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Data Breaches at Nonprofits

August 9, 2017 Posted by Laura Antonelli in Non-profits, Nonprofits, Privacy

Everyone hears about data breaches hitting large companies like Yahoo!, Home Depot, Anthem, Sony, and Target. Nonprofit organizations also have crippling data breaches. Earlier this year, a small nonprofit in Indiana fell prey to hackers, reports KQED. The organization is Little Red Door, whose mission is to reduce the financial and emotional burdens of cancer and …

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Protecting the Public from Charity Scams

July 11, 2017 Posted by Laura Antonelli in Conflict of Interest, Donations, News, Non-profits, Nonprofits, Scams

Beware of charity scams. Do your homework before donating. Those are the warnings issued to the public by CNBC in a recent report about fraudulent nonprofits. The CNBC report focused on an unprecedented enforcement action in 2015. The Federal Trade Commission, along with all 50 states and other law enforcement authorities, filed a complaint against …

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California’s Crackdown on Nonprofits

May 30, 2017 Posted by Laura Antonelli in News, Non-profits, Nonprofits, Uncategorized

Nonprofits should take note that there is a new sheriff in town. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is cracking down on nonprofits that are breaking the law. Becerra’s public statements indicate that he will bring stronger enforcement against charities. So far, he has. Since Becerra became Attorney General, the State of California has initiated litigation …

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Seven-Figure Salaries at Nonprofits

Executive compensation at nonprofits is on the rise, according to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal. New data from the IRS shows that the number of seven-figure salaries at charities tripled between 2011 and 2014. The organizations that are paying their employees in the millions range from major hospitals and universities to small …

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The Non-Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Much brouhaha has been made over President Trump’s May 4 Executive Order claiming to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 law that bars 501(c)(3) organizations from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. As with much in politics, this is truly much ado about nothing. The Executive Order may serve …

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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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