 18, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

After 20 years in business, GuideStar wants a facelift. The nonprofit information database (which you probably know as the place to find an organization’s Form 990) wants to execute a new strategic plan that it calls Guidestar 2020. GuideStar calls it the organization’s second revolution: “nonprofit transparency that drives nonprofit effectiveness.” The new plan includes …

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UnKoch My Campus

November 17, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

Students at almost 30 colleges are holding protests, demanding: “UnKoch My Campus!” They want more transparency from their colleges about the academic influence they feel billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have “bought” with their sizable donations to the schools. Since 2005, the brothers have donated nearly $50 million to 254 colleges nationwide according to …

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